Ladies Like: Pa Rep. Mike O’Brien On Women’s Rights
From Pennsylvania State Rep Mike O’Brien’s Newsletter Blog: Saturday [8/26 was] Women’s Equality Day commemorating the turning point in the 72-year struggle for the equal treatment of women and women’s rights – specifically Aug. 26, 1920, when a woman’s right to vote was sealed in the U.S. Constitution. History has certainly shown that women are capable of achieving great things. But, it’s much harder to do when stymied by an establishment that ignores or perpetuates the discrimination and stereotyping that still occurs every day.
Women’s reproductive rights, women’s health and safety, workplace rights and closing the gender wage gap are all issues that still need to be fought for and won for women in Pennsylvania. I want you to know that I am fighting for you, your mom, your daughter, your sister, your wife. We need to change the mindset and open some eyes. Working together, we’ll get there.
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MELANIE DANTE Critical & Creative Writing, Commentary, Interviews, Blog.
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EDUCATION: Goddard College BA 2003 / Goddard College HAS MA 2005
I have a passion for taking complex information and creating easy to understand presentation materials. Plus - I have published poetry, critical writing and creative non fiction. My writing has even been on display as art exhibition, recorded, and also read in museum environments! My 2003 BA senior study investigates consensual sex work, forced prostitution during war, and sex trafficking. Since 2012 I've revisited the topic, generating educational materials for live presentation, plus I moderate two WordPress sites on the topic of cultural perspectives, policies, and laws relative to sex work.
My Master of Arts is in the Health, Arts & Sciences where I studied technical writing for health care, qualitative research methodologies and women's health.
Sex work v Sex trafficking is my primary ongoing discussion topic, with secondary and tertiary facets of coverage on criminalization concerns relative to street based economies and health care / policy.
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