Saturday, March 29, 2014

Women's History Month

MARCH 2014, A MONTH ALMOST PAST


Basketball's March Madness-Lenten Ashes and Prayer, A Saint Patrick's Irish Fling-Chilly and Gray Day First Day of Spring!    Time for early Spring Cleaning-meaning-Dust I must.

Hold the soft cloth in my aging 86th year old blue vein hand to dust a four generation picture in a gold Victorian frame once thought quite grand.



The Youngest Generation, My Mother, Born in 1898, Nearly Four.

The Other Three Generations Of Women- Those That Came Before.

A Precious, Vivid, Visual Reminder That March Is Also

"National Women's History Month"

                                                                           
 For in March 1857- I Read- It All Began Indeed-With Women- New York Factory Workers- Poorly Paid- Working Long Hours In Deplorable Conditions- United They Arose- Became Bold We Are Told, And Thus The Fight For Women's Rights Began.  

It was well over a century later by Presidential Proclamation in the year 1987, the month of March will annually be celebrated as National Women's History Month.



I look in the frame at the Faces of the Women who Came Before Me.  They wanted to be Stronger, Better Educated, Wives and Mothers.  They chose to attend "Female Institutes" the Forerunners of Universities, thus Teaching was also a profession they chose.  They gave their voices to the causes of Temperance and Sobriety (the WCTU) Women's Suffrage was their big cause (Ever Pushing for Women's Voting Rights) and as Methodist Women they heard the financial need, the early missionary call as women in the mission field off to China went (Encouraging the Women not to Bind their Babies Feet)  In other words, Bibles some well hidden, were also sent!

As we come to TODAY, our nation trains women in the Military to serve proudly wherever duty may demand and women serve as Pastors in churches throughout our vast land. The Women who followed in my own family became Teachers - Store Keepers- Bankers-a Social Worker and one with a Medical Degree.

Now, Equal Pay for Equal Work for women that according to the "statistics", I shall not live to see.  But "The Glass Ceiling"- though not shattered totally
Today, I see the Cracks grow ever wide.

We As Women Must Take Great Pride
For With Faith In God, Dedication And Dignity
We Continue A Force Of Change And Strength Throughout All History.

Marolyn Donnelly Stout, 2014 National Women's History Month



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Friday, March 28, 2014

March 2014- A Month Now Almost Past

MARCH 2014, A MONTH ALMOST PAST


Basketball's March Madness-Lenten Ashes and Prayer, A Saint Patrick's Irish Fling-Chilly and Gray Day First Day of Spring!    Time for early Spring Cleaning-meaning-Dust I must.

Hold the soft cloth in my aging 86th year old blue vein hand to dust a four generation picture in a gold Victorian frame once thought quite grand.



The Youngest Generation, My Mother, Born in 1898, Nearly Four.

The Other Three Generations Of Women- Those That Came Before.

A Precious, Vivid, Visual Reminder That March Is Also

"National Women's History Month"

                                                                           
 For in March 1857- I Read- It All Began Indeed-With Women- New York Factory Workers- Poorly Paid- Working Long Hours In Deplorable Conditions- United They Arose- Became Bold We Are Told, And Thus The Fight For Women's Rights Began.  

It was well over a century later by Presidential Proclamation in the year 1987, the month of March will annually be celebrated as National Women's History Month.



I look in the frame at the Faces of the Women who Came Before Me.  They wanted to be Stronger, Better Educated, Wives and Mothers.  They chose to attend "Female Institutes" the Forerunners of Universities, thus Teaching was also a profession they chose.  They gave their voices to the causes of Temperance and Sobriety (the WCTU) Women's Suffrage was their big cause (Ever Pushing for Women's Voting Rights) and as Methodist Women they heard the financial need, the early missionary call as women in the mission field off to China went (Encouraging the Women not to Bind their Babies Feet)  In other words, Bibles some well hidden, were also sent!

As we come to TODAY, our nation trains women in the Military to serve proudly wherever duty may demand and women serve as Pastors in churches throughout our vast land. The Women who followed in my own family became Teachers - Store Keepers- Bankers-a Social Worker and one with a Medical Degree.

Now, Equal Pay for Equal Work for women that according to the "statistics", I shall not live to see.  But "The Glass Ceiling"- though not shattered totally
Today, I see the Cracks grow ever wide.

We As Women Must Take Great Pride
For With Faith In God, Dedication And Dignity
We Continue A Force Of Change And Strength Throughout All History.

Marolyn Donnelly Stout, 2014 National Women's History Month



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Monday, March 24, 2014

Muslim Voices, Girl Rising

March is Women's History Month 



Come join the Muslim Voices book club! Are you curious about Muslim culture? Are you a Muslim teen who would like to read books featuring Muslim characters?  Broaden your world view.  Appreciate a new perspective.
Be part of the conversation!  Books available now from Mr. Crofton!

All meetings will take place at
The Village Library 
10307 N. Pennsylvania
at 12:30 pm




March 29th

Does My Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah

April 12th

Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos

 







May3rd
How Does It Feel to be a Problem by Moustafa Bayoum





May 10th

  Persepolis (graphic novel) by Marjane Satrapi
   











Ages 13-18 are welcome.
Free books and lunch provided to teens participating in the book club!
BRING A FRIEND! Limited to 25 participants


To register for the program and receive your free book, visit the circulation desk at The Village Library, or see Mr. Crofton or Ms. Clay to register if you are a student at Casady School.  Sign-up at 
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D45AEAA22A46-muslim
This program is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities and underwritten by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local support is provided by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Casady School Service-Learning Program, and the Metropolitan Library System.


Girl Rising


What and Who? The  Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association in collaboration with the Casady YAC and the Casady Service-Learning Program are proud to present free screenings of the highly acclaimed film, "Girl Rising."  

Where and When?  March 29th
@ Casady Wing, two screenings.  Morning at 10:00 AM- 12:15.  Afternoon Screening: 3:45 to 5:55

The UN youth board has purchased the DVD and are interested in promoting the movie in Oklahoma City. If interested in facilitating a movie screening for your organization contact: Kellen Moore
KCMoore20@yahoo.com; Priya Desai pdesai8606@yahoo.com

The movie is provided free or charge. You have to have a place where to show it, equipment and a possible audience.  Donations are requested at the end of the movie, but not required.  The goal is to raise awareness.

Girl Rising stories: 
"Sokha was a Cambodian child of the dump; orphaned and forced to pick through garbage to survive. But, through a series of miracles, Sokha finds her way to school and, like a phoenix, rises to become a star student on the brink of a brilliant and once unimaginable future."
"Sokha was a Cambodian child of the dump; orphaned and forced to pick through garbage to survive. But, through a series of miracles, Sokha finds her way to school and, like a phoenix, rises to become a star student on the brink of a brilliant and once unimaginable future."

"Wadley is just 7 when the world comes crashing down around her. Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake destroys her home and school, but it cannot break her irrepressible spirit nor extinguish her thirst to learn, even as she’s turned away from the schoolhouse day after day."

"Though her brothers go to school, Suma is forced into bonded labor at age 6. The Nepali girl endures years of grueling work by expressing her sorrow in beautiful music and lyrics. Suma glimpses a different future by learning to read, the first step on the road to freedom."

( Read more synopses at the Girl Rising website ... here )

"Girl Rising" shows that, when you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation."

Here's what people are saying about Girl Rising:

“Girl Rising gives me hope. It gives me hope for the future of our girls, that they will have a chance to explore and achieve their full potential. That they will make the ignorant part of society value their existence and that they will be proud to be born a Girl!”
– Freida Pinto

“Girls’ rights will be the focus of the 10x10 Initiative when... award winning journalists and film-makers will expose in the new documentary Girl Rising just how unfair the distribution of educational opportunities is for so many millions of girls around the world.”
– Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

“This film gives visual corroboration to knowledge we already have: Educating women and girls has the most optimistic, positive effects on families, communities, and economies worldwide. If to see it is to know it, this film delivers hope; reasonable, measurable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future!”
– Meryl Streep

“10x10 is building a global campaign, working with partner organizations on the ground to demand and actualize equal education for girls and women. Their slogan? Educate Girls, Change the World. I couldn’t agree more.”
– Cecilia Attias, President and Founder of the Cecilia Attias Foundations for Women; former First Lady of France

March Volunteering and Service Learning Opportunities

Come join the Muslim Voices book club! Are you curious about Muslim culture? Are you a Muslim teen who would like to read books featuring Muslim characters?  Broaden your world view.  Appreciate a new perspective.
Be part of the conversation!  Books available now from Mr. Crofton!

All meetings will take place at
The Village Library 
10307 N. Pennsylvania
at 12:30 pm




March 29th

Does My Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah

April 12th

Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos

 







May3rd
How Does It Feel to be a Problem by Moustafa Bayoum





May 10th

  Persepolis (graphic novel) by Marjane Satrapi
   











Ages 13-18 are welcome.
Free books and lunch provided to teens participating in the book club!
BRING A FRIEND! Limited to 25 participants


To register for the program and receive your free book, visit the circulation desk at The Village Library, or see Mr. Crofton or Ms. Clay to register if you are a student at Casady School.  Sign-up at 
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D45AEAA22A46-muslim

This program is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities and underwritten by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local support is provided by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Casady School Service-Learning Program, and the Metropolitan Library System.




Casady Cyclones at Children's Hospital




 

  




 

  

Photos by Blake G.












   


 












TIDE Conference

Can you imagine a world where teens have the tools they need to effectively connect across differences? Join us in making it happen this year at the TIDE Conference, for teens by teens.



TIDE Conference 2014


Youth LEAD's 7th Annual Teenage Identity and Diversity Conference


Date: Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25 2013
Location: Stonehill College in Easton, MA
Early Registration: Deadline 4/15: Click Here


Early Registration Fee is $300, all inclusive except transportation to and from the conference.  After April 15th, the fee jumps up to $350, so register soon!



Submission deadline for scholarship applications are March 28.We encourage you to apply for scholarship. Don't let the cost be a barrier!
Contact julie@youthleadonline.org for application



Here’s what’s in store for TEENS at TIDE 2014:
  • Learn new ways to talk about highly charged “hot topics”
  • Participate in workshops, dialogues, and other activities throughout the weekend and even lead your own! (go to www.youthleadonline.org to learn how to submit a proposal to run a workshop)
  • Make lasting friendships with teens from all over the country
  • Leave TIDE ready to create change in your community


Here’s what’s in store for SUPPORTING ADULTS at TIDE 2014:
  • Get inspired and learn new ways to support youth-run dialogues and events that create inclusive community



If you have a group of high school students (classes of 2014-2017) that are interested in the opportunity to attend this conference or if you are interested in attending the conference as an adult participant, please register today. For more information, please send questions to tide@youthleadonline.org.


Do you have a workshop you would like to share? We want to learn from you! We highly encourage you to present a workshop at TIDE on the good work you are doing within your community. Request for proposals (RFP) will be submitted online this year at. Submission deadline is April 1st. Please email tide@youthleadonline.org if you are interested in doing a workshop and have any questions.


If you are in the Boston or Providence area and would like us to come give a presentation about TIDE, please contact our Recruitment Chair at tide@youthleadonline.org and we would be happy to come meet with you!


In the meantime, feel free to check out our website For More Information about the conference as it becomes available. Check out these reflections from past TIDE participants.


Hope to see you soon,


TIDE Recruitment Committee

Questions? Email tide@youthleadonline.org or call 781-784-0651

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March is Women's History Month



Today's girls will be the women of tomorrow: and if a girl is educated, her value to her family, her community and their economic well-being is proven to increase. One extra year in school alone will increase a woman's lifetime income by at least 10%.   Thank you for watching the above video


Artwork courtesy of DiversityStore.com  800-200-5964
http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/heritage_month/whm/index.html

http://stamps.org/userfiles/file/albums/Women2.pdf

From http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb14-ff05.html

National Women's History Month's roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn't until 1981 that Congress established National Women's History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month, and the President has issued a proclamation.

161 million

The number of females in the U.S. as of December 2013. The number of males was 156.1 million.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Monthly Postcensal Resident Population: 7/1/2013 - 12/1/2013
< http://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/asrh/2012/2012-nat-res.html>.

2 to 1

At 85 and older, the approximate ratio by which women outnumbered men in 2012 (3.9 million to 2.0 million).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=PEP_2012_PEPAGESEX&prodType=table>.

Jobs

Earnings by Sex: 1970 to 2012

74.8 million

The number of females 16 and older who participated in the civilian labor force in 2012. Women comprised 47.4 percent of the civilian labor force in 2012.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, DP03
< http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/DP03>.

41.6%

Percent of employed females 16 and over in 2012 (annual average) who worked in management, professional and related occupations, compared with 34.7 percent of employed males in the same year (annual average).
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey
< http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat09.htm>

Military

1.6 million

Number of female veterans in the United States in 2012.
Source: 2012 American Community Survey
< http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B21001/0100000US>

Earnings

$37,791

The median annual earnings of women 15 or older who worked year-round, full time in 2012. In comparison, the median annual earnings of men were $49,398.
Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, Page 7.
< http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-245.pdf>

77¢

The amount that female year-round, full time workers earned in 2012 for every dollar their male counterparts earned. This ratio was statistically unchanged from 2011.
Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, Page 11.
< http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-245.pdf>

Education

11.3 million

Number of women college students in fall 2012. Women comprised 56.8 percent of all college students.
Source: School Enrollment in the United States: 2012, Table 5
< http://www.census.gov/hhes/school/data/cps/2012/tables.html>

31.4

Percent of women 25 and older who had obtained a bachelor's degree or more as of 2012.
Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2012, Table 3
< http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/cps/2013/tables.html>

25%

Percentage of women 18 and older with an alternative educational credential — such as professional certifications, licenses and educational — not statistically different from men. However, women had higher rates of alternative credentials than men at the bachelor's degree and advanced degree levels.
Source: Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012
< http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p70-138.pdf>

15%

Among people with advanced degrees, the percentage of women who held educational certificates compared with 12 percent of men; 51 percent of women held professional certifications or licenses compared with 43 percent of men.
Source: Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012
< http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p70-138.pdf>

Voting

63.7%

Percentage of female citizens 18 and older who reported voting in the 2012 presidential election, in comparison to 59.7 percent of their male counterparts.
Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2012, Table 2
< http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/publications/p20/2012/tables.html>

Motherhood

85.4 million

Estimated number of mothers in the U.S. in 2009.
Source: Unpublished data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation

1.9

Average number of children that women 40 to 44 had given birth to as of 2010, down from 3.1 children in 1976, the year the Census Bureau began collecting such data.
Source: Fertility of American Women: 2010 table 2 and Historical table 2
< http://www.census.gov/hhes/fertility/data/cps/>
The percentage of women in this age group who had given birth was 81 percent in 2010, down from 90 percent in 1976.
Source: Fertility of American Women: 2010 table 1 and Historical table 2
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/fertility/data/cps/>

Marriage

66 million

Number of married women 18 and older (including those who were separated or had an absent spouse) in 2013.
Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2013, Table A1
< http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/files/cps2013/tabA1-all.xls>

5.2 million

Number of stay-at-home mothers nationwide in 2013; compared with 214,000 stay-at-home fathers.
Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2013, Table FG8
< http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/files/cps2013/tabFG8-all.xls>

Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series:
  • African-American History Month (February)
  • Super Bowl
  • Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
  • Women's History Month (March)
  • Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/
          St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
  • Earth Day (April 22)
  • Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
  • Older Americans Month (May)
  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
  • Mother's Day
  • Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)
  • Father's Day
  • The Fourth of July (July 4)
  • Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)
  • Back to School (August)
  • Labor Day
  • Grandparents Day
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
  • Unmarried and Single Americans Week
  • Halloween (Oct. 31)
  • American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
  • Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The Holiday Season (December)

A reflective moment

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”
Richard David Bach (born 1936);
writer
Have a great Spring Break! Do the right thing, FEAR NOT