Friday, October 31, 2008


I received this from two members (Hi Sheila & LK):


Subject: Live webathon of your letters today

Dear Respondents to Women Against Sarah Palin,
We are excited to announce that today between 1 and 9pm (EST), there will be a live webathon broadcast of your letters.
As many of you know, in the past two months we have received nearly 200,000 letters from women all over this country, letters which have articulated your fury, dread, and outrage at John McCain's cynical and gravely dangerous vice-presidential pick.
We have posted thousands of those letters on our website, and today, female performers will read more than 600 of your letters live. This will be broadcast on the website Women Respond to Palin , as well as our website , and will be available on YouTube later tonight. You can also embed the webathon on your own website if you have one.
Please tune in to watch this remarkable live event today, and send this email to your friends and family to further spread the word at this urgent moment, that the McCain/Palin ticket is wrong for American women, and wrong for our country as a whole.
Thank you all so much for your voices and support. We're almost there!
Lyra & Quinn
PS -- Here are the links again:
Women Respond to Palin -
Our website (Women Against Sarah Palin) -

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Catherine MacKinnon

Catherine MacKinnon noted legal scholar and feminist (she worked with Andrea Dworkin against pornography, she believes that women's equality trumps free speech--for how can there be free speech without equality) endorsed Obama in the Wall Street Journal (!). She writes, in short, that he is the choice to protect women's rights, to gain equal pay; Obama is the way for legal and social equality. Here is the link:

Gwendolyn Mink at Marist Friday

News from Public Affairs
For Release:
TIM MASSIE (845) 575-3171DR. JOANNE MYERS (845) 575-3000, EXT. 2234
MARIST TO HOST 17TH ANNUAL WOMEN AND SOCIETY CONFERENCEPOUGHKEEPSIE - Marist College will host the 17th annual Women and Society Conference October 24-25 in Fontaine Hall on the Marist campus.Women and Society is an academic conference covering all aspects of women and gender currently under study. Among the topics to be discussed this year are "Gendered Depictions of Teachers in Film and Television," "Economic Rights and Citizenship," "Rebuilding After the Crash: Female Citizenship and the New Deal," "The Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls," "Invisible Wounds, Invisible Abuse: the Exclusion of Abuse in Newspaper Articles," and "Recording Herstory: How to Do a Quality Oral 'His/Her' Story Interview."The conference keynote speaker is Gwendolyn Mink, a writer and commentator on U.S. politics and on law and social policy affecting race, gender, and class inequality. Mink will discuss "Women's Work, Mother's Poverty: Are Men's Wages the Best Cure for Women's Economic Insecurity?" on October 24 at 8 p.m. in the Nelly Goletti Theatre, located on the third floor of the Marist Student Center. Mink is currently working on a biography of her mother, the late Patsy Takemoto Mink, who, in 1964 became the first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress, representing Hawaii in Congress for 24 years. Congresswoman Mink was the author of the Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational program receiving federal financial assistance.There will be a pre-conference screening of the movie "They Call Me Muslim" on October 23. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre in Fontaine Hall. It explores the lives of two women, one in France and another in Iran, who struggle with the decision whether or not to wear a veil. A discussion following the film will be moderated by Dr. Jerusa Ali, visiting assistant professor of political science at Marist.The film and keynote address are free and open to the public. For registration and further information, contact conference coordinator Dr. JoAnne Myers, assistant professor of political science and co-director of Women's Studies at Marist, at, or (845) 575-3000, ext. 2234. A conference schedule is available online at
For further information, call the Marist College Office of Public Affairs at (845) 575-3174.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

McCain v Women

Senator McCain revealed last night how much disdain he has for women--his statement with airquotes that {some} abortion's are just for the "health of the mother" implies he thinks that it is a ruse that women's health (and life) might trump the life of a fetus....does he think that women are just wombs, vessels that carry fetuses to term?

[As one husband put it, when faced with his wife dying or his fetus, he said without his wife the fetus (if it survives) would have no mother and with his wife alive there will be a chance for further children in the future.]

And on equal pay what he says and what he does are two very opposite things:

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pay attention: go get your boobs squashed in a mamography machine. Perform (or have someone your love perform) breast exams monthly.
So says Jam who is BREAST CANCER FREE --okay, and also, breast free :) ....