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Women Put Higher Value On Family

If your company asked you to be its president, what would your answer be? According to a survey taken by Seiko Corp., 66 percent of women would say no to the top job. The reasons? Working women place a high value on family and personal time and would not want the stress the top job would entail.

Ironically, women are increasingly top dogs at businesses they create. And their businesses are amazingly successful. Nearly three-fourths of women-owned companies created in 1991 remained in business three years later.

Just stop it: It’s hard to imagine that women in Indonesia enjoy their jobs. According to a report by the University of Washington Northwest Center for Research on Women, 80 percent of Nike’s Indonesian labor force are women. They are paid 15 cents an hour, about $32 a month. The shoes they make cost Nike $10 to produce and sell for $160.

Healing signs: How can you tell if an abusive partner is changing? (Some abusers can change, but it requires lots of work, including counseling.) According to a Washington State Department of Social and Health Services pamphlet, there are some positive signs to look for.

Ask yourself: Has he completely stopped saying and doing things which frighten you? Can you express anger toward him without being punished for it? Does it feel safe to bring up topics that you know will upset him? Can you spend time with friends without being afraid he’ll retaliate? Can you do other things that are important to you, such as go to school or get a job?

Wish list: If you are a non-profit organization that helps women and children and regularly publishes “wish lists” of things you need, send these lists our way and we’ll publish them as space allows.

Here’s part of a recent wish list from the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery newsletter. If you can donate any of the things needed, call 535-3155. The list: Large-size diapers, large and extra large pull-ups, boys/girls summer pajamas, underwear and socks, plastic storage bins (20-to-40 gallons) with lids and handles, baby formula.

Prayer: A few months ago, Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in downtown Spokane made available a prayer to Michael the Archangel. Because the movie “Michael” is now out on video, we thought it an appropriate time to reprint the prayer.

“Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. Restrain him, O God, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.”

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MEMO: Common Ground is written on alternating weeks by Rebecca Nappi and Dan Webster. Write to them in care of The Spokesman-Review, Features Department, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210-1615. Or fax, (509) 459-5098.

Common Ground is written on alternating weeks by Rebecca Nappi and Dan Webster. Write to them in care of The Spokesman-Review, Features Department, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210-1615. Or fax, (509) 459-5098.

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