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YouSaid October 2011

Book Bags of Bemidji
Thank you for publishing the article about the Book Bags, my book club [BookTalk, MWP, 9/2011]. I was a charter member, over 15 years ago, and have been in heaven ever since.

What I could not have foreseen was that it would change my life. It provided me with wonderful, true friends who really know and love each other, on so many levels. It has become a sisterhood of its own. It changed my life, it has opened up my mind and my heart.

My own family table conversations have changed and improved immensely over the years as I read and discuss books that the club members chose, which I might never have read otherwise. Every book club member should be so lucky.

Ann Cease, Bemidji

Nonsexist words
If you can be patient, Rosalie [Maggio], I'm ashamed by how IMpatient I am still over our language deficiencies. [OnYourMind, MWP, 3/2010] Being a public school teacher for 30 years and raising two daughters, I hope I've done my share to raise awareness. But what really breaks my heart are the WOmen who think it's just silly to object to calling everyone "you guys" because they're used to it. When I called a whole class "you girls," I learned that within two hours a middle school boy can grow red faced and threaten to tell his parents!

No, I have no patience to wait till the rest of the world gets used to hearing from us. Keep reminding all of us.

Pauline Wahl, Otsego, Minn.


Kindred spirit
I try to be a good, male feminist, (having in a recent year having a hisnia, rather than a hernia-one has to keep one's verbiage up to date). I am a regular reader-since its founding-of the Women's Press.

In the August issue you mentioned that a woman had been elected president of Thailand for the first time. [Yingluck Shinawatra, ThinkAboutIt, MWP, 8/2011] I thought you might be interested to see a recent roster of women who served as "heads of state" in the last decade that I had prepared for the Women's International League of Peace and Freedom's summer report. (I've been a longtime member.) The list is extensive, but not exhaustive.

Thank you for your contributions to knowledge and sensitivities.

Donald P. Irish, Minneapolis

Editor's note: See Irish's list on the MWP website, http://tinyurl.com/429uzbh. Do you have more women's names to add to the list? Let us know!

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