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Women Still Treated Less for Heart Disease
Women remain far less likely than men to get basic medical care that could significantly reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes, leaving thousands unnecessarily vulnerable to the nation's leading cause of death, researchers reported yesterday.

Prisoners of Hope
A specter of despair haunts late 20th-century America. The quality of our lives and the integrity of our souls are in jeopardy. Wealth inequality and class polarization are escalating – with ugly consequences for the most vulnerable among us.

Oleic Acid Key to Olive Oil's Anti-Cancer Effect
Scientists have discovered why eating a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables and particularly olive oil can help to protect women from developing breast cancer.

Help Wanted: Traverse City Human Rights Commission (PDF)
The Traverse City Human Rights Commission has an open seat coming up. Applicants for this particular opening must be Traverse City residents. Please consider joining us in service to those who are marginalized and victimized within our city. More Information

Hot Dates
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February 7 from 7 - 9pm
Out w/It!
Celebrate the spoken word through poetry and more. Music by Sheridan Street from 5 - 7pm.

February 10th
Holly Near at the Ark in Ann Arbor
Spend an evening of song, storytelling and activism with Holly Near, one of the country's most outspoken social change artists on February 10 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. In times such as these, it's a balm to the soul to experience Holly's words of wisdom and clarity of vision! A unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist, Holly Near is above all an artist who has used music to investigate the world and her own place in it. The Ark, 316 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI Tickets: $20.00 Information: 734-761-1800 www.theark.org Show starts at 8 pm Doors open at 7:30 pm

February 12 beginning at 6pm
Dance for Democracy
Special guests, speakers and performers. Visit with representatives from: the ACLU, The G.T. County Democratic Party, T.C. Human Rights Commission, Michigan Land Use Institute, Mideast Just Peace, Neahtawanta Research & Education Center, NORML, Northern Michigan Pride, PETA, Planned Parenthood, Proletarian Threads, SEEDS, The Sierra Club, Sweetwater Alliance, Thirdeye Publications, Traverse Bay Watershed Greens, Traverse For Women, We Are Traverse City ... and more. $20 donation.

February 19 begins at 7pm
2nd Annual Dinner Dance FIREPLACE INN | RSVP NOW
Dinner will be served from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Dancing until midnight. Nearly a hundred people attended this event last year. This year could be even bigger and more fun. Check back here for details. Because we are negotiating with a caterer, an RSVP is essential to assure that we have the right amount of food. You don't need a date to have a good time. Hope to see you there.

Feb. 23, at 6:30 PM
Women's Night Out THE NOGGIN ROOM
PETOSKEY — The women up north would like to invite you to our Women's Night Out event. Please RSVP Sally if you will be attending. Contact Sally at: salandpals@gtlakes.com

February 27 at 3pm
Something to Talk About - A Coffeehouse for Women CUPPA JOE INFO
A coffeehouse for women who desire to move from thoughtless consumption of modern culture to a vantage point of thoughtful engagement. Each week we may enjoy conversation with friends, poetry, verse and music. Let's get together and see what happens. If you are a woman who likes to think and share your ideas. This coffeehouse will be for you. NOTE: Locations may change from time to time. Please check this message for current location.

Concerns | Issues

Rocket Fuel in Your Lettuce
Perchlorates, recklessly discharged into streams and rivers near military bases and weapons manufacturing facilities, have contaminated drinking water in 35 states, and have been detected in measurable amounts in 93% of lettuce and milk samples

Backroom Deal That Threatens Children
Dow Chemical company is in the process of striking a backroom deal with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repeal a ban on a widely used, highly toxic pesticide called Dursban. Four years ago, the EPA announced it had conclusive evidence that Dow's pesticide Dursban (chlorpyrifos) "does not provide an adequate margin of protection for children." The EPA said that Dursban, which is commonly applied to lawns, parks and playgrounds, can cause severe neurological disorders in kids, as well as birth defects.

Womb Pollution?
If you’re pregnant and living in one of our many cities with unacceptable air quality, consider this: A study released last June by the Columbia University Center for Children’s Environmental Health demonstrates that developing fetuses are more susceptible to DNA damage caused by combustion-related pollutants than their mothers are, despite protection by the placenta.

Common Pesticide Causes Agression and Brain Damage
Glufosinate, a pesticide used widely in the U.S. and whose residues have been found in the food and water supply, has been verified to cause brain and hormonal damage. Glufosinate, which is used as an herbicide on several varieties of genetically modified canola and corn, is also linked to neurological defects that increase the rate of hyperactivity and decrease IQs.

About “Traverse for Women”
  • Our goal is to change our culture in order to prevent increasing violence against women and girls through education, entertainment and positive representation of women.
  • In these pages we provide news and information about current events and regional social activities.
  • We also will share information that may be personally empowering for may women.
  • We are also pleased to recognize "Notable Women of NW Michigan" who have contributed to our region and our world in a myriad of ways.
  • While women make up over 51% of the human population, we enjoy nowhere near 51% of the power and influence. Our goal at “Traverse for Women” is to build more effective women's networks in our region that will help to correct this inequity. A fair and balanced cultural system that represents the demographics of our society would be healthier for all.
"To those who question whether women would change the nature of political power or whether political power would change the nature of women, there can be only one answer — Let's try it. Let's find out."

Bella Abzug (1920-1998)

“Traverse for Women” Launches Message Center
February 07, 2004—The Message Center contains public and private Forums covering a wide variety of interests. You must Register to use the Message Center before you can write or respond to messages. Click this symbol to  
Register. Hint: Be sure to select a Username and Password that are easy for you to remember. GO TO MESSAGE CENTER NOW (http://www.traverseforwomen.com/phpBB2)

Looking for a few good women
“Traverse for Women” would like to hear from women that would like to be part of the design and editorial team for this web site. No experience in web site management is necessary. READ MORE

A Web Page for Your NW Michigan Women's Group
If your women's group would like to have your own web page at this site, please submit a proposal to us. Simply click the title of this message, or the e-mail button at the top of any page to contact us.

...a web site dedicated to the human majority 

Don't ever let anyone tell you that there weren't notable, accomplished, and effective women throughout history. They have always been there. Historians have consistently failed to document women's accomplishments — therefore each generation of women have had to reinvent themselves.