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Global Grandmother Power -- Courageous, Activist Grandmothers Worldwide
Global Grandmother Power -- Courageous, Activist Grandmothers Worldwide

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If you’re like me, you urge the US to sign the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), like 186 of 193 UN member countries. Emily Murase, Executive Director of San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women, tells me that SF was the first city in the world to adopt CEDAW principles and is working with US Mayors to mobilize 100 Cities to do the same. Great work-around! Bravo!
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International Women’s Forum’s elegant holiday party took place on Nob Hill overlooking the dancing lights of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco. Beautiful!
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Merry Christmas! I wish you beauty and joy, friendship and fun, happiness, love and peace. Photo by Ginna Fleming
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Shameless promotion: GRANDMOTHER POWER is a great gift! It won 4 gold awards (Women’s Studies, Multicultural Nonfiction, Social Action and Grandparenting categories); almost all Amazon reviewers rate it “5-star;” 100% of my author royalties go to African grandmothers raising children orphaned by AIDS; grandmothers love it; there’s time to buy an e-book if your bookstore is sold out! http://ow.ly/GdY5L
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Santa Lucia Day is celebrated by Scandinavians who live all around the globe. I loved documenting the pageantry in Ostersund, Sweden, for CELEBRATING WOMEN. If you missed this year's beautiful celebration, you'll enjoy these Swedish girls, singing the sweet, traditional song. http://ow.ly/GdXW3

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Elizabeth Colton’s Christmas party is always a pleasure: great company, food, and conversation—all amidst her collection of antique Christmas toys and dolls. It was a joy to see the original International Museum of Women team together again: Elizabeth, Sally Lovett, Cindy Eisenberg, Karen Offen, Paula Goldberg, Clare Winterton and more!
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Christmas is a great time to visit New York! Songs spill into the stores and streets. Salvation Army people dance on the sidewalks. Saks Fifth Avenue’s displays are over the top. The churches are filled with prayers and candles. There are skaters (and lots of cellphone selfies) at Rockefeller Center. I reveled in seeing the wonderful exhibits of art by Salgado (International Center of Photography) and Matisse (Museum of Modern Art)!
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Enjoyed sharing capuccino and cookies at the Museum of Modern Art with pianist and composer Phyllis Chen. We had a quiet hour to reflect on her triumphant concert on December 10 and to get to know each other a little bit. I am filled with wonder, that my work—and more importantly, the work of women everywhere—has taken flight in a new medium: music. Wonderful, yes?
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GRANDMOTHER POWER documents Filipina women who were forced to be sex slaves during World War II. The Japanese journalist who first reported the “comfort women" story is now under vitiolic attack, as are his family and newspaper. I interviewed the women and read the legal testimonies. The attacks on the journalist and newspaper are politically-motivated, profoundly disturbing, violations of justice. http://tinyurl.com/lbfvamo
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Shopped for Christmas gifts at the 36th juried Celebration of Craftswomen, which benefits The Women’s Building, the first women-owned, multicultural community center in the country. This is the largest women’s crafts fair in the US: 150 artists exhibit and 10,000 shoppers visit over 3 days. Here: Corbin Brashear of Wild and Wooly Feltworks. ( Yes, I found treasures!) http://ow.ly/FeMNQ
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