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Too educated, too strong

In 1979, Wangari Maathai’s husband filed for divorce. He was quoted as saying that he wanted a divorce because his wife was “too educated, too strong, too successful, too stubborn and too hard to control.” It was Wangari Maathai who started the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. That movement has planted more than 50 million […]

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Educate all of the girls

Wangari Maathai was born in Kenya in 1940—when girls were not supposed to be educated. Fortunately, her father decided to send her to boarding school when she was 11. Four years later, she started high school. It was a big deal for a girl in Kenya, and the local shoemaker made Wangari her first pair […]

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Unequal pay!?

The average National Basketball Association salary this season is $5.4 million compared with $120, 600 for the Women’s National Basketball Association, meaning the average NBA player makes 45 times what a WNBA player makes. I found this information in the May 14, 2022, issue of The Dallas Morning News. –Joy

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Decisions about the male body?

During Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, then-Senator Kamala Harris asked: “Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?” Judge Kavanaugh answered, “I’m not aware—I’m not—thinking of any right now, senator.” I found this quote in the winter 2022 issue of Ms. magazine. –Joy

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A decision she must make herself

In her 1993 Supreme Court hearing, Ruth Bader Ginsberg explained to the Senate Judiciary Committee: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When government controls that decision for her, she is being treated […]

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The situation now

Nearly 60 percent of women in this country—about 40 million—live in states that are “hostile to abortion rights,” according to the Guttmacher Institute. That’s the situation now, reports Ms. Magazine in its winter 2022 issue. If the Supreme Court abandons Roe v. Wade, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion.

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Should we outlaw sex?

Jonathan Mitchell, one of the architects of Texas law SB 8, which severely limits abortions, wrote this in a “friend of the court” brief to the Supreme Court. “Women can ‘control their reproductive lives’ without access to abortion; they can do so by refraining from sex.”

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Women on the Supreme Court?

Why have women serving on the Supreme Court? Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice, once said, “I think the important thing about my appointment is not that I will decide cases as a woman, but that I am a woman who will get to decide cases.” Of course, […]

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Who’s to blame?

Cecile Richards places blame for Texas’ new restrictive abortions law on the state’s Republican leadership and Governor Greg Abbott. “This is not what Texans want, and that’s what I think is so important because, of course, as a Texan I try to explain to people what you are seeing happen here is not because of […]

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Where a virus has reproductive rights, but a woman doesn’t

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