Mississippi Democratic State Senator Alice Harden passed away yesterday at the age of 64. Harden died of an undisclosed but lengthy illness. She had served on the Mississippi state Senate since 1988, and is survived by her husband and daughter.
In her time as state Senator, Harden has been described as a champion for public education, workers' rights, and immigrants' rights. Harden wrote legislation that was approved requiring certified translators to be present in Mississippi courts. She also fought to gain pay raises for state employees. Prior to her time as a state senator she was a public school teacher, and brought her passion for education into the state Senate. She previously chaired the Mississippi Senate Education Committee and was the former president of the Mississippi Associations of Educators.
Mississippi state Representative Alyce Clarke (D-Hinds) was a longtime friend of Harden. "We've lost a good woman," she said. "She was always a voice. When we needed a voice in the Senate, or in the community, we knew Alice would be there. I never had any doubt that she would be in there, doing what she felt like was in the best interests of her constituents."
Bill Chandler, executive director of Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance based in Jackson, spoke highly of Harden in the Jackson Free Press. "She really was a giant for human rights, for workers rights and for immigrant rights," he commented.
Governor Phil Bryant told the Jackson Clarion Ledger "Having served in the Mississippi Senate for 24 years, Sen. Alice Harden was a pioneer for civil rights and a staunch supporter of public education. ...She served her constituents well and will certainly be missed."
Media Resources: Jackson Clarion Ledger 12/6/12; Jackson Free Press 12/6/12; WJTV 12/6/12
10/9/2015 Federal Judge Orders Anti-Abortion Group to Cede Footage to NAF - On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and its leader David Daleidan must turn over all previously unreleased "sting" videos and outtakes of National Abortion Federation (NAF) meetings the group obtained surreptitiously as part of a smear campaign against the abortion provider.
U.S. . . .
10/9/2015 Women Scientists Receive Less Funding Than Their Male Peers, Study Finds - According to a new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, male scientists receive twice as much financial support to kickstart their careers in science and medicine as their female counterparts, an early career inequity that could limit professional opportunities for women scientists throughout their working lives.
Conducted by Health Resources in Action (HRiA), analysts studied 219 biomedical researchers who had applied for early-career grant funding at 55 New England hospitals, universities and research facilities between 2012 and 2014. . . .
10/7/2015 Study Finds US Gender Wage Gap Persists - Data compiled by the US Census Bureau this week once again demonstrates a gender wage gap, showing that American women who work full-time, year-round jobs on average earn 79 cents for every dollar paid to men. . . .