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Category Archives: Change the World
When disaster strikes, we’re all riveted to the TV, internet and social media. But what happens later, after the initial disaster is over and the news media stops reporting? Maura Taylor says there’s a network of case workers from Catholic Charities and other organizations who continue to help the victims rebuild their lives. It takes years and thousands of volunteers and donations, but resources must continue if we are to help communities rebuild. We must not forget the survivors in the months and years that follow.
Less than a month after the Joplin, Missouri, tornado, Maura accepted her job as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. As she assumed responsibility for this dedicated organization with only two paid staff people, she was faced with the casualties of the worst reported tornado since NOAA first started recording in 1950. Continue reading
Have you ever dreamed of running for office? You should, says Susan Rose, women’s political activist, public servant and writer. Susan says that when women are elected to office, they create laws that affect the lives of women and children, like childcare, education, violence against women and civil rights. Yet only 17% of members of US Congress and only 20% of state legislators nation-wide are women.
The 2012 Project is a national non-partisan campaign of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) to increase the number of elected women. Continue reading
Have you been sucked into the doom and gloom of the lagging economy, political stalemate, broken systems and world upheaval?
Susan Steinbrecher says it’s time to “clear the dust from our eyes” caused by the old negative belief systems and see who we truly are. Susan wrote KENSHO: A Modern Awakening, Instigating Change in an Era of Global Renewal, to show how creative and innovative thinking can shift things in a better direction.
KENSHO is a Zen Buddhist term that means “awakening to one’s true nature.” Susan and Dr. Nancy discuss how experiencing crisis can lead to greater clarity. Continue reading
Have you become immune to the media images of young women in soft porn poses selling everything from lotion to underwear? If so, it’s time to wake up and notice the images being projected in front of men, women and children every day. Top media expert, Regina Kulik-Scully says everyone needs to vote with their wallets and their remotes. When you see something offensive, speak out. Advertisers are listening, reading blogs and scanning social media. Continue reading
Recent media spin on the popularity of the novel “50 Shades of Grey” suggests that assertive and successful feminists want men to be rough and in charge, (e.g. Newsweek “The Fantasy Life of Working Women: Why Surrender is a Feminist Dream”). Accomplished woman scholar, Dr. Birute Regine disagrees.
She says that the book has all the elements of a good read that women like: It’s hot; it’s sexy; it’s an escape. But she finds what the media is doing in their buzz, suggesting that strong women REALLY want to be dominated in real life, is subversive toward women. The book’s success doesn’t mean women want to be dominated; it means women like sex and have erotic fantasies. Gasp! Continue reading
Do you play down your assets and shy away from power? Gloria Feldt says that she did and she sees other women defer to men every day. She wrote Continue reading
Dr. Lois Phillips says that silence is NOT golden. When women leaders speak with a public voice, they achieve a better quality of life for all. They change policy … and the world. What can you do with your voice? Continue reading
Author and social activist, Joanna Krotz reports that women business owners give a higher percentage of their income, more often than any other group. Joanna has written two books on philanthropy, Continue reading