A barrier-breaking generation gives context to contemporary female life.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Susan Must Be Rolling in Her Grave

Shocking to see the Susan G. Komen Foundation throw Planned Parenthood under the bus. (report from NYTimes) This apparent PR move to appease longtime anti-abortion critics is going to backfire big time. So much for Sisterhood.
Backstory in HuffPost pins this on Komen Foundation's new VP for public policy, Karen Handel, who ran for Gov. of Georgia in 2010 on an anti-abortion, anti-Planned Parenthood platform.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Listen Up

The New York Times wrote recently on the dearth of work for female voice-over specialists. In the industry, men's voices are thought to be more "authoritative" and have more "credibility." (This presumption is a barrier in many employment situations -- eg who gets to make presentations or negotiate prices) Of course no one's really tested the movie voice-over conventional wisdom. You'd just need a controlled study with two identical trailers but for the voice. Anyone offering grant money for that study? No?

In the meanwhile, I chose a female voice -- a close colleague who had worked in radio -- to do the voice-over for a video I produced introducing our new Forum at Harvard School of Public Health. Listen to the results yourself. One small step for womankind.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Today: 39th Anniversary of Legally Owning Our Bodies

1973 The Supreme Court Decides Roe v. Wade
Here's a good blogpost from NARAL on the current situation

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Good Old Days Pre Roe v. Wade

Time for a reminder. A powerful personal story that appeared in Mother Jones.