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In January we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., one of the greatest icons of the 20th century, known by all as the strongest advocate for equal rights for African Americans using non-violence.  King was a great man indeed, but we should also be celebrating the January birthday of another civil rights hero who pioneered non-violence, and preceded King by half a century.

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The U.S. Senate convened on January 6th, with 13 new members. he new crop includes twelve Republicans, and a single Democrat.  Some people think 13 is a lucky number, but when it comes to votes in the new senate, it could be very unlucky for women.

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The mediocre movie "The Interview" catapulted to international fame when Sony pictures caved to the North Korean government and scuttled -- but later reinstated -- the picture’s opening.  That caused "Interview" to rake in $20 million bucks in its first couple of weeks.  The bonanza was triggered by a major hack of Sony’s computers that revealed the movie’s comical plot about assassinating the North Korean president. But something else was revealed in the hack that is no laughing matter. Sony is guilty of sex discrimination in pay –  the gender pay gap is alive and well, even at the highest levels.  Case in point: Jennifer Lawrence.

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Well we did it.  Made it through another year. Women have had some good news, and some bad news. And what with wars, floods, domestic violence, police shootings and all the rest, we’ve probably missed a few things. So let’s review some items that didn’t make the front pages in 2014.

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This time of year the world celebrates peace – or claims to.   Radical Islamist Taliban insurgents have intensified their attacks on the Afghan capital with brazen bombings and afternoon raids. They’ve gone after Kabul’s police chief and an outspoken women’s rights activist.  That may be because Afghan women are actively agitating for a place at the peace table.  According to the international aid group Oxfam, women are being left out of government efforts to start peace talks with the Taliban.

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We celebrate a lot during the holiday season – family, faith, giving.  But since 2012 the season is not all about celebrating. It’s also about remembering one of the darkest days in decades, December 14, 2012  – when 20 first graders and 6 educators at Sandy Hook elementary school were gunned down by an ex-student wielding a shotgun.

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The last of the turkey’s gone to hash, and Black Friday is behind us.  We’re now into a  full-on month of shop till you drop.  Consumers are snapping up mountains of plastic soon-to-be-junk from toy stores and big boxes alike. Is it stuff we need?  Will we love it in January? And what's the message we're sending our kids? There's a better way, and here it is.

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A replay of “What Price the Princess Cult? Toys, our kids, and harmful messages” from December 2012.  Listen to it again here!

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A replay of  "No Turkey, Just Thanksgiving Trimmings" from November 2013.  Listen to it again here!

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