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Suzanne Dunn (left) and Jeannette Love image by Paul WellmanThe Santa Barbara Independent introduces us to Suzanne Dunn and Jeannette Love, two women considered to be modern day heretics, two who tend a small, slowly growing South Coast Ca congregation.

The two women are part of Roman Catholic Womenpriests, a movement that also supports not only women priests, but gay and married priests as well. We’ve introduced AOC readers to the organization, as we track the ongoing demands of some Catholics for a reform movement within the church and the Vatican’s insistence that under no circumstances will the church ever yield on its current policies.

Pope Benedict denounced a group of Austrian priests who have launched the Pfarrer Initiative — or pastor initiative — calling on priests to “follow our conscience and act independently” of the pope’s orders. The group now has more than 300 Austrian priests and deacons, causing top Austrian bishops to see counsel from the Vatican on how to handle the situation, reports AP.

While reported in the press as being a harsh indictment of the renegade priests, the Rev. Hellmut Schueller has downplayed the tough talk, saying that “I cannot see it as a very sharp wording.”

Episcopalian Church Revised Priestly Vision in 1974

Writing for Huffington Post today, the Rev. Malcolm Boyd dials back the years to America, July 1974 when the Episcopal church shattered tradition by ordaining 11 women priests. “I believe that a priest must be less and less a privileged member of an elite, more and more a brother/sister in an open community.” Worker priests in France are excellent examples of this new model, writes Reb Boyd.

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Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks to an audience at a Waukesha County Republican dinner in Pewaukee, Wis., Saturday, March 31, 2012., Steven Senne / AP Photo

Wisconsin Repeals Equal Pay Laws

Last Thursday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walked signed a bill that repealed the state’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act. While Republicans insist there is no war on women, Governor Walker moves favor gender gap pay inequality.

When the law went into effect in 2009, the Wisconsin gender gap in pay rates moved from 36th to 24th in the national gender-parity nationally. Presumably those gains for women’s wages will now be lost for Wisconsin women.

Elizabeth Warren Again Outraises Brown

The Boston Globe reports that Elizabeth Warren has raised $6.9 million in the first quarter, more than twice as much as her opponent, Senator Scott Brown. Warren says that $2.5 million has been raised from in state donors and the rest from voters outside Massachusetts.

“The incredible enthusiasm we have seen from people across the Commonwealth who are contributing to this campaign shows the strong grassroots momentum behind Elizabeth’s fight for middle class families,” said Warren campaign manager Mindy Myers.

The Warren campaign has provoked a major response from groups outside of Massachusetts. We’re not talking about a Karl Rove fund, which surely will come to the assistance of Senator Brown’s efforts as the election gains momentum.

In the case of Elizabeth Warren, 83 percent of the donations were $50 or less. Warren also outraised Senator Brown in the last quarter of 2011 $5.7 million vs $3.2 million.


Stephanie Nielson's Story of Courage, Hope & New Baby Charlotte | All Stephanie Nielson AOC Articles

Stephanie Nielson: A Story of Courage and Hope Parade Magazine

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What a powerful story for Easter! No one brings more tears to my eyes than Stephanie Nielson, whose life changed upside down on Aug. 16, 2008 in a plane crash that could have killed her spirit — but didn’t. I’ve been unable to let go of Stephanie because she represents the best of humanity and the human spirit.

I heard from Stephanie recently — just a few words and a quick thank you for following her story. In many respects, we are different women and yet we are bound by that simple fact.

Stephanie and I are separated by religion, political party, and the crowds we run with. And yet, Stephanie Nielson represents the best of American womanhood and I am thrilled to both celebrate her and share her story with my audience. Stephanie’s  bravery and fortitude inspire me every day to move out of my own private space and into the larger issues that matter to all American women: family, educating our children, insuring human rights and integrity, fighting back against hardships and yes — sensuality and love.

Most of us pale next to Stephanie Nielson who has not only survived the crash, intense pain and months of reconstructive surgery with rarely — if ever — a ‘poor me’

This Easter weekend, Stephanie Nielson, her husband Christian and her family are featured in Parade magazine. Not present in the video is the newest member of the Nielson family, baby Charlotte. When I read that Stephanie Nielson was pregnant, I cried my eyes out. What a profound symbol of rebirth from her parents’ devastating plane crash is Charlotte Nielson.

I can’t think of a more profound gift to AOC readers than Stephanie Nielson’s story of sorrow and tragedy transformed into joy and new life. Happy Easter and Happy Passover weekend to all our readers and friends. Anne

“Baby- lil peanut -Charlotte “lottie” enjoying her first shower”

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NieNie’s Stephanie Nielson Is Pregnant & Tears Flow at AOC

In a story I thought couldn’t get any more emotional and inspirational, Stephanie and Christian — who three years came into our lives in a fiery plane crash in Arizona, that took the lives of their good friend Doug who was piloting the plane — are about to have their fifth child.

Through the pain, anguish and disfiguring recovery — Stephanie more so than Christian — the Nielsons have lifted a lamp of hope to humanity on not only recovering from tragedy but dealing with physical disfigurement in our flawless obsessed pursuit of beauty.

NieNie’s Stephanie Nielson Faces ‘Flawless’ Beauty Head-on

Fashion bloggers and the Daily Mail UK in particular have made ‘flawless’ the descriptive word du jour, the dividing line between the beautiful people and the rest of us. She is flawless; her makeup is flawless; the Photoshop job is flawless. Applause, please. We are witnessing the magnificence of ‘flawlessness’, a beauty standard that eludes the majority of us.

Love to NieNie’s Stephanie & Christian Nielson from New York

No one has caused me to reflect on life, physical beauty, tragedy, courage, resilience and love more than Stephanie Nielson. 

It was this brave Arizona-mother’s courageous fight to live and recover from her devastating injuries in a plane crash, that inspired my reflections on the meaning of love, relationships and physical image in America and my own life.

The NieNie Dialogues: New Connections in a Digital World

NieNie Lovers: Stephanie Nielson’s Marriage Before the Crash

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Alexa Yudina | Giovanni Squatriti | Louis Vuitton for Elle Dubai April 2012 | ‘Pastel Puppet’

Elise Crombez | Lina Scheynius | Modern Weekly China | ‘Marrakech Midi’

Irina Shayk | Julien Capmeil | Conde Nast Traveller Russia | April 2012

Emma Wahlberg | Gorka Postigo | Metal #27 | ‘Loewe Lady’

Truus Hooiveld | Thomas Krappitz | Marie Claire Russia April 2012 | White Magic

Valériane Le Moi | Signe Vilstrup | Vanity Fair Italia April 2012 | Le Leggi del Mercato

Kelsey Van Mook | Jason Kim | Elle Mexico April 2012 | A World Full Of Colors

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Milly Simmonds | Steve Hiett | Vogue Italia April 2012 | ‘Closeup’

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Hillary Clinton in Elle Magazine | Women & Caterpillars | Facebook's Men Only Board of Directors | Virginia Goes to Augusta

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“If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” airing this weekend. “It’s a fiction.”

Dear Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. American women have been compared to lot of barnyard animals in legislative bodies around America. The novelty of trivializing a patriarchal fight for women’s bodies as the equivalent of a ‘Caterpillar War’ is the reality that from the cocoons emerge stark raving mad, incredibly beautiful Smart Sensuality butterflies! Let’s roll, ladies! ~ Anne Enke

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Elle magazine presents At the Pinnacle of Hillary Clinton’s Career, opening with the AOC 2012 election mantra.

Secretary of State Clinton has won over her harshest critics and become so popular that some Democrats are envisioning a future in which she replaces Joe Biden as vice president on the 2012 ticket and then—dare they imagine it—takes the top job in 2016.

Hillary Clinton is introduced by her husband Bill Clinton to didn’t arrive with a police escort. He is rushed to the stage for the Nonprofit International Crisis Group’s awards ceremony, shere his wife will be honored and give the keynote speech.

“I know I’m just sort of a warm-up act,” says the Secretary’s husband, to laughter. Bill Clinton is circumspect in thanking the honorees and Hillary for their enormous efforts on behalf of women’s rights. “Some day we hope to liberate every man on earth from the tendency as old as human history to identify our strength and manhood with the ability to control the lives, limit the chances, and doom the dreams of women and girls,” he says.

Then in a unique moment for Bill watchers, he cuts his remarks short and sits down. His wife follows with a speech that captured the hearts of her audience. A Human Rights Watch worker at Elle writer Rachel Combe’s table, held a hand over her heart, hearing Clinton’s steady voice saying “That may have been the coolest speech I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Women’s complex community ties make them invested in the well-being of many groups and more likely to raise issues that truly influence quality of life and maintain peace: education, health, justice, employment. Often marginalized themselves, women are more apt to speak up for ethnic and religious minorities. Since they’re usually not doing actual fighting, they can serve as mediators and mobilize other noncombatants to pressure soldiers to lay down their arms. “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world,” she says. “It is past time for women to take their rightful place, side by side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children’s and grandchildren’s fates, are decided.”

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“Face it: Facebook board features seven white men, no women”, writes ZDNet.

Alice Baumgartner, one of FACE IT Campaign members says it “protests the fact that although women make up the majority of Facebook’s users, produce the majority of its content, and drive its profits, Facebook’s board is made up of seven white men. The Face It campaign is supported by community and business leaders who are tired of seeing so little movement on the issue of diverse leadership.”

Where Art Thou Virginia?

The big story at the 2012 Masters isn’t about gold. It’s about when and where will we find International Business Machines Corp. chief executive Virginia M. Rometty. IBM has long sponsored the Masters, and the company’s CEOs have been offered memberships. 

Augusta National, of course, is an all-male club and Ms Rometty is a golfer. Will she be offered a green jacket or will she only be entertaining clients in the IBM tent? If Rometty isn’t offered a place in the clubhouse, will it mean the end of IBM’s sponsorship of Augusta, or will clients’ social needs supercede even that decision? Of course, without a membership at Augusta, IBM can no longer take clients into the clubhouse.

The tournament began Thursday and Ms Rometty says she will attend.

Mitt & the Ladies

Top Democratic pollster Celinda Lake tells The Daily Beast that Romney may be trailing Obama badly with independent women, but he can change course.

“Independent women are very swing, so they are anything but locked up,” she told The Daily Beast. “I think they are paying attention earlier than they normally do because these things are so outrageous in their minds. It isn’t just the positions the Republicans are taking—it’s the priorities. These women thought, ‘Things are really tough for my family, this country is in as deep a trouble as I’ve seen in my lifetime, and you’re worried about my birth control?’ That’s the really big factor here.”

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