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Friday, March 12, 2010

March is Women's History Month

Last night, I tried to attend a talk/panel discussion on women in journalism for Women's History Month at the National Archives, but was turned away due to a packed auditorium. If you're in the DC area, be sure to check out their calendar for upcoming events.

Do you know about Google Alerts?  I just learned about them this week in my social media class and signed up for "social media" and "military families".  I tried "unaccompanied tours", but received a ton of unrelated links and sites, thinking that that term is pretty specific since it pertains to the State Department's term for assignments to places that State does not allow families to accompany.  One Alert for "military families' directed me here to a blog post that discusses a new film documentary about two brothers fighting the war in Iraq, and also on a larger scale, how the war impacts military families.  The blog is Politics Daily and I thought I'd search blog to see what other posts were of interest.  Then I cam across an inspiring article called "Suraya Pakzad and the Long, Tough Fight for Afghan Women" and wanted to share this with you.  The article talks about Suraya's (photo at right from America.gov)  personal story and how she and the organization she helped start (Voice of Women Organization - VWO) are empowering Afghan women through education..

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