women's issues

Margaret Herrick Library/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Next time you see your favorite female actor risk life or limb on-screen, think good thoughts for the stunt double. 

That's the person who really faced the risks. 

Mollie Gregory tells the story of these unheralded heroines in her book Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story

Women's Foundation of Oregon

"All things being equal" may be a way to start a sentence, but it's usually not a reality in public policy. 

Decisions made by political leaders--who are mostly men--can have uneven effects on different segments of society, including on females. 

The "Count Her In" report by the Women's Foundation of Oregon claims to be the first comprehensive data collection on the status of women and girls in Oregon in 20 years. 

Southern Oregon University

Many a college started up a women's resource center as the feminist movement of the 60s and 70s gained momentum.

Southern Oregon University was among them, setting up its WRC in 1976.  And it is still around, marking its 40th birthday on campus. 

From comfort to advocacy to household supplies, the center offers a wide range of services. 

Northwest Women Writers Symposium

Reyna Grande garnered critical acclaim and awards for her first two novels. 

Then she turned her focus on herself for a memoir about her illegal immigration to the United States as a child, The Distance Between Us.  She is now a U.S. citizen, beneficiary of an amnesty program.

The book will be re-released in an edition for younger readers this fall, long after her appearance this weekend at Northwest Women Writers Symposium events in Eugene. 


  Loud and proud would be one way to describe Gina Barreca. 

And let's add funny to that list, because she is frequently that.  Barreca's syndicated columns and essays frequently take on subjects of interest to today's women, and provide laughs for all. 

Her latest essay collection is If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? 

Lenny Holland/The Siskiyou/SOU

Eve Ensler made quite a splash when she debuted her play "The Vagina Monologues." 

It's now been 20 years since that first solo staging, and it's possible that millions of women have now followed Ensler in performing the piece. 

It's funny, it's angry, and it portrays plenty of other emotions as well.  Southern Oregon University is about to stage its 15th production of the show.

Penguin Books

It was not so long ago that the only human females in the Arab world were children and married women.  But that is changing, despite continued pressure to conform from men. 

Arab women are increasing their education and independence, a trend noted in Katherine Zoepf's book Excellent Daughters

The author is well-versed in the subject matter, covering women in Arab countries for more than ten years. 

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood cannot help being at the center of controversy; no organization involved in any way with abortion can. 

But the recent shooting attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood office only heightened the tension. 

Lisa Gardner is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon

Barbie Dolls And Career Options

Apr 3, 2014
Public Domain

The iconic Barbie doll comes in for a fair amount of criticism, primarily for its nearly anatomically impossible depiction of the female form. 

Now a study from the psychology school at Oregon State University finds another issue. 

The study suggests that girls who play with Barbie dolls may think of their own career choices as more limited than those of boys. 

Women and Politics and Winning

Jan 20, 2014

It's often been said of the legislative process that (like sausage-making) it's best not to watch.

Now just imagine the process of getting a candidate elected.

Helping Women Leaders Set Goals

Nov 11, 2013

Just about all of us can use the occasional brush-up on skills and attitudes in our jobs. 

And the chance to compare notes may be more important for women in leadership positions (see our 9 AM entry for this date).

The "New Soft War On Women"

Nov 11, 2013
Tarcher Penguin Books

Women rule!  Or should, right?  In the United States today, women are half the educated work force and earn more than half the advanced college degrees. 

And yet, women still earn barely more than 75 cents for every dollar men make.