Category Archives: Girl stuff

Women should patent their ideas more

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-11-58-40-amAlthough data is hard to come by, a new Institute for Women’s Policy Research study says that women are far less likely than men to file for patents.

Here’s more on the first U.S. woman to earn a patent, Mary Kies.

Tell me if you’ve heard this one:

screenshot-2016-11-28-20-13-11Mike the Heathen sends this, a meditation on how the sight of a woman’s Lady Parts is enough to frighten off the Devil. Cool, right? If you click on the link and read the poem, the young woman exposing herself did so in reaction to the Devil’s entreaties — if I can use such a veiled word.

Imagine: Even the Devil runs from the sight of Lady Parts. Makes you feel downright…powerful, yes?

Hillary Clinton is a woman

rs_560x415-150410093046-1024-hillary-clinton-pansuit-ls-41015_copyIn case that’s floated right past you, the Democratic candidate for president is a woman.

I know, right? Who cares? Besides: Early on, she wasn’t even my candidate, but old age has rendered me pragmatic, and now she is. She, of the two candidates with the greater likelihood of winning the race, most closely aligns with my vision for my country.

It may not be your vision. So be it. I’m not here to try to convince you.

Early on in each of Clinton’s campaigns, there were statements (that special place in hell thing) made by her supporters that questioned the feminist bonafides of any one who doesn’t support the female candidate. While I understand — a little — where that sentiment comes from, I do not support it, nor do I support a candidate based on her gender.

See what I did there?

But as this godforsaken campaign has wheezed itself into multiple corners, died, and then risen again like a zombie, I find myself entertaining the notion that in my lifetime  we just may have a woman president who has survived the most bruising campaign imaginable, and stayed standing — a woman, like me — well, not exactly like me, but you get where I’m going, don’t you?

Only in the last few days have I started thinking about what that means, at least for me. In my lifetime, women were often excluded from jury duty because she was needed at home. The Equal Pay Act was passed when I was 4. We still have a gender pay gap. When I was small, members of my gender could not get a bank loan or own a credit card.

So just for a moment, just for today, I’m going to allow myself to feel a little bit hopeful. I know. Silly, right? But I’m starting to feel it.

Latina women? Take your vitamins.

latina-epdenglishAccording to a new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, you’ll need your vitamins because if trends continue as they have, it will be 232 years before you reach pay equity.

Happy Latinas Equal Pay Day. Every year, Latinas must work until Nov. 1 in order to earn what white men earned the previous year.

African American women? You need only wait a short 108 years.

Download the report here.

Christian women revolt against pro-Trump pastors

dada322743b2e22944df2e628829b11aTrump has not offered true repentance.”

Bless you, my sisters. And thanks, Cynical, for sending this.

You matter. What happened to you matter.

new-picture-3The Department of Justice recently announced awards  of more than $38 million

to help state, tribal and local government agencies to process sexual assault kits in law enforcement custody that have not been submitted to forensic laboratories.

You can read more here.

Oh, FFS

Stacks of US currency in ascending graph patternDespite the recent good economic news — for some, anyway — women will not achieve pay equity for another 136 years.

So that means that if I eat my greens, exercise daily, and keep up with my prayers, I will STILL BE DEAD BEFORE THIS HAPPENS GODDAMMIT.