Construction worker and gardener Maggy Guzmán, of Morristown, N.J. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario-La Prensa)

Female Construction Workers Fight the Odds

Labor, Women January 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Women in construction often face discrimination and harassment but some are fighting back, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

Members of W.O.M.E.N. and a women's advocacy group at a screen printing workshop at The Point. (Photo by FORCE via Hunts Point Express)

Youth Group Fills Void in Women’s Magazines

Bronx, Media, Women January 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

A young women’s group in the Bronx produces POP Magazine as a remedy to the dearth of images and positive portrayals of women of color in the media, reports Hunts Point Express.

Martha Maffei: Advocate for Long Island Latinas

Martha Maffei: Advocate for Long Island Latinas

Latino, Long Island, Social Services, Women January 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Once a social worker in Peru, Martha Maffei has helped immigrant women who are isolated, unemployed or in crisis in Long Island communities, reports Zaira Cortes of El Diario La Prensa.

Stacy Seecharan owns of B&S Iron Works in the Bronx. As part of the city's Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program, she is one of the success stories highlighted in City Limits. However, many would hardly characterize the program as a success, but rather one that falls short of its target numbers and is rife with contradictions. (Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

Minority Business Contracting Falls Short Under Bloomberg

Business, Government, Women December 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

Efforts by the Mayor to give minority- and women-run companies a greater chunk of city contracts have not lived up to its goals, finds a three-part investigative series in City Limits.

Image from "Somewhere in America" video

Hijabs and Hip Hop: Video Challenges Stereotypes

Brooklyn, In the News, Media, Muslim, Video, Women December 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Women’s eNews reports on a new video set to a Jay-Z song of veiled Muslim women in Brooklyn and across the U.S. playing sports, posing in trendy styles and just hanging out, in hopes of turning the tables on mainstream depictions and stereotypes.

Muslim Heroine Shoots for Universal Appeal

Muslim Heroine Shoots for Universal Appeal

Culture, Metro Area, Muslim, Women November 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm

In reporting on an upcoming comic book series headlined by superheroine and Muslim-American Kamala Khan, a blog in The Jewish Daily Forward explores Jewish and Muslim parallels, as well as the broad appeal of comic book characters.

Manual of How To Cook and Bake (translated from "Lehr-bukh ṿi azoy tsu ḳokhen un baḳen") (Image via The Jewish Daily Forward)

‘Celebrity’ Behind First US Yiddish Cookbook

Food, History, In the News, Jewish, Women November 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

When Hinda Amchanitzky’s tombstone was found, it would uncover the life of a culinary trailblazer who wrote down generations of recipes and self-published them over a century ago in a cookbook that was a hit among Jewish women on the Lower East Side, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

‘Hijabistas’ Help Muslim Fashion Grow

‘Hijabistas’ Help Muslim Fashion Grow

U.S.-based designers and bloggers, know as hijabistas, hijabis and turbanistas, may be jolting stereotypes, reports Women’s eNews.

(Photo by Steve Rhodes, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Immigration Status Isolates Victims of Domestic Violence

Crime, In the News, Latino, Mexican, Queens, Women July 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

In the death of Mexican immigrant Viridiana Victorio during a domestic attack at her home, the silence of her relatives and neighbors is the culprit that nobody mentions, and the main reason why the future of her three children is uncertain, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

(Photo by Clementine Gallot, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Brooklyn Pantries Feel Pinch of Looming SNAP Cuts

Brooklyn, Food, Government, Social Services, Women July 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm

With the advent of summer, Brooklyn food pantries see a surge in visitors, with almost two-thirds already reporting supply shortages, reports the Brooklyn Bureau. With cuts to the the food assistance program on the horizon, the Food Bank for New York City is bringing awareness to what the cuts would mean.

Mar Verdugo (r.) and Heather Morgan, who sued to end DOMA, celebrate the Supreme Court ruling (Photo via impactony.com).

Gay Immigration Rights Advocates Cheer DOMA Repeal

Immigration, In the News, LGBTQ, Politics, Women July 1, 2013 at 11:46 am

“On cloud nine” is the way Mar Verdugo, from Spain, and Heather Morgan, from the U.S., describe how they feel after the Supreme Court declared DOMA unconstitutional. The couple filed a lawsuit last year alongside four other same-sex married couples.

(Photo by Ynkefan1, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Opinion: NYPD’s ‘Backwards’ English-Only Policy

Government, Opinion, Politics, Women June 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm

An editorial in El Diario-La Prensa does not take well to the until now little known English-only policy in the NYPD, criticizing Bloomberg and Kelly for defending the policy. Mayoral candidates de Blasio and Liu also add their condemnation.

(Photo via World Journal)

Increase in Chinese Maternity Tourists Draw Community’s Ire

Business, East Asian, Health, In the News, Women June 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Chinese-run maternity centers in the city cater to affluent pregnant women from China who visit the U.S. for the sole purpose of giving birth. This has upset the local Chinese community, especially because some of the women end up getting Medicaid to paid their medical costs, reports World Journal.

(Photo by Un'ruly on Instagram via Amsterdam News)

Black Women Ask Passersby to ‘Touch My Hair’

African American, Culture, In the News, Women June 7, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Black women let strangers touch their hair at an interactive exhibit in Union Square, reports Amsterdam News.

María Román is very proud of the reputation she has gained as a chef in the male-dominated world of sushi. (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario-La Prensa)

Dominican Slices her Way into Male-Dominated World of Sushi

Dominican, Food, Labor, Latino, Voices' Picks, Women May 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Kurumazushi restaurant employee María Román tells El Diario-La Prensa how she stepped into the field of sushi preparation. Juggling hundred-pound fish and dismissive clients keep her on her toes but she’s proud to show her daughters that women can do the jobs once restricted to men.

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