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Birth Control Controversy: Can’t We Trust Women to Govern Their Own Bodies?

I’m a big fan of Easy A, the 2010 film starring Emma Stone and Amanda Bynes. It’s a fanciful romp through the halls of America’s high schools where bullying, gossip, and rivalries never end in lethal outcomes and the tormentors take a healthy dose of humility by movie’s end.

Olive, the protagonist, bears the harsh judgment of her peers, especially that of the antagonist, Marianne, a proselytizing Christian who spreads the word about Olive’s fictional tryst. In real life, such rumors would drive most high school girls into an eating disorder or depression, but Olive is very self-aware, the daughter of two actualized and trusting parents who do not require that she stay home, cloistered, even when she begins dressing like Pretty Woman before Richard Gere rescued her from the streets.

Organized Sports Teach Women How to Be Strong, How to Fight, and How to Win

When I was a girl, I did not have a full slate of athletic options. In required Physical Education classes, we played Dodge Ball–a heinous form of Gotcha, in my opinion–although, I’ll grant, Vince Vaughn as captain of a dodgeball team softened the punch of this game by taking outcasts and oddballs under his rather large wing. In my experience, Dodge Ball existed because it entertained our teachers. We also played Red Rover, volleyball, half-court basketball, and the one that toughened us the most: field hockey without shin guards.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., and Finding Inspiration In Letting Go

I remember the longing to snatch back my baby from the arms of the woman who would care for her while I worked. Unable to catch my breath, I walked out the door to my car and drove without seeing, thinking about my child in the care of strangers. I worked without feeling that day, the better part of me elsewhere in spirit.

As I learned to trust the caregivers and my own child’s delight in the company of others, separating grew easier. Again able to concentrate fully on my work, I turned my attention to my child at the end of the day, enjoying both work and home very much.

Religious Freedom and the Bravery of Anne Hutchinson

At Thanksgiving, it is right and proper to consider those Founders who brought us to this place and time in history. Some of them, the Puritans, have been the center of attention in classrooms across the land. Children learn that the Puritans sought freedom from religious intolerance and sailed to this North American continent in order to find it. They struggled and strove, but could not succeed without the aid of America’s first citizens, the Native American tribes. From them and their generosity arose the legend of the First Thanksgiving when European and Native Americans broke bread together.

A Message to the Modern Woman: Don’t Forget How to Cook

So often, when young married women speak of domestic issues, I hear one say,

“I don’t cook,” and others quickly agree.

“Who has the time?”

“Yeah, really, I work.”

I think of my mother then, a stay-at-home Mom when staying home was not a choice, but an expectation, a given. Only women who had somehow married badly or failed to catch a good man went to the work place. Good wives stayed home.

To Change the Education System, We Need to Strengthen Our Belief in Our Teachers

Select women in the U. S. now “suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous Fortune” (Hamlet). Daily, in boardrooms and dining halls, living rooms and the halls of government, certain women are under siege, belittled, and scorned. Their meager wages and hopes for a retirement erode as Wall Street plays with pension money, and legislatures, dominated by men, gut the hard-fought right to bargain for good wages and benefits.

The Power of Peace and Conviction: Women End a 14-Year Civil War in Liberia

Do you remember Aristophanes’ naughty play, Lysistrata? In it, Aristophanes creates lusty women who vow to remain chaste until the men negotiate a peace between Athens and Sparta. The women plan to play the siren, then rebuff the men’s attempts to sate their appetites. Women also seize the Acropolis, the home of the Athenian treasury, disabling the men’s access and thereby blocking funds for a war that leaves women home alone, unsatisfied, some widowed, some forced to bury their sons.

The Women’s Liberation Movement Then and Now: Have We Truly Learned to Speak for Ourselves?

In the last years of my college education, the Women’s movement sprang from a new consciousness spreading across our nation, a consciousness that questioned the U. S. presence in Vietnam, that celebrated the first Earth Day, that challenged segregation and separatism, that marched toward the Supreme Court in behalf of a woman’s right to choose. Those years were years of discontent and debate, of doubt and desire, of duty and decision.

Learning to Love Yourself and Create Happiness From the Inside

Being a woman is more than a biological distinction, so much more than filling in the space beside the letter “F” on the form provided at the gynecologist’s office. We are more than the sum of our unique parts—our maternal gifts.  We are so much more than beauty. We have fine minds, capable of discerning truths and imagining brilliant futures. We make the nests, weaving together the moral fiber of a nation, transforming selfish creatures into selfless ones, nudging them over the edge, teaching them to soar. We give comfort, nurture, entertain, inspire, and lead. We may also be the noblest of the noble creatures. Yet we often do not love ourselves enough, sometimes not at all.

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AUTHOR LIST

Jessica Chan
Jessica Chan
enableher. Editor
Connye Griffin
Connye Griffin
Teacher, Writer, and Editor