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US Dept of Labor provides services for women veterans at "Stand Down" listen

09/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With help from the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor, Tampa Crossroads lined up free services and help for Women’s Veterans in Tampa on Saturday at "Stand Down, Stand Up for Women Veterans." More than 30 organizations set up at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, where women vets were offered a variety of services ranging from education assistance, counseling, and ev...

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National Organization for Women 2011 Conference in Tampa looks at violence listen

06/27/11 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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NOW is a national advocacy group focusing on fighting all forms of sex discrimination. NOMAS, the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, joined NOW and kicked off the weekend with a panel on feminist men in relationships. Ben Atherton-Zeman, the director of Voices for Men, said women have an understandable reason to still question the motives of feminist men.

One member of the Young Feminist Task Force, Micah Bochart, said feminist men have a responsibility to speak out against sexi...

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National NOW Conference comes to Tampa this weekend listen

06/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The National Organization of Women starts its yearly national conference in Tampa tomorrow morning. In a series of panels and speeches, the event will focus on a range of issues impacting women, including abortion and workers’ rights. Ahead of the conference we caught up with Eleanor Cecil, a board member for NOW’s Tampa chapter, for a preview of the weekend’s events.

Cecil said the list of keynote speakers includes Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor. Some NOW members plan on demonstrati...

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Stetson legal panel examines the international status of women listen

03/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow marks the hundredth observance of International Women’s Day. Today a panel of experts in women’s issues met at Stetson University College of Law to talk about the current status of women worldwide. The panel reflected on gains made in women’s rights, but also confronted the work that still needs to be done.

Imagine being forced to marry against your will. Or being targeted for sexual assault during war time. Or getting aci...

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Planned Parenthood pleased Crist vetos ultrasound and abortion bill listen

06/11/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today, Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a controversial bill that would have required women seeking an abortion to pay for an ultrasound.

On Twitter, the state’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink said “I commend the veto of 1143, the ultrasound bill - Governor Crist did the right thing.” U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek, State Senator Dan Gelber, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida also applauded Crist’s veto.

Barbara Zdravecky is the CEO and President of Planned Par...

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Facing protests Crist will not say whether he will veto ultrasound bill listen

05/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Protesters will gather Thursday in Sarasota and St. Petersburg to ask Gov. Charlie Crist to veto a controversial abortion bill passed by the state Legislature. It requires women seeking an abortion to first view an ultrasound of their fetus, and restricts private health insurance from offering abortion coverage.

On Wednesday, WMNF asked Crist whether he would veto or sign the controv...

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Interfaith peace listen

03/08/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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About 150 women of all faiths assembled today to worship together for world peace. The common message expressed in song and dance was, 'let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me'. Representatives of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths read from the scriptures of each holy book the message of peace as expressed by prophets.

Ann Goldman, a Jew, read from Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. Pilar Saad, a Muslim, read from the Koran.

Sister Anne Dougherty showed an astronaut’s ...

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Outback To Pay $19 million for Sex Discrimination Suit listen

12/30/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Outback Steakhouse will pay $19 million as part of a settlement in a major sex discrimination lawsuit brought against the company by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC).

The Tampa-based Outback Steakhouse is part of OSI Restaurant Partners. The $19 million agreement was decided yesterday and comes as the result of a suit filed in 2006.

OSI Restaurant Partners is headquartered in Tampa and was founded in 1988. Besides Outback, OSI also owns restaurants such as Carrabba...

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Civil Rights Icon Visits USF - St. Pete listen

10/22/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It allows workers to file legal action within 180 days after receiving any discriminatory paycheck – that is, wages based on unfair factors like gender. The legislation’s namesake spoke in St. Petersburg today.

The rural Alabama native had never intended to get into politics. Her plans, Ledbetter told a captive audience at USF St. Pete, hit a snag decades into her career. After nearly 20 years as a re...

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McCollum announces expansion of InVest program to reduce domestic violence homicides listen

07/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A pilot program that aims to reduce the number of fatal domestic violence cases in Florida is expanding into six new counties. Attorney General Bill McCollum announced today the growth of the Intimate Violence Enhanced Services Team, or InVest.

The InVest program is already in place in Alachua, Duval, Orange, Seminole, and St. Lucie counties. Attorney General McCollum, who is running for the Republican nomination for Governor, announced Thursday that the p...

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