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why we love sesame street!

12 Nov

Because Abby Cadabby gives girls great career advice.  With an assist by Justice Sotomayor.

Proud to be a woman…

6 Nov

…Because women are Phenomenal.

I am Jennifer, and I am proud to be a member of the political science faculty at Ball State University.  And it’s been my honor this semester to teach Women and Politics, surrounded by some of the most phenomenal young women it’s been my pleasure to know.  I have learned much from them, and I look forward to watching them accomplish their dreams.  Who am I?  I am an Air Force brat.  I am a Meema to the cutest grandkids ever.  I love to read.  I love to cook.  I love the Chicago Bears.

Q: Why are you proud to be a woman?

I am proud to be a woman because women can be all things.  Strong and soft.  Stoic and emotional.  Drop dead gorgeous and kick ass smart.  We raise our daughters to be everything they dream to be and we teach our sons what it truly means to be men.  After all, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, only she did it backwards and in heels.

Q:  What does the future of women in politics look like?

The future looks brighter than ever before in my life.   Between the historic numbers of women on the 2012 ballot and the numbers of young women recognizing that decisions that directly impact their lives can and should be made by legislative bodies that more accurately represent them, I do expect more women to run for office and an increased activism to elect these women to office.

Q:  If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and why?

A return to civility.  We have forgotten what it means to have respect for each other, and our children are watching.

just another music monday…

5 Nov

The music that celebrates women is old.  It’s new.  No Doubt it’s Gwen Stefani!

I’m Just a Girl from 2003.


when women vote…

2 Nov

When women vote, we effect change.  We honor the sacrifices of our foremothers who paved the way for us and we pass along to our daughters and granddaughters the need, privilege and responsibility to do the same.

This fabulous graphic was designed by one of my favorite people for the 51% Club.

Now add your own finish to the sentence, “When Women vote…”  and leave it in the comments.

And then vote.

a child speaks for a nation…

1 Nov

What Abby says.

totally #notbuyingit…

31 Oct

I am going to chalk this one up to a Halloween prank.  Because certainly they cannot be serious.

just another music monday…

29 Oct

The music that celebrates women’s empowerment is old.  And it’s new.  And it’s Chaka Khan.

I’m Every Woman from 1978.

just read it…

25 Oct

There is a reason that I adore John Scalzi.  He doesn’t mince words.  (Warning:  triggers for victims of rape/sexual assault.  He gives the same warning and he’s not joking.)

A letter from a rapist.



prepare to start behind…

25 Oct

Female workers continue to financially lag behind, earning roughly 79 cents for every dollar their male colleagues earn.  (That’s an increase of a penny from the 2009 survey.  YAY!  Ahem.)

Where did the gap happen?  When did it start?

A new study, conducted by the American Association of University Women, concludes that women in the workplace didn’t just gradually slide behind over the course of their careers.  Rather (and more alarmingly) they contend that women begin their careers being compensated less than their male counterparts, right from the start, even in female-dominated areas, such as teaching.

Feel free to discuss in the comments.


major fail…

24 Oct

…if you’re unattractive, then you’re a bad female. But if you’re attractive, you’re a bad academic.

Here’s the classic example of “we’re damned if we do and we’re damned if we don’t.”  (Follow all of the links.  Trust me, it’s “worth” the effort.)

Hat tip:  Dr. W.