Thurs, June 25, 9-10pm: Caroline Fredrickson, author: “Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over”; Stephanie Huffaker (National Women’s Liberation): “THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN”–the 1969 vintage Redstockings sticker makes a comeback

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According to Caroline Fredrickson, author of the newly released “Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over , the majority of the lowest paid and insecure jobs in the U.S. today are held by women–especially women of color. As income inequality grows, this ‘service sector’ is growing even faster. And while labor protection laws, such as overtime pay and equal pay for equal work, have been passed in the U.S. for over 100 years, they have been purposely crafted to not include these many women and minority workers.

During The New Deal, FDR traded away rights of domestic workers, farm workers and others in order to secure votes of southern Democrats for labor benefits that would accrue to white males. Today as a result, women holding low wage jobs, such as home health care aides, nannies, manicurists, housekeepers, waitresses, domestic workers, ‘independent contractors’, and ‘temps’, have zero worker protections and struggle in abject poverty and insecurity.

Women are 63% of minimum wage workers, 73% of tipped empoyees, 86% of personal care aides and 63% of part time workers. These sectors are predicted to grow, as jobs are further outsourced and the U.S. industrial base is further hollowed out.

While Cheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO has written in her much sensationalized book on women and work: Lean In that women just have to “lean in” and be more aggressive about “asking for that raise” if they want to get ahead, Fredrickson provides poignant examples of another world in which a nanny or Walmart worker who asks for a raise–or day off to care for a sick child–is likely to be summarily fired.

In her last chapter, “Leaning Together”, Fredrickson recommends some of the reforms of a universal (not piecemeal) nature that need to be made to fix this shameful situation: getting rid of the exclusions to the New Deal that left so many out; extending benefits to workers in small businesses, temps and part time jobs; indexing the minimum wage to the cost of living; professionalizing the care industry; providing childcare and family leave–for starters.

The show will also feature an interview with Stephanie Huffaker, a member of National Women’s Liberation, the group behind the re-emergence of the vintage Redstockings 1969 sticker: “THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN” which has been making its appearance over the last week on sexist ads in New York City. One place it has appeared (see picture) is a breast augmentation/plastic surgery ad in subway cars that presents a woman looking unhappy with her “small breasts,” holding two tiny tomatoes over her chest and looking glum, next to a happy grinning version of herself holding two large melons to her chest; the ad announces that for just $3900, you can, apparently, cure this depressed condition (caused by ads like this!).

See below for THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN plastered on offensive NYC subway ad.

stickered breast implant ad

stickered breast implant ad

The show will also include feminist music and a wrap up of feminist news, including the latest attacks on abortion rights and legislation passed in New York State that will make it easier for women to report rapes on campus.

LINKS TO ARTICLES ABOUT “THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN” STICKERS:

http://www.cambio.com/2015/06/23/feminist-stickers-this-oppresses-women/

http://magazine.good.is/articles/feminist-sticker-bombs-sexist-subway-ads

http://collegecandy.com/2015/06/23/sexist-ads-nyc-stickers-feminist-group/

https://www.distractify.com/this-oppresses-women-1212771168.html

http://www.theboredmind.com/lifestyle/someone-in-nyc-is-defacing-subway-ads-in-the-best-possible-way/

http://www.rantchic.com/2015/06/24/vintage-womens-rights-stickers-come-back-in-the-coolest-way/?utm_campaign=RantChicTW&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

http://www.mtv.com/news/2194563/this-oppresses-women-stickers/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/22/this-oppresses-women-stickers-shut-down-sexist-nyc-ads_n_7637564.html

http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/reports/news/a36686/nyc-protein-world-sexist-adverts/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3136515/This-Oppresses-Women-Feminists-post-vintage-women-s-rights-stickers-body-shaming-ads-billboards-effort-fight-unhealthy-beauty-standards.html

http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/06/23/this-oppresses-women-stickers-placed-on-sexist-ads-around-nyc/

http://idiva.com/news-work-life/thisopresseswomen-here-is-why-we-all-need-to-get-our-hands-on-this-sticker/15062424

Thursday, April 30, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance rebroadcasts: “The Wealth Gap–Have We Really Come a Long Way?”

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At the 2013 Left Forum in New York City, the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) sponsored a panel on wealth and women, with a focus on how women’s lives are changing for the worse under austerity and neo-liberal policies–and how these policies threaten to push the progress of women back to times when we were completely dependent on men. Organized by Peg Rapp, the panel was titled: “The Wealth Gap–Have We Really Come a Long Way?” On July 3, 2013, we proudly presented a radio version of this groundbreaking Left Forum Panel. Panelists included:

Veteran Feminist URPE Economist Peg Rapp on The Wealth Gap vs The Wage Gap, who spoke on the “Wealth Gap” between men and women, and why looking at wealth accumulation over a lifetime–taking into account women’s discontinuous paid-work due to family care–provides a better lens for understanding economic disparities between men and women, than the more simplistic, but commonly referenced “Wage Gap.”

Educator and Latina Rights Activist Diana Zavala will speak from her personal experience as a newly divorced single mother who turned to the U.S. “safety net” for help in supporting herself and her children while finishing her education–only to find herself facing the same dire conditions as her mother who had emigrated from Honduras a generation earlier. She also spoke of the attack on public schools as an attack on women, as well as  the intersections of race, class and immigrant status as they affect the economics of women’s lives.

London-based Economist Susan Pashkoff discussed her research on Austerity as an Attack on Women: why and how austerity policies in Britain and Europe (with a U.S. version rapidly developing) are taking their biggest toll on women–who are both more dependent on “The Welfare State” and hold the majority of public sector jobs (with good benefits)–and how “benefit caps,” shrinking of “childcare tax credits” and other “austerity” measures, are threatening the very survival of women and their families.

Playright/Author Barbara Garson spoke on women as the “scroungers” of the world who hold their families together when times are the toughest–and the loss of power to men as family wealth increases.

The panel was moderated by Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance and followed by a discussion of what can be done to reverse these effects and move forward.

On April 30, 2015, the day before May 1st–Mayday–the holiday of the working class, as the people of Greece fight a spirited battle against austerity policies imposed on them by the European Union, this program is especially relevant.

 

April 23, 9-10 PM: The Feminist Stake in SYRIZA & the rebellion against austerity; Hillary Clinton’s real record on abortion

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THERE IS A LOT AT STAKE FOR WOMEN around the world, as the new leftist Greek government, known as SYRIZA, challenges the European Union (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) on the austerity policies it has imposed on the debtor countries of Europe. Under austerity policies, women take the biggest hit, as social services on which they and their children depend, are cut–and they are forced to compensate with additional unpaid labor.

On Thursday, April 23, 9-10 PM, we will speak with Elena Psarea, a member of the National Parliament of Greece as well as a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, and chair of the Secretariat of the Department of Feminist and Gender Politics of SYRIZA. We’ll be talking about The Feminist stake in SYRIZAespecially in light of possibility of the rebellion against the European Union spreading to countries, such as Spain, Ireland and Portugaland having an influence in the United States– and why “social wage” benefits are a necessary pre-requisite for women’s liberation.

We will discuss the points in SYRIZA’s Plan of Action that relate specifically to women, including women’s startling female unemployment rate (65%), women’s lack of health insurance, the history of the Greek feminist movement, the representation of women in the Greek Parliament and traditional sexist attitudes in Greek society.

In our second segment we’ll be speaking with Erin Matson, author of a popular feminist blog and former Action Vice President of the National Organization for Women, about Hillary Clinton’s actual record on reproductive rights.

The show will also include our Worldwide Feminist News Headlines.

Thurs, April 2: Holly Jacobs, Carrie Goldberg on Revenge Porn; Farah Diaz-Tello on the sentencing to 41 years of Purvi Patel for “feticide”

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On Thursday, April 2, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will feature two segments, each detailing a serious current attack on women–with interviews with frontline activists in these areas.

1) Anti-Revenge Porn activists Holly Jacobs and Carrie A. Goldberg, founders of End Revenge Porn and Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI). Revenge Porn usually occurs when men angry at ex girlfriends post nude photos of them without their consent, often on misogynist websites and with intent to damage their lives. These posts typically include the names and addresses of the women, and are sent to their work places and relatives. According to Professor Dannielle Keats Citron, author of “Cyber Civil Rights”, a core text of this movement: “Revenge porn can ruin a person’s life” as the images may go viral, result in multiple threats of rape and stalking from anonymous men, lead to the loss of a job or result in not being hired (80% of employers use the internet to assess potential employees), result in depression and forced withdrawal from the internet–and in extreme cases, suicide. Until recently there has been no legal recourse for those targeted. Now, several states have adopted or are considering laws to protect victims.

2) Farrah Diaz-Tello, Staff Attorney for National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), will speak with us about last Monday’s shocking sentence of Purvi Patel to to 41 years in prison, apparently for having had a miscarriage. It is the first sentencing in the U.S. for “feticide”–a new kind of law, pushed in a number of anti-abortion right wing-dominated state legislatures. We will discuss the terrifying implications of women being sentenced to long prison terms for miscarriages–or for abortions–that are being legally interpreted as homicides and why they are an ominous development for women. So far, both of the two women who have been charged under the new Indiana feticide law are Women of Color.

We’ll also listen to Katie Goodman‘s recent viral hit: “You’re a Feminist!”a challenge to entertainers and others in the public sphere who proclaim they are “not a feminist” while taking full advantage of the gains made for them by feminism. We’ll also have our International Feminist News Segment

Some of our Feminist News Headlines

On Monday, April 30, an Indiana woman of East Indian descent–Purvi Patel–was sentenced to 41 years, 20 of them to be served in prison, for the crime of ‘feticide’–or killing a fetus. She claimed to have had a miscarriage. She is the first woman in the U.S to be sentenced for this so-called crime.

In the 2nd half of the show tonight, we will be speaking with Farah Diaz-Tello, staff attorney for National Advocates for Pregnant Women on the very serious implications for all women of her prosecution and sentencing.

http://jezebel.com/indiana-woman-given-30-year-prison-sentence-over-appare-1694521732?utm_campaign=socialfow_jezebel_twitter&utm_source=jezebel_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/03/30/easy-pregnant-women-put-trial-united-states/

http://www.wncn.com/story/28664509/first-woman-in-us-sentenced-for-killing-a-fetus

In Georgia 4 Women were arrested trying to meet with a sponsor of a “religious liberty” bill that could give employers the right to fire women who have had an abortion–and could be against used to fire gay people and just about anyone else that employers have religious qualms about.

http://www.alternet.org/gender/georgia-women-arrested-protesting-bill-would-let-employers-fire-women-whove-had-abortion?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5512185804d3011e46000001&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

In Yemen, An 11 year-old girl has drawn the world’s attention to the issue of child brides after denouncing her arranged marriage in an impassioned video online, saying “I am not an item for sale, I’m a human being and I would rather die than get married at this age.”

The practice of marrying child brides is widespread in Yemen.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/07/22/yemeni-child-brides-protest-gains-global-attention

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges was scheduled to give the keynote address at a conference at Simon Fraser University in Canada. But because he had delivered a scathing report on worldwide global prostitution, calling it “the quintessential expression of capitalism”, Sexwork activists pressured the UNiversity to ban him, which it did for awhile, until many feminists defended him and the ban was revoked. The tactic used was No platforming–an organized pressure campaign to keep people of opposing views from airing them, which many claim is stifling feminist debate. You see what Hedges had to say in the news section of our blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com

http://feministcurrent.com/11066/sex-work-advocates-attempt-to-no-platform-journalist-chris-hedges-after-damning-sex-industry-report/

The recent Germanwings plane crash/suicide has been blamed on feminism on MRA (men’s rights activism) blog–saying the crashing of a plane by Andreas Lubitz could have been avoided if “the sluts of the world were a little more equitable in their distribution of oral sex” and that this crime was an indirect result of feminism. This would be laughable if such sites did not have followings known to have provided inspirtation for murders aimed at women–such as those by Elliott Rodgers, in 2014.

http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2015/03/26/when-mens-rights-activists-celebrate-male-rage-they-make-murdersuicides-like-the-one-that-may-have-brought-down-germanwings-flight-9525-more-likely/

http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2015/03/26/vox-day-could-andreas-lubitzs-murdersuicide-by-plane-been-prevented-if-the-sluts-of-the-world-were-a-little-more-equitable-in-their-distribution-of-blowjobs/

Thurs, March 26, 9-10pm: Terry O’Neill on the Republican budget & women–Kathie Sarachild on studying Women’s Liberation history to move forward

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Part 1: The Republican-controlled Congress is on a tear to tear up what little there is of the American safety net and their budget proposal directly attacks many of the programs on which women depend.

Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women will join us to talk about the Republican Budget and Women.

Part 2: Women’s History itself is the subject of the 2nd part of our last show during Women’s History Month: An interview with legendary feminist pioneer Kathie Sarachild. From her 1975 landmark essay The Power of History (Feminist Revolution), which focused on the erasure from history of the pioneers of the early-second-wave Women’s Liberation Movement and their replacement by liberal media-chosen ‘stars’–to current examples of how the knowledge of authentic women’s history and the strategies developed by early radical feminist groups are helping today’s young activists of National Women’s Liberation achieve important victories. A “DON’T MISS!” interview!

Thurs, March 12, 9-10 PM, Yanar Mohammed, reknowned Iraqi feminist will be guest on Joy of Resistance

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Reknowned Iraqi Women’s Rights activist Yanar Mohammed will be a guest on Joy of Resistance on Thursday, March 12 between 9 & 10 pm (EST). The show will also contain excerpts from one of the many forums surrounding the Beijing +20 Commission on the Status of Women, which is meeting at the UN this March.

About Yanar Mohammed: Yanar Mohammed was born in Baghdad. She is a co-founder and the director of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, and serves as the editor of the newspaper Al-Mousawat (Equality). She is one of the most prominent women’s rights campaigners in Iraq, and received the Gruber Foundation Women’s Rights Prize in 2008. Her organization has set up shelters–now five of them–for women in Iraq fleeing honor killings, gay men and women threatened with murder, and, recently, women who are survivors of ISIS.

While not being anti-religion, she is a strong believer in secular government and claims that women’s equality ‘can only be achieved through secular government because an Islamic government would hurt women’s rights.’ She cites the 2008 Human Rights Watch Report states that women have been ‘attacked on the street for what they consider “immoral” or “un-Islamic” behavior including not wearing a headscarf’, and that ‘the threat of these attacks keeps many Iraqi women at home.’

As a result of her work on women’s rights that essentially attacks what could be called ‘hard line’ interpretations of Islam, Yanar has had to receive personal security as a result of having received death threats. Jaish al Sahaba, part of the Iraqi Islamist group the Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation, sent two death threats to Yanar Mohammed in 2004. These were quoted as being directly related to Yanar’s efforts to achieve gender equality in Iraqi law. As a result she has now been provided with armed protection. Yanar has been strongly critical of the US invasion of Iraq, suggesting that the ‘US occupation turned the streets of Iraq into a ‘no-women zone’.

She has also talked of a false choice existing between occupation and ‘political Islam’ (religion taking on State functions, i.e., theocracy) clearly preferring a third way between these two. The ‘choice’ in Iraq is between: ‘..the American occupation that is willing to do genocide, or..political Islam, that will make us live in a completely inhuman and unliberated way of life’. Speaking in an interview in 2007, she outlined her views in the US invasion and the effect it is having on Iraq:

‘..the suggestion is that the US troops should leave immediately, because we, the people of Iraq, do not agree that all the jihadists from around the world are coming to Iraq to fight this so-called US evil, and our cities are turning into an arena of fight, and all our lives are being devastated. The US troops need to leave immediately, with no conditions. And we do not accept the debate that there will be a bloodbath afterwards, because nothing is worse than the sectarian war that we are living right now, that is also a consequence of this war’.

Yanar believes that the US occupation of Iraq is fuelling the insurgency and violence prevalent in post-2003 Iraq, which is having a detrimental effect on women’s rights.

How International Women’s Day was created, lost–and found again!

Prequel to the story: On November 23, 1909, there was a labor uprising in New York City in which more than 20,000 Yiddish-speaking immigrants, mostly young women in their teens and early twenties, launched an 11-week general strike in New York’s shirtwaist industry, dubbed the “Uprising of the 20,000.” It was sparked by the impassioned call to strike by a young woman garment worker, Clara Lemlich and sparked five years of revolt that transformed the garment industry into one of the best-organized trades in the United States.

Beginning of  International Working Women’s Day…

In 1910–at the Socialist International–an international Socialist meeting in Copenhagen– German Socialist Clara Zetkin proposes there be an annual celebration of International Working Women’s Day to commemorate the 1909 labor uprising in New York–the motion is seconded by Lenin himself.

1911International Working Women’s Day is celebrated for the first time. On March 8, 1917 (this is where March 8 comes in), a women’s uprising in Saint Petersburg, Russia “for bread and land and peace” is the spark that ignites the Russian Revolution, with a Strike that topples the Czar within four days of the women’s protest. So thereafter, around the world, IWWD is celebrated on March 8.

After World War 2, In the U.S. the “cold war” with the Soviet Union puts IWWD “under suspicion,” as in that period, people who are seen as participating in groups or events that are associated with Socialism or Communism are investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee and are often “blacklisted” and lose their jobs and professions. Because of this, 1947 is the last year, for a long time, in which there is any record of IWWD being celebrated in the U.S.

UNTIL–1968–when The Women’s Liberation Movement–the beginning of the “Second Wave of Feminism” takes it “out of mothballs”,  claims it as a feminist holiday and starts to celebrate it.

In 1969–A Berkeley Women’s Liberation Group–one of the organizers is Laura X–organizes the first street action to celebrate IWWD in the U.S. since 1947. There’s a parade in which women dress as female historical figures–and Liberation News Service picks up the story that IWWD is once again being publicly celebrated in the streets of the U.S. and spreads the news to international news services. Many around the world are inspired.

The next year, 1970, International Women’s Day Celebrations are held in 30 countries!

Women’s History Month…

In 1981–pressure on Congress from women’s groups, such as the National Women’s History Project causes Congress to officially institute Women’s History Week.

1987After five more years of pressure by feminists, Congress expands Women’s History Week to Women’s History Month. The campaign has been influenced by the parallel struggle for official recognition of Black History Week and Black History Month.

IWWD continues to be celebrated around the world on March 8th. Women today define IWWD for themselves as needed in each year and in every country where it is celebrated.

Postscript: There is much of women’s history that most people–including most women–do not know about–because this history has been buried. Joy of Resistance considers it a joy to discover and communicate as much of this history as we can. We believe that know our history and the struggle that has gone into winning the improvements in our lives that we have won through organizing, is to understand how powerful we have been and can be and are–when we organize–and to be inspired to keep up the struggle until we win our full liberation

Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month!