How do we reach equality for women? And is it the summit of our aspirations? Contributors to On The Issues Magazine, Summer-Fall 2010 consider equality, double standards and human rights.

About EQUALITY: How much further away?- from the Editors

A higher stratosphere: Attaining equality may take pushing the world, too.

Women Challenge Gender Apartheid in the Catholic Church- by Angela Bonavoglia

The Vatican piles indignities on women of faith, but all of us suffer. •Video

A Feminist Vision: No Justice-No Equity - by Loretta Ross

Spare the macho: crossroads of race, biology & activism need higher goals. •Art by Robin Gaynes-Bachman

Gender Equality: Devil in the Details- by Cindy Cooper

A patchwork of laws and patchy enforcement leave gaps for young and old. •Art by Marjorie Price

Best City for Working Women: In Our Checkbooks - by Beverly Cooper Neufeld

Putting equal pay and opportunity on the map will jumpstart a movement.

Snood by Snood, Tight-Knit Orthodox Piety Loosens Up- by Eleanor J. Bader

In religious circles, some women skip feminism but make gender gains. •Art by Deborah Ugoretz

Health Inequality: Gates Foundation Bans Abortion - by Marcy Bloom

How a generous donor dooms some women to an ugly death. •Art by Barbara Lubliner

Say "I Do": Constitutional Equality is Forever - by Carolyn A. Cook

One woman's search for traction leads to politics, Hillary and the ERA.

Beyond Equality to Liberation - by Mary Lou Greenberg

Why the true emancipation of humanity calls for revolution. •Video


The Art Perspective- Curated by Linda Stein

Michelle Stuart Art Perspective on OTI

"Regina Frank is Present," a retrospective exploring inequality in wealth, gender and technology. •Audio and Video Presentation

“Little Marie”: The Daily Toll of Sexist Language- by Marie Shear

The diagnostic ear finds surprises in "babes" and "bitches." •Art by Inga Poslitur

Alright Then, Let Men Compete
- by Megan Carpentier

What's the tragedy if (and it's a big 'if') women and girls are ahead? •Art by Roz Dimon and Kathleen Migliore-Newton

Good Girls, Bad Girls: The Kinkiness of Slut-Shaming- by Elizabeth Black

Women who enjoy their sexuality are put down for it ... but why? •Art by Victoria Pacimeo

Girls Kick: Moving the Media's World Cup Goal Posts - by Ariel Dougherty

All of 1.6 percent: sports viewers left in the dark on women's games. •Art by Mark D Phillips •Video

The Poet's Eye - From Poetry Co-Editor Judith Arcana

© Miriam Schapiro Passion, Freedom & Women OTI Online Winter 2010 ©Roz Dimon

Poets Penelope Scambly Schott, Maria Padhila, Wendy Vardaman and Sondra Zeidenstein circle the edges and try to breathe. •Art by Roz Dimon

Defeating Racism and Sexism with the Politics of Authenticity- by Lu Bailey

Parents discussing a Hollywood movie easily crack silly stereotypes. •Art by Kathleen Migliore-Newton


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From the On The Issues Print Archive

From Our Files:

This edition of On The Issues Magazine looks at the continuing challenge of achieving gender equality, including from social, political, legal, religious and cultural perspectives. Over the years of its print versions (1983-1999) and online editions (2008-present), On The Issues Magazine has tackled equality from various angles.

Here is a round-up of some articles from our archives.

Our featured archival story points to the irony of women's equality in North America. The U.S. Constitution never mentioned women at its inception and only 143 years after it was signed did women finally secure the right to vote. Today, Women's Equality Day on August 26 celebrates the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women suffrage. But a fascinating 1996 article explains that American Indian women had rights far earlier.

Is Equality Indigenous? Iroquois Influence on Feminism by Sally Roesch Wagner, Winter 1996, said: "A common myth held that Christianity and civilization meant progress for women, but [Elizabeth Cady] Stanton and [Matilda Joslyn] Gage saw through it. At the 1888 International Council of Women they listened as Alice Fletcher, a noted white ethnographer, spoke about the greater rights of American Indian women. Fletcher made clear that these Indian women were well aware that when they became United States citizens, they would lose their rights. Fletcher quoted one who told her: As an Indian woman I was free. I owned my home, my person, the work of my own hands, and my children could never forget me. I was better as an Indian woman than under white law."


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