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    1 is 2 many

    1 is 2 many. This is the title of a new White House initiative about how we must reduce violence against women. According to the latest statistics, 1 in every 5 college women will be sexually assaulted, 1 in 9 teenage girls will be forced …

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    What do you think is “normal?”

    What do you think is “normal?”  Today, many of us leave it up to media to show and tell us what is “normal” or “average,” most often when compared with what is deemed “beauty.”

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    The Hawn Foundation

    If, like me, you were introduced to Goldie Hawn through “Laugh-In,” a television comedy show featuring continuous jokes, gags, skits, and Hawn as the “sock-it-to-me” girl, you may not know of her skills as an Academy Award-winning actress, film producer, and director. And even if you know of these accomplishments, you may not know of […]

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    What is misogyny?

    The stories that have dominated our news over the past week are deeply disturbing. If it’s not time to talk about misogyny now, I don’t know when. As you know, a 22 –year-old man wrote a manifesto (and posted a video) about his hatred of women …

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    Refugees in Iowa

    Over the past 5 years, nearly 3,000 refugees have resettled in Iowa, a number that increased by 500% when a secondary migration (refugees initially resettled in other states who came to Iowa) arrived. Two agencies, Catholic Charities and the …

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  • Woman Warrior

    We’ve all been told to “toughen up”

    Whether female or male, at some point in our lives we have all been told to “man up,” toughen up,” “don’t be a softie,” or “win at all costs.” These terms have created an unofficial measure by which we are judged – beginning in the playground …

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    Is Mother’s Day too commercialized?

    According to the National Retail Federation, Mother’s Day is a $19.9 billion holiday. This is the amount of total spending anticipated for the holiday this year, and it equates to an average of $162.94 per mom.

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    Tina Frundt — Human Trafficking Events Recap

    Tina told us that at each public event, trafficking victims approached her afterwards and asked for help. She and Mike Ferjak have coordinated appropriate responses for approximately 10 local victims.

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    Sex Trafficking in Iowa

    The sex trafficking of girls and women is a pervasive and systemic problem happening throughout Iowa and our nation. Fueled by poverty and violence, along with the societal tolerance of men purchasing sex with young girls, human trafficking affects us all.

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    Negative Body Image

    If cyberbullying and “revenge porn” don’t already do enough to damage the psyche of females, a new survey of nearly 900 female college students conducted by the University of Iowa in partnership with Ohio University reports a link between …

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