March 11, 2012
March 3, 2012
Women’s History Month 2012: Women’s Education — Women’s Empowerment.
The VA General Assembly delivered HB462 on the first day of Women’s History month. Although a step backwards in time, the history of women fighting for and getting their rights in the United States and around the world is still a powerful thing to behold. If you think the past was good stuff, just wait until you see the future! We will not take the rights we have for granted.
The League of Women Voters was then and remains a force! But now, they go beyond simply the right for women to vote. They are male and female, young and old, all races, all ethnic groups, and they continue to carry the battle forward. They are studying important issues at local, state, national, and international levels and are speaking with one voice.
League of Women Voters (United States) http://lwv.org/
League of Women Voters of Virginia http://lwv-va.org/
League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, VA http://lwvmcva.org/
The National Women’s History Project http://www.nwhp.org/
Some video reminders of where we’ve been:
Would you rather read than watch? Here are some good links:
We’ve come a long way down an even longer road, let’s keep moving in the right direction!
December 30, 2011
Yes, I am wandering a bit far afield here by taking a look at a National issue, but I have heard so much about how we have got to deregulate in order to get the economy going. In fact, it is the opinion of some that, without significant deregulation, the United States is doomed. So … off my little fingers go into Google land to take a peak at what information is available to support the assertions that deregulation creates jobs.
Deregulation does not create jobs when you have a failure in … nope…not there. More
November 10, 2011
The elections are over and it is time to move on. By “move on” I do not mean it is time to winterize the garden, calk windows, etc. I mean it is time to “move on” by getting ready to watch and evaluate the performance of our returning and new employees, elected officials.
Money is tight. We all know and feel that! Stopping the spending of money is not going to do anyone any good. Careful, thoughtful spending of money is making an investment. More
October 20, 2011
While I’m sitting around pondering who to vote for in this election, spending keeps rolling around in my head. It seems to me that there is a lot of talk about either spending or not spending and not much about the wise use of taxpayer dollars.
I hear candidates talking about “I’m gonna do this.” “I’m gonna do that.” but there is something routinely missing. “How ya gonna pay for this or that?” More
October 16, 2011
Having Lupus and being under a doctor’s orders to avoid direct sunlight, I don’t get out much in the daytime unless it is something I consider to be very important. Such an event occurred on October 15, 2011 in Blacksburg, VA. It was “Occupy Blacksburg” a spin-off if you will of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. More
September 23, 2011
I hear people talking, all the time, about how “poorly” things are made these days. In particular, I hear a lot about how structures, like homes, are just “shoddy” compared to what they use to be. I recently had such a discussion with someone when that old “light bulb” above my head flashed a few times. (You know it’s important when it flashes instead of coming on and staying on — unless of course you have a short in the synapses:) More
September 15, 2011
August 20, 2011
I first heard of the Annie E. Casey Foundation when I was volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem in Florida. Over the years, I’ve continued to use it now and then to answer a question I was pondering. The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, VA is currently studying the Role of Federal Government in Public Education, and I find myself again drawn to the wealth of data provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. More
July 28, 2011
The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on December 15, 1791. The goal of this Amendment was to make it such that all powers NOT specifically granted to the federal government or prohibited by the Constitution are reserved for the states (or the people) to control.
This Amendment was applied to Education. In 1790, the first U.S. Census was conducted (including only states, not the territories). Now, let’s take a look at what conditions were at the time that the 10th Amendment was written and interpreted to include education: More