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Morris County NOW at the CCM Pride Day 2022

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In Memorium - Pamela Sheldrick

sheldrik pIn 1976, as Chapter Coordinator (President) of Morristown Area NOW, Pam actively worked on the issue of the Par-Troy Little League only reaching out to boys, which was against Title IX rules. The issue was resolved, and girls as well as boys were invited to join. During those early years there were two chapters, Morristown Area NOW and Lakeland Area NOW. A force to be reckoned with, Pam was a key member when the two chapters joined together in 1975 to start a Rape Crisis Hotline followed by their involvement in founding the battered women’s shelter now known as Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS). The two chapters became Morris County NOW in 1980.
Pam continued her participation in the chapter. For many years she attended our August meetings bringing feminist publications from her bookstore, Pandora Book Peddlers, reviewing and recommending various books that people of all ages would enjoy. From 2011 through 2019 Pam joined us for our main fundraising event, Gift Wrapping at Barnes & Noble for the holidays. She was a natural after all the years wrapping books at her store. And speaking of the store, it was a blessing during all the years we tabled at Madison’s Bottle Hill Day beginning in October 2004 and until the store closed, as Pam opened her “facility” for us to use as a rest stop. Much better than the alternative Porta Potties. Pam will be remembered for her many contributions to the cause and to Morris County NOW. Pam Sheldrick was a dedicated feminist in every way. She will be sorely missed.
By Susan J. Waldman

WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS TO GET EQUAL PAY AS MEN SOCCER PLAYERS
– Dateline 2022!!!  by Nancy Critchley

My Mom always said “A woman has to do twice the work as a man to get half the recognition – luckily this is not difficult to do”. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a LONG time for the recognition.
So, after 37 years of women playing international soccer (USWNTI), including 4 World cups in the last 23 and a six-year law suit, the US Soccer Federation has paid $22 million in damages to be split among the US Women soccer players, and agreed to pay the women the same as men, subject to collective bargaining agreements. The men haven’t made it to the semi-finals since 1930.

Megan Rapinoe

Congrats to all the players, but especially to Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan for leading this fight. Somewhere I’m sure there’s a story about Cindy Parlowe Cone, a former player, who replaced Carlos Cordeiro as President of the USSF I February, 2019. Title IX, the law that required colleges receiving federal money, to spend equally on men’s and women’s sports was passed in 1972. I was in college at the time, and remember this landmark legislation well. It was the beginning of women’s sports as we know it.

Rewind to 1999, when I wrote this article for our newsletter (and Cindy Parlowe was playing for the US Team):

I had the privilege of attending Opening Ceremonies of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Soccer game at the Meadowlands on a very hot sweltering, dripping humid Saturday afternoon, with Shelly Herekyk and another friend. It was well worth the trip. The opening ceremonies were on par with any Super Bowl ceremonies. Only better, because this was the biggest celebration of women’s sports to have ever happened in the entire world!

The large flags of all twelve nations were carried out, length-wise, by 6 or 8 girls from each country. Then a young woman from each country got up and spoke the same words in her native language: “This is my game. This is my future. Watch me play.” By the time the third woman spoke, tears were streaming down my face. Tears of joy. Tears of pride. I never thought I would see this - this level of women’s sports in my life time. For an avid sports fan who was born a feminist, this was the pinnacle of everything up until now. And hopefully it is the beginning of another whole phase of women, & women’s sports.

We were treated to three musical groups, (well-known to the younger set, unknown to me, but quite pleasant) and a wonderful competitive game, beating Norway 3-0. We all now know that the USA team went onto win The Cup, and every where they played, they broke the record on “most people to ever see a women’s sporting event EVER.” I think they broke the record three times, culminating in the Rose Bowl finale against China (which we won in an overtime shootout).

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National Organization for Women

National Organization for Women

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  • Supreme Court Says, “Farewell, Roe”  — But Abortion is Still the Issue 
    In the months leading up to the ill-fated Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling, abortion rights supporters often cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade securing the right to abortion under the due process provision of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. There was the hope that the nearly 50 years of precedent Read more … The post Supreme Court Says, “Farewell, Roe”  — But Abortion is Still the Issue  first appeared on National Organization for Women.
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    When not a college student, I work part-time as a summer teacher at an elementary school in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. In my experience working with rising first-grade students, I have witnessed the systemic problems schools face amidst the Great Resignation and return to a “normal” school year. Teachers and students face a challenging Read more … The post Teaching as an Underpaid, Stressful Profession Driving Teachers to Quit – My Take first appeared on National Organization for Women.
  • A League of Their Own Series Reboot Spotlights LGBTQ+ and BIPOC Stories and Inspires a New Generation of Rockford Peaches Fans.
    Are you seeking a binge-able comedy-drama series? Look no further than A League of Their Own. Amazon Prime recently released a TV series rendition of A League of Their Own. The show reimagines iconic scenes and quotes from the original film while diving further into the untold stories of American baseball during World War II. Read more … The post A League of Their Own Series Reboot Spotlights LGBTQ+ and BIPOC Stories and Inspires a New Generation of Rockford Peaches Fans. first appeared on National Organization for Women.
  • War Brutalizes Women and Condemns Many to Shame 
    War and armed conflicts have always been seen as inherently a man’s world. However, it should be noted that armed conflict also harms women. While women do not make up a majority of combatant casualties or fatalities, women nonetheless are often victimized and injured.  According to the United Nations and Human Rights Watch, it is Read more … The post War Brutalizes Women and Condemns Many to Shame  first appeared on National Organization for Women.

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