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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:40 am February 13th, 2014 in activism, Diversity, Sports | Comments Off 

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Here’s the trailer:

And its website.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 5:03 pm June 8th, 2013 in activism, Diversity, Elections, Gender, Women, Youth | Comments Off 

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Well, that’s just my prediction. See why:

Lots of good commentary and coverage – start here.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:21 pm June 2nd, 2013 in Civic engagement, Civil Rights, Courage, Diversity, intolerance, Marketing, Parenting | Comments Off 

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A teaser from a piece I wrote for last week during election night:

So rather than watch the tick-tock around the swing states of Virginia, Ohio and Florida, I’m following the record number of women who are running for office this year. If you are not familiar with that statistic, check out the 2012 Project (which has corralled women to run in this first post-redistricting election, a time when the increase in open seats also increases the chance of women winning those seats).

Where might this history be made? In New Hampshire. Its situation reminds me of the 2010 Diane Sawyer discussion with United States Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor. During the conversation, Sawyer asked Ginsburg, how many women would be enough women on the bench.

“Nine,” Ginsburg replied with a smile. “There’ve been nine men there for a long time, right? So why not nine women?”

Something approximating Ginsburg’s prophecy has come true this election eve in the Granite State because its voters elected the first all-female congressional delegation.

So awesome – New Hampshire did indeed become the first state to have an all-female congressional delegation, with a female governor to boot. So coveting them.

Ohio – you’re next. No, really. I told Henry Gomez, so you know it’s going to happen.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:27 pm November 11th, 2012 in Diversity, Elections, Gender, Ohio, Women | Comments Off 

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Riveting BBC Radio program, broadcast just last Thursday, commemorating the 1972 slaughter of Israeli athletes by members of the Palestinian group, Black September, at the Munich Olympics (just click the link to listen):

A widow of the Olympics_ memories of Munich 1972

Another 1972 Olympic widow on her quest for remembrance.

And in tomorrow’s Plain Dealer, an op-ed by American Jewish Committee Regional Director, Lee C. Shapiro, “2012 Olympics scandal is its refusal to honor the victims of 1972.”

By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:49 pm July 22nd, 2012 in Diversity, intolerance, Israel, Jewish, palestinians, Sports, Terrorism | Comments Off 

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At my age, there just are not that many things about which I can say I’m still a virgin. And now, I’ve given it up for TED.

So I thought I’d overshare for a bit, given that the sold-out audience was limited to about 700 folks at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium. That leaves thousands of TEDxCLE virgins remaining, all of whom deserve to hear, first-hand, if it was everything I’d hoped for.

Short version: If I hadn’t stopped smoking cigarettes nearly 22 years ago, I would have had one when the event ended.

Long version: There are so many ways to slice and dice this, and I’m an overthinker as it is, so let’s do it like this:

Please visit the full post here at The Civic Commons.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:03 am April 24th, 2012 in Cleveland+, CuyahogaCounty, Diversity, Energy, Ohio | Comments Off 

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Did you know that working moms who don’t watch Fox are socialists? Neither did I.

But then I asked some folks on Twitter, who were beating up on a friend of mine who is a left of center lady, not unlike myself, and was on Fox this morning (the national cable version, not the local), if they could link to the clip about which they were razzing my friend, since, being a working parent, I don’t watch the morning news shows because, well, I’m working – and parenting. (I know – many of us have the television or radio on in the background while parenting and working but that is not the norm in my home at all – way too distracting; I can parent & work at the same time, but add cable morning news shows to the task list and I’m on overload.)

And their response to my simple and, if I might say so myself, civil request (intended to allow me to make an actual judgement on the razzing they were giving my friend which included them saying that the way she said the word “privilege” regarding Ann Romney was in a perjorative way) was to tell me that, for saying I was working, parenting and not watching Fox, I spoke like a “true Socialist.” Later tweets included mentions of their belief that I envy male anatomy and some other things that have nothing to do with anything, except to demonstrate perfectly how the motherlode of all linkbait is the often-called always-maligned Mommy Wars.

If ever there was a subject in need of being limited to civil discourse-only, this has got to be it.

Read the rest at the Civic Commons (where this working mom works, from home and from wherever civic engagement takes me).

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:44 am April 13th, 2012 in Debates, Diversity, Gender, Parenting, Politics, WH2012, White House 2012 | Comments Off 

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Originally posted on my Facebook page:

Just to show, again, how integrated consuming & producing news & information is with the use of social media:

1. I read about Inside Business’s Power 100 in the Sat. PD

2. I looked online to see that only one woman made the top 10 under 40

3. I blogged about that, then tweeted it, FB’d it & emailed one of the mag’s writers to learn more

4. This morning, I got followed on Twitter (happily so) by the editor of that mag, Steve Gleydura, who edits other prominent NE Ohio publications.

5. Viewing his twitter timeline, I clicked on a link to a video clip of him talking about the Cleveland mag’s most interesting people.

6. While watching & listening to that, I searched on my iPad for that issue to see who else was on the list. First thing: a good array of folks re: age, gender, race, occupation etc. Very nice. But really nice? Two women I know and think a lot of: Hallie Bram and Stefanie Penn Spear.

SO – kudos to all, esp. to Hallie and Stefanie

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:24 am January 9th, 2012 in Cleveland+, Diversity, Media, social media | Comments Off 

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UPDATE: I’ve been asked to offer some ideas on who I would put on this list. I’ll do that but also make suggestions about who IB should be sure they’re asking, especially since the NEO business community is one with which I’ve probably had the least interaction over time.  Who would you suggest?? Please email me or leave names in the comment section.

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It’s just another list, I know, but still. I haven’t seen the print version yet of Inside Business with the Power 100 (Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald leads), but that top 10 under 40, with just one woman – we should all find that truly alarming if it’s at all representative of 1) who we are supposed to think are leaders and 2) if we agree with the definition of “leader” as defined by this segment, why just 10% of the top 10 under 40 are women.  Tri-C and Case Western Reserve University are headed by women (and both listed in the top 10 women list), we have many judges who are women, doctors, philanthropists, clergy, public service, and yes, business.

I’m going to tickle Erick Trickey and see what light he can shed on this (thanks in advance, Erick).

Here’s the description of how it was done for the list published in 2011:

We started our search for the region’s most powerful by turning to those who know power best. We surveyed the leaders on our previous Power 100 list, asking them who wields the most clout in Northeast Ohio today, who gained power in 2010, who lost it and which up-and-comers are already proving themselves. We also invited the business enthusiasts on Inside Business’ e-mail list to offer suggestions and tips, which led us to trends and shifts that our sources in Northeast Ohio’s corridors of power confirmed. Finally, we applied our news judgment about the events and forces that affected our region in 2010 and our sense of which men and women most influenced the region’s economy and which are poised to do the same in the new year.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 6:25 pm January 8th, 2012 in Business, Cleveland+, CuyahogaCounty, Diversity, Executive, Gender, leadership, Politics, Women | 3 Comments