EQUALITY: How much further away?: Summer, 2010 Issue Up Now

EQUALITY: How much further away?: Summer, 2010 Issue Up Now

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How are women faring on “equality”? What remains unequal? And is equality really the summit for progressives and feminists, or only one more mountain to climb?

With the 90th anniversary of women’s right to vote upon us — and August 26th is designated as Women’s Equality Day, On The Issues Magazine invited writers, artists and poets to consider the elusive search for equality and its flip side, double standards in our lives, for “EQUALITY: How much further away?”

In “Women Challenge Gender Apartheid in the Catholic Church,” Angela Bonavoglia describes the tight grip the Catholic Church and the Vatican have on women’s lives while also spotlighting the Catholic women that are standing up against the force of the patriarchy.

“The all-male hierarchy finds itself in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. Their power is being roundly challenged, and Catholic women are leading the charge.”

Loretta Ross, a frequent contributor to On The Issues Magazine, applies a multifaceted analysis to the goals of the women’s movement from her perspective as an African American feminist. In the struggle against oppression, equality is but one marker along the way to undivided justice for all peoples of the world, she writes in “A Feminist Vision: No Justice-No Equity.”

Contributor Megan Carpentier addresses the topic of women’s equality with a humorous tone in “Alright Then, Let Men Compete.” Carpentier challenges the recently trumpeted idea that men are becoming the “second sex.”

“When it comes to men having less educational attainment than women — due to supposed “natural” factors like boisterousness or an inability to focus in school — it’s a national crisis worthy of serious consideration. Why? Because, of course, men aren’t expected to stay home with children and keep homes for their wives.”

In our first video essay, Ann Farmer looks at nontraditional employment, stepping into the garage with a woman mechanic in “Car Repair is Women’s Work.” Also check out our YouTube Channel. Subscribe and recommend videos of nontraditional employment to us, or of anything you think would be of interest to our readers! Send links to your videos to [email protected].

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Merle Hoffman's Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto

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“Merle Hoffman has always known that in a democracy, we each have decision-making power over the fate of our own bodies. She is a national hero for us all.” —Gloria Steinem

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade and a country divided, Merle Hoffman, a pioneer in the pro-choice movement and women’s healthcare, offers an unapologetic and authoritative take on abortion calling it “the front line and the bottom line of women’s freedom and liberty.” 

Merle Hoffman has been at the forefront of the reproductive freedom movement since the 1970s. Three years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion through Roe v. Wade, she helped to establish one of the United States’ first abortion centers in Flushing, Queens, and later went on to found Choices, one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities. For the last five decades, Hoffman has been a steadfast warrior and fierce advocate for every woman’s right to choose when and whether or not to be a mother.