Video @ 1:20: Watch Una Corbet discuss what was "No. 1 in the woman's work" in 1970s Ireland. -Free for use, Prelinger Archives.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards."
-Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc.
In the early 1970s, news consumers saw relentless reports about the bloodshed in Vietnam and one antiwar demonstration after another in U.S. cities. Rebecca Kennedy was one of them, whose television was a household companion while managing her daily domestic responsibilities. She wished there was a news service that provided antidotal positive reports to all the bad news and set out to create it with her kitchen-table publication, The Silver Lining News (SLN).
It was when society (and her husband) were still acting on the reverberations of old marriage bar laws.
SLN is living proof of a time when gender inequality didn't win.
But she held onto her dream and the vision that one day, the SLN concept would champion stories about positive change, and it does.
SLN is a portfolio of positive news or news that has the potential for a positive outcome in the future.
This site also holds a few contributions from a couple of friends whose work captures the SLN voice and some rare vintage public domain video footage to show the news that inspired Rebecca's publishing goals.
Una was accurate about that when it came to married women in Independent Ireland. Until 1973, independent Ireland enforced a marriage bar prohibiting married women from working in civil service roles outside the home. Marriage bar policies existed in the U.S., too, during the first part of the 20th century.
Connecting some dots from the Vietnam War:
The days after North Vietnam moved into South Vietnam on April 30, 1975, The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helped over 120,000 refugees restore new roots in America. According to IRC, It was the largest resettlement effort in American history
According to Bich Tran, Vietnamese people hold strong positive sentiments toward the United States, and many want to live and study in America. She reports that Vietnam is ranked sixth among source countries for international students, adding up to $1 billion annually to the U.S. economy. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), more than 21,600 Vietnamese students attend U.S. universities (before the Covid-19 pandemic, the number was over 30,000).
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"Disability Pride initially started as a day of celebration in 1990—the year that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. That same year, Boston held the first Disability Pride Day." - The American Bar Association
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) also includes accommodating Persons With Disabilities (PWD), who are among the most marginalized groups in Western societies, according to the International Journal for Equity Health. We use only sans serif fonts on SLN to make it accessible. to all.
An evolution of the "Lightning Bollt" Disability Pride Flag, which is safer for people with visually-triggered disabilities.