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What We Missed: June Link Roundup

Is it just me, or did June fly by? Here are some things that happened:

We celebrated, discussed, and lamented the reality of women in the workplace:

  • Jill Abramson takes on one of the most important roles in American journalism [Forward]
  • Sarah Seltzer suggests that improving work-life balance may begin with humanizing the workplace [Sisterhood]
  • The nation's top women scientists discuss specific challenges that women in science still face [New York Times]

Pop culture charged along:

  • Pixar releases the trailer for Brave, their first (and long overdue) animated film featuring a strong, female lead. [ThinkProgress]
  • As we approach "Global Smurf Day," Roi Ben-Yehuda wonders if the TV show was anti-semitic and misogynist [Forward]
  • Miss USA contestants were not really sure that evolution should be taught in schools. Or at least, not as the "only point of view." After all, it's just a theory. [Watch on Jezebel] This video prompted a fabulous satirical response video asking Miss USA contestants if math should be taught in school [Watch on Youtube]

    New York passed gay marriage!

    • The passage of gay marriage in New York means that Conservative rabbis might have to clarify their stance on the issue [Foward]
    • New York clerks who oppose gay marriage are refusing to sign gay marriage certificates, using the same arugments as religious anti-aboriton pharmacists in refusing to dispense Plan B. The Campaign for Children and their Families equated the act of signing a gay marriage license to being a willing executioner in the Holocaust. “Ask your county clerk if they were a Nazi officer during WWII and had been ordered to gas the Jews, would they?” [Feministe]

    Gabrille Giffords made her first public appearance since the shooting

    • Renee Ghert-Zand reports that she "did not look sick" [The Schmooze]
    • Giffords received a standing ovation as she was wheeled into the auditorium [Jezebel]

      We said goodbye to Esther Broner

      • Letty Cottin Pogrebin remembers Broner's legacy [Forward]
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      How to cite this page

      Berkenwald, Leah. "What We Missed: June Link Roundup." 30 June 2011. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on July 24, 2017) <>.


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