Even though 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men over 18 experience severe intimate partner violence in the U.S., domestic violence remains the least talked about crisis in our society. Victims of this type of violence lose a total of 8 million days of paid work each year, and the annual cost of domestic violence on the economy is $8.3 billion.
Domestic violence is often referred to as the silent killer since it continues to impact millions of people, but somehow goes unnoticed by a majority of the population. This is why #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth is so important. It's time we get educated.
A great resource to begin learning is thehotline.org.
We all have roles in our lives that are important. A role that often remains overlooked is the role of Advocate/Support Person in the lives of your friends and loved ones. This is because advocating for them often means you have to enter uncharted territory on touchy topics, such as sexual abuse or domestic violence. Even when someone close to you is in a relationship that compromises their physical or emotional well-being, it is easier to conclude they will leave if the situation is bad enough, which means your role isn't needed. This is far from true. Most victims of violence cannot escape the situation on their own and those who are able to share what is happening generally reach out to family and friends first.
If and when you become a first responder, your action or inaction can change the course of a person's life. Your response can be the difference between life and death for that person. Educating yourself on domestic violence is the first step to preparing for the role of Advocate/Support Person. It is not enough to say "I'm sorry this happened," especially if the individual is still experiencing the violence that you know about. To learn more, head to www.thehotline.org/help/
This week’s first is Harriet Quimby. She was the first woman to receive her pilot’s license, and the first woman to fly across the English Channel. Before her career in aviation, Quimby was a successful journalist at the New York publication, Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly. Her fascination with aviation led to a negotiation where Leslie’s paid for flying lessons in turn for articles about Quimby’s flights. Not only did Quimby pave the way for female aviators including Amelia Earhart, many regard her as the most influential pilot of her time.
For women and men who feel that they have stepped outside the boxes of traditional gender roles, stereotypes can still creep in and have powerful implications. To test your ideologies, head to the links below! ⠀
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"Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going...There’s more exploration to come. – Nichelle Nichols⠀
#STEM #STEMgirls #STEMeducation #educationforall⠀
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72 percent of Americans wrongfully believe the Constitution already guarantees equal rights for women. Without the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment, women do not have protection under the law outside of their right to vote and some forms of sex discrimination under the 14th amendment. Gaps in existing laws leave women vulnerable to violence, sexual harassment, and unequal pay. ⠀
Source: Congresswoman Jacki Speier, Equal Means Equal ⠀
#notyetequal #equalrightsamendment #equalpay #metoo #timesup ⠀
This week’s first is Ann Bancroft. In 1986, she became the first woman to reach the North Pole by foot and dog sled. Throughout her career, she led the first all female expedition to the South Pole and partnered with Norwegian Liv Arnesen to be the first women to ski across Antarctica. Bancraft utilized her numerous expeditions to raise awareness for a variety of causes including global warming and clean water initiatives.
“If I could have one wish for my own sons, it is that they should have the courage of women. Sometimes this involves tiny acts of immense courage; sometimes public acts which can cost a woman her job or her life…I would like my sons not to shrink from this kind of pain, not to settle for the old male defenses. And I would wish them to do this not for me, or for other women, but for themselves, and for the sake of life on the planet Earth.” - Adrienne Rich