June 20, 2016 |
I was dismayed to see the interview with Arnetta Stewart and Katja Pigur of the Maternity Care Coalition (" An effort to increase breast-feeding in Philly " which appreared on June 5). While the breast-feeding initiation rates cited are spot-on (78 percent of mothers initiating breast-feeding), the hand-wringing about their inadequacy is not. These statistics do not take into account the deeply personal reasons the remaining 22 percent do not breast-feed from birth - women who have undergone mastectomies, women on certain contraindicated or borderline medications, and women who have histories of sexual trauma, to name a few. Seen in proper context, 79 percent nationwide is pretty darn impressive.
June 17, 2016 |
From the start, Ronald Dorsey had been considered a suspect in the 2014 slayings of Dollie May "Grandmom" Evans and her roommate, Ruby April Thomas. Evans, 67, was known to sell crack cocaine from the house in the 4700 block of Vista Street in Holmesburg. So was Evans' boarder, James Mears, recently paroled from prison on a 2010 gun case and on the lam from a halfway house. And detectives knew of a flurry of cellphone calls between Mears and Dorsey, a drug dealer who lived on the 1100 block of E. Upsal Street, in the hours after the slayings.
June 11, 2016
Two women were hospitalized after they were hit by a SEPTA bus Thursday afternoon in the city's Chestnut Hill section, an agency spokesman said. The Route L bus was traveling on Germantown Avenue at Gravers Lane when it hit the women about 4:20 p.m., said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. The women were transported to Einstein Medical Center. Their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Busch said. The cause of the accident was under investigation. - Robert Moran
June 10, 2016 |
Hillary Clinton has been a part of national life for so long, known to haters and admirers alike by first name alone, that it was almost easy to overlook the monumental nature of her impending accomplishment. Not anymore. After voters Tuesday cemented her status as the first woman to clinch the presidential nomination of a major political party, millions of women reveled in Hillary's historic moment. They let their young daughters stay up late to watch on TV, felt a certain catch in their throat, and perhaps, like Clinton herself, wished their own mothers had been alive to witness it. "First time since 1789 - that's a long time," said Rita Conley, 75, a former Democratic committeewoman, who lives in North Wales, Montgomery County.
June 6, 2016
With the recent opening of Moore College of Art & Design's juried alumni exhibition, consider the story of the first visual arts college for women in the United States: Moore's antecessor, the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (PSDW). Founded in 1848, PSDW was the first of several such institutions to appear in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati. However, art for art's sake was not the goal of philanthropist and PSDW founder Sarah Worthington Peter. At the time of the school's inception, thousands of unmarried and widowed women worked from home, which - in the 19th century - did not mean telecommuting in one's pajamas.
June 3, 2016 |
I HAVE BEEN TOLD by otherwise intelligent, alert, accomplished women that I must vote for Hillary Clinton. Some have said it's because failing to cast my vote for Bill's charming better half will be a de facto "plus one" for Team Trump. While I doubt that is the case, and polls seem to bear me out, it's a fairly respectable argument: Hillary minus me minus many other women equals Donald. But there are also the sisters who tell me I must vote for Hillary because she is a woman, and I am a woman, and It Is Time.
May 31, 2016 |
North Carolina's players flooded onto the field Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium and swarmed goalie Megan Ward as the clock ran out. The NCAA championship celebration was just beginning. Then the players went back to the sideline where they embraced their families in the crowd. Marie McCool, who graduated from Moorestown High, said earlier this week that her team had "unfinished business in Philly. " She met her mother, who had tears in her eyes. Outside the Tar Heels locker room minutes later, someone yelled, "If you're not first, you're last!"
May 29, 2016 |
Maryland's players met their goalie and walked slowly off the field at halftime of their NCAA women's lacrosse semifinal. Syracuse's players ran into the tunnel at Talen Energy Stadium. With Maryland leading by seven goals at the break, it made sense. The Orange had a lot to figure out. Their offense had scored only three goals and the Terrapins converted on all but one of their shots. "I think our girls really came out on fire," Maryland head coach Cathy Reese said. The top-seeded Terrapins (22-0)
May 29, 2016 |
North Carolina played keep-away for nearly nine full minutes and it was just barely enough to end Penn State's season in women's lacrosse. With a minute and a half left Friday, the Nittany Lions finally forced a turnover and had a chance to tie the score. But Tar Heels goalie Caylee Waters came up with one final stop to seal the victory. "That's what it takes to make a national championship game," North Carolina coach Jenny Levy said of the save. The third-seeded Tar Heels (19-2)