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Everyday in North America , people throw out over 130,00 old computers. Instead of trashing them, check with the manufacturers or your local electronics store for recycling programs. If it is still in good working order, many non profit organizations will refurbish and reuse old computers.

 

Changing your cooking habits may reduce kitchen energy use by as much as 50%. Microwaves , slow cookers, and toaster ovens are all significantly more efficient than conventional ovens. To save energy when using the oven, turn the heat off five minutes before the timer goes off.

About 30% of household water is used by the toilet. Convert virtually any toilet into a reduced-flow toilet. by filling a half gallon jug with sand or rocks and placing it in the tank. The tank will require less water to fill so you will save water with each flush.

Purchase foods produced within 100 miles of home. this will reduce the emissions associated with transport and promote local farms that are more likely to employ environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. You’ll encourage biodiversity, boost your local economy and enjoy better tasting food.

Ensuring your tires are properly inflated can increase your car’s fuel efficiency by 3%. Low resistance tires can increase efficiency by 6%. Couple that with limiting hard acceleration/braking, which can burn 33% more , fuel and you’ll be on the road to saving money and the environment.

 

 

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I just want to inform any one reading this blog that the correct name for Basic  Human Needs is

basichumanneeds.org .. Check out the site very interesting and a work from the heart. varanasi

Women Get the Vote!

Women’s Rights’ Have they progressed to equality? Do we really want to be equal to Men.

When we returned home to Malaga after the holiday we were watching a movie trailer about the suffragette movement in England in 1913. It was quite violent to watch. There were several talented actresses in the movie. I have yet to go and see it the performance.

The movie details the drive for women’s’ suffrage in the United Kingdom in the years between 1911 -1913. The story line is a little fictional as it makes it look like the reason one of the woman testified about her hardships to the future Secretary of State for War Llyod George, the suffrage movement experienced a depth-charge of commitment. In reality, the movement was a fractious and divided affair. It was far more interesting than one mousy woman had portrayed it.

Women’s suffrage is the right of women to vote. Vatican City is the only country in the world in which women cannot vote. There were limited voting rights gained by women in Finland, Sweden and some western US states in the late 19th century The international Woman Suffrage Alliance (1904) and also worked for equal rights women.

As with many movements, groups were excluded initially, working –class women, women of color, single women and those who deviated from the mainstream dogma. The movie Suffragette ended with telling the actual dates when various nations gave women the vote. In America, all women were enfranchised in 1920. But state law and intimidation kept black women out of the voting booth in many areas until decades later. It’s a glaring omission, and again, shows the unwillingness to live in the rich complexity of reality.

 

There have been huge changes for women in terms of employment in the past decades, with women moving into paid employment outside the home in ways that their grandmothers and even their mothers could only dream of. In the US, for the first time, in 2011, women made up slightly more than half the workforce. There are (some) high-profile women chief executives. There is a small but increasing number of female presidents. Women are moving   into jobs that used to be done by men. Even those women working in factories or sweatshops have more choice and independence than if they remained at home.

I recently watched an interview by Gloria Steinem and her views on the women’s movement.  She is particularly interested in the shared origin of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, nonviolent conflict resolution.

Have we progressed in the movement toward equality? Some believe we are still quite downtrodden others say we have gone way beyond. I think we have moved a little in some areas and a lot in some areas.

Today , girls outperform boys at school, and have done since the middle of the 1970;s.  one third of girls go to university compared with just a quarter of men. Once in university , they do better and are significantly more likely to graduate with one   or 2 degrees.

Today, girls outperform boys at school — and have done since the mid-1970s. They are more likely to get five good GCSEs. A third of them go to university, compared with just a quarter of men. Once in university, they do better and are significantly more likely to graduate with a first or 2:1 degree. And equality? In many courses, it has gone a bit beyond that. Last year, women constituted 55 per cent of those enrolling in courses in medicine and dentistry and 62 per cent of those enrolling in law. Business, banking and the professions may be dominated by men today but, judging by the rapidity of our ascent, this won’t last long. As Boris Johnson has observed, when my generation reach the peak of our careers, the entire management structure of Britain will have been transformed — and feminised.

Most self-styled feminists argue that we still struggle in the workplace. On close inspection this isn’t borne out either. Women in their twenties have out-earned men in for the last few years; now the under-40s are doing so as well. The speed of our trajectory is startling. Across Europe and America, and particularly in Scandinavia, women are pushing their way on to executive boards and into the seats of power. The French government has passed a law which will require that two in five executive board members of the largest public companies are women. Feminists argue we need quotas in this country, too, but isn’t there a sweeter triumph in the sisters doing it for themselves?

Tell me your opinion: do you think we have progressed at all? Do you think we have done a lot of damage to the male ego? By always wanting to be more or better than them? Tell me in a note on the side bar.