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Link Round Up Days 13-14

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Fanworks

Title: (After)Life
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: HP/HG
Pairing: HG/SS
Rating: PG
Summary: Hermione does some getting lost, then some getting found.
AN: Written for my dearest lifeasanamazon, in exchange for her donation to LLS. Mwahmwah. Hope it hits the spot.
Can be found-- LJ

Topical Content

Spatz made a mix: on DW, on LJ

daybreak777 made a post on women and education here.
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Link Round Up Days 9-12

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Fanworks

Title: Spectrum
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Skyfall (2012)/Eve Moneypenny
Rating: G
Summary:People say Eve slept her way to where she is.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3

Title: Penny Candy
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: HG/Katniss Everdeen
Rating: G
Summary: There’s a fine line between having enough and too much.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3

Title: No Comment
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Avengers/Natasha
Rating: G
Summary: Media, marks, what’s the difference?

Notes: Thanks to harborshore for giving me the idea that sparked this.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3.

Title: Pro Bono Publico
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Suits/Donna
Rating: G
Summary: Donna needs a favor for a friend.


Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, AO3

Title: Lifer
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Avengers (MCU)/Maria Hill
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Maria prefers GI Joes to Barbies.

Warnings: Reference to sexual assault.

Notes: I realize this does not match with Hill’s comic-verse background.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3


Topical Content

Daybreak777 linked to the comm vchamber at their journal. It's a comm dedicated to fanworks about women of color.

Daybreak777 posted an excerpt from the book, Bastard out of Carolina here.

Daybreak777 posted a bit about Lara Logan here.

Daybreak777 recced/mini-reviewed TransAmerica here.
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Day 14 Women and Education

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From Global Education of Girls is Key to Development:

UNICEF says that, worldwide, 1 billion adults are illiterate--two-thirds of them women. Nearly 100 million children in the developing world don't have access to education. And for every boy out of school, two girls are unable to attend--70 million girls.

It starts early: Fewer girls than boys finish primary school. By the time they reach 18, girls have, on average, 4.4 years less education than boys. Put another way, 81 million girls--49 million more than boys--have no access to primary school education.

The most important single factor driving the disparity is economic. The harder it is to send children to school, the more likely girls' education will suffer. In many poor countries, families with limited funds are forced to decide whom they will send to school. Either they need help around the house or at work, or they can't afford the costs--transportation, supplies and fees--of schooling all their children. Usually, it's the daughters that miss out.

"There's these cultural beliefs that, since women are just women, no matter how much you educate them they're just going to be someone's wife," says Asabe Audu a program manager at Baobab, a Lagos-based organization promoting women's human rights.

Gender gaps can reach extremes in conservative, rural areas, where traditional practices can impede a girl's education. In northern Nigeria, for instance, early marriage is widely seen as ensuring a bride's chastity. The average wedding age is just over 15, a fact with unfortunate consequences. In 1999, a Nigerian girl was less likely to graduate from school than to drop out to get married.

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Some great resources around girls and education on an international level:

Girls Education International

United Girls Education Initiative

10 x 10, a documentary—Girls Rising—and a social movement.

The Coalition for Adolescent Girls - Poverty Ends with Her.
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Day 13 Women and War/Peace

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From the UN Women web site:

War has always impacted men and women in different ways, but possibly never more so than in contemporary conflicts. While women remain a minority of combatants and perpetrators of war, they increasingly suffer the greatest harm.

In contemporary conflicts, as much as 90 percent of casualties are among civilians, most of whom are women and children. Women in war-torn societies can face specific and devastating forms of sexual violence, which are sometimes deployed systematically to achieve military or political objectives. Women are the first to be affected by infrastructure breakdown, as they struggle to keep families together and care for the wounded. And women may also be forced to turn to sexual exploitation in order to survive and support their families.

Even after conflict has ended, the impacts of sexual violence persist, including unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and stigmatization. Widespread sexual violence itself may continue or even increase in the aftermath of conflict, as a consequence of insecurity and impunity. Coupled with discrimination and inequitable laws, sexual violence can prevent women from accessing education, becoming financially independent and from participating in governance and peacebuilding.

Moreover, women continue to be poorly represented in formal peace processes, although they contribute in many informal ways to conflict resolution. In recent peace negotiations, for which such information is available, women have represented fewer than 8 percent of participants and fewer than 3 percent of signatories, and no woman has ever been appointed chief or lead mediator in UN-sponsored peace talks. Such exclusion invariably leads to a failure to adequately address women’s concerns, such as sexual and gender-based violence, women’s rights and post-conflict accountability.

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Some great resources on women and war/peace:

No Women No Peace

PBS' Women War and Peace series. You can watch full episodes online.

Peace Women - Women for Peace, Peace for Women
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Day 12 GLBTQ WOmen

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It's probably not at all a surprise that a community with so many letters in its acronym is not entirely cohesive and fully inclusive. GLBTQ rights often are reduced to white cis gay male rights and perspectives. Lesbians, for example, have had to fight to carve out a place of inclusion within the activist community as a whole. Bisexual individuals still are lambasted by people—both within and outside of the queer community—for not being queer enough. Those whose sexualities and/or genders are not intrinsically associated with the G, L and B in the acronym feel voiceless and ignored, not just by society, but also by the queer activist community. And people of color, no matter gender or sexuality, are often not the focus of activism, nor are their issues often given priority by majority queer activists.

Trans women especially are left out in the cold. They suffer a high percentage of violence perpetrated against them, and issues, rights and problems that are crucial to their existence are not put front and center by the queer community. As a result, while many members of the G, L and B communities are gaining more widespread acceptance and protections, trans women's concerns—which are often life-threatening—don't gain nearly as much notice, attention or focus.

The Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project is a trans feminist project addressing issues of systematic, institutional and interpersonal violence and oppression experienced by trans women (those who were coercively assigned male at birth and identify or are identified as women/female) across multiple identities (e.g., race, class, dis/ability, citizen-status, nationality, sexuality, age, HIV status, and form, status, or age of transition, etc.)
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Day 11 Women and Media

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From the Overview page at Women's Media Center's

* According to the , 24% of the people interviewed, heard, seen, or read about in mainstream broadcast and print news were female.  Only 13% of stories focused specifically on women and 6% on issues of gender equality or inequality. What’s more, news stories by female reporters are almost twice as likely to challenge gender stereotypes than stories by male reporters and the stories feature female subjects and topics that matter to women. 

* In addition, women were the news subjects for only 23% of stories on 84 news websites monitored -- this suggests that underrepresentation of women in the virtual news world is as dramatic as in the traditional news media.

* Even at National Public Radio - considered an industry leader in engaging female correspondents and hosts - women represented only 26% of the sources in 2010.
The 2011 "Heavy Hundred" "most important radio talk show hosts in America," selected by the editors of Talkers magazine with input from industry leaders, included only 13 solo women hosts and three women who co-host shows with men.

* Women represented just over one-fifth (21.7%) of guests on Sunday morning news talk shows airing on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and Fox News in 2011 according to American University School of Public Affairs Women and Politics Institute.

* Women are a small minority in key sports news occupations with virtually no change over three years according to studies for the Associated Press Sports Editors (conducted by Lapchick et al. in 2008 and 2011).  In 2011, just 11.4% of sports editors, 10% of sports columnists, and 7% of sports reporters were women. 
According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, women accounted for 25% of all creators, executive producers, producers, directors, writers, editors, and directors of photography working on situation comedies, dramas, and reality programs airing on the broadcast networks in the 2010-11 prime-time television season.  Among writers, just 15% were women; of directors, just 11% were women; and of directors of photography, just 4% were women.

*The same study also found that in 2011, women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.  Women comprised just 5% of directors, 15% of writers, and 4% of cinematrographers.
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Day 10 Women and Economics/Poverty

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In America, more than half of the people in poverty are women, and women of color are far more likely to be in poverty than white women.

There are a lot of reasons for poverty—more than can be gone into here—but employment is a key factor. The gender wage gap plays a large role, as does the fact that traditional employment for women tends to be lower valued and, therefore, underpaid compared to traditionally male occupations. As well, with women often holding the role of caregiver for children or relatives, women tend to require flexible jobs/hours, which often means part time work. They also incur the majority of the cost of child rearing.

The Global Poverty Project has an international approach to poverty that has a special focus on women.
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Posting Delay

Hey everyone! I've run into a bit of delay with the essay posting. The daily essays for the 10th and 11th will go up tomorrow. So sorry for the delay but I had some unexpected school work to handle thanks to a non-cooperative member of my project group.
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Link Round Up Days 6, 7 & 8

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Since 2006, 14 Valentines has striven to both celebrate how far women have come, and to increase awareness for how far we still have to go for full equality, autonomy, and inclusion.

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Fanworks


Title: Outside Looking In
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: HG/Johanna Mason
Rating: PG
Summary: After the dust has begun settling, Johanna goes home. Or, well, the closest thing to it.
Can be found on LJ, DW, my site, and AO3.

Title: Just Do It
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: The Unusuals/Allison Beaumont
Rating: G
Summary: Getting shot slows Beaumont down.
Can be found on LJ, DW, my site, and AO3.

Title: Hermione Granger: Minister of Magic
Author: Icarusancalion

Title: Working Girl
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: MCU/Pepper Potts
Rating: G
Summary: Pepper in the Iron Man 2 time frame.
Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, AO3

Title: .Wishing Well (Rule 63!Derek Hale).
Author: Elisera

Title: Jump up, strap in
Fandom/Character: Stargate Atlantis, Amelia Banks
Rating: PG
Summary: When Amelia signs up for Atlantis' return to Pegasus, it is not because of Ronon.
Links: LJ, DW, AO3

Topical Content

daybreak777 linked to icons of famous women in politics and more here.
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Day 9 Women of Color

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While there is overlap between the experiences of white women, and women of color, the truth of the matter is that women of color face different societal issues and problems than white women. Unfortunately, while fields such as feminism, GLBTQ rights, and sociology supposedly promote an intersectional examination of women, a lot of research and mainstream activism is created through a white lens, with a focus on cis white women. This acts to further marginalize women of color (both cis and trans), not just in society, but in activism and social justice movements.

The numbers for violence against, and sexual assault on, women are higher for women of color. The gender wage gap is larger for women of color than it is for white women. Representation in media of women in color is far less than for white women. As well, GLBTQ women experience more harassment and discrimination, with less focus from GLBTQ groups and activists.

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.

Based on ongoing discussions with women of color (primarily with African-American, Asian, Hispanic and Native- American women), across the country whose opinions we valued, The Women of Color Foundation learned that all of us felt it was critical for us as women to share our successes, triumphs and yes, our failures with our peers and younger women coming along behind us.

The Professional Women of Color Network, a diverse multicultural organization, facilitates and encourages strategic connections and reciprocal networking relationships for  all women of color.