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ThinkAboutIt November 2017
Victory for Chilean women
Chilean women won a victory - led by their president, Michelle Bachelet - for abortion rights. Bachelet, a center-left politician and former chief of U.N. Women, has long made the fight to relax the country's abortion ban a centerpiece of her legislative agenda.

The bill passed by lawmakers earlier this month added three exceptions to a law that for nearly three decades outlawed abortion in all cases. By a narrow margin, lawmakers rendered abortion legal when the pregnancy results from rape, when the pregnancy endangers the mother's life and when the fetus is unviable.
Source: NPR

Compiled by Quinn Dreasler

Honoring women in the arts
Michelle Hensley, founding artistic director of Ten Thousand Things, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Ivey Awards - which honor the best in Twin Cities professional theatre. During her acceptance speech, Hensley called for more transitions in theater leadership to be filled by women - especially women of color. "Who is in charge matters," she told the cheering crowd. "Women think differently about things like power, rehearsal time and family time, and casting and gender."
Source: MinnPost

The National Book Foundation's award for the "5 under 35" recognizes five young debut fiction writers annually. This year the five honorees are all women, including three women of color. "At a moment in which we are having the necessary conversations surrounding the underrepresentation of female voices, it's a thrill to see this list of tremendous women chosen organically by our selectors," said Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation. "These writers and their work represent an incredibly bright future for the world of literary fiction."
Source: The Cut

India's first transgender judge
29-year old Joyita Mondal is the first transgender woman to be appointed as a civil court judge in India. She faced discrimination as a young person, including being forced to sleep at a bus stop one night because there was no hotel in the area that would grant her a room.

A bill that would protect political, economic, and civil rights for a "third gender" remains in contention in the Supreme Court. Mondal views her appointment as a judge a huge step for the trans community, as well as a huge opportunity to reiterate that they are equal citizens of the country, and therefore deserve the same respect, dignity and acceptance as anyone else.
Source: Women's eNews

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Let Her Learn
Girls across the country are being pushed out of school as a result of educational barriers, including discriminatory discipline, harassment and sexual violence and the failure to recognize and address trauma. The National Women's Law Center's 2017 Let Her Learn Survey of 1,003 girls ages 14-18 shows that being called a racial slur is a common experience shared by all girls of color, with one third to more than two in five of them saying they have had this experience. The survey also reveals that more than 1 in 5 girls have been sexually assaulted.

These traumatic experiences not only affect girls' mental and physical health, but also their ability to concentrate, feel safe, and stay and do well in school. Compared to boys, girls who do not graduate from high school are more likely to be unemployed and to earn low wages if they have jobs. Yet, despite the obstacles they face, girls are resilient and optimistic about their future, and many see themselves as leaders.
Source: National Women's Law Center

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