October 1, 2012

For those of you who read my blogs, you know I listen to NPR. So here’s what I heard last week:

1/2 of women in the U.S. live in 26 states hostile to abortion. In the past two years, 25 states have adopted legislation that restricts the ability of women to end an unwanted pregnancy. And even worse…Some U.S. states – and male elected officials – are fighting against birth control. Can you imagine? Limiting a woman’s ability to decide if she wants to become pregnant. Limiting a woman’s ability to choose to get an education and care for the children she has. Limiting a woman’s ability to work.

What else did I hear on NPR? Honoring James Meredith’s astounding battle to win admission to the University of Mississippi. Integration. A battle this man won with the help of the U.S. Supreme Court and the soldiers sent in by John F. Kennedy. 50 years ago last week. Thank you, Mr. Meredith, for fighting this fight. How sad that segregation is growing dramatically in public schools in the U.S. And not only in the southern states.

Filed under: Social Commentary


About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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