The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Even though it’s only the beginning of February, I am already looking forward to watching the summer Olympics this August. I am even more excited because a few weeks ago, the International Olympic Committee adopted new guidelines regarding transgender athletes. The guidelines state that transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery. For a transgender man to compete against other men, the guidelines leave no restrictions. For transgender women, the waiting period to compete has changed from two...Read More
This week, we read Parashat Yitro, in the book of Exodus. Parashat Yitro is perhaps most well known for telling the story of the Jews going to Mount Sinai and receiving the Ten Commandments. Despite the occurrence of this major event in Jewish history, the portion is actually named after Moses’ father in-law Yitro (Jethro). This is because, at the beginning of the portion, Jethro travels with his family to visit Moses. During his visit, he sees that Moses is working tirelessly to answer all of the questions of the Israelite community. He was the sole person responsible for making communal...Read More
January 29 marks the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. A major victory in the fight for women’s pay equity, the Ledbetter Act was the very first bill that President Barack Obama signed into law.
Lilly Ledbetter worked for Goodyear Tire Company for 19 years before discovering that she was being paid significantly less than her male counterparts who had the same or less experience than she. Goodyear even had a policy making it a fireable offense to share salary information. After she received an anonymous tip alerting her to the wage discrimination,...Read More
43 years ago, on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States recognized that the Constitution protects a woman’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. A major victory in the history of reproductive rights, Roe v. Wade has impacted countless women, giving them the right to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions and ensuring control over their bodies and lives.
Unfortunately, while we celebrate over four decades of Roe, it is imperative that we also recognize that safe, legal, and affordable reproductive...Read More
A few months ago for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I wrote about the unlikely connection between domestic violence and gun violence, and how the intersection of these two issues has resulted in continuous threats to women’s safety in the United States. Of U.S. women killed by intimate partners, 55% were killed with guns and 76% experienced stalking in the year prior to their murder. As January is National Stalking Awareness Month, it is important that we also explore the connection between gun violence and stalking.
Although stalking is a crime that is seldom spoken about, one...Read More