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Doulas Save the World One Birth at a Time

Imagine you’re in the most vulnerable, intense, emotional, and possibly painful moment in your life. How do you cope? Some turn to drugs, some turn to doctors, but some turn to a doula (pronounced Doo-La). Childbirth is often that moment of physical and mental truth for women. In the twentieth century natural childbirth declined in […]

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The Rewind: On ReproHealth, Wages, Harassment & Trumping Trump

Welcome to the Fem2 Friday Rewind – your source for fast facts in feminist news – for Saturday, September 12-Friday, September 18! In Feminist News this Week: BREASTFEEDING ON BASE:  Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX, recently installed a lactation room with comfy chairs, refrigerators to store breast milk and a sink.  Tara Ruby, former active […]

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Honoring Change Agent Mothers

When I opened an email from my friend Patrick with two photos of his adoptive daughter Norma attached, I caught my breath. The first was a photo of her at three months old in a Shanghai hospital awaiting surgery to remove a spina bifida induced sac on the back of her neck a third the […]

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The ‘Elephant in the Room’

On May 9th, thousands of  Canadians traveled to the nation’s capital and took part in the ‘Campaign for Life’ – an annual gathering of the anti-choice community to protest Canada’s pro-choice stance. In ‘solidarity’, regional chapters of the Campaign for Life coalition organized similar small-scale protests that will occur throughout the month of May. Last week was […]

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Mental Disability Discussion Presents Opportunity for Real Change

Like everyone on December 14, when I learned of the killings of 20 children and 7 adults a combination of heart break and horror washed over me.  Who could do such a thing? We didn’t know much about the shooter, Adam Lanza, and we didn’t know his mental health status, yet, there were many assumptions […]

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The Phenomenal Women Who Inspire Us

When my editor sent out a request for us to ponder which woman inspire us, I posted the question on Facebook. I was curious if there would be a consensus (there wasn’t). And I was curious to know what kind of woman it was that invoked such an awesome emotion. After all, to inspire someone […]

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Tell Congress to Protect Tax Cuts for 98% of Women and Families

The YWCA USA is thanking those Senators and Representatives who have supported extending tax cuts for the middle class. Join us and thank your Congressman or Congresswoman – send a letter, tag them in a Facebook holiday card, or send them a Tweet.    When I was attending graduate school, I interned at the YWCA Madison (Wis.), which served homeless and […]

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What It Means To Be Adopted: In Celebration Of National Adoption Day

I was born on April 20th, 1984. On June 5th, nearly two months after being placed on an adoption list in Montreal, I met my parents and became Kathleen. I can’t be sure what occurred during the two month gap between my birth and the introduction to my family; perhaps it’s an ‘adoptive limbo’, a […]

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Something Of Monumental Importance is Happening Tomorrow!

It’s here!  I can’t believe tomorrow is finally Election Day.  By now you’re probably exhausted from all of the pleas for your vote.  I know I am.  But hopefully you’ve already registered and, if you didn’t vote early or by absentee, you plan to vote tomorrow at a polling station.  Well if you’re tired of […]

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3 Videos Everyone Should See Before Voting: It’s Not About Abortion

Most women (and their spouses), whether personally comfortable with abortion or not, don’t automatically think about whether or not they might end up in jail, arrested while in labor or strapped to a hospital bed to undergo a forced Cesarean when they get pregnant.  Laura Pemberton certainly didn’t before it happened to her.  And what happened to […]

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