December 9, 2013 |
It's odd to think of William Shakespeare writing a Christmas play in the same way Hollywood studios release their holiday blockbusters. Yet Twelfth Night, or What You Will, was just that in 1602 - a popular, fanciful entertainment marking the end of Christmas' 12 days and the coming of the Epiphany. There is a noble yet hilarious dreaminess to the play's proceedings - psychic bait-and-switches and twists-upon-truths, wherein servants imagine they can become lords, and ladies dress as men for the sake of romance and, of course, high comedy.
November 19, 2013
LET'S TALK about Katie McGinty. For three reasons: Few people are doing so, she had an interesting finish in a recent poll and she could be the surprise of 2014. Philly native McGinty is one of eight announced Democrats seeking to oppose Gov. Corbett next year. She's also one of four expected to a) stay in the race and b) have enough money to compete. The others are Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord and Tom Wolf. McGinty isn't getting the buzz of front-running Schwartz or of McCord, both of whom get noticed in their current jobs (congresswoman, state treasurer)
November 12, 2013
TO CHRISTINE Flowers: I've just read your piece on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed recently by the Senate. And although I agree with the assessment that most liberals try to paint conservatives as uneducated bigots, I cannot follow you as you affirm that offering the right to marriage matters less when it comes to fight discrimination. Changing people's minds to make them accept and not tolerate another often happens when they consider the other to be part of the same group (at least on some level)
November 4, 2013 |
IT'S ALL ABOUT the ceiling. The glass ceiling, that is. Speaking yesterday at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said gender inequality must be erased in America. "Too many women here and around the world still face ceilings, ceilings that hold back their ambitions and aspirations, that make it harder for them to pursue their own God-given potential," Clinton said in her keynote address. "These ceilings just don't hold back women and girls but they hold back entire economies and societies because no country can truly thrive by denying the contributions of half its people," she said, calling remedying gender inequality "the great unfinished business of the 21st century.
October 4, 2013
WELCOME TO Mensylvania. That's not a typo. That's a commentary on a national report released last week that gives Pennsylvania a poor grade on the status of women who live here. We got a C-minus on how women fare on economic security, leadership and health. The report, issued by the Center for American Progress, ranked the state 28th out of all 50 states. While women nationally have made progress in all three categories, "Pennsylvania stands out as one of the states that are among the worst in the nation for women.
October 1, 2013 |
One player stood out during Conestoga High School field hockey practice last week. Quick-footed. Exceptionally skilled. The tallest player on the team. And male. Olivier Everts, 15, has been playing field hockey since he was 6, and the native of the Netherlands said that when he moved to the United States about three years ago, he had no intention of giving it up. So Everts, now a junior, has suited up for Conestoga since his freshman year, donning the same uniform as the girls, kilt and all. For the last two seasons, his coaches say, he's been the team's leading scorer.
August 30, 2013 |
The increasing number of boys playing on girls' high school teams has altered the competitive balance of some sports, according to recent court filings by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. But this week, a Commonwealth Court judge declined to modify a 38-year-old injunction that barred the PIAA from engaging in gender discrimination. Instead, Judge B. Kevin Brobson said if the PIAA wanted to ban boys from participating in girls' sports and vice versa, it should establish such a policy.
July 7, 2013 |
Ervinstene Harrell, 68, a gender-issues and HIV/AIDS counselor, died Sunday, June 30, of pancreatic cancer at her home in Mount Airy. Mrs. Harrell was born in Philadelphia and never left. Her life's work was doing research on adolescents struggling with their sexuality at her alma mater in Wilmington. She worked as a counselor for SILK, a support group for women with identity issues, and provided crisis counseling and HIV/AIDS counseling and intervention services. She obtained her certification as a counselor from Women Organized Against Rape five years ago and was active with the group.
June 28, 2013 |
FOR THE FIRST time in decades, SEPTA TransPasses and TrailPasses will lack a controversial element: those "M" and "F" stickers identifying the gender of the person who bought them. Much attention has been given to the transit agency's fare increase that begins Monday - which includes the first increase to the system's base fare (from $2 to $2.25) in 12 years. SEPTA also is consolidating Regional Rail zones and eliminating those gender-identifying stickers in the agency's most recent preparation for its massive New Payment Technology overhaul.
June 18, 2013
Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act mandating equality in how men and women are paid for the same job, a huge gap remains. When the bill became law in 1963, a woman earned 59 cents for every $1 a man was paid. Women have become the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of U.S. households with children, but they're only paid 77 cents to the dollar. The pay gap is narrowing slowly, at about a half-cent per year. At that rate, women won't get equal pay until 2058.