Brittany Murray

Stringer and Spitzer Seek Votes of Women

By Kate Taylor

Eliot Spitzer and Scott M. Stringer are battling it out as they are opponents for the Democratic primary race. However, one key thing sticks out the most. Instead of marketing towards the average Harlem citizen, they have another strategic plan. They are looking to receive the attention and hear the voices of women. As we know, political races are seen as popularity contests. In this case, both candidates are winning over the audience’s attention with their focus on women’s rights. It seems as if this campaign season, it’s all about women only. These two men are stirring up an uproar. 

Women are a crucial battleground, not only because Mr. Stringer sees Mr. Spitzer’s history of patronizing prostitutes as a vulnerability, but also because women are expected to make up about 60 percent of the voters in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary.

These candidates are neck and neck in votes with supporters from different organizations. Mr. Stringer has the National Organization of Women supporting him while Mr. Spitzer has fought to protect women’s health rights including abortion rights and paid family leave. In both cases, these men sure know what they are doing to receive the votes from women in order to get their seat for the primary. I just hope that whomever wins, continues to fight for women’s rights and not let it be a publicity stunt just for a vote. 

It is one thing to grab the attention of women and speak about inequality but it is another if you do not continue to fight for those rights. I am skeptical about this race. I honestly wonder, are these two men committed to this movement or is just for votes to win a race? Are women’s rights being used a pawn for popularity or is the nation really moving forward and paying attention to women? Either way, this campaign season has changed history entirely. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/30/nyregion/stringer-and-spitzer-seek-votes-of-women.html?_r=0

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Noble Holt

A woman by the name of Rebeca Seitz was sitting in her home one day flipping through channels on TV. As she was flipping through the channels a strange advertisement streamed onto the television showing a very explicit sex scene. I think the shock of seeing this advertisement wouldn’t have been as bad except for the fact that her 8 year old son was in the living room with her. Seitz made many clear points to which supported one great question…Why was the advertisement airing early in the morning? Once the advertisement ended Seitz immediately wrote a blog post commenting on the advertisement and soon after the blog went viral and Seitz was then featured on the Fox News Radio. Seitz stated that she “cannot ever be okay with naked people having sex in the middle of ‘Good Morning America,” to the host of Fox News Radio.

The full story can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/16/rebeca-seitz-porn-ad-morning-television_n_3768455.html

Jessica Williams

Woman Is Rewarded $12 million in Lawsuit for Tree Limb Injury: Savannahnow.com
Shanta Greene was awarded $12 million for being severely injured and almost killed from a tree limb in 2010. On behalf of the City of Savannah, the tree limb incident was simply an accident. City councils show sympathy for Greene’s injuries, but feel the verdict shouldn’t be appealed. It states in the article that her cousin was awarded $20,000 and her son $10,000, although i’m not sure what for. Within the next few days the city council and mayor will hold a meeting regarding her case and decide what to do next.
I’m sure the city council sympathizes with Greene and her family, but I don’t think anybody understands the pain and extra money a tree limb caused her. Greene’s leg had to be amputated and the tree limb almost killed her. If she didn’t have insurance then that’s a lot of unexpected money to pay back, so therefore I would sue also, but maybe not for $12 million. I think both sides are equally right. The city does make mistakes and with the overwhelming rain Savannah has a limb may break at any chance, no it’s not Greene’s fault, but the city shouldn’t have a problem negotiating a reward for her. I don’t think it should have taken 3 years for them to start making a decision, her leg was amputated for goodness sake! My opinion on our city council is they get to things according to the importance to them. The woman is looking out for herself so you really can’t blame her for the lawsuit. I will be on the lookout for an update regarding her case and hope all goes well.                                                                                                                                                                http://savannahnow.com/news/2013-08-29/savannah-council-discuss-12-million-lawsuit-award#.Uh_HMdKmi6M

Jasmine Davis

Girl Raped, Kills Self; Rapist gets 30 days – CNN
A teahcer at Billings High School in Montana admitted to raping his fourteen year old student. The judge, Baugh, sentenced Rambold to thirty days and later changed his sentence to a “deferred prosecution agreement,” meaning the charges would be dismissed if he completed a sex offender treatment program along with other requirements. Rambold was allowed this agreement because the young girl would commit suicide during the case processing. Her mom as well as protestors expressed their outrage over what they call a lenient sentence for Rambold. Throughout the entire blog, they fail to mention the young teenage girl in depth. The blog did not state her name or even give a short bio or background of how she was growing up or life in high school. The story kept their focus on the two men who had caused much controversy in Montana; whereas, the victim was barely recognized. Moreover, the National Organization of Women were huge participants in the organized protests. They were fighting for the judge to step down, because of the length of the sentence he had given Rambold. Women in the Media reflected their strengths and courage to fight for something they believed in and to stand up for justice. Instead of a woman writing the story with respects to the topic, there were men who narrated the story. This can be assumed that the story was written in a male perspective and as a result less light was towards the young girl who was now dead and the all women organization.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/28/justice/montana-teacher-rape-sentence/index.html?hpt=us_c2

Harry Gregory

Male bonuses double those of women, says study – BBC NEWS, BUSINESS 20 August 2013

The study was conducted by Chartered Management Institute (CMI) with the help of salary specialists XpertHR.  Salaries for women are approximately 25% lower than salaries for men.  This gap is exacerbated by bonus payments that are approximately 50% lower.

Ann Francke, chief executive of CMI, said:  “Women are the majority of the workforce at entry level but still lose out on top positions and top pay.  The time has come to tackle this situation more systemically.”

Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow minister for women and equalities, said:  “It is in the interests of business and the economy for women’s talents to be valued and promoted.  And it’s high time that women were fairly rewarded.  Instead, once again, it looks like the clock is being turned back.”

And, Mark Crail from XpertHR said:  “There is no good reason for men to still be earning more in bonuses than women when they are in very similar jobs.”

I believe there is an awakening to injustice on this and many other issues.  Perhaps the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington will serve as a catalyst for action.  In his “I Have a Dream Speech” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said:  “This is no time to engage in the 1uxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.”  Echoing the same sentiment John Lewis, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, said:  “We cannot be patient.  We do not want to be free gradually. We want our freedom, and we want it now.”

On August 28, 1963 an estimated 250,000 people came to Washington to march for jobs and freedom.  If you care about women’s rights, then you must care about voting rights and civil rights and worker’s rights and gay rights and immigration rights and environmental justice.  When you stand up for one, remember to stand up for all.  It takes numbers to overcome inertia.

 

Read the full article at:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23766185