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7 things I’ve learned working in service positions

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As a recent college graduate, I’ve been in my fair share of odd jobs: waiting tables, babysitting, dog walking, catering and house sitting. I’ve changed diapers, cleared away food, and served all kinds of people with varying social skills and manners. Working these jobs, I’ve come up with a short list of things to keep in mind when you are being served. They might help us all treat service workers with the respect and dignity they deserve.

1. Looking people in the eyes goes a long way.
We are not robots or statues, and when you acknowledge that, it makes all the difference. Even better, ask us our name, chat with us a bit, or ...

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As a recent college graduate, I’ve been in my fair share of odd jobs: waiting tables, babysitting, dog walking, catering and house sitting. I’ve changed diapers, cleared away food, and served ...

Quick Hit: Why the push for immigration reform is stronger than ever

Image via @DREAMers_MOMS
Immigration reform isn’t dead, and immigrant women aren’t going down without a fight.

This week is Women’s Equality Week and We Belong Together is organizing women to cast symbolic votes for fair and equitable immigration reform. To participate, take the oath here.

People are tweeting up a storm about what immigration reform means for women over at #WomenBelong. Join the conversation, and read through Monday’s Tweet chat here.

“Women who enter the U.S. as dependents ought to have full worker protections, including being subject to minimum-wage laws and eight-hour workdays; they should have access to help in the face of violence, trafficking and sexual harassment; and they should be guaranteed due process in cases of deportation or ...

Image via @DREAMers_MOMS
Immigration reform isn’t dead, and immigrant women aren’t going down without a fight.

This week is Women’s Equality Week and We Belong Together is organizing women to cast symbolic votes for fair ...

Quick hit: #ChangeBrazil: Who was never sleeping, who just woke up, and why

I’m over on my blog today talking about the movement that is taking place in Brazil and its implications for Brazil’s marginalized communities.

This movement was started by people who have been historically denied access to public space, including people of color, the poor, members of the LGBTQ community and women. But now, for the first time in decades, Brazilians of all classes, genders, races and sexualities are learning what these people have always lived with.

Black Brazilians have long known the results of police brutality, watching as their young men are systematically killed through police or drug-related violence. Brazilian women are all too familiar with the fact that their presence in public space is often dictated by the ...

I’m over on my blog today talking about the movement that is taking place in Brazil and its implications for Brazil’s marginalized communities.

This movement was started by people who have been historically denied access ...

New Favorite Tumblr: Flip The News

Check out Flip The News, a tumblr that flips the gender or race of the subjects in news articles. The site explains, “The point here is to shine some light on the way news organizations write about people and strive for more balanced, respectful narratives.” In one of the first posts, the author gender-flips this Atlantic article on childless women who search for surrogate children to mother. As you might imagine, it’s pretty impossible to imagine the gender-fliped one actually running.

Alan, 46, of New York City found an outlet for his unconscious desire to nurture closer to home. Like many men his age, he had a moment when he realized that kids were absent ...

Check out Flip The News, a tumblr that flips the gender or race of the subjects in news articles. The site explains, “The point here is to shine some light on the way news organizations ...

Quote of the Day: State lawmaker calls women “vaginas”

Here’s what New Hampshire State Rep. Peter Hansen wrote in an email to the official legislative listserv in response to a debate on a gun bill earlier this month.

What could possibly be missing from those factual tales of successful retreat in VT, Germany, and the bowels of Amsterdam? Why children and vagina’s of course. While the tales relate the actions of a solitary male the outcome cannot relate to similar situations where children and women and mothers are the potential victims.

I’ll just echo Hansen’s colleague State Rep. Rick Watrous: “Are you really using ‘vaginas’ as a crude catch-all for women? Really?”

But seriously…

Here’s what New Hampshire State Rep. Peter Hansen wrote in an email to the official legislative listserv in response to a debate on a gun bill earlier this month.

What could possibly be missing from those factual ...

Immigration and Women This Week: Mixed Emotions

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Juliana Britto Schwartz. By day, Juliana is a student at University of California, Santa Cruz. By night, she is a Latina feminist blogger at Julianabritto.com, where she writes about reproductive health justice, immigration, and feminist movements in Latin America.

 

In case you missed it, the news on what it was like to be an immigrant woman this week:

Something to Inspire You

Yesterday the Rally for Citizenship marched on the Capitol in Washington D.C., drawing thousands of protesters and calling for comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. The rally had a diverse array of participants: organizations for Arab immigrants, African immigrants, allies and undocumented as well.

Something To Make You Angry:

The new immigration reform bill might 

When I stay out too late with feminists at the Makers red carpet premiere…

…and I can barely blog, but I sure can rock some sunnies.

Last night I went to the premiere of Makers. Makers is a documentary about the American women’s movement. It’s also a video library that hopes to be the largest video library of women’s stories ever collected.

Spending the night hanging out with bad-ass feminists, including Vanessa, Courtney and Chloe, listening to Gloria Steinem talk about feminism, then and now, reassured me. It confirmed that we, the Feministing community, have helped to keep generations of feminism alive–growing, evolving and staying relevant. It felt good.

As Steinem said in conclusion to her speech at the screening quoting Paula Gunn Allen, “The root of oppression is the loss of memory.

The event and screening was ...

…and I can barely blog, but I sure can rock some sunnies.

Last night I went to the premiere of Makers. Makers is a documentary about the American women’s movement. It’s also a video library that hopes ...

Why every woman should vote tomorrow

This is just one of many crucial stats Mother Jones has put together (in poster form) for why the ladies need to GOTV this year.

A few more stats: 

1 in 4 voting age women is single 60 percent of female voters in swing states say birth control is very important in this election 247 US house members and 46 US Senators are anti-choice

Chilling facts–check them out. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just one of many crucial stats Mother Jones has put together (in poster form) for why the ladies need to GOTV this year.

A few more stats: 

1 in 4 voting ...
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