October 5, 2013 |
For 30 years, a government nutrition program has helped keep infants alive while enjoying a status that placed it above politics, supported by the left and right. Now, that could be changing, as the federal shutdown threatens funding for WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. By the end of October, low-income women and children in Pennsylvania will begin to run out of WIC benefits if much of the U.S. government remains shuttered, according to state officials and advocates.
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 2, 2013 |
About 30 years ago, Renee Norris-Jones concluded that her seven-year marriage was over and she was ready to leave. She gathered the money she had hidden in emptied-out tampon applicators and went to see Women Against Abuse. Norris-Jones said she was 18 and the mother of a young boy when she married a man she had known for a couple of years. Soon, she was in and out of domestic-violence shelters, about 50 times in all, before she finally had the wherewithal to leave. Women Against Abuse, she said, helped her get away and start a new life.
September 26, 2013 |
Cara Deola (Council Rock South) scored the game's only goal as West Chester, the defending NCAA Division II Atlantic Region champion, beat host East Stroudsburg in a PSAC women's soccer game on Tuesday. Deola scored on a cross pass from Lexi Brown (Pennsbury) 18 minutes, 41 seconds into the second half for the Rams, who got three saves from Alex Srolis (Downingtown East). Golf. Brandon Matthews carded a 5-under 67 to tie for second overall and help Temple place fifth among the 17 teams competing at the Hartford Hawk Invitational in Connecticut.
September 20, 2013 |
JUST DAYS after the feisty women of the 3000 block of North Sydenham Street led the mayor on an impromptu show-and-tell, their neighborhood got some long-overdue attention. "Look what happens when you open your mouth to the right people," said Lorraine Falligan. The right person in this case was Mayor Nutter, whom the women plotted to get on their street as soon as he came to their neighborhood last week to host a ceremony for a new basketball court. One minute the big guy was wrapping up the festivities and heading to his car, the next he was getting an ear- and eyeful from the women.
September 18, 2013 |
Why are two-thirds of Philadelphia bicyclists men, and what are we going to do about it? The recent boom in cycling, here and around the nation, has been largely fueled by guys. Between 2005 and 2010, the average number of bikes counted per hour at 17 Philadelphia locations grew by 127 percent, while the percentage of women riders decreased from 38 percent of the total to 32 percent. Nationwide, the percentage is even lower: In 2009, women accounted for just 24 percent of all bike trips, according to federal data.
September 12, 2013 |
When Sandra Cintron's mother heard how bad her daughter's fibroid symptoms were getting - bleeding that went on for weeks and debilitating pain - she thought she knew where things were heading. "You're going to need a hysterectomy," Maria Perales said. She had one herself when she was in her 30s. A lot has changed since then, though, and Cintron, of Northeast Philadelphia, was able to choose a less extreme treatment for the benign growths on her uterus. Last week, she had an embolization at Einstein Medical Center, a procedure that left her uterus intact but cut off the blood supply to the fibroids.
September 11, 2013 |
THE MOMENT Mayor Nutter got to their neighborhood for a ceremony to open a new basketball court, the women of North Sydenham Street began plotting to get him on their block. They dutifully attended the festivities Friday at nearby Heritage Park. They enthusiastically applauded the state-of-the-art court donated by Beyond Sports and ESPN. They nodded when organizers and residents noted what a boost such a gift would be for a neighborhood that just months ago was begging the city to replace a basketball hoop inside the park.
September 6, 2013 |
GENO AURIEMMA will return to coach the U.S. women's basketball team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press. USA Basketball will discuss the move at a news conference today in Connecticut. The person spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday because the appointment of the Connecticut coach has not been announced. Auriemma, a Norristown native, will be the first repeat coach for the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team, which has won a gold medal at the past five games.
August 25, 2013 |
Work for Sarah Janicki has been busy. And that is bad. Janicki handles client services for Women Against Abuse, and in the last year, the Philadelphia nonprofit has had a disturbing rise in the number of requests - and denials - for emergency housing. In 2012, the group had to turn down 8,400 requests for shelter from callers to its hotline. Though that included some people who made multiple calls over several days, it was up from 1,700 denials in 2007, she said. As the need for services and housing rises, Women Against Abuse is going through "a huge period of growth," Janicki said.