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Email address:. Please provide an email address. Categories of Interest: Select All. Son preference, in turn, is an expression of deeply rooted and long-held biases against women and girls. These biases are related to societal beliefs, norms, and practices that position girls as risks and burdens, and less worthy than sons of family investment.
Bottom line, girls are not valued. These norms and practices run deep and their consequences reach far.
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In fact, among many communities, including those we work in:. But Breakthrough believes that to reduce and prevent the practice for good, we need culture change. We need to challenge the norms and practices that devalue girls. The Deport the Statue campaign's goal is to deport the Statue of Liberty under the premise that she does not have legal documentation for living and working in the United States. LPAC's website, deportthestatue. Website links direct to related media and Breakthrough's Deport the Statue campaign landing page, which explains the rationale behind the mock campaign and urges readers to join a movement for fair immigration reform by taking concrete actions, such as contacting their Congress members and joining Breakthrough on the web and on the ground.
Around its launch in June , Deport the Statue received wide attention from the press, which further propelled the campaign. Unfortunately, immigration reform failed to pass in Congress. Since then, Breakthrough has continued to push the campaign online and with partner events, including participation in the Bushwick Film Festival, and October event with the Illuminator for the National Day for Immigrant Dignity and Respect.
As of November , the namesake video has over , YouTube views and the Deport the Statue campaign page has over views per month. Through a potent mix of user-generated content, targeted social media, and partnerships with artists and celebrities including Conor Oberst and Margaret Cho, the campaign exposed large new audiences to the ways in which U.
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Its centerpiece, "The Call" — a short narrative film about one mother facing an impossible choice — brought home the impact of U. By connecting emotionally and personally with a critical mass of new supporters, ImHere helped propel the rights of immigrant women onto the national agenda at a pivotal moment in American history and drove palpable — and continued — demand for change. Immigration overhaul became a top priority for leaders and lawmakers, and newly energized supporters now demand that immigrant women and their rights remain a priority, too.
ICED - I Can End Deportation is a first-of-its-kind, free, downloadable 3D video game that puts players in the shoes of immigrants struggling to live, study, and work in the U. With hundreds of thousands of downloads and extensive press coverage worldwide, it has changed the way people think about the human rights of immigrants and the importance of due process and fairness for all. Lingerie factories began making camou- flage netting, baby carriages became field hospital food carts.
Lipstick cases became bomb cases, beer cans went to hand grenades, adding machines to automatic pistols, and vacuum cleaners to gas mask parts. Behind these shifts was planning; someone had to perceive the similarity between lipstick cases and cartridges. Though FDR delayed converting large consumer industries, such as autos, as long as possible, there was a clear and deliberate plan.
After the war, reconversion to civilian industry, mostly carried out after FDR's death in April , occurred more abruptly. But it was not without a measure of planning. But the Cold War has now ended, and there is not even a shred of a conversion policy. And one of the dominant lessons of World War II is that unless there is a plan for conversion or reconversion, people are subject to the whims of the free market. Wartime conversion was not without hardships, but most of them resulted from too little planning, not too much. In , after delaying, the government finally had to force the automobile industry to convert their plants to the manufacture of planes.follow
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Four hundred thousand automobile workers were thrown out on the streets until that conversion could take place. All the auto dealers and salespersons were suddenly out of jobs. Eleanor Roosevelt had an altercation with General Motors Chairman William Knudsen because he had been unwilling to accept a plan a year earlier. What made it finally work was the recognition that there had to be a plan, that the government was behind the plan, and the plan had public support.
In , despite all the talk about it, there is no collective effort to plan for the aftermath of the Cold War. W ord War II produced remarkable social gains. At war production plants, attempts to boost morale such as holding more softball games, and building additional canteens and health clubs also fostered a sense of community. The logic of mobilization produced a logic of social advance.
Eleanor Roosevelt, in particular, was successful in arguing that a fully productive work force requires everyone's talents, blacks and women alike; and if women are to work in the factories, their children require day care. She proved that absentee rates were high in the factories because worried women were going home to care for their children. She got restaurants to prepare hot meals so women could bring home hot dinners.
The productivity rates soared as a result of these measures. When Henry Kaiser built his big shipyard in California, the government paid for a twenty-four-hour child care center. It was a state-of-the-art facility with the best nursery school teachers, because it was seen as a pioneering test of early education. Workers on every shift could bring their children. If they worked at night they could bring their children to sleep. If they worked the day shift their children received an education that they had never had before.
The children, especially those from lower class families, showed enormous gains. But when the war ended, all the centers were shut down. The day after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the teachers got their dismissal notices. The war broke down the long resistance to women working outside the home.
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In the s, because of the scarcity of jobs, many states actually passed laws barring married women from working if their husbands had a job. In the Kelsey-Hayes strike of , the United Auto Workers went on strike over the hiring of women for men's jobs, for fear that it would lower the wage scale. Eventually, as women were needed to fill vacancies, the UAW grasped that the answer was obviously equal pay for equal work.
Unfortunately, that momentum also dissipated with the end of full employment at the end of the war. The several facets of the wartime economy worked in tandem. The war was financed by a combination of taxes and bonds, but FDR's control of the Federal Reserve guaranteed that interest rates would stay low. Wage and price control and rationing made sure that full employment and shortages did not create inflation or hoarding as a side effect.
Public investment provided the capital that the factories needed. A labor-business entente assured the absence of disruptive strikes. It was all of a piece. Government was a source of full employment, macroeconomic recovery, technological breakthrough, worker training, reindustrialization, and a good deal of incidental social progress.
C an we obtain the same benefits today, without a war? In retrospect, the war economy seems as if it were all neatly planned, and somehow inevitable. But, of course, Roosevelt was the great improviser. Some of what occurred during the war has no peacetime counterpart the rationing, the ten million men in uniform. But much of it does. For example, we could have a great deal more public investment in technology, infrastructure, and training.
We do not want or need wage and price controls, but to achieve the same restraint we could certainly have what economists call an incomes policy, tying wages to real productivity increases. We could have an excess profits tax. And if they had day care centers in war production plants in , we can certainly have them today.