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It’s Not A Costume

My seven-year-old daughter’s obsessed with American Dolls. She knows every doll’s name, pet’s name, and horse’s name. She’s sent numerous letters to Santa, asking for a particular doll named Kaya, which is short for Kaya’aton’my (she who arranges rocks). Kaya, a fictional character who came out in stores in 2002, is from the Nimíipuu, or Nez Perce tribe,… Read more »

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LR-126 Compounds Voting Barriers Faced by American Indians

Imagine a people who don’t share your Ellis Island story. Imagine a people who watched others invade the land they’d inhabited since time began. Imagine these “others” forming governments who take your children to be assimilated. Imagine getting excommunicated, forced to live on a reservation. Imagine being granted citizenship to your own nation less than… Read more »

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We’re Hiring!

Part-Time Women’s Advocate Description of Duties: YWCA Missoula is looking for a part-time women’s advocate to offer support for women staying at the domestic violence shelter. The person in this position assists the Shelter coordinator with everyday operations of the shelter and provides survivor-focused and trauma-informed advocacy services to victims of interpersonal violence by staffing… Read more »

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Sexual Abuse Resources from PublicHealth.org

An American is sexually assaulted every two minutes, totaling an average of nearly 238,000 individuals over 12 years of age each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. And the Crimes Against Children Research Center estimates that one in five girls and one in twenty boys will be a victim of sexual abuse in… Read more »

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I Am Not Alone

I had just finished dinner with my fiancé on Sunday, Aug. 10, when I saw the headline flash across his Internet home page, “Police: Black teen shot in Missouri was unarmed.” I found myself saying out loud, “What is wrong with the world? How many more black teenagers have to die before people get fed… Read more »

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The First Step: Recognition

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time….But if you have come because your liberation is bound with mine, then let us work together.” – Anonymous Aboriginal Woman “White privilege is like a big, invisible stick,” a friend of mine said recently. “White people will walk into a room of… Read more »

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The Simple Dollar Guide to Financial Independence for Women

Guide To Financial Independence For Women While everyone defines financial independence a little differently, there are some common denominators that apply to all of us. It means you’re able to completely support yourself without the help of outside parties, including family, friends, partners or excessive debt. It means relying on your own steady income and… Read more »

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YW Talks: A Community Social Justice Series with Lisa Parks

With the pervasiveness of mobile technology in Western society today, it can sometimes be hard to imagine a time without cell phones. Yet in many parts of the world, this this technology is just taking off.  On Friday, August 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at YWCA Missoula, University of California- Santa Barbara Professor Lisa… Read more »

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Reflections on Race

“If I didn’t feel so guilty about being white I would…be better able to teach my kids about racism.” The words left my mouth before I realized I had formed the sentence. We were three weeks into our Eliminating White Racism class, and my discussion partner gave me an empathetic nod. As someone who doesn’t… Read more »

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Moving On…

Twelve months ago, I began my service as an AmeriCorps VISTA at YWCA Missoula, and I must say, this year has been one of the most rewarding I’ve ever had. Before VISTA, I had been involved with the YWCA as an intern and volunteer, but my passion and commitment to the mission of the YWCA… Read more »