Friday, March 28, 2014

March 2014- A Month Now Almost Past


Basketball's March Madness-Lenten Ashes and Prayer, A Saint Patrick's Irish Fling-Chilly and Gray Day First Day of Spring!    Time for early Spring Cleaning-meaning-Dust I must.

Hold the soft cloth in my aging 86th year old blue vein hand to dust a four generation picture in a gold Victorian frame once thought quite grand.

The Youngest Generation, My Mother, Born in 1898, Nearly Four.

The Other Three Generations Of Women- Those That Came Before.

A Precious, Vivid, Visual Reminder That March Is Also

"National Women's History Month"

 For in March 1857- I Read- It All Began Indeed-With Women- New York Factory Workers- Poorly Paid- Working Long Hours In Deplorable Conditions- United They Arose- Became Bold We Are Told, And Thus The Fight For Women's Rights Began.  

It was well over a century later by Presidential Proclamation in the year 1987, the month of March will annually be celebrated as National Women's History Month.

I look in the frame at the Faces of the Women who Came Before Me.  They wanted to be Stronger, Better Educated, Wives and Mothers.  They chose to attend "Female Institutes" the Forerunners of Universities, thus Teaching was also a profession they chose.  They gave their voices to the causes of Temperance and Sobriety (the WCTU) Women's Suffrage was their big cause (Ever Pushing for Women's Voting Rights) and as Methodist Women they heard the financial need, the early missionary call as women in the mission field off to China went (Encouraging the Women not to Bind their Babies Feet)  In other words, Bibles some well hidden, were also sent!

As we come to TODAY, our nation trains women in the Military to serve proudly wherever duty may demand and women serve as Pastors in churches throughout our vast land. The Women who followed in my own family became Teachers - Store Keepers- Bankers-a Social Worker and one with a Medical Degree.

Now, Equal Pay for Equal Work for women that according to the "statistics", I shall not live to see.  But "The Glass Ceiling"- though not shattered totally
Today, I see the Cracks grow ever wide.

We As Women Must Take Great Pride
For With Faith In God, Dedication And Dignity
We Continue A Force Of Change And Strength Throughout All History.

Marolyn Donnelly Stout, 2014 National Women's History Month


Monday, March 24, 2014

March Volunteering and Service Learning Opportunities

Come join the Muslim Voices book club! Are you curious about Muslim culture? Are you a Muslim teen who would like to read books featuring Muslim characters?  Broaden your world view.  Appreciate a new perspective.
Be part of the conversation!  Books available now from Mr. Crofton!

All meetings will take place at
The Village Library 
10307 N. Pennsylvania
at 12:30 pm

March 29th

Does My Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah

April 12th

Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos


How Does It Feel to be a Problem by Moustafa Bayoum

May 10th

  Persepolis (graphic novel) by Marjane Satrapi

Ages 13-18 are welcome.
Free books and lunch provided to teens participating in the book club!
BRING A FRIEND! Limited to 25 participants

To register for the program and receive your free book, visit the circulation desk at The Village Library, or see Mr. Crofton or Ms. Clay to register if you are a student at Casady School.  Sign-up at

This program is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities and underwritten by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local support is provided by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Casady School Service-Learning Program, and the Metropolitan Library System.

Casady Cyclones at Children's Hospital





Photos by Blake G.



TIDE Conference

Can you imagine a world where teens have the tools they need to effectively connect across differences? Join us in making it happen this year at the TIDE Conference, for teens by teens.

TIDE Conference 2014

Youth LEAD's 7th Annual Teenage Identity and Diversity Conference

Date: Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25 2013
Location: Stonehill College in Easton, MA
Early Registration: Deadline 4/15: Click Here

Early Registration Fee is $300, all inclusive except transportation to and from the conference.  After April 15th, the fee jumps up to $350, so register soon!

Submission deadline for scholarship applications are March 28.We encourage you to apply for scholarship. Don't let the cost be a barrier!
Contact for application

Here’s what’s in store for TEENS at TIDE 2014:
  • Learn new ways to talk about highly charged “hot topics”
  • Participate in workshops, dialogues, and other activities throughout the weekend and even lead your own! (go to to learn how to submit a proposal to run a workshop)
  • Make lasting friendships with teens from all over the country
  • Leave TIDE ready to create change in your community

Here’s what’s in store for SUPPORTING ADULTS at TIDE 2014:
  • Get inspired and learn new ways to support youth-run dialogues and events that create inclusive community

If you have a group of high school students (classes of 2014-2017) that are interested in the opportunity to attend this conference or if you are interested in attending the conference as an adult participant, please register today. For more information, please send questions to

Do you have a workshop you would like to share? We want to learn from you! We highly encourage you to present a workshop at TIDE on the good work you are doing within your community. Request for proposals (RFP) will be submitted online this year at. Submission deadline is April 1st. Please email if you are interested in doing a workshop and have any questions.

If you are in the Boston or Providence area and would like us to come give a presentation about TIDE, please contact our Recruitment Chair at and we would be happy to come meet with you!

In the meantime, feel free to check out our website For More Information about the conference as it becomes available. Check out these reflections from past TIDE participants.

Hope to see you soon,

TIDE Recruitment Committee

Questions? Email or call 781-784-0651

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March is Women's History Month

Today's girls will be the women of tomorrow: and if a girl is educated, her value to her family, her community and their economic well-being is proven to increase. One extra year in school alone will increase a woman's lifetime income by at least 10%.   Thank you for watching the above video

Artwork courtesy of  800-200-5964


National Women's History Month's roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn't until 1981 that Congress established National Women's History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month, and the President has issued a proclamation.

161 million

The number of females in the U.S. as of December 2013. The number of males was 156.1 million.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Monthly Postcensal Resident Population: 7/1/2013 - 12/1/2013

2 to 1

At 85 and older, the approximate ratio by which women outnumbered men in 2012 (3.9 million to 2.0 million).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates


Earnings by Sex: 1970 to 2012

74.8 million

The number of females 16 and older who participated in the civilian labor force in 2012. Women comprised 47.4 percent of the civilian labor force in 2012.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, DP03


Percent of employed females 16 and over in 2012 (annual average) who worked in management, professional and related occupations, compared with 34.7 percent of employed males in the same year (annual average).
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey


1.6 million

Number of female veterans in the United States in 2012.
Source: 2012 American Community Survey



The median annual earnings of women 15 or older who worked year-round, full time in 2012. In comparison, the median annual earnings of men were $49,398.
Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, Page 7.


The amount that female year-round, full time workers earned in 2012 for every dollar their male counterparts earned. This ratio was statistically unchanged from 2011.
Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, Page 11.


11.3 million

Number of women college students in fall 2012. Women comprised 56.8 percent of all college students.
Source: School Enrollment in the United States: 2012, Table 5


Percent of women 25 and older who had obtained a bachelor's degree or more as of 2012.
Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2012, Table 3


Percentage of women 18 and older with an alternative educational credential — such as professional certifications, licenses and educational — not statistically different from men. However, women had higher rates of alternative credentials than men at the bachelor's degree and advanced degree levels.
Source: Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012


Among people with advanced degrees, the percentage of women who held educational certificates compared with 12 percent of men; 51 percent of women held professional certifications or licenses compared with 43 percent of men.
Source: Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012



Percentage of female citizens 18 and older who reported voting in the 2012 presidential election, in comparison to 59.7 percent of their male counterparts.
Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2012, Table 2


85.4 million

Estimated number of mothers in the U.S. in 2009.
Source: Unpublished data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation


Average number of children that women 40 to 44 had given birth to as of 2010, down from 3.1 children in 1976, the year the Census Bureau began collecting such data.
Source: Fertility of American Women: 2010 table 2 and Historical table 2
The percentage of women in this age group who had given birth was 81 percent in 2010, down from 90 percent in 1976.
Source: Fertility of American Women: 2010 table 1 and Historical table 2


66 million

Number of married women 18 and older (including those who were separated or had an absent spouse) in 2013.
Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2013, Table A1

5.2 million

Number of stay-at-home mothers nationwide in 2013; compared with 214,000 stay-at-home fathers.
Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2013, Table FG8

Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series:
  • African-American History Month (February)
  • Super Bowl
  • Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
  • Women's History Month (March)
  • Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/
          St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
  • Earth Day (April 22)
  • Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
  • Older Americans Month (May)
  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
  • Mother's Day
  • Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)
  • Father's Day
  • The Fourth of July (July 4)
  • Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)
  • Back to School (August)
  • Labor Day
  • Grandparents Day
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
  • Unmarried and Single Americans Week
  • Halloween (Oct. 31)
  • American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
  • Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The Holiday Season (December)