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"Don't be motivated by self-hatred. Always be motivated by love. Be compassionate because compassion and love is what we have that General Electric doesn't, Weyerhaeuser doesn't. That is our strength." Winona La Duke

March 1999
Vol. 1 #1


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Women who were full-time, year-round workers earned 74 cents for every dollar earned by men in 1997. This is a better situation than we had in 1973 when women were paid 57 cents to men's dollar. Still, it's the shits. Worse, this stat doesn't take into account female part-time workers or temporary workers, or the free caretaking work that women do because of our strong sense of responsibility toward children. Who says that good deeds pay off? Well, maybe they do, but not in terms of money. Not yet.

Good news: Women constitute a rising share of those being awarded college and postgraduate degrees. In 1995, 55% of those awarded bachelor's degrees were women. Fifty five percent of the masters' degrees, 39% of the doctorates, 39% of the M.D.'s, and 43% of the law degrees went to women! In the early 1970's, the respective percentages were 43%, 40%, 14%, 8%, and 5%. An incredible improvement. Still, more of those medical and law degrees need to go to women. Less than 50% isn't good enough.

Women were more likely than men to have voted in the 1996 presidential election--60% vs 57%. Women's voting rates in presidential elections surpassed those of men in 1984, and have been higher ever since. The bad news is: We have in the White House a man who allegedly flashes, gropes, and rapes women; bombs civilians in Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iraq; forces single mothers and children into worsening poverty; and has interns sexually service him while he talks to high powered politicians on the phone. Women have secured the right to vote. Now we need someone to vote for.

*source: US Census Bureau, www.census.gov

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