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Minimum Wage, Maximum Challenges
Thousands of working women in Atlanta are living in poverty.

by Mickey Goodman

Articulate , attractive, ambitious, Camille Johnson doesn't bear an of the usual attributes of a homeless person, but she's "been there, done that" and may have to do it again. According to the Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, women like Johnson make up nearly 70 percent of the requests for shelter in the metro Atlanta area. Even more astonishing, "one third of the women in shelters work full-time," says Stephanie Davis, executive director of the Atlanta Women's Foundation, an organization dedicated to economic and social justice for women.

Victor at Work, Victim at Home
How does a professional woman find herself trapped in the cycle of domestic violence?
by Mickey Goodman

"My husband is a cardiologist. He knows how to break hearts." The words emblazoned on a T-shirt sear the senses and scream silently for passersby to take notice. Strung along a clothesline with a dozen equally numbing revelations, it graphically depicts the anguish of a physician’s wife caught in a web of domestic violence – a woman very much like us.

The T-shirts are part of the Clothesline Project, a visual display bearing witness to violence against women. Each represents the personal experiences of a woman involved with Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Family), a program of Jewish Family and Career Services.

Actual statistics are staggering. A 1999 Johns Hopkins School of Public Health report estimates that one-third of all women worldwide have been victims of intimate partner violence. The American Medical Association concludes that 4 million women annually are battered. It is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44 and according to the U.S. Surgeon General’s office, more common than automobile accidents, muggings and rapes combined. Defense Department figures reveal that domestic violence results in the deaths of 2,000 women a year. Experts like Nancy Grigsby, director of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, claim the actual number is much higher.

The Doctor is In
The Best Medicine is a Woman.  Atlanta Woman Magazine. More patients, men and women, are choosing female doctors. Here’s why and what a woman goes through to be at the top of her game.
by Mickey Goodman

Women searched far and wide to find a female physician even 25 years ago – if they could find one at all, says Nina Montanero, vice president of Public Affairs and Marketing at Piedmont Hospital. They were such a rarity that gastroenterologist Cynthia Rudert, M.D., president of Atlanta Women’s Medical Alliance, never met a woman physician until she attended medical school at the University of Louisville.

Today, one in five practicing physicians is a woman and by 2010, the American Medical Association (AMA) predicts that the number will expand to one-third. But not just the increase in numbers that accounts for more men and women turning to female physicians. When she is ill, Mimi Lash of Patillo Construction turn to Dr. Martha H. Crenshaw at Stone Mountain Family Practice. One of the main reasons is Dr. Crenshaw’s listening ability. "[She] always has time to hear me, my concerns and my questions," says Lash. "We interact as two equals. I never feel she is in a hurry to move on to the next patient."

Three Wise Women
by Mickey Goodman
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President, Southeast Chapter, The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
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