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Judge To Woman Sexually Assaulted By Cop: ‘When You Blame Others, You Give Up Your Power To Change’

11 Sep

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/09/07/809861/judge-to-woman-sexually-assaulted-by-cop-when-you-blame-others-you-give-up-your-power-to-change/

A male friend of mine posted this article on Facebook a few days ago. I thought I would share it with you lovely gals.

I thought the judge’s ruling was incredibly appalling. Not only where the judge’s statements completely out of line, but her decision to give the officer probation and community service is outrageous. There are too many people in the world that claim when a woman is sexually harassed or even raped that she simply “deserved it” because of where she was or what she was wearing. I could not believe that a judge, a female judge at that, would have the same logic as several ill informed individuals. It breaks my heart that in some cases the victim becomes the “instigator of the crime”.

 

Sandra Fluke’s Speech

6 Sep

I really enjoyed her speech. I thought she did an awesome job! You go Sandra! 🙂

Girl Quarterback

4 Sep

High school senior makes history as first girl to play quarterback in Florida regular-season game

Erin DiMeglio, the third-stringer from South Plantation High School, checked in with about 1:40 left in her team’s 31-14 win over Nova.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Saturday, September 1, 2012, 1:10 AM

South Plantation third-string quarterback Erin Dimeglio drops back to pass against Seminole Ridge on Aug. 24.

DAVIE, Fla. — A high school senior is believed to have become the first girl to play quarterback in a Florida regular-season game, taking two snaps Friday night.

Erin DiMeglio, the third-stringer from South Plantation High School, checked in with about 1:40 left in her team’s 31-14 win over Nova. Both of her snaps came from the shotgun formation, and she handed the ball off each time before being replaced in the final seconds.

While no official records are kept on what positions girls have played in the past on Florida high school teams – about 500 girls have suited up for boys’ squads across the state over the years – DiMeglio is presumed to be the first quarterback to get on the field.

“I just do my own thing,” DiMeglio said after the game, as about a dozen reporters and cameras surrounded her. “It’s a lot of attention, but I just kind of don’t worry about that much.”

Fans were chanting “Put Erin in! Put Erin in!” during the final minutes, after South Plantation went up by 17 points in the fourth quarter. The two quarterbacks ahead of her on the team’s depth chart played first, but the loudest ovation of the night seemed to be when DiMeglio checked into the game.

“God bless her,” South Plantation coach Doug Gatewood said. “She handles it better than anybody else. She goes on the field, she has single-minded focus. It’s crazy. It’s great publicity for the school, it’s a positive thing, but at the end of the day that’s not why we did it. We did it because she’s a legitimate third-string quarterback.”

Gatewood is also the flag football coach at South Plantation, and urged DiMeglio to work out with the boys’ varsity last spring, saying she had a good enough arm to compete. From there, the idea was born to have her try and actually be on the team, and Gatewood eventually convinced her parents, Tom and Kathleen DiMeglio, that the potential positives outweighed any risks.

Her teammates have supported her without any reservation, Gatewood said. And DiMeglio has won them over with ease, first by being a star member of the school’s girls basketball team, then after football exploits such as throwing five touchdown passes in a 7-on-7 tournament against boys this summer.

She didn’t throw any passes on Friday night. With her team up big in the final moments, she didn’t have to, either.

“It was exciting,” said DiMeglio’s sister, Amy DiMeglio, who was on the sideline with her parents. “I think any exposure during the game is good. You saw how the crowd reacted. People are getting more comfortable with the idea. Some people blog about her and there’s negative comments, some inappropriate comments. People need to get over her being a girl and just look at her abilities. That’s what she wants.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/high-school/high-school-senior-history-girl-play-quarterback-florida-regular-season-game-article-1.1149475

I am not a sports fan at all, but I thought this was great 🙂

PROFILE IN COURAGE: Abby Scott Baker

27 Aug

Abby Scott Baker, of Washington, D.C., came from a multi-generational military family. She was one of Alice Paul’s earliest associates and helped Paul and Burns plan their first major event–the March 3, 1913, national suffrage parade on the eve of Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. She served as treasurer of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage (CU) in 1914 and quickly became one of the most effective lobbyists for both the CU and its successor, the National Woman’s Party (NWP).

Baker traveled the country as part of the CU’s “Suffrage Special” train tour of western states in April-May 1916. The envoys set off with fanfare from Union Station in Washington, D.C., and Baker was in charge of handling the press for the tour. The support that she helped raise from women in states that had already granted women’s suffrage culminated in a June 1916 meeting in Chicago to form what was at first called the Woman’s Party of Western Voters, or Woman’s Party, for short (later, the NWP). When the NWP was more formally organized in relation to the CU in March 1917, Baker was elected to the NWP executive committee and served as its press chairman (1917-18) and political chairman (1917; 1919-21).

Baker was among the first demonstrators to picket the White House; she was arrested in September 1917 and sentenced to 60 days in the Occoquan Workhouse. In February-March 1919, she served as publicity manager and speaker for the “Prison Special,” a three-week lecture tour by NWP activists who spoke to packed audiences about their jail experiences in an effort to generate support for the suffrage cause.

Baker was an important lobbyist during the key years (1917-20) that the NWP pressured for passage of what became the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Known as the diplomat of the NWP, Baker was a significant presence in the organization’s ongoing tactic of asserting personal influence upon leading authorities in public and private life. When the NWP’s patriotism was challenged, she reminded critics that her three sons were fighting in World War I. In the midst of the ratification process for the 19th Amendment, Baker was among the NWP members who attended the Democratic National Convention of 1920 in San Francisco and successfully brokered a pro-suffrage plank as part of the party platform. She subsequently lobbied the presidential candidates from both political parties, James M. Cox and Warren G. Harding, to support the women’s rights cause.

After suffrage was achieved, Baker became a member of the NWP’s Committee on International Relations and the Women’s Consultative Committee of the League of Nations. She also represented the NWP at the League’s 1935 international conferences in Geneva where the issue of equal rights was discussed.

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/suffrage/nwp/profiles4.html

A woman sitting at a desk, reading a paper.