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Monica Ito

PCC SOC 228 Environmental Sociology


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Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.


Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

I will support women-owned businesses when I shop this month.


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    Monica Ito 4/25/2018 12:12 PM
    The only thing I might have changed about this is choosing actions I could have done on a more regular basis,  as I couldn't really go to a different woman-owned business ever day of the challenge. 

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    Monica Ito 4/18/2018 4:51 PM
    Okay! I went to a woman-owned business today. I got a pedicure at Fingerbang, and it was amazing. Usually I go to the place under my building but for the purposes of this assignment I went somewhere else. I actually think I will be a repeat customer, even though it was more expensive! The Hollywood Fingerbang is in the Zipper mini food court thing, so afterwards got lunch at Basilisk, and then coffee at Seven Virtues, all local places as well. Next I'm going to check out Wildfang! 

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    Monica Ito 4/12/2018 5:12 PM
    It's actually proving more difficult than I thought to find woman-owned businesses in Portland. Most seem be restaurants, so I guess there will be a few date nights with my boyfriend in the near future :) I'm looking forward to getting my nails done at Fingerbang though! 
    Women and Girls Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? Share some of the learning with your friends!

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    Monica Ito 4/10/2018 2:14 PM
    According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), there is an estimated 214 million women in developing nations who are unable to benefit from family planning for a number of reasons, such as not being able to access the information, or fear of being ostracized by her partner or community. Lack of bodily autonomy is incredibly degrading and harmful. The UNFPA page about family planning lays out a few reasons why family planning is important on a global scale. The first is that family planning saves lives. Understanding how their bodies work from a younger age can foster healthier lives in the future. The second is that family planning empowers women and also has economic benefits. For example, a women who is able to complete her education before having a baby, or at least being able to control when to have a baby at a time that works best for her can help boost a woman's earning power. In developing nations this could be vital, because it would essentially double the amount of people able to contribute to the economy. 

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    Monica Ito 4/10/2018 1:53 PM
    The reason I chose to support women-owned businesses is because I was curious to know how many there actually were in the Portland area. I know of one specifically, but it is a jewelry store so not really an everyday type shopping place. I already live in a LEED Gold apartment building, don't own a car, and have recycling and compost in my building. Because of that, I obviously can't do challenges like figuring out how to do a solar array, and I also am not in control of what kind of bulbs are used in my lighting (though I suspect they are LED). Getting a CSA box, or buying from the farmer's market is not economically feasible for a lot of people, myself included.  Anyway, after this I am going to look up women-owned businesses in the area and try to hit a couple of them during the challenge.