My number one shero Eve Ensler was recently diagnosed with uterine cancer. She has been in the care of excellent doctors and under went a very successful operation. She confirms that her prognosis is excellent. She is by no means retiring from her global crusade to end violence against women and her passion for the Congo has only been reinforced.
I meet Eve Ensler a few times this past winter in Washington DC. She is an unstoppable and powerful women. I was so overcome by her presence that I weep all over her leather coat. When I said “I’m sorry I’m never like this” she looked down at my copy of her latest book ‘I Am An Emotional Creature’ and said “Sweety, never apologize, have you read the book? You are an emotional creature and it’s a beautiful thing.” She is one of the most genuine, kind and passionate people I have ever encountered.
I ask that we all follow her lead and be thankful for our health, communities and the safety we have. After we pause to appreciate where we are, we must remember to keep a focus of those suffering in our global sisterhood. Please continue to raise awareness about the Congo and violence against women everywhere.
“Cancer has a way of stripping away that which is not important and leaving what is. What remains with me is all of you – your dedication, your commitment, your open hearts, your healing ways. I have learned so much in these two months about care and what it means to be cared for and to care for others. It requires time, attention, stillness and patience. That is the work of V-Day. So, if you truly want to help me now, continue to care, continue to stand up to end violence and work harder than you have ever worked before to make sure women and girls are safe and free, and that men and boys are embodied with their girl cell.”
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Elena Kagan is the likely nominee to succeed Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court. Kagan, the current Solicitor General is the first nominee in forty years who has not served as a judge. She would be the fourth woman to serve on the court in history, joining Ginsburg, Sotomayor and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
If confirmed she will be the third women to join the bench. Three out of nine women, were getting closer to representing the sex ratio in the US.
Kagan was born to a Jewish Manhattanite family. She attended Hunter College High School and graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, with a degree in History in 1981. At Princeton, Kagan received the Daniel M. Sachs Memorial Scholarship. She went on to Worcester College in Oxford where she eventually earned a M.Phil degree in 1983. She graduated Harvard Law in 1983. After working for Williams & Connolly, a litigation firm in Washington, DC, Kagan went on to teach alongside President Obama at the University of Chicago Law School, achieving tenure in 1995. She has notably served the Clinton administration, taught at Harvard Law, where she was later appointed Dean.
As Dean she banned Military recruitment at Harvard in opposition to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
During the Solicitor General nomination process there were rumors that Kagan is gay, which are yet to be publicly confirmed or denied but which are likely to come in to play during her confirmation. At 50 years old, Kagan would be the youngest justice on the court.
President Obama will likely make an made the official announcement nominating Kagan at 10 a.m. Monday in the East Room of the White House.
I’m excited to see how this plays out.
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