September 15, 2014 |
If Yasmine Mustafa's business goal for her self-defense technology company, Roar for Good L.L.C., is met, the world will be a safer place for women. It's an ambitious undertaking, inspired more by empathy than earnings - an empathy for the mistreated, a topic this daughter of Palestinian parents knows about from personal experience. At age 8, Mustafa was forced from her native Kuwait when Saddam Hussein's troops invaded in 1990. She, her parents, and her five brothers and sisters had just two hours to pack for relocation to the United States.
September 13, 2014 |
If Ray Rice never plays football again, nothing will have changed. If Roger Goodell is fired as commissioner of the NFL, nothing will have changed. If the league issues a dozen new rules and related penalties pertaining to the abuse of women by men, nothing will have changed. That's the first thing that has to be understood about the whole fallout from the sad saga of Rice and his wife, Janay. Everything is for show. Everything is for appearances. Nothing is about real change.
September 5, 2014
WE CAN see the articles now: "50 Ways to Rekindle Infrastructure Legislation. " "Filibuster Your Mate to Ecstasy. " "PACs Even Your Best Friends Won't Tell You About. " Cosmopolitan magazine, which has made the world a better place for decades by identifying male erogenous zones and providing erotic tips for its mostly female readers, has decided to start covering the decidedly unerotic realm that is our political system. On Monday, Cosmo throws its hat in the ring with its "#CosmoVotes" campaign, with candidate endorsements, stories on women-centric issues and a social-media blitz designed to turn readers into voters.
September 3, 2014 |
'Today is skate day, kiddos!" Wouldn't that be every day for the horizontally mobile? Not for "Shred the Patriarchy," an informal, feminist-slanted group that has been sending that message over Facebook much of the summer to meet at Paine's Park on Thursdays and Sundays. This loose collection of women of all stripes - its fliers call for any "female-identified folks" - are hardly typical or hugely welcome among the guys performing sprint-speed feats on boards and bikes. Shred the Patriarchy, organized on Facebook by 21-year-old philosophy student Sky Kalfus, is there to establish a presence for women in skateboard parks - as well as an opportunity for them to get better.
August 29, 2014 |
MINNESOTA WOMEN'S gymnastics coach Meg Stephenson has left the job in a "mutually agreed-upon resignation," according to the university. The Gophers announced Stephenson's departure yesterday, citing two investigations into student and employee complaints about the program. Athletic director Norwood Teague said the investigations have been completed, after which the department took "prompt and appropriate action" in response. The university said there's an open complaint with the federal Office for Civil Rights related to the program.
August 28, 2014
FORMER Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty was into one of her cheerleader-type speeches on the Capitol steps. The subject was women in politics. "Are we fired up?" she asked. "Are we fired up?" I know I was. It was hot in Harrisburg's midday sun. McGinty yesterday stood in front of two dozen women running for Congress or the Legislature and suggested more women in office means more investment in education, pre-schooling and health care and also more jobs.
August 28, 2014 |
A FEW WEEKS ago in Rittenhouse Square, a man said something to a few other men in a car who were catcalling a group of women. One of the men, offended that someone should try to halt his verbal barrage, got out of the car and knocked the good Samaritan unconscious. The story blew up on social media and for a brief while people were talking about street harassment. The irony is that it took a man getting beaten up to make it a story. Women deal with the problem every day. It's those kinds of incidents that prompted Rochelle Keyhan, Erin Filson and Anna Kegler to form Feminist Public Works several years ago and, more recently, Hollaback Philly and the now-more-famous (thanks to their work at San Diego Comic-Con)
August 28, 2014 |
Diane Wilfert, 68, adores watching her grandchildren - just not on Sundays during football season. From the first snap to the final buzzer, the grandmother from Pilesgrove, N.J., can be found perched on the couch - fantasy football roster in hand - hoping her team, the Cat's Pajamas, has a winning day. Wilfert, now retired, loves fantasy football - where participants choose real players to create imaginary teams. Her $40-to-join league, comprising family and friends, includes a draft party, gives her something to talk about with her sons-in-law, "and it's been wonderful for my marriage," she said.
August 28, 2014 |
Philadelphia police have charged a 25-year-old man with killing two Holmesburg women in their home Saturday, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. James Mears, 25, has been charged with two counts of murder, robbery, and related offenses, he said. He has confessed and is cooperating with police, Clark said. Clark said Mears was a houseguest of Dollie Evans, 67, and had been staying at her home on the 4700 block of Vista Street for three or four months. Ruby Thomas, 59, also lived in the house.
August 26, 2014 |
Homicide detectives were searching Sunday for a motive in the killings of two women found shot to death in a house in Holmesburg Saturday. The women, identified by neighbors and relatives as Dollie Evans, 67, and Ruby Thomas, 59, were shot in the head inside Evans' home on the 4700 block of Vista Street. Thomas, who had been living with Evans for about two months, according to neighbors, was found with a gunshot wound to the head on a living room couch, police said. Evans, they said, was found on the floor of a second-floor bedroom, shot in the back of the head.