Be In the Know: News For Moms – Friday March 9, 2016

Amelia Earhart Barbie

Hey there, Mama friends! Once again I’ve picked through the national news this week to find you some stories moms actually care about. You work hard and everybody knows you ain’t got time to scroll the news feeds over and over, so I’ve got your back. Enjoy this news synopsis with just a little bit of my editorial thrown in!

Mattel Is Making Barbie Dolls Of Inspiring Women Like Amelia Earhart and Chloe Kim

Amelia Earhart Barbie
Photo: Mattel

Say, WHAT? And, it’s ABOUT TIME! Mattel announced this week that they are adding 17 Barbie dolls to their line up, based on real-life inspiring women. Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real-life role models to remind them that they can be anything,” senior vice president and general manager of Barbie, Lisa McKnight, said in a news release.

Mattel says they results of a recent survey of moms shows that mothers are concerned over their daughters’ lack of exposure to positive female role models, and I have to say I think this line of Barbies is a pretty good answer to that.  Pictured above are famed aviator Amelia Earhart, artist Frida Kahlo, and NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson (LOVE!!), and the line also includes Olympians like Chloe Kim and Gabby Douglas, as well as conservationist Bindi Irwin, filmmaker Ava Duvernay, and chef Hélène Darroze. My daughter, I know, will be especially excited about Chloe Kim and Katherine Johnson! I think Mattel deserves a “well done” for this one!

Parents Lobby For Law Requiring School to Tell Parents If Their Child Is Being Bullied

After their bullied 13-year-old son Jacobe killed himself with a hunting rifle, New York parents Richard and Christine Taras are pushing for legislation requiring schools to let parents know what’s going on within their walls. Though the Taras’ knew that Jacobe had been “picked on,” the Associated Press reports, they had NO idea he was suffering severe bullying. But Jacobe’s school DID.

“We had no idea of the extent or the seriousness of what was going on,” Richard Taras said. “My son didn’t tell me and the school didn’t pass along the information they had.”

The Taras’ proposed “Jacobe’s Law” passed the New York State Senate last week but still has to get through the assembly. While Jacobe’s parents argue that such a law would’ve helped them to prevent their son suicide, these kinds of laws face opposition from LGBTQ groups who say that schools may accidentally “out” LGBTQ students to their parents before they are ready.

Now, it’s up to New York lawmakers to decide where the greater risk lies. In my opinion, there has to be some happy medium where schools could let parents know that their child is been being severely bullied without revealing any other information that they may or may not have about a child’s sexual orientation. I think saving a child’s life is worth it.

Rhode Island Wants to Charge People For Looking at Internet Porn

In other lawmaking news, let’s all give a slow clap for the state of Rhode Island! The Providence Journal reports that the state is looking to require Internet providers to put a block on explicit sexual content. If Internet users want to remove that block and still view their porn, they’d have to pay a $20 fee. The state would then require those Internet providers to forward that $20 fee back to the state of Rhode Island, to the attorney general to fund the operations of the Council on Human Trafficking.

The bill is up for approval in the Rhode Island General assembly the session, and I sure hope it passes. If it does, I’m going to become Rhode Island lawmakers’ newest fan. This is a great example of politicians trying to do something POSITIVE for their constituents. I’m loving it!

Well, that’s the big news for this week, Mamas. Stay tuned for next week when I’ll have more of the top stories broken down just for you, our email subscribers!

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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.