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Markers and milestones


First periods, learning to drive, becoming a mom, becoming a crone - this issue we share stories of markers and milestones in women's lives. MWP readers share milestones of bravery, thoughts about different ages, stages, celebrations and losses.

April 8 is Equal Pay Day - the date marks the gap between women's and men's wages - or just how far into the current year women must work to earn what men earned the previous year. We check in on the milestone of 30 years of landmark pay equity legislation in Minnesota to see where women are now.

Each year the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women releases its annual Femicide Report that tallies deaths due to violence by a current or former intimate partner. "Markers" from the report are shared in the ActNow column.

This month marks the 15th anniversary of peace vigils on the Lake Street / Marshall Avenue Bridge in the Twin Cities. Click here to read an essay by longtime activist and vigil organizer Marie Braun about the history of this peace effort.

Since 1999, members of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) and others have stood and walked for peace every Wednesday afternoon. Rush-hour drivers honk and wave their approval or open their windows to yell obscenities. Braun writes that it is "an opportunity to stop, for a short time each week, to remind ourselves of the plight of the people who live with the suffering and deprivation that war brings and to join together to say 'War is not the answer.'" A Celebration of Resistance to War and the Weapons of War will be held on Wednesday, April 30, from 5 to 6 p.m. on the bridge, followed by a potluck dinner. (More info online at tinyurl.com/pzly9b7)

When our staff attended a performance of "Lonely Soldiers: Women at War in Iraq" at the History Theatre last month, we were reminded of several appalling facts - markers of war that we'd wish were not so:
• An American woman serving in Iraq or Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow service member than to be killed in the line of fire.
• One in three military women has been sexually assaulted.
• More than 86 percent of women in the military do not report their being sexually harassed or assaulted.


Based on Helen Benedict's 2009 book "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women in Iraq," the play is a compelling production made entirely of the words and stories of seven women who served with the U.S. Army in Iraq or Afghanistan. They share complicated and heartbreaking stories - different from one another and yet alike. Together, their voices are markers and witnesses to the stories of women who gave more for this country than they had signed on for.

What can one person do about the wars halfway around the world? Join with others and be a presence for peace on a bridge on Wednesdays at rush hour. We highly recommend seeing "Lonely Soldiers" at the History Theatre through April 6. Read Benedict's book. Watch the award-winning 2012 documentary film, "The Invisible War" about the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. We can engage our neighbors, families and friends - especially those who see things differently - in thoughtful conversation around the stories and words of women.

Coming up:
May's focus is "sisters" and we're asking about yours: You laugh with them. Cry with them. They can drive you crazy. You love them. Share a sister story?
Send up to 150 words to editor@womenspress.com
Deadline: April 10, 2014
May advertising section:
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Watch for the results of the annual What Women Want MWP readers' survey in the May issue!

June's theme is "women and wheels." When were you glad you gave yourself a green light? Tell us about it.
Send up to 150 words to editor@womenspress.com
Deadline: May 10, 2014
June 2014 Advertising Sections:
• Elder Guide
• Food and Drink Guide
• Women Going Places Guide
• GoSeeDo Guide
Deadline: May 10, 2014




 

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