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This Week in Women’s Rights 2018–09–23


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/09/23

“Last year, Nov. 6 marked 100 years since women gained the right to vote in New York state, preceding nationwide passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

Through Friday, the Sidney Memorial Public Library, at 8 River St., is taking its turn as the 17th host of a traveling exhibit celebrating the milestone.

According to press materials, “Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote in New York State,” a five-panel display, “looks beyond the traditional narrative and explores the history behind the movement that made New York such an important place in the fight.””


“Although women’s rights and religious freedom are not commonly associated with one another in the world of the 1.6 billion Muslims, there is a correlation that must be uncovered.

According to Women and Religious Freedom by Nazila Ghanea, inherent in religious freedom is the right to believe or not believe as one’s conscience leads, and live out one’s beliefs openly, peacefully, and without fear.

Freedom of religion or belief is an expansive right that includes the freedoms of thought, conscience, expression, association, and assembly. For the Muslim world, the Quran reads in Sura 2:256, “Let there be no compulsion in religion.””


“Dolly Parton famously steers clear of politics — almost as much as she eschews frumpy frocks — but the country singer’s latest track is an explicit celebration of women’s rights.

Parton’s muse for her new song was the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (that would be women’s suffrage, for those of you who skipped history class). Parton sings of the women who marched to bring it about and how women have fought for their rights “since the very beginning of time.”

The country music legend has long espoused a sort of folksy feminism (see 9 to 5), so of course it’s no dry historical exegesis.”



New Zealand has marked the 125th anniversary of a historic move to give women the vote. It was the first country in the world to enact suffrage for women.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s third female prime minister said the nation’s 19th century fight for economic independence and equal rights was still continuing.

The gender pay gap in the South Pacific nation is, on average, 10 percent, although for working mothers it is about 17 percent — a pay difference known as the “motherhood penalty.” Women are also under-represented in some senior corporate positions. Among New Zealand’s top 50-listed companies female executives make up just a fifth of directors.”


“Female foreign ministers meeting in Canada for the first summit of its kind vowed on Saturday to bring a “women’s perspective” to foreign policy.

The two-day meeting, which began Friday in Montreal and brought together more than half of the world’s top women diplomats, focused on topics such as conflict prevention, democratic growth and eliminating gender-based violence.

“This meeting represented a historic occasion,” said Canada’s top diplomat Chrystia Freeland, who also took the opportunity to announce the creation of Canada’s first ambassador for women, peace and security.”



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