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ThinkAboutIt August 2012
"Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women."

Journalist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist Nora Ephron, from a Wellesley Commencement address, 1996. Ephron died on June 26, 2012, at age 71.

Reproductive choice (or no choice)
An anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center (CPC), called the Women's Care Center, is opening in Duluth across the street from the Women's Health Center-the only abortion provider in northern Minnesota. Another CPC, Lake Superior Life Care Center, is just three blocks away.

This new CPC will be the 20th in the Women's Care Center franchise. It will have an unpaid director and, if typical, will be run by anti-abortion volunteers who are not licensed medical professionals.

Laurie Casey, executive director of the Women's Health Center, said, "We already have problems with picketing and harassing patients, so we feel if the CPC goes kitty-corner from us, there just may be more picketing and harassment. We've heard this happens elsewhere. When clinics have similar names, there are problems."

Source: www.feminist.org

No photoshopping a reality!
In our June issue's Think About It section we reported on 14-year-old Julia Bluhm's campaign directed at Seventeen magazine to stop changing girls' images through digital alteration to look "perfect." After Bluhm's petition received more then 84,000 signers, Seventeen listened. In the magazine's August 2012 issue there is a pledge to "celebrate every kind of beauty" and "never to change girls' body or face shapes with retouching." You go, Julia!

Source: www.msmagazine.com

Sporting numbers

For the first time, more U.S. women than men are in this year's Olympic Games in London.

There are 269 women and 261 men competing.

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun called it a "true testament to the impact of Title IX. "

This year's oldest American athlete is 54-year-old equestrian rider Karen O'Connor, while the youngest is 15-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky.

Source: www.startribune.com


Longevity? It's right here

Of the 25 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S., Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks fourth in terms of the well being of its women, according to the new report published by the Social Science Research Council. The study used three basic indicators: life expectancy at birth, years of schooling and median personal income. Twin Cities women came in second in the nation for life expectancy: 83.4 years.

You can read the full report at www.measureofamerica.org

Source: www.minnpost.com

The facts on child sex trafficking

• Most victims of sex trafficking are girls

• Their average age is 13

• Traffickers frequently use children to solicit other children

• Minnesota ranks as the 13th largest center for sex trafficking of children in the country

Source: www.civilsocietyhelps.org

Minnesota women abused

Nearly half of Minnesota women experience some kind of sexual abuse, said a study released late last year by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

• About 22% of Minnesota women have been raped in their lifetime.

• More then 48% of Minnesota women have experienced sexual violence other than rape.

The study surveyed about 17,000 people nationwide. "I wasn't surprised," said Patty Wetterling, sexual violence director of the Minnesota Department of Health. "This is what we're hearing from people. There is a tremendous amount of sexual violence."

Source: www.minnesota.publicradio.org

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