co-founder of @cheerielane | one-fifth of #chezconversations | originally from smalltown, iowa
I've always liked math and been really good at it. I want to do a little today: 1 in 5* American women have been raped. There are 326 million US citizens. 163m are women. 163/5 = 32.6 million women in our country that have been raped. Look around you in whatever room you're in right now. Look around you at the next restaurant you go to. Look around you at thanksgiving next month. Look at the women and know we have some horrible stories (#metoo), but also look at the men because it's not "a few bad seeds" accounting for that 32.6 million. Since only 6 out of every 1000 rapists in this country goes to jail, you have a really good shot at being in the presence of one. If that is a sickening to you as it is to me, I urge you to go to school to learn what we can do, both men and women, to stop sexual assault. It will lead you to want to do something about education policies, putting emotional intelligence and respect for women on the agenda. It will lead you to want to change how the judicial system handles sexual assault and to want to change employment policies. I hope it will lead you to change how you talk to your friends and sons. Also, rape results in 32,000 pregnancies each year, which is one of the many reasons abortion must remain legal and @plannedparenthood must remain open. With love and solidarity to my sisters. *CDC.gov
We need #guncontrol. We need policies that protect Americans. There's been a huge spike in guns manufactured in the US. After being flat for many years, 3.2m firearms were manufactured in 2004 to 10.3m guns manufactured in 2013. I made these drawings to illustrate research done by Boston University's, Michael Siegel. He's created a nonpartisan database of all state gun laws that can be map the impact of specific policy and gun violence: https://www.statefirearmlaws.org
I’m as geeky as they come so I can’t even tell you how delighted I was to have the honor of interviewing 20+ brilliant researchers from all over the country (meet a few ^) that are working on projects to investigate health outcomes of interventions outside of the realm of traditional health care. We know health is more than meds and doctors — it’s impacted by social determinants: utilities policy, food security, education, housing quality, criminal justice, and more. These researchers, with grants from Evidence for Action - a @RWJF program, are taking a rigorous look of the health outcomes of programs that range from how to structure low income housing developments to food bank dissemination programs to state’s drought policies to homelessness interventions and so much more. After 2 days of interviews, my insight from was that much of the potential for better health for our communities lies in out-of-the-box yet simple and implementable shifts in thinking and resources. Some examples: + Where you live has the biggest impact on health, more so than any hereditary factors. + 1 in 3 patients in the United States enters the hospital malnourished and their hospital stays will be 3x longer with costs up to 3x higher. Imagine the consequences if we considered healthy food as medicine? + Weatherizing a home impacts health. Many families in lower socio-economic brackets live in homes that don’t have access to efficient heating and cooling and aren’t protected from environmental dangers, which means more sick days, emergency visits, and money spent on heating and electric bills (instead of healthy food, for instance). If you monetize the health-related savings of weatherization (insulation, roofing, etc.), it’s 2-3x the energy savings. Weatherization pays when it comes to improving our health (and our environment). More information about these researchers & their work at evidenceforaction.org
📹 + editing by @russroe !!!
a very happy birthday to a woman that I love and look up to, @cleowade. (Seconding the sentiment of another woman I very much look up to, @gloriasteinem, whom cleo interviewed today!)
as some of you know, I've been cooking up some popcorn with @brad.schulte and I got to give some of my favorite people a taste this weekend. Can't wait to share with you. And such a pleasure to unite with @voyage_detudes + @karucollections, women making wonderful things, at the @handpopup. 📸 the magical @ivanolita.
a drawing and a kind request by @cleowade and me. it's on auction on @paddle8 for the next few days to benefit the nonprofit @freeartsnyc that empowers underserved NYC youth through art and mentoring programs to develop their creativity, confidence, and skills to succeed! link in bio!
@globaliza makes a morning visit and I put on some nice music and some coffee and revel in her special kind of magnificence
Zahra's fortitude and resilience reminded me of my friends in the tech world, whose brave ideas may have seemed too out there to most when they were first formed but they went on to blow our minds and reset the bar. @zahralari said, "I am covered. I am muslim. I am from a desert country but I'm doing a winter sport, and it's fine." It's better than fine! Check out @globaliza's #amovingportrait with @callmemargot's score. @nikewomen#iwd. Ps have I mentioned how incredible it was to get to play sidekick to my best friend as her creative vision came to life!