Women in Louisiana

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nancy Pelosi to join Landrieu in New Orleans April 1

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 6:44 PM

A 2009 file photo of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi at a press conference regarding health care.
  • A 2009 file photo of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi at a press conference regarding health care.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will join Mayor Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans on Saturday to tour the Daughters of Charity Health Center, Landrieu's office has announced.

Pelosi and Landrieu will hold a roundtable discussion in the morning with local residents who have benefited from the expansion of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), along with area health care providers.

Like Landrieu, Pelosi has been a staunch supporter of the ACA.
Location Details Daughters of Charity
Daughters of Charity
3201 S. Carrollton Ave.
Carrollton/Riverbend/University
New Orleans, LA
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Women, wine and heart disease — Dr. Meredith Maxwell of Touro Hospital and everyone’s favorite wine myth

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Conventional wisdom says that red wine is heart-healthy, but does science agree? - STEPHAN KRAUSE/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Conventional wisdom says that red wine is heart-healthy, but does science agree?

The nomenclature can be confusing.

Heart disease, coronary artery disease, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease — and don’t get started on the acronyms (CAD, CVD, CHD, etc.) — it’s hard to know if you’re sick or eating alphabet soup. Each of these terms refer to a condition that falls under the umbrella of heart disease. Some of these specific diseases are derivatives, or the result of worsening heart disease, but they all point to the same underlying problem, and the same outcome if untreated.

In the 1940s, heart disease was responsible for half of all U.S. deaths, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As of 2014, that number had been reduced to 614,348 deaths — down to about 4 percent of all deaths nationwide. Even though heart disease is often thought of as a “man’s disease,” the truth is that it kills just as many women as it does men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 4 male and female deaths were caused by heart disease in 2013.

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Women tattoo artists' showcase opens at Glitter Box April 7

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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An exhibition of work by women tattoo artists (including co-curator Katie Barroso, Danika Brooke, Niki Rain and Mia) opens next month at Glitter Box N.O (1109 Royal St.). Art, digital prints and products designed by the artists will be sold. 10 percent of all proceeds from the exhibition will benefit Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR).

In the past, we've profiled many local women who tattoo, including Jamie Ruth of Treasure Tattoo and Jacci Gresham of Aart Accent Tattoos. A recent Gambit cover story on nipple tattoos for women who have had mastectomies included Kenner artist Carole Dezarn.

"Stay Bold: A Lady Tattooer Showcase" is open from April 7 through 30. There's an opening party with cocktails from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 7. It's free to attend.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Student zine, presentation March 30 highlight notable New Orleans black women

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:10 AM

Mwende Katwiwa (center) and program participants.
  • Mwende Katwiwa (center) and program participants.

In a time when pop culture is finally amplifying the voices and stories of more black women, participants in a Young Women with a Vision after-school program are finding heroes closer to home.

At a New Orleans Public Library presentation Thursday, they'll present a zine-style sample of their work so far on a book that ultimately will profile as many as 30 notable black women from New Orleans. The book, created almost entirely by the program's middle and high school students, will be published when the program concludes this academic year.

"We're living in this era of black girl magic, and  if you're a millennial of my age it hits you at the perfect time, but I realized ... a lot of that has not actually trickled down to young people," says program coordinator Mwende Katwiwa. "I was getting a lot of feedback from [the students] in school that they don't have access to a lot of black women who look like them. ... A lot of the people people that they see in places that are not home don't look like them and don't share similar experiences."

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Louisiana women won't receive equal pay until 2115, study predicts

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 9:44 AM

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According to new projections released today by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the wage gap for women in Louisiana won't close until the year 2115. In the report, Louisiana joins just three other states — North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming — in failing to close the gap until the 22nd century.

The group's analysis considered the ratio of women's to men's earnings for full-time workers and how that ratio has changed over time since 1959. The wage gap can cost a woman many thousands of dollars over the course of her career and contributes to lifestyle issues such as difficulty saving for retirement — a serious problem for women, who typically live longer than men.

City and state officials often discuss the egregious pay equity problem statewide and recently have begun to make efforts to address it. The New Orleans City Council established an Equal Pay Advisory Committee and Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for a Civil Service Commission study about gender disparity on its own payroll. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Donna Edwards also hosted a summit earlier this month about pay equity in Baton Rouge.

Though such discussions are limited in their initial impact, it's heartening to know this pervasive issue is on elected officials' radar.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

THINX founder Miki Agrawal removed from NOEW women's summit lineup

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 2:42 PM

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The Idea Village, one of the organizing groups behind New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), has released a statement regarding the cancellation of THINX founder Miki Agrawal's appearance at a women's summit at the conference.

Agrawal originally was scheduled to give a "fireside chat" at the summit, which highlights issues women face in the workplace. The high-profile founder of THINX, which makes underwear designed to disrupt the lucrative menstrual pad and tampon market, was known for her colorful interviews and quirky (some might say eccentric) behavior.

But this week, news broke of sexual harassment allegations against Agrawal from a former employee — a serious charge for anyone, but especially for a figurehead who espouses feminist ideals and women's empowerment. The allegations follow a flurry of criticism from current and former employees about poor working conditions for the company's women, including inadequate maternity leave, a toxic office culture and low pay.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Gambit TV: CUE turns 10

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Gambit special sections editor Katherine Johnson stops into WWL-TV to talk CUE magazine's big 10th anniversary issue, on newsstands now.


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to speak in New Orleans May 9

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 11:28 AM

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Sheryl Sandberg, the high-profile Facebook COO and author of the ostensibly feminist career coaching tract Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, will appear in New Orleans later this spring. She's in conversation with commentator Mary Matalin at Academy of the Sacred Heart's Nims Fine Arts Center on May 9.

In Lean In, Sandberg essentially argues that there aren't as many women in the highest levels of business in part because they begin "opting out" of more demanding assignments in anticipation of pregnancy and child care. She urges professional women to invest more in their careers, rather than stepping back (the "you *can* have it all!" argument). The book sparked a backlash from critics who pointed out that Sandberg herself has resources like nannies, housekeepers and significant wealth to support an ambitious career — assets which aren't available to many women.

Sandberg later reevaluated some of her Lean In arguments after the sudden death of her husband. Her new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resistance and Finding Joy, details how her family recovered from that loss and how she learned to cope with the difficulties of being a single parent.

A ticket, which includes a copy of the new book, is required to attend the event sponsored by Garden District Book Shop. It's from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Women's summit March 23 features THINX founder Miki Agrawal, STAR talk on sexual harassment in business

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 10:16 AM

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Miki Agrawal, the colorful founder and self-described "she-e-o" of THINX "period underwear" — you might remember a controversy in which the New York City subway system objected to her company's ads, which used creative visuals to allude to menstruation — will participate in a women's summit and fireside chat during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) next week.

Other speakers include Rebecca Marchiafava, vice president of Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR), who will discuss navigating "gray area" behavior in the workplace (such as inappropriate touching, or an invitation that seems a bit too friendly); Lisa Chow, who co-hosts the StartUp podcast; and local entrepreneur Lelia Gowland.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Activists rally for "A Day Without a Woman" in New Orleans, with a hand from anti-fascists

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 7:57 PM


Wearing red for A Day Without a Woman and the black that signifies opposition to fascism, the small group of protesters spilled onto Canal Street from Decatur Street, behind a black banner reading "NO! Drive Out Trump/Pence Fascist Regime."

Cars backed up behind the group as they chanted "women's rights are human rights," "the future is female," "no pussy grabbing, no patriarchy, no fascist U.S.A.," and other slogans in support of women and against what march organizers say is the authoritarian drift of President Donald Trump and his administration.

On the sidewalk, many people applauded or held up cell phones to record the group. There were heckles ("Sorry, he's there for good, bye!"), but also shouts of support ("Fuck Donald Trump!"). One man raised a fist and pointed to his red shirt.

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