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First I want to say thank you to everyone who called and emailed offering their sympathy for the loss of my kitties and/or offered help in finding a new one.
  Last Thursday we found our new furbaby! Big thanks to the Lycoming County SPCA for helping us find our new family member! We are so happy to be able to adopt from the SPCA and give a little one her ‘Furever’ home.
  Lana is an adorable little lady! She is pure black from the tip of her tail to the tip of her nose! I was so happy to fall in love with her since black kitties still have a superstitious stigma and often aren’t adopted as readily as other cats.
  So far she is making herself at home quickly. It has been a while since I’ve had a kitten so I had forgotten how much they love to play and that to them everything is a toy! Stormy seems to be adjusting and the caterwauling is already dying down, so I think he is happy to have a new friend in the house.

International Women’s Day
  Tuesday March 8th is International Women’s Day. The United Nations began celebrating IWD in 1975 during International Women’s Year.
  IWD is a time to reflect on the progress that has been made in the advancement in gender equality across the world. Sadly, however, we still have a long way to go.
  In the US today, women still only make 78 cents on the dollar for jobs equal to men. The pay gap is even greater for African-American and Latina women, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white non-Hispanic man.
  According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), the poverty rate for working women would be cut in half if women were paid the same as comparable men.
  Can you imagine the impact that would have on our economy?
  If change continues at the same slow pace as it has done for the past fifty years, it will take 44 years – or until 2059 – for women to finally reach pay parity.
  I am not sure how this is even still an issue. No one should be ok with living in a society where we pay women less money for the same job simply because they are a woman.
  How are we explaining this to our daughters, nieces, and granddaughters? How are just ok with telling them the world values them less because they were chanced with a different chromosome?
  We live in a world where we are constantly telling girls they can be anything they want and do anything they choose. So how do we explain to them that they can do anything they want, as long as they understand they are going to be paid less to do it than the men they work with?
  So ladies as International Women’s Day comes around, talk to the women and the men in your life about this problem. Make sure that people understand that this issue has a huge impact on our families and our country. We need to be vocal on this issue so that employers understand that women deserve equal pay for equal work and that everyone benefits from pay parity.