October is Domestic Violence month--a month to recognize not only the disturbing prevalance of domestic violence but also the strength we have to survive it. In this vein, SHE WRITES--an online community for women writers--is encouraging survivors of domestic violence to share their stories:
Most of us know a woman who has been a victim of domestic violence. We may know her from afar. We may know her up close. The thing is, we know. And over the next two weeks, by participating in the DVAM Writing Prompt here at She Writes, we can serve as a witness and celebrate her strength and survival through our words.
What a day! We have just come back from breakout group discussions where we all put our heads together to discuss the most pressing research, policy, program, media, and funding priorities for economic security, social supports and safety nets, education and healthcare. Stay tuned--we'll be posting memos from these discussions on the Council's website soon!
In the meantime, we have an all-star panel to help close out the day. The topic? The Road Forward.
Last week, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis sat down with Lilly Ledbetter--the former Goodyear employee who stood up to pay discrimination, and won! (eventually). The topic of discussion? The Paycheck Fairness Act. As Solis wrote in her blog post,
Like many women in today’s workplace, she was faced with a difficult choice. She could remain silent or she could speak up for herself, and in so doing speak out for countless other women across the nation who may have unknowingly faced a similar situation. I am grateful she had the courage to pursue the latter.
I am not a feminist. I’m just a guy who wants to help, and who believes strongly in what NCRW is doing. But without more male allies, we risk preaching to the converted and not advancing anything.
Do you invite men to networking meetings or talks about women’s leadership? If you’re like me, you get a notice about an interesting event like The Female Vision and you only think of women who might want to go. Why? We assume men won’t want to come, and that perpetuates the problem.