Honor Dr. Tiller: Keep Late-Term Abortions Available

By Kate McGuinness
Published in Fem2.0 May 31, 2012

George Tiller abortion clinicMay 31, 2012 marks the third anniversary of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas physician who provided late-term abortions in his Wichita clinic. An abortion opponent fatally shot Dr. Tiller in the eye while he was handing out bulletins inside his church during worship services.

Dr. Tiller became a target of antiabortion activists because he performed abortions on women who had passed the twenty-first week of their pregnancies. These abortions terminated fetuses that either had severe or fatal birth defects or were healthy but whose birth would cause the woman “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function,” as certified by two other physicians.

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The Paycheck Fairness Act: For When Women are Old and Broke

By Kate McGuinness
Published in Fem2.0 May 29, 2012

PaycheckIn virtually every occupation, women earn less than men of comparable experience, education and seniority. From the moment a woman throws her graduation cap into the air to the moment she retires, she earns less than a similar man.

This difference is commonly quantified as a woman earns 77 cents for each dollar a man earns. The twenty-three cents nick is bad. But when it goes on year after year throughout a 40-year career, the loss is catastrophic.

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When Women Fail on the Public Stage: Ina Drew and JPMorgan Chase

By Kate McGuinness
Published in Fem2.0, May 19, 2012

Wall Street is notorious for its lack of female power brokers. Catalyst reports that women make up only 15 percent of executive or senior-level officers in investment banking and securities companies.

Ina DrewThe fall of one of these women results in public scrutiny. Ina Drew of JPMorgan Chase is the latest casualty. Until May 14, Ms. Drew was a member of the bank’s operating committee and headed its Chief Investment Office, a unit blamed for losses in excess of $2 billion.

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What My Mother Did To Me That I Will Not Do To My Son

By Kate McGuinness
Published in Role/Reboot, May 10, 2012

Kate McGuinness’ mother smothered her growing up, so when Kate became a mother, she refused to parent her son similarly. But without those scarring experiences, she wouldn’t be as good a parent as she is today, so for that, she’s thankful.

Smother-motherLike many new parents, I swore I would not raise my child the way my mother raised me. With the benefit of hindsight, I can see where I’ve succeeded, where I’ve failed, and better understand her choices.

Primary on the laundry list of intended differences was allowing my son to separate in age-appropriate increments. I had experienced my mother as smothering—demanding my presence, my interest in her interests, my adoption of her opinions. As a teen, I decided the word “smother” was derived from the word “mother” despite contrary etymological evidence.

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Instead Of Wedding Shower Gifts, Give A Goat

By Kate McGuinness
Published in Role/Reboot May 4, 2012

Kate McGuinness traces the history of wedding and baby showers, and offers new ways to reboot the tradition, which includes swapping gifts for charitable donations to those in need.

Baby GoatI’ve gotten to the age when many of my friends’ daughters are marrying or reproducing. These occasions are celebrated by the community holding “showers.” I began to wonder about this tradition after attending a particularly boring baby shower in which the expectant mother sat on a “throne,” each gift was passed from guest to guest to be admired, and we played a childish game about baby paraphernalia.

Why do we do this? Do showers make sense in the 21st century?

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