Regarding West Side Story: Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. August 8, 1957.

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Regarding West Side Story: Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. August 3, 1957.

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Ai-Jen Poo, the executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance(NDWA), received a prestigious MacArthur “genius” grant. The NDWA advocates for often-ignored domestic workers and home caregivers, the majority of whom are women. Currently, there are few state or federal labor laws that protect these workers, leaving them vulnerable to the whims of their employers.Poo says she sees a connection between domestic workers and the larger American workforce. “Today when we look around, homecare workers are the fastest growing part of the economy… Things like vulnerability, lack of job stability, lack of pathways to upward mobility, low wages and long hours; more and more of our workforce is struggling with these conditions.”For the last sixteen years, Poo has led the NDWA. She plans to use the grant to develop a fellowship to train domestic workers in public policy so that they can better formalize their legal rights.Read more via NBC News.

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Ai-Jen Poo, the executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance(NDWA), received a prestigious MacArthur “genius” grant. The NDWA advocates for often-ignored domestic workers and home caregivers, the majority of whom are women. Currently, there are few state or federal labor laws that protect these workers, leaving them vulnerable to the whims of their employers.

Poo says she sees a connection between domestic workers and the larger American workforce. “Today when we look around, homecare workers are the fastest growing part of the economy… Things like vulnerability, lack of job stability, lack of pathways to upward mobility, low wages and long hours; more and more of our workforce is struggling with these conditions.”

For the last sixteen years, Poo has led the NDWA. She plans to use the grant to develop a fellowship to train domestic workers in public policy so that they can better formalize their legal rights.

Read more via NBC News.

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Chilean women vote in a municipal election, 1945.

Chilean granted women the right to vote in municipal elections in 1931.  Chilean women achieved full suffrage in 1949.

Regarding West Side Story: Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. July 28, 1957.

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Regarding West Side Story: Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. July 26, 1957

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Regarding West Side Story: Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. July 19, 1957

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Beverly Gooden is a writer who started the hashtag #WhyIStayed in response to the media’s tendency to blame survivors when prominent stories on violence against women emerge, such as the video of Ray Rice violently attacking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an elevator. 
#WhyIStayed has drawn attention to the complexities of the domestic violence cycle that is so difficult for many women to escape. Gooden’s campaign allowed her to share her own story of the abuse she survived. She states, “I tried to leave the house once after an abusive epiosde, and he blocked me. He slept in front of the door that entire night. I had to plan my escape for months before I even had a place to go and money for the bus to get there.” 
Gooden’s message has resonated with thousands of other Twitter users who have used the hashtag themselves to share their own stories.
Read examples of their tweets and learn more about violence against women via Mic.

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Beverly Gooden is a writer who started the hashtag #WhyIStayed in response to the media’s tendency to blame survivors when prominent stories on violence against women emerge, such as the video of Ray Rice violently attacking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an elevator. 

#WhyIStayed has drawn attention to the complexities of the domestic violence cycle that is so difficult for many women to escape. Gooden’s campaign allowed her to share her own story of the abuse she survived. She states, “I tried to leave the house once after an abusive epiosde, and he blocked me. He slept in front of the door that entire night. I had to plan my escape for months before I even had a place to go and money for the bus to get there.” 

Gooden’s message has resonated with thousands of other Twitter users who have used the hashtag themselves to share their own stories.

Read examples of their tweets and learn more about violence against women via Mic.