Women and Children

Stand With Senator Duckworth

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Your DGB for today is to help out a sister in the senate.

Brace yourself for a shock, but the U.S. Senate, an institution crammed full of geriatric white men, is not exactly a workplace friendly to young mothers. One specific example of this nonsense has come to light because one of our favorite Senators/women/humans, Tammy Duckworth, is pregnant and about to give birth. According to Senate rules, if she takes maternity leave she will be barred from voting on or sponsoring legislation. Breastfeeding will also be quite difficult as babies are barred from the Senate floor. Keep in mind that being out on medical leave is something that affects men too and in this age of technology it seems fairly strange that a physical presence on the Senate floor is required for a vote.

Please help bring the Senate out of the 19th century and support Senator Duckworth as she attempts to juggle her duties in Congress and family. Here is a petition from Ultraviolet you can sign: https://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/duckworth_maternity/?source=uvfacebookadtest

And while you’re at it, contact your Senator and tell them it’s time for a change. https://www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/How_to_correspond_senators.htm

 

Reproductive Justice: Moving Beyond “Choice”

Your DGB for today is to read about, absorb, and incorporate reproductive justice into your feminism. 

In the US, especially among white women, we tend to frame issues of reproductive rights/equality as a matter of “choice” - that is, the legal right to choose an abortion if we wish it, and to a lesser extent, access to birth control. Reproductive justice looks at the issue of reproduction in terms of social justice. It asks questions such as, what does “choice” mean when Black women who choose to carry to term face higher rates of maternal mortality? What does “choice” mean when women of color bring home significantly less money than white women, and are more likely to have jobs that don’t offer parental leave? What does the choice to have a baby mean for mothers fearful their children will grow up to be hurt or killed by police? Reproductive justice puts the fight for choice in a much larger context.

To learn more, check out these organizations and considering supporting them with your voice on social media, your participation in events, and/or your wallet, if you can:

http://sistersong.net/

http://surgereprojustice.org/what-we-do/

http://www.protectchoice.org/section.php?id=28

 

Women & Climate Change

Your DGB for today is to learn about how climate change is a feminist issue. We’ve asked you to march, now we’re asking you to consider marching in your local People’s Climate March under the twin banners of environmentalism and women’s empowerment. Make your protest sign do the talking for you, tweet your concerns, and/or give your Members of Congress an earful. 

Women, especially in developing nations, are often uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate change for a wide range of reasons. For instance, because of their role in caregiving, women are often the last to leave an area in the grip of a climate change-related natural disaster, and therefore are more likely to die. Women in some communities may not have access to education that could help them combat the effects of drought on crops and livestock, which are traditionally their responsibility. On top of all this, our current administration represents a perfect storm for these women. Trump’s agenda simultaneously looks to slash foreign aid- including programs aimed at empowering women in developing nations, cut off access to family planning for those women via the “global gag rule,” and defund climate change science.

We have to stand up for our sisters in other lands. Once again, women bear the brunt of catastrophic policies, but we’re not going to take it any longer.