Gender Equality


LA Today, photo by John Paul Farmer
22 Jan 2017

What Did the #WomensMarch Accomplish For You?

The latest count of protesters who joined the #WomensMarch yesterday stands at 4.5 million. Per Think Progress, far from this being a bunch of “coastal elites” protesting the Trump inauguration, there were “more than 500 protests in the U.S. and dozens more around the world,” and staggering numbers from “Real America”, that includes “crowds of 100,000 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, 12,000 in Omaha, Nebraska, 12,000 in...

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Fighting Planned Parenthood May Backfire on Congress
09 Aug 2015

Fighting Planned Parenthood May Backfire on Congress

Planned Parenthood is once again the center of national debate, and this time, Congress is threatening to use the issue of abortion as a reason to shut down the Federal government. While the notion of slashing Planned Parenthood funding may be a vehicle to rally social Conservatives, if Republicans leverage this controversial issue to once again pull a shutdown, it will likely backfire. One in...

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The Lure of Comic-Con
14 Jul 2015

The Lure of Comic-Con

Out of my element at Comic-Con 2015, where 250,000 movie fans, comic devotees and techno geeks gather, I had an expectation of being trampled in a sea of humanity.  Instead, I found enthusiastic, welcoming people whose entry badges were like a symbol of solidarity. It’s like we were all part of some giant, secret club. Women and men of every age entertained their favorite fantasies,...

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Republicans Double Down on Restrictive Laws for Women
18 May 2015

Republicans Double Down on Restrictive Laws for Women

In the last 4 years, Republicans have enacted more than 200 new state laws restricting abortion access. Last week, House Republicans passed a law declaring abortion illegal after 20 weeks, also requiring women to get medical attention and “counseling”  for their most painful and private decision before being allowed abortion services, even in the case of rape or incest. This was a symbolic vote destined...

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18 Apr 2015

The Daily Show Could Help Pass a Bill to Help Rape Victims

“The Daily Show aired a segment entitled “Parenting With the Enemy,” which exposed a shocking loophole that existed in 31 states as of last year.* In those states, a woman did not have the right to terminate the parental rights of her rapist, potentially exposing children conceived during a rape to violent attackers.” Per political strategist and commentator Shawna Vercher, this issue has caused concern...

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Hillary Clinton Good for Gender Equality
10 Apr 2015

Hillary Clinton Good for Gender Equality

With the news that Hillary Clinton is entering the Presidential race this Sunday, big media continues its faux hand-wringing that her campaign will feature a singular focus on the woman-ness of her candidacy as a means to woo women to the polls. EPIC TIMES founder and syndicated radio host Jerry Doyle voiced his own concern that the Hillary Clinton would “set gender relations back decades”...

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Women’s Equality: Still a Long Way to Go
24 Feb 2015

Women’s Equality: Still a Long Way to Go

My appearance today with Dan Maduri on NewsTalk Florida talking Patricia Arquette’s activist statement at the Oscars on behalf of women, the reality of women in today’s workforce and the gender discrimination that remains.  Click the pic below to hear our interview: Click the pic to hear our interview… http://www.newstalkflorida.com/patricia-arquette-common-sense-approach-oscar-speech/   post this


23 Feb 2015

Oscars Activism: Right or Wrong?

By now, Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech on behalf of women’s equality has gone viral. As much applause as she received for her remarks, the backlash has been loud, too, i.e., she was wrong because her speech excluded certain groups, because she is wealthy, because she only spoke of mothers. Whether or not Arquette erred in making her statement during an Awards telecast, by expecting her...

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Anita Finlay with Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV 2 12 2015 -- click pic to watch interview
12 Feb 2015

End Domestic Violence or Protect a Franchise?

We get mixed messages when it comes to domestic violence. The Grammys and the NFL, for example, trumpet an end to physical and emotional abuse of women, yet near daily news reports telegraph that an athlete’s or pop star’s franchise is held at a higher premium than a woman’s safety. click pic to watch interview  This will only change when enough people with a bully...

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Beyond Obama’s Tepid Grammy PSA on Domestic Violence
12 Feb 2015

Beyond Obama’s Tepid Grammy PSA on Domestic Violence

While the Grammys only dipped a toe in the water of stopping domestic violence, activist Brooke Axtell made clear at Sunday night’s event that she was able to survive an abusive situation and later thrive because of one supportive voice. Apart from the frustrating juxtaposition of President Obama’s PSA on stopping violence while abuser and Grammy nominee Chris Brown sat in the audience, the important...

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