Archive for Activism & Awareness

Domestic Violence is Everyone’s Problem

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If you’ve been lucky enough to be in healthy, non-violent relationships your entire life you should remember that not everyone is so fortunate.  In fact, the statistics about domestic violence are shocking and disturbing:

  • Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.

    Patricia Tjaden & Nancy Thoennes, U.S. Dep’t of Just., NCJ 183781, Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, at iv (2000), available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/pubs-sum/183781.htm

  • Intimate partner violence made up 20% of all nonfatal violent crime experienced by women in 2001.

    Callie Marie Rennison, U.S. Dep’t of Just., NCJ 197838, Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief: Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, at 1 (2003), available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/ipv01.pdf

  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, between 1998 and 2002:
    • Of the almost 3.5 million violent crimes committed against family members, 49% of these were crimes against spouses.
    • 84% of spouse abuse victims were females, and 86% of victims of dating partner abuse at were female.
    • Males were 83% of spouse murderers and 75% of dating partner murderers
    • 50% of offenders in state prison for spousal abuse had killed their victims. Wives were more likely than husbands to be killed by their spouses: wives were about half of all spouses in the population in 2002, but 81% of all persons killed by their spouse.

      Matthew R. Durose et al., U.S. Dep’t of Just., NCJ 207846, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Family Violence Statistics: Including Statistics on Strangers and Acquaintances, at 31-32 (2005), available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/fvs.pdf

The chances of someone you know and love living in an abusive relationship are staggeringly high.  No matter what your personal situation is, every single woman needs to be an activist for domestic violence awarness and prevention.

Check out this amazing new project:  a documentary entitled Power and Control. Part of the challenge with domestic violence is helping people realize why the victims stay; and what has to happen for them to be able to leave an abusive partner.

It is easy to look away.  Domestic violence is ugly, and terrifying even for those looking on.  No one wants to be responsible for someone else’s relationship.  But it is important to provide support–individually and as a society–for women who really want to break free and live a life free from fear and pain.

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WildEarth.tv

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Love animals and nature?  Dream of going on safari?  Now you can experience the wilds  of Africa 24/7 from the comfort of your own home.  WildEarth.tv has live streaming video of the Djuma Private Game Reserve.  You can watch real wildlife from lions to hippos going about their business, and listen to the bird calls and other natural sounds from the African bush.

Keep up with the WildEarth.tv Blog.  And see archived footage of some of the most exciting video clips from the rangers at the reserve.

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Oprah and Friends on Domestic Violence

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Facts About Heart Disease in Women…

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  • One-third of all deaths in women globally are from heart disease.
  • In the U.S. 435,000 women suffer from heart attacks annually.
  • 42% of all women who have heart attacks die within a year after.
  • Heart attacks kill six times as many women as breast cancer.
  • Women who smoke suffer from heart attacks on an average of 19 years earlier than women who do not smoke.
  • 8 million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease.

Heart disease is a serious issue in the U.S. and around the world.  It is important to know if you are at risk of heart disease by knowing your family history, monitoring your diet and exercise, and paying attention to early symptoms.

Learn more about heart disease and how you can prevent it at the American Heart Association’s special site for women called Go Red For Women.  You can also join in an awarenss campaign and let other people know about the increasing dangers of heart disease in women.

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National Thrift Store Month – Make it Happen!

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We have a National Prune Month.

We have a National Noodle Month.

We have a National Bread Machine Baking Month.

So why not a National Thrift Store Month?  Reusing and recycling second-hand goods from t-shirts to teapots is a wonderful way to make sure we are using our resources wisely. So much junk is produced each year and our society has become wasteful–buying and throwing away items that are barely used just because we want something else.

Thrift stores also provide people with jobs and most thrift stores are non-profits or support charity organizations.  They ensure that millions of pounds of clothing and household goods do not end up in the landfill every year.  And you know what else?  They are fun!  That’s right…shopping in thrift stores is fun. You never know what treasures you’ll find at prices that are far below regular retail prices.

If you would like to support the group petitioning for National Thrift Store Month, visit Shopping Golightly at her blog The Thrifty Chicks, and join the rapidly growing Facebook group here.

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Women’s History Month

In honor of women’s history month, I’m bringing you a collection of links to some amazing websites where you can learn about U.S. Women’s History, as well as the histories of notable women around the world.  As women, we owe a lot to oru foremothers.  Those who came before us and sacrificed for the rights that many of us take for granted.  It was less than a century ago when women were considered second-class citizens still fighting for their basic rights to be recognized.  Women didn’t have the right to vote in our country until 1920.  Much progress has been made in the past 89 years, but there is still a long way to go.  

List of Firsts is Women’s Accomplishments from TheHistoryChannel.com

National Women’s History Project

Interactive Women’s History Timeline from Biography.com.

Biographies of Notable Women from About.com.

300 Women Who Changed the World from Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Green is Haute!

Move over Vogue!  The green fashion and beauty revolution have spawned some excellent new publications for fashionistas that are interested in more than just looking good.  Today’s woman shops with a conscience.  She demands that her clothing and cosmetics are not only stylish and sexy; but ethical, sustainable, and organic as well.  While there are hundreds of great websites touting green style, there are also a few new print journals that are squeezing their way onto the magazine racks.  boho is made from 100% recycled paper with soy-based inks!

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boho – boho is the brainchild of Editor-in-chief Gina La Morte, founder of fashion website TheStyleDoctor.com and one of the country’s most sought-after style gurus. She is the first U.S. stylist to create her own American magazine. 


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Organic Beauty – No more hunting through magazines in search of a few nice organic products.  Here’s an entire magazine devoted to the subject!  Editor-in-Chief Rona Berg is the former beauty editor of the New York Times Magazine and editorial director of ELLE. 


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Coco Eco – High Fashion meets Sustainability.  Coco Eco is an L.A.-based magazine that gives haute couture lovers a reason to love the planet.

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