May 1 was Blogging Against Disablism Day 2009, and nearly 200 people contributed posts that have been rounded up at Diary of a Goldfish. The entries deal with a number of topics of concern to women with disabilities and disability rights advocates, including employment, education, parenting, health care, and sex.
Some of women-specific posts include:
- Social Security benefits & women, working while disabled, and stigmatizing mental health terminology!
At Undercover Punk, this post addresses, among other issues, how women – because of how the system is set up and because they may be more likely to spend time out of the workplace or earn less than men – face problems when attempting to receive disability benefits through Social Security.
- Tales from the Clinic: Out with the Old, in with the Eu-Genics…
Miss Waxie at A Comic Life, Indeed describes a clinic encounter in which a provider tried to steer her away from her needed medicines on the basis of possible effects on her future fertility.
- Which Women Matter? Ableism and Sexual Violence
From the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, on the very high rates of sexual violence experienced by women with disabilities, and the need to remember all women when thinking about sexual violence.
- Domestic Work is Real Work
by SKM at Shakesville, on the devaluing of domestic and caretaking work that is considered “women’s work,” from the perspective of someone with a chronic illness.
A few of the blogs by and for women on disability:
- cripchick’s weblog
- For Disabled Women (click through for blog)
- Frida Writes
- The Gimp Parade (with lots and lots of links to additional blogs on disability)
- The Life and Times of Emma: Writings of a WheelchairPrincess
- Screw Bronze!
- yet another never updated blog
There’s also a disability blog carnival.
For more on this topic, please see our list of recommended resources on disability, chronic illness and chronic pain. Please feel free to suggestion additional blogs and resources in the comments as well!