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The Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society

Updated: 2018-03-05T13:18:59.558-05:00


CJE Monday News Briefs


CJE Monday News Briefs

And Six Years Later ... The Closing of The Women's Blogging Society


In May 2007, we launched The Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society as a community building tool for female bloggers in this region. We drew upwards of 50 contributors - using the blog to both republish content from their page and create original content. 

In the ensuing six years, the number of female bloggers in Pgh has increased significantly and the community building is happening all over the place - Twitter, Facebook, face to face gatherings.  

We've made a few efforts to organize and get together to discuss our future, but we haven't been successful in making that happen. Perhaps because its already happening? But maintaining The Society requires time and effort and energy even with the use of lovely automation tools. 

And the time has come to close our doors. Rather than allow our blog to languish, it makes sense to end on a high note - our sixth anniversary!  So on May 31, the blog will close shop as will the social media tools. It won't be deleted, just not public - the archives will be available should there be a need to revisit these formative years in blogging. 

Thank you for your contributions to the Burghosphere! :-)  

If you have questions, please feel free to ask ...

Change the Conversation: A Day of Blogging About Sexual Assault


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Bloggers in Pittsburgh invite you to participate in a "Day of Blogging" to help change the conversation - from victim blaming to preventing rape, from "scary stranger in the dark" to the prevalence of intimate partner sexual violence, from assuming women are the only victims to a broader understanding of the impact of sexual assault in the queer community.

To participate, we ask you to create one blog post or one social media post (G+, Facebook, Instagram, etc) on this topic - from your own perspective, using your own words. We will also be using this opportunity to encourage readers to support an important community organization, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape through this CrowdRise campaign - every $5 we raise will help to change the conversation through education, counseling and training.  ** This event is not sponsored by or officially connected with PAAR - this is a private fundraiser, but through Crowdrise all funds collecte will go directly to PAAR.
Date:   Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Participant:  Anyone interested in the topic
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Change The Conversation: Blogging About Sexual Assault – Planning Post


Friends – The Pittsburgh Women’s Blogging Society is organizing a “Blogging Day” on Tuesday April 2. “Change the Conversation: Blogging About Sexual Assault” We need help to make this successful. Help us send a message of solidarity to our sister in Steubenville and all survivors of sexual assault. Help us begin the difficult conversations on this topic and encourage our readers and social network to stop and think.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
How can you help?
We need a logo that can be converted into a small button – around 200×200 – as well as an average image size. Can you design this?
We need someone to gather the most current information on sexual assault from a reputable source – like PAAR, convert it into a .pdf and set it up on Google Docs or some other publicly accessible site.
We need someone to set up a donation tool to benefit PAAR – a chipin, a crowdfunding site, etc. You will need to talk with PAAR’s development team.
We will need PR – help us recruit participants and also track social media the day of. Perhaps set up a Scoop.It for posterity.
You don’t need a blog to participate – you can use Facebook, Twitter, even Pinterest. You can share your story or you can write about any angle you want. You don’t have to be in Pgh – you can ask folks to donate to your local agency.
Please message me right away if you can help. Thank you.

Join One Billion Rising in Pittsburgh on V-Day!


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Pittburgh's event will also be in memory of Ka'Sandra Wade, the young, Pittsburgh woman who was killed by her ex-partner on New Year's Eve and whose death has raised a call for better procedures by the police.

One Billion Rising Pittsburgh
When: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Where: Market Square, 23 Market Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (map)
Hosts: New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice and Friends
Pittsburgh Website: Here
Facebook Event Page: Here
Sign up on the National Site for the Pittsburgh Event: Here

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*2003 UNIFEM report entitled "Not A Minute More: Ending Violence Against Women," or 2008, the UNITE To End Violence Against Women Campaign, initiated by UN Secretary-General's Office

Remember Her Name Cyber Vigil Honoring Ka'Sandra Wade


The Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society is honored to invite the blogging community to remember Ka'Sandra's name by participating in a cyber vigil on Saturday, January 12.

For more details on how to participate, please click here.

Happy Holidays from NGP VAN!


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Dealing with Creeps


Yes, I can be harassed by a man. But, I do fight back.

PghLesbian: What Does the Election Mean for PA LGBTQ Community?


(Crossposted from Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents)I love that Trish jumped right into my favorite topic – Daryl Metcalfe’s reign of holy terror in Pennsylvania.I had been planning a one week reflection on the election, but was derailed by tendinitisand well … OMG, its been a week? Like my sister blogger, I think there is a lot of interesting “space” between the federal elections ass-kicking and the state of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, so to speak.Kyrsten Sinema became the first openly bisexual person elected to the US Congress (Arizona.)The bright spots?Marriage equality *won* in all four referendums (Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and Maine)Tammy Baldwin is the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected to the United States Senate – she represents WisconsinPennsylvania elected our first openly gay man to serve in the PA General Assembly – Brian SimsArizona elected the nation’s first openly bisexual person to serve in Congress, Krysten SinemaWest Virginia elected their first openly gay man to serve in their General AssemblyThe Victory Fund endorsed 180 candidates; 122 won.What does it mean?Well, I hope it means the base remains mobilized and works on the ground on issues in Pennsylvania – from the school boards to the General Assembly. I agree we need more candidates – more progressive candidates. Not “pro-life” LGBTQ persons who seem to have missed the connection between right to privacy and their own lives … a rant for another day.But I go one step to the left of Trish and say that the *party* needs to do a better job of connecting with the LGBTQ constituency and voters. In my opinion, the candidates did that successfully – but not so much the party. We keep getting these endorsed candidates who simply have little to no concern for our community and they end up doing dumbass things like supporting “marriage protection” amendments instead of creating jobs and addressing funding for public transportation.I also want to stop hearing about the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia with “Alabama in the middle” meme … its crap. Yes, we are a blue end of the state but we still spit out socially conservative Democrats (like Mark Critz) who don’t really reflect the unique type of progressivism grounded in the Pittsburgh region. I know many Catholics who believe in birth control, marriage equality and access to abortion. They also believe in their Church. Like Joe Biden and John Kerry believe, not Paul Ryan believe.While I’d agree the challenge is to run candidates, I also think we have to do a better story of telling our stories – all of our stories. Not just our two white lesbians with a minivan in the suburbs stories. And we need to tell those stories to our committeefolks and very local elected officials. We need more school board candidates seeking the endorsement of the Gertrude Stein Club and Stonewall Democrats.But mostly we need to educate our own community – drive home the reality of our situation and encourage them to take action. This election has demonstrated to us that mobilization and hope can bring about amazing things. I have confidence things can turn in Pennsylvania, but I’m concerned that more members of the LGBTQ community will retreat into denial and lose touch with our sisters and brothers who are most vulnerable – because of their orientation, identity, economic status and more.The ongoing battle around Voter ID and the disproportionate impact on our trans sisters and brothers should be evidence that its not going to be easy.Th[...]

Republicans Still Can't Come to Grips with Voters


Republicans Still Can't Come to Grips with Voters

Republican policies lost big time, and it goes way beyond the problems with Mitt Romney.

My Hopes for the Second Obama Administration


My Hopes for the Second Obama Administration

Most important takeaway from the 2012 election: Vote suppression, vote buying & irrational fearmongering did not win - the voters won!

The Importance of Competent Pollworkers


Importance of Competent Pollworkers

If you live in North Fayette Township, dress warmly, wear boots, and maybe bring along a thermos of coffee. Vote anyway, but be prepared.