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ThinkAboutIt: June 2011
"[Working women] get to do what you get to do because there are wonderful people helping at home. On behalf of every sister and mother and person who stands in your kitchen and helps you love your child, I say thank you-and I celebrate you tonight."
-Amy Poehler, speaking at the Time magazine "Time 100 Most Influential People" gala
Source: http://jezebel.com

End the violence
A report called "Sexual Violence on Campus" was released in April by the Minnesota Women's Consortium, using information obtained from 37 higher education institutions in Minnesota. Some findings are:

• College women are four times more likely than any other group to be sexually assaulted.
• In 50 percent of college sexual assaults, either the survivor or assailant had been drinking alcohol.
• In one study, one in 20 women reported being raped in college since the beginning of the year (approximately seven months), and 72 percent of those rapes happened when the victims were so intoxicated they were unable to consent or refuse.
Source: www.mnwomen.org

The state of Afghan and U.S. women
Women in Afghanistan remain uncertain about whether Osama bin Laden's death will improve their lives. "We simply cannot know whether the death of bin Laden is or is not good for the Afghan people, but we are worried about what will happen next," said Manizha Naderi, executive director of Women for Afghan Women (WAW).

Naderi advocates for women in a country that came in last, 164 out of 164, on Save the Children's latest annual global ranking of women's maternal health. The U.S. was ranked 31st, with one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the industrialized world. Norway was ranked the best place to be a mom; average maternity leave there is about one year.
Source: www.womensenews.org

Women in school and at work
For the first time, American women have passed men in earning advanced college degrees. Census figures released in April show that among adults 25 and older, 10.6 million U.S. women have master's degrees or higher, compared to 10.5 million men.

Stay-at-home dad figures are also at an all-time high, reaching 2 million last year, or one in 15 fathers.
Source: www.census.gov


Respect for Korean single mothers
May 11, 2011, was the first-ever Single Mother's Day in South Korea. The event encouraged the government to support single mothers, something it is alleged the government has not done in the past. Adoption agency practices of pressuring a mother to sign an illegal consent form before her child's birth, not informing mothers of their legal rights, and counseling a mother not to register her child at the hospital continue to violate unwed mothers' human rights.
The Single Mother's Day event was organized in part by Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea (TRACK), whose director of education and outreach is Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, assistant professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
"As an adoptee who grew up in the U.S., I'm excited about Single Mother's Day as an affirmation of Korea's unwed mothers whose experiences might resemble that of my own mother, who I have searched for since 1999," Dobbs said.
Source: www.koreaherald.com; www.jkwondobbs.com

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