The health care law that ended discriminatory practices such as denying health care due to a Caesarean section or domestic violence and charging women more for coverage is now in jeopardy again. These women are standing up for their right to a healthy life.
Joss Whedon, director of “The Avengers” and the creator of some of my favorite shows ever, has a history of writing strong women characters. Back in 2006, the organization Equality Now honored him for being a staunch ally for women. In his thank-you speech, he decided to talk about the tedious and vapid question journalists never stop asking him. At 6:25, I thought he nailed everything wrong with our culture, but then he takes it to the next level at 6:50 and hammers home the horrible reality.
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Listen to this important story that changed history for women. I can’t wait until the movie.
Layli Miller-Muro is the co-author with Fauziya Kassindja of a book about Fauziya’s life and their fight together to obtain protection for all women fleeing to the U.S. from violence. It’s called “Do They Hear You When You Cry.” Layli used her proceeds from the book to start the Tahirih Justice Center, which provides legal advice and educational support for immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. The organization also works to allow these women’s voices to be heard to help shape policies that better protect women and girls from violence.