R T I C L E S* &*
S P E E C H E S
Resources and Conferences
The U.S. Department
of Labor has lauched a campaign
to inform women about pension
benefits. A brochure, Women
and Pensions: What Women Need
to Know and Do, is now available.
It includes a checklist and tips
on what women need to learn about
pension plans, Social Security
and personal savings. Call the
Women's Bureau at (202)
219-6611 for information.
- Now that the conventions are
over and Labor Day is passed, the
political campaigning begins in
ernest. Find out how the candidates'
views - and voting records - match
yours on the issues. Check the papers
for statements on positions; listen
to the news; check voter guides
and responses to questionnaires
distributed by a variety of groups,
including AAUW and League
of Women Voters. Better yet,
go to a candidates' forum to meet
the candidates and ask them, or
call their offices and ask their
staff to tell you how they voted
on specific issus. Be informed and
Make sure you, all
your family and friends are registered
to vote. Help college students and
others who will be out of their
voting distrincts on November 5
learn how to register for an absentee
ballot, and do it soon. (Call your
Election Bureau for information.)
Volunteer to work
on a campaign. People are always
needed to deliver signs and door-hangers,
make calls and get out voters. Your
future is in YOUR HANDS!
CHEERS! and JEERS!
- The California Assembly approved
a bill requiring chemical castration
of the state's worst child molesters.
This makes California the first
state in the country to mandate
the controversial procedure which
has had a high rate of success at
reducing repeat offenses in Europe.
50% of the delegates at the Democratic
Convention; 34% at the Republican.
Democratic rules require the delegates
to reflect the race and gender mix
in the overall population. The Republicans
don't have such a requirement.
Silvia and the Swedish government
with help from UNICEF and
other organizations organized the
first global conference against
child prostitution and pornography.
The child sex business is a multibillion-dollar
industry that traps more then 1
million children a year. The problem
is worst in Africa, poorer areas
of eastern Europe and Asia, especially
the Philippines and Thailand. Silvia
appealed for a stop to this modern
form of slavery.
- A seventeen-year-old single mother,
Amanda Smisek, was given a 30-day
suspended jail sentence for having
sex before marriage under a 1921
Idaho state law. Said she: "I didn't
even know what fornication was."
I'll bet the unprosecuted father
is still under federal investigation
for sexual harassment against hundreds
of women at its Normal, Illinois,
assembly plant. In response the
company is quietly searching for
a new head of public relations who
must be a woman, reside in Normal,
and pass an interview with the plant's
Japanese manager. Despite a salary
said to be near $200,000, there
have been no takers.
Excerpted from WOMANSWORD, Vol.
1, Issue 9 September, 1996.