Posts Tagged ‘equality’

FILE PHOTO: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) look on after executing search warrants and making some arrests at an agricultural processing facility in Canton


Mississippi ICE Raids Targeted Workers Who Fought for Better Conditions



 Wednesday’s raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, the company paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging the company with sexual harassment, national origin and race discrimination, and retaliation against Latino workers at one of its Mississippi plants. Labor activists say it’s the latest raid to target factories where immigrant workers have organized unions, fought back against discrimination or challenged unsafe and unsanitary conditions.




2013 Unoccupied

J. Giambrone



This British import arrived, and I knew not how nor why. But it’s a marvelous period piece, and the period is 1940. It’s also a movie about making a movie, and the characters are the screenwriters.

This nuanced tale tackles the sexism of the day. The main character is a Welsh girl who is suddenly called up by the Ministry of Information to help write “the slop,” which is female dialogue for their propaganda films.


When Dunkirk inspires a heroic rescue story, the plot kicks into gear. A news article praises a pair of sisters who stole their drunken dad’s boat to join in the rescue. The government functionaries decide this is grade-A propaganda to inspire the working class to go fight the Germans.


As Catrin develops the story with her co-writers, many tangents appear. Many obstacles to production too, and some are hilarious. Catrin grows as a writer…

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Iceland Becomes First Country To Require Equal Pay For Men And Women



Inside the Weird World of an Islamic ‘Feminist’ Cult





$28 / Hour

” If minimum wage workers saw the same massive increases in income that the America’s richest have enjoyed since the 1970s, the lowest-paid worker in America today would be making $28 an hour. ”
Rethinking Our Minimum Wage



Google Searches Show Sexism

Posted: October 19, 2013 in -
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 Google Searches to Show the Scope of Sexism Worldwide



After some ideological sniping the other day, concerning Miley Cyrus, here is something to actually take note of: Nicole Kidman fighting to help impoverished women around the world.  Notice the complete absence of ideology, and the simple practical nature of the struggle to improve the lives of women and push for equal treatment…


I am proud to represent UN Women on this wonderful occasion. Thank you Variety and Lifetime for acknowledging the work done by this important organization. Simply put, UN Women works so that half of humanity–women–can finally enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men.

I became involved because I was raised by a feminist mother who planted the seed early in me to speak out against the fact that women are so often treated differently than men. She was very clear with me: she said stand tall, do not settle for less than what is fair. Discriminating against more than 50 per cent of the population just because they are female is terribly unfair.

But it is also not very smart.

We know that when women have money, they invest more in their children, and therefore in our future. But in many countries, women cannot own land and have no access to credit. And almost everywhere they earn less than men for the same work. We also know that where women have a say in politics, they put more emphasis on social issues, on education and the environment. But only one in five Parliamentarians worldwide is female. And by the way: companies –and this includes the film and television industry, of course– with more women in management positions turn a significantly higher profit. Only 21 women, however, lead Fortune 500 companies.

UN Women is a smart organization, and I have seen with my own eyes what they can do: they go and work directly with women in countries around the world. They support women to get elected into office and help them to have viable options to earn a living for themselves and their children. Right now, in conflict zones like Syria, where women and children are particularly affected, UN Women is rendering much-needed assistance to respond to women’s humanitarian needs. UN Women supports women in Syria and elsewhere to make their voices heard.

I have also seen UN Women address what to me is the greatest injustice and outrage of all: violence against women. No matter how long I devote my time to this, I will never be able to comprehend and I will never accept that one in three women and girls will be raped, beaten or otherwise abused in their lifetime. UN Women supports local organizations, right at the grassroots, to provide shelter and support for survivors of violence. It works to change laws so that there can be no impunity for violence and it works with youth to prevent violence from happening in the first place.

I am asking you today: join me in advocating for women’s rights, wherever you are, whatever you do. Support UN Women to fulfill its mission and vision of a world in which women can live free from discrimination and violence.

Thank you!



Self Evident Truths


Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel of the same name is brought to life using modern cinematography, set design and all the accoutrements of today’s filmmaking.  The stunning Mia Wasikowska is actually tamped down a few notches and plained up to become the average Victorian governess character.

What is truly remarkable about both the film and the novel is the political spine embedded throughout the story.  Written prior to Marx’s Manifesto, this class-conscious tale of equality and gender parity is an historical achievement.  It was written under a pseudonym and viciously attacked by the Victorian arbiters of taste and decency.

Jane originates from a “tale of woe” as was common and expected.  What isn’t common or expected is her unflinching sense of equality with men and her attitudes toward class and the inherent inequities in the power relations which govern society.  Jane seeks perfect parity, to transcend the class boundaries which restrain people, and to become a true equal.  The plot evolves toward a turn of fate and Jane the governess becoming an equal with a lord of the manor.  As he falls, she rises, and she even surpasses her lover in both class and capability.

There is much to think on concerning the power struggles between men and women, employers and employees, the rich and their servants.  As a governess, Jane held the position of an in-between free agent.  She wasn’t part of the servant class, and was more highly educated than those would-be peers.  Nor was she accepted as part of the ruling class, and clearly not a part of the family dynasties, which controlled the wealth and decision-making.  This left Jane as a disembodied entity, not truly attached to either class and able to float away at a moment’s notice.  With her skills and knowledge, she is able to survive elsewhere and be fulfilled in simply teaching children.

A wild card element enters though, that of passion and love.  As determined and true to herself, Jane is still a budding young woman.  Wrapped up in the societal mores and religious diktats of the time, Jane is in constant conflict with her own emotions, her aspirations, her sense of daring and her moral code.

I’m glad the film was so realistically presented with plausible characters and a story worth telling.  That it brings to life a deeply-felt idea about equality and sharing is a bonus.