Conversation Starters 1/17/17
What are you thinking about what is going on in the world? Here’s the top stories from women, ministry, and world news this week.
By Alexia Fernandez Campbell, The Atlantic
Mothers—and some fathers—are increasingly suing employers for discriminating against working parents. They are succeeding.
By Meghan Werft, Global Citizen
On Jan. 10, 1917, long before the days of MegaBus or a quick, casual drive to a place where women could collectively voice their opinions, 12 women silently gathered in Lafayette Square in Washington, directly across the street from the White House’s north lawn, and sparked a protest that would later contribute to granting women the right to vote.
By Alan Pyke, Think Progress
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s late widow wrote in fervent opposition to Sessions’ 1986 nomination to the bench. Until today, her testimony was lost to time.
By Tim Devaney, The Hill
Trump Cabinet pick Ben Carson reiterated his belief Thursday that LGBT Americans don’t deserve “extra rights."
By Zainab Salbi, New York Times
‘If we control 80 percent of spending, why do we have to play a man’s game?’ she wonders. That’s a damn good question.
By Katherine Brooks, The Huffington Post
Memoirs, essay collections and other bits of nonfiction we’re very excited about in 2017.
By Sarah Friedman, Bustle
On Tuesday, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York announced she will sponsor a women's health amendment in the face of a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) shortly after Donald Trump takes office.
By Lakshmi Gandhi, NBC News
In celebration of the U.S. Mint and Treasury's 225th anniversary, the new $100 coin was unveiled on Thursday featuring Lady Liberty as a black woman.
By Tad Friend, The New Yorker
The documentary filmmaker Mary Mazzio interviewed some of the more than a hundred thousand American children who are being trafficked.
By L.V. Anderson, Slate
The news out of Washington, D.C. is dominated by dispiriting dispatches from the confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees and Trump’s dystopian announcement that he has no plans to neutralize his many conflicts of interest once he ascends to the highest office in the land. But one small beacon of hope shone out of the nation’s capital on Wednesday, as 4-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana served as “Librarian for the Day” for the Library of Congress.