Give Pink Get More, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

October 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

Give Pink Get More, Breast Cancer Awareness. 
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Bloomingdales, NY.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

October 15, 2016 § 4 Comments

It doesn’t get any better or local than this.  img_4803img_4782img_4779

CUSTOMCRAFT by rossi, Another Family Relic From Past Shoe Days.

October 13, 2016 § 1 Comment

I found this shoe box in a closet filled with family photographs this summer.


Museo Rossimoda della calzatura


October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment


Gucci Boot.

October 11, 2016 § 2 Comments

Something Beautiful To Rest Your Eyes On.

October 10, 2016 § Leave a comment

From The Sartorialist.


Bob Schieffer On The Debate Tonight.

October 10, 2016 § 2 Comments

Bob Schieffer “This is what they do in Banana Republics, this is the United States of America.”

My Mother’s Political Ingenuity.

October 8, 2016 § 2 Comments

The last  presidential race my mother’s Obama signs were stolen.  This election she’s not taking any chances.14556678_10210865692904292_8737435623193497432_o

The Man Behind The Photo.

October 3, 2016 § 4 Comments

The Man Behind The Photo, My Dad Arthur L. Benjamin.img118

This summer as we waited out Tropical Storm Hermine in my family’s home in Florida the roof started leaking and the water began to rise over the dock out back — a sudden panic set in. My dad’s photos were up in the closet not far from the dripping water that was coming down in the living room. When the rain stopped and we began to get back to some sort of normalcy I only had a couple of days left before we were returning to New York. My instinct was to take everything with me, but they don’t belong to me. They belong to our family, so I frantically started scanning and taking photos of what I could and beating myself up for not doing it earlier in the summer when I had time. Miraculously with the Florida humidity the photos are mold free and the negatives intact. I’m now on a mission to archive and preserve them and have them exhibited somewhere. I found many on the Library of Congress Website and the one below on The Getty Images Website and without knowing where else to start I’ve created an album on Flickr. Please take a minute to check out these fascinating photos that capture a time and place in history.

Arthur L. Benjamin Flickr.


The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia. What kinds of experiences stir emotions for the past within you?

Rising waters from Tropical Storm Hermine.


Know Your History.

October 2, 2016 § 1 Comment

Fabulous post that’s gone viral on Facebook.  Remember the young woman a while back who posted on Tumblr why she wasn’t a feminist?  Women’s history needs to be taught in school.  It hasn’t been that long. — Know your history.

by Lisa Bialac-Jehle.



For all of you younger women who turn up your noses at feminists and feminism….a few things to remember….and yes…Please look at the dates….those are correct. Shocked? Without us old women feminists, our mothers and grandmothers who were also feminists… wouldn’t even be able to own a credit card. Maybe that would have been a good thing….?

*Adding something*

This post has been shared an incredible number of times in the week since I put it up.

But why share without using this information to further inform and create something positive for all of us?

That…..will require your help.

After reading this list through, could all of you women who were around back then please share some of your stories of what life was like before women in the US (and in other countries too if you’d like) had gained our hard-fought basic human rights?

Most of us who were born before the 1970’s know this list is nothing more than a drop in the bucket. I didn’t even mention things like car loans, mortgages, or the right to sit on a jury. Did you know that until 1975 women didn’t have the right to sit on a jury in all 50 states?

Please….Comment. Tell your stories.

Let the younger generations know how recent these changes are. Remind too some of us who lived in those times yet still seem to need reminding how different life used to be for women just a very short time ago.

This is an important election year. Women’s rights are again at stake as never before.

Remind everyone that we will never go back to making women weak again…….

10 Things Women Couldn’t Do In 1971…

1. Get credit cards in their own names.
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 gave women that right. The law forced credit card companies to issue cards to women without a husband’s signature.

2. Legally get an abortion.
The seminal Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, which protected a woman’s right to choose, didn’t happen until 1973.

3. Access the morning after pill. Or birth control.
The FDA first approved emergency contraception in 1998. The morning after pill didn’t become available over the counter until 2013.

1965 The Supreme Court (in Griswold v. Connecticut) gave married couples the right to use birth control.

It wasn’t until 1972 The Supreme Court (in Baird v. Eisenstadt) that single women’s access to birth control was legalized in all 50 states.

4. Be guaranteed they wouldn’t be fired for getting pregnant.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 added an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specificyng that employers could not discriminate “on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.”

5. Marry another woman.
Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004. That right wasn’t extended to all 50 states until 2015. For the pitifully pedantic…….that right did include men.

6. Fight on the front lines.
Women were first admitted into military academies in 1976. And in 2013, the military ban on women in combat (tied to a Pentagon rule from 1994) was lifted by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. Prior to 1973 women were only allowed in the military as nurses or support staff.

7. Take legal action against workplace sexual harassment.According to The Week, the first time a court recognized office sexual harassment as grounds for legal action was in 1977.
The 1986 case of Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, was first time the Supreme Court recognized “sexual harassment” as a violation of Title VII.

8. Decide not to have sex if their husbands wanted to.
Spousal rape wasn’t criminalized in all 50 states until 1993.

9. Obtain health insurance at the same monetary rate as a man. Sex discrimination wasn’t outlawed in health insurance until 2010. Until then, insurers regularly charged women more than men for even the most basic insurance.

10. Keep your husband who had been convicted of spousal abuse from owning a gun. Voisine v. United States, 579 U.S. ___ (2016), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held that reckless misdemeanor domestic violence convictions trigger gun control prohibitions on gun ownership. In other words, until this year, the man that was convicted of beating the crap out of you and your children was still allowed to own a gun and keep it in your house if you decided to still live with him. In his house if you managed to get out.

BTW: In 1880, a few years before this photo was taken? the age of “consent” was set at 10 or 12 in most states, with the exception of Delaware……….where it was 7.

Feminism…..It’s not just for other women. Know your history.


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