"Woman will always be dependent until she holds a purse of her own."
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton


 
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Many favorite brands flunk human rights test

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on April 28, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
Are you brand loyal? Do you stick to Carter’s, Apple and Cadbury? Do you ever wonder how they produce the products you love? If you’ve never stopped to think about it, you probably don’t know what a lousy job many of your favorite brands do monitoring the conditions of people who work for...

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Book research comes alive in Louisville

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on April 8, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
Last summer I took a combined research/pleasure trip to Maysville and Louisville, KY. I learned so much and had to get right down to fixing parts of my story that didn’t jibe with history. I may be writing fiction, but I want the historical parts to be as accurate as possible. I was...

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8,000 girls suffer FMG each day

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on April 6, 2012 | Leave a comment (2)
Each day, more than 8,000 girls suffer the mental, emotional and physical torture of genital mutilation. That’s a United Nations statistic and also the last comment in the film “Desert Flower,” the story of supermodel Waris Dirie, who endured female genital mutilation at age...

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Erie Canal cruise: Life in the past lane

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on April 4, 2012 | Leave a comment (4)
“If there are locks at the Pearly Gates, we’re not going!” That was our Declaration of Sentiment after passing through CS-2&3, the double lock that relayed our canal boat toward Seneca Falls. Cruising the Erie and Cayuga-Seneca canals in New York for three days last summer was relaxing...

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Peppermint Museum honors Erie Canal industry

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on April 1, 2012 | Leave a comment (3)
If you’re cruising the Erie Canal past Clyde, N.Y., take an hour to stop in Lyons, the next town west, and tour the Hotchkiss Peppermint Oil Building. Baldy Bob will tell you when it’s open and how to get there. Baldy Bob gets his kicks greeting boaters who stop at the Lyons dock before going...

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Sojourner Truth didn’t say that

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on March 29, 2012 | Leave a comment (6)
I’m disappointed. The famous words “And ain’t I a Woman?” did not come from the mouth of Sojourner Truth. According to historian Nell Irvin Painter, author of Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol, Frances Dana Gage, a white feminist, revised Truth’s impromptu address to a women’s rights...

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Women rule in Seneca Falls

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on March 28, 2012 | Leave a comment (1)
If you support women’s rights and haven’t made a trip to Seneca Falls, NY—go! I’ve visited several times and never fail to be moved by the names of the 68 courageous women engraved on the wall in the Women’s Rights National Historical Park who signed the Declaration of Sentiments more...

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D.C. wax museum adds Harriet Tubman

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on March 26, 2012 | Leave a comment (2)
I wonder what it feels like to have a famous ancestor. Some of my ancestors were left on the other side of the Atlantic and the ones who came over on the boat lived ordinary lives in places like Schenectady and Cleveland. No one made it to The President’s Gallery by Madame Tussauds as did...

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Former Bollywood star wants No More Tears

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on March 14, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
Sometimes brothers do more than tease their sisters. Sometimes they say things like, “Why don’t you help women who are brought to the U.S. from different countries and are abused by their husbands?” That’s what former Bollywood star Somy Ali’s brother advised after a bleeding Bangladeshi...

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