March is Women’s History Month

1796482_692702224085534_518968457_n imagesCAQ16ZBCMarch is National Women’s History Month in the United States. In honor of Women’s History Month, we will examine some key issues still inhibiting the prosperity of women throughout society.

The wage gap based on gender in the workplace is still an issue of today in the work environment. Women are still being paid 77 cents to the dollar in comparison with the compensation of men in the same fields with the same qualifications.

There are a growing number of women CEOs and top executives that is higher than perhaps 25 years ago, but the number of women in charge of a Fortune 500 company is still very small, again in comparison with male executives. So, the societal inequality still rears its ugly head in subtle but apparent ways.

Human trafficking continues to rob so many of their security, trust, and personal well-being throughout the world and heavily within the Midwest and southern regions of the U.S. The underground sex trade notably kidnaps multiple young girls and women of all ages, though men and young boys are also victims to the practice. More than 90 percent of the sex trafficking population is women and girls.

There are then plenty of societal difficulties for women to overcome including overcoming sexual repression and subjugation, both indirectly and directly.

Media portrayal still lacks powerful women that are not portrayed as dependent on a male character or as completely unattractive in attitude and appearance. Sexual objectification is a continued problem for young girls to witness and imitate from the media.

The aim for legislation protecting women’s rights is growing as the number of woman politicians is growing at a slow, but steady rate.

There are of course plenty of strides women have made in the past 50 years that are remarkable considering that short amount of time. Women are in just about every working environment within the United States as men and are slowly gaining the same equal rights in the work place as well as in general society.

Cheers to Women’s History Month!

Civil War lecture series comes to SU

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SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury University’s Multicultural Student Services “Enlightened Perspective” lecture series opened conversation about race relations in the United States Nov. 7 in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center.

Students, staff, faculty and residents of the city of Salisbury joined the conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, critically-acclaimed author, senior editor of “The Atlantic” and public lecturer.

“E is for Elephants”

Kenyan scientist Jim Nyamu marched at Salisbury University’s campus on Sept. 27 amid his 560-mile journey to bring attention to elephant poaching in Kenya. SU faculty and students supported the movement following his footsteps and waving the Kenyan flag.

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The U.S. is the second largest consumer of ivory after China, said freelance writer and supporter of the March for Elephants campaign, Jen Samuel.

“The whole purpose of the march is not only to raise awareness that elephants are facing extinction because of illegal ivory poaching,” she said.  “We also want to encourage our government to step up and encourage for a global ban of ivory that happened in 1989 to resume.”

October is the international Elephant Awareness Month. Nyamu’s campaign will end on Oct. 4 in Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C. after starting his march in the U.S. on Sept. 4 from Capecod, Mass.

Nyamu began his 560-mile walk in Kenya and the week after he began, 69 elephants were poached for their ivory tusks wiping out the entire water hole, Michelle Malinger said, an SU student and supporter.

“When I finished the first 50 days I had over 5,000 followers including 15 different international organizations,” Nyamu said. “I first felt that I’m not really doing much but at that point I realized there is importance in what I have been doing.”

Samuel hopes that protesting in front of the White House on Oct. 4 will gain bi-partisan support for legislation that will call for immediate freeze on all ivory sales in the US, she said.

SU was chosen as a meeting place for Nyamu and further supporters in order to catch the attention of the younger generation.

“We need to educate our communities, the people who are killing the elephants are young people,” he said.

Nyuma poses with SU supporters on steps of Blackwell Library

Nyuma poses with SU supporters on steps of Blackwell Library

The Kenyan scientist thinks the killers of the elephants are detached from the importance of nature and conducting the killings for economic reasons. Samuel wants American children to be affected by the campaign also.

“We want kids in America to learn that “E” is for elephant not extinction when they learn their ABC’s,” she said.

Following his campaign at SU, Nyamu will continue his walk across the Susquehanna River on Sept 28 onward to Baltimore and from there to D.C.

The recent Westgate Mall attack in Kenya has caused international security issues. Action by Kenyan supporters at the October scheduled march is limited for that reason, but Nyamu said he will be representing Kenya for them.

Banner reads "Ivory belongs to elephants"

Banner reads “Ivory belongs to elephants”

To join the campaign and learn more information on locations of the march, please visit http://www.marchforelephants.org/ .