Category Archives: March 2013
Give voice to what you know to be true, and do not be afraid of being disliked or exiled. I think that’s the hard work of standing up for what you see. –Eve Ensler
My mother’s generation worked hard to get their voices heard and to shift the expectation of women out of the house and into the workplace. When my generation was told we could be anything we wanted we believed we had arrived. ‘Feminist’ was almost a dirty word- like being a hippy in the disco era- it had served its purpose but was out of touch with what was happening now. Then came Naomi Wolf with her Beauty Myth, Camille Paglia and Susan Faludi’s Backlash and it became clear that while our mothers had come a long way baby, we still had a long way to go. Continue reading Editors Letter
The First Feminist of the Americas
By Brooke Gazer
The illegitimate daughter of a Creole mother, Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez was born in 1648 on a farm in central Mexico. By the age of three she had taught herself to read and frequently hid in the hacienda chapel engaging in an activity forbidden to girls, reading her grandfather’s books. She had an insatiable appetite for learning and devoured most of the available books before she was sent to live with relatives in Mexico City. Continue reading The First Feminist of the Americas
Influential Women Writers: 1660 to Today
By Carole Reedy
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
It’s simply not possible list all the women writers who have influenced us over the past few centuries. Today we focus on five from different genres who will stand out in the annals of history (or already do), not only for what they’ve accomplished through the written word, but for the hours of sublime entertainment they’ve given us. Continue reading Influential Women Writers: 1660 to Today
Casa de la Mujer: Benefiting Indigenous Oaxacan Women for 35 Years
By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.
Casa de la mujer is arguably the most important resource available to young, bright indigenous women who might otherwise not realize their full potential as contributing members of Oaxacan society. The charity’s reach extends throughout all eight regions of the state. Its mission is to contribute to the transformation of a more just and equitable society respecting women’s rights. Continue reading Casa de la Mujer: Benefiting Indigenous Oaxacan Women for 35 Years
Sneak Preview: March 2013 Met Opera Transmissions and 2013-14 Speculation
By Carole Reedy
As we near the end of the 2012-2013 season of Met opera transmissions, this month brings the monumental Wagnerian Parsifal and the Met’s lush production of Zandonai’s rarely seen Francesca da Rimini. On April 27, Handel’s Julio Cesar closes the season. Continue reading Sneak Preview: March 2013 Met Opera Transmissions and 2013-14 Speculation
By Julie Etra and Jane Bauer
Maria Asuncion Arumburuzabala is the wealthiest woman in Mexico. She is the granddaughter of Don Felix Arumburuzabala, founder of Grupo Modelo, the brewing company that produces Corona which is distributed in more than 180 countries worldwide. She is considered one of the most influential Mexican women in the economic sector, serves on the Boards of several Mexican corporations, and also has a stake in Grupo Televisa. She was the first woman to serve on the Mexican Stock Exchange (2003-2006) and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German company Siemens, Mexican division (2003 to 2006). Continue reading Las Poderosas
Women, Respect and Mexico City
By Carole Reedy
Shifting perceptions of women and their roles in society have occurred more rapidly in Mexico City than in the rest of the country, not unusual given that large cities generally seem to adapt to change more readily than rural environments. The advancement of women in the workplace, at home, and in social standing has brought a new respect for women in general. We’re seeing more women playing active roles in government and gaining positions of power in politics, even in rural areas of the country. Continue reading Women, Respect and Mexico City
Here’s to Ears
By Brooke Gazer
Dante Allier Martinez is one happy little boy. Even though he was born without ears he has always been a cheerful, well-adjusted child. His parents, who take good care of him in Santa Maria Huatulco, never tried to hide his deformity by growing his hair to cover the missing parts. They have taught him to accept himself the way he is but this does interfere with wanting him to live a normal life. Continue reading Here’s to Ears
The Oaxacan Riviera Female Softball League is Here!
By Teresa Gal
Once in a lifetime you get an opportunity to do something different and to be part of something historical. This opportunity has presented itself here in Huatulco and along the Oaxacan Riviera with the very first female softball league being formed along the coast thanks to José Ponce, President of the South-Pacific Coast Baseball League and the coach, trainer & manager of the UMAR Reds male baseball team. Next on his agenda is to start up a little league for children in the near future. Continue reading The Oaxacan Riviera Female Softball League is Here!
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