Alice Paul – Influential Global Female Leader

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Alice Paul - Influential Global Female Leader

I haven’t seen anyone post about Alice Paul, so I thought I’d be the first. I didn’t know much about her until we discussed women’s rights in my sophomore US History class. For part of our class, we watched “Iron Jawed Angels” which focused on the women’s suffrage movement in the 1910’s. Alice Paul was one of the founders of women’s rights and started the women’s political movement. Although she is no longer alive, there wouldn’t be as many other influential female leaders if it was not for her. She was a part of many women’s rights groups, starting as a member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and then founding the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage. Her group implemented change on a federal level and inevitably gained women the right to vote. Along with that, she worked to gain equality for women on many other levels, and I believe our society wouldn’t be the same today if it wasn’t for her.

http://www.biography.com/people/alice-paul-9435021

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Attachment Parenting

I haven’t seen this cover of Time magazine before, so I was shocked to see it and read about Dr. Sears’s work on attachment parenting.  After researching this topic further, I don’t think attachment parenting would be for me, but that doesn’t mean I’m refuting it.  If women wish to parent that way, it is their own individual decisions to make.  If women are against attachment parenting, that is their choice as well.  I don’t believe either method will make you a “good” or “bad” mother.  That being said, I don’t think Dr. Sears is an anti-feminist.  I think he just truly supports mothers who wish to practice attachment parenting, and that doesn’t make him an anti-feminist.  Although Sears agrees more with attachment parenting, I don’t think he’s saying that the role of the woman is to be a mother.  I feel like different women parent in different ways, and this issue of attachment parenting is a personal issue, not societal.  

Menstration

There is nothing I like about my period.  I can actually say I hate getting my period.  I know it’s not the same for everyone, but for me it’s horrible.  I know my period is coming because I get excrusiating cramps and I usually throw up.  Following this is two days of the most painful cramps I can imagine, and these days consist of me laying in bed with a heating pad on my stomach.  After this the pain decreases, but it still sucks.  After about a week of suffering, my period comes to an end… just to begin again in another month.  

Gay Rights

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Gay Rights

I’ve always been for gay rights and I always will be. People are people no matter what race, religion, or sexual orientation. I really liked the Australian public service announcement for gay marriage because it showed how love is love whether one is gay straight bisexual transgender ect.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a global issue and I don’t believe it can ever be stopped.  It’s something that affects people worldwide and sadly there’s no way in putting a complete end to it.  Even if we form a “global alliance” in attempts to do so, I do believe we can decrease the amount of people being sold off, but I don’t think we can stop it.  In order to prevent it, I think everyone needs to be more informed on the subject because it is such a serious matter.  People, girls in particular, need to be taught about human trafficking.  Countries with the highest numbers of human trafficking cases need to be monitored.  Although I don’t think we can stop it, we should still try. 

Domestic Violence Part 2

I do think domestic violence is still an issue that woman, and even younger girls, face.  I don’t necessarily think that domestic violence has become more frequent today, however I do think that people are more aware of it now than they were in the past. With world news and social media, domestic violence cases are published for anyone to see.  Kids are taught about domestic violence in schools and workshops to become more aware.  Although it may not be a bigger issue now than it was in the past, people now are trying to put an end to it. 

I do think domestic violence is a global issue.  It can’t be pin-pointed to just one area of the world.  However, I do think that women in the middle east and countries where women have less rights are more subject to domestic violence.  

Domestic Violence (Chris Brown vs. Rihanna)

I remember I was in 8th grade when the high profile violence case between Chris Brown and Rihanna came out.  Being 14 years old at the time, people my age made jokes about it, but there is nothing funny about domestic violence.  Seeing the pictures of Rihanna’s face – all swollen and bloody – is still a hard sight to see and it should not be made into a laughing matter.  No man should ever put his hands on a woman that way, and Chris Brown should have faced more serious consequences for his actions. 

As for sympathy and frustration, I feel both towards Rihanna.  The sympathetic feelings come naturally.  She did not deserve to get hurt that way by anyone, especially her own boyfriend.  No one – man or woman – deserves that.  As for frustration, only a few weeks after this incident the two were seen back together, and to this day they are still an item.  I am a fan of Rihanna as a musician but it’s hard for me to respect her as a person for going back to something to did something like that to you.

If I could say something to Chris Brown and Rihanna, I would just ask them both: why?