LA Times: Caffie Greene, an African American activist who played a key role in the effort to bring a major hospital to South Los Angeles after the 1965 Watts riots, died Tuesday. Supporters say that she was active when "there wasn't a lot of recognition or acknowledgement of women, period, and particularly not black women. She was an extraordinary woman … someone the community could always count on to represent its interests."
I have to admit, when I was a kid, I was convinced that I would be the first woman President of the United States. Eventually, I abandoned that career goal but to this day am still a bit of a politics nerd. Well, it's nice to see that the next generation of girl leaders are getting a jumpstart on civic engagement thanks to Girls Inc. Earlier this month, four Girls Inc National Scholars met with the First Lady's staff to discuss barriers to physical activities for girls across the U.S. Click here to view videos of the girls talking about this amazing experience.
On paper, began Linda Basch, President of the National Council for Research on Women, the numbers look good. Yet, said Basch, “The glass ceiling remains virtually shatterproof. We’ve reached stasis in too many areas.” The National Council for Research on Women, along with the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Catalyst, Demos, Women’s Forum, Inc., and Women 4 Citi hosted “The Power of Women’s Leadership” to explore the lack of women in leadership positions, why we need them there, and how to fix it.
A Mother’s Day Delegation of feminists and labor activists from around the country convened in Arizona a few weeks ago to document the impact of the recently-passed SB 1070 legislation and existing policies, such as 287(g) on women and children. In a climate already steeped with anti-immigrant sentiment, these pieces of legislation authorize violence against women and children, ruthlessly separating family members and criminalizing mothers who came to the United States simply to support their children.
In today's WMC Exclusive, "An Architect of Feminist Human Rights Law," human rights leader and feminist foremother Charlotte Bunch offers a tribute to Rhonda Copelon, who had a profound impact femininst human rights law. Says Bunch,
Feminist and human rights lawyer Rhonda Copelon often worked behind the scenes, but her finger prints, or perhaps I should say brain waves, are all over many of the most important breakthroughs in progressive feminist advances both in the United States and globally...Feminist scholar Ros Petchesky called Rhonda her “model of a life fully realized.” Even more than her brilliance, Ros cited her friend’s “practice of a truly feminist humanity in the everyday—her devotion to younger generations, her fierce and loving presence for her many friends; and her passionate embrace of both politics and fun.”
From National Public Radio: Mary Kay Henry is the first female president of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Graduating from college in 1979, she worked for SEIU organizing hospital employees in California and served for 6 years an international executive vice president of the union. Her most immediate concerns are healing rifts left by her predecessor, and increasing the organization's union organizing and political clout.