What’s in…What’s out…1-26-18


What’s in…what’s out…this week…


What’s in….


The verdict is in…..A Providence Elementary school principal has been found guilty of failing to report to the RI Department of Children, Youth and Families a complaint by students of inappropriate touching by a gym teacher at the Harry Kizirian Elementary school. Violet LeMar, was convicted Monday of a single misdemeanor charge after a bench trial before District Court James Caruolo. She was sentenced to probation and community service in a sexual abuse facility. LeMar had said that she was not familiar with the law enacted in 2016 which requires reporting incidents of abuse to DCYF. She is the first to be found guilty since the law was passed. This decision certainly changes the way the school systems throughout the state will develop policy regarding sexual and physical abuse in the schools. Teachers and principals will have to be informed and educated about the laws regarding these matters, something that should have been done when the law was passed.

The Patriots are in….The New England Patriots are on their way to the Super Bowl. Kudos to Tom Brady, Danny Amendola and the entire team who rocked New England Sunday night. It was another nail biter but they pulled it through. Special thoughts go out to “The Gronk” who suffered a concussion and missed the rest of the game. Here’s hoping he’s okay to play in the Super Bowl.Go Pats!

In a recent Quinnipiac University National poll, 84 percent of voters say that the recent government shut down was not necessary while only 13% found it “mainly necessary”. The feelings were shared by both parties, with 89% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats saying it was not necessary to shut down government. This means the people are paying attention and will remember in November!

What’s out…

The Senate Paw Sox bill ..is D.O.A. In the House according to the speaker. The Speaker has stated that amendments are needed to make the bill better. A meeting in Speaker Matiello’s District had a turnout of about 60 people but it was invitation only. The speaker has said he wants the PawSox to hold open meetings throughout Rhode Island to let all the people voice their concerns. My guess is that the House will conduct Finance Committee hearings and come up with their own version of a bill with less obligation to the taxpayer. If not, the proposal will be back next year with limited time for review.


Larry Nassar, the former Olympic sports doctor, received his sentence of 40 to 75 years for sexually assaulting Olympic gymnasts. Over 150 women and girls have testified in court about being molested by Nassar. Showing no remorse, Nassar accused the presiding Judge of being too hard on him by letting all the victims testify. Nassar molested some of these girls when they were children and continually abused them. There is a special place in Hell for him and those like him.
These girls and women were brave and that is the true meaning of the “Me too” movement. Real courage is being brave enough to tell your story and expose the abuser so he cannot abuse again.


Candid cameras… smile you’re on candid camera…If you go through the City of Providence, you are already familiar with the red light cameras at certain intersections. We also have seen the addition of police body cameras. Now in the hopper Is the proposal for cameras for speed detection in 15 areas in Providence. One council person has also proposed cameras for schools to be used as a form of surveillance. The use of public cameras has become a way of surveillance in roads, highways and intersections. One could argue that it simply is really to generate more revenue to a city which is distressed. But cameras have begun to shed the light on traffic violators and can be a crime deterrent.
Like it or not the cameras are growing in volume and are here to stay.


January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month!

IMG_0690.jpg(January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month)


It’s hard to believe that it has already been nine years since the General Assembly passed laws to ban human trafficking and indoor prostitution.  Many people do not know the history of these two bills and just how important they are to Rhode Island.  It seems to be an all too common occurrence now, as we watch newscasts where sex predators are trafficking underage girls here for prostitution.  It’s hard to believe that our little state continues to be a haven for sex trafficking.

In 2007, I introduced the first piece of legislation in the House of Representatives to ban Human Trafficking.  This bill was in response to young girls being brought here to work in Asian message parlors.  They were promised lives of good fortune, careers and bright futures, but instead they were forced to live in one room cooking on sternos and sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Living conditions were deplorable. Pimps and managers was making a great deal of money on the backs of these young girls.

The first bill to ban Human Trafficking passed the House of Representatives but failed to  pass in  the Senate. I also filed a bill to ban indoor prostitution which met great opposition in the General Assembly.  I was accused of trying to stop women from making a living and targeting women unfairly.  That was never my intent. My intent was to stop a growing cancer I saw coming called sex trafficking which was targeting our young girls and young men right here in Rhode Island.

Within that year, more media coverage exposed the living conditions of these girls.  Many could not speak English and when interviewed by police, they were afraid to tell their stories. More and more massage parlors were popping up around the state.

At that time, no one really wanted to believe that Human Trafficking existed in our state. Along with the trafficking of young women came the act of prostitution.  The two acts usually go hand in hand.

Young girls are trafficked to places where they are forced into prostitution.  They are usually runaways, abused and homeless underage adolescents who are seeking a better life.  What they get in return for their services is a life of misery, sexual and physical abuse, disease and sometimes even death.Rhode Island was a safe haven for pimps, johns and sexual predators because of a loophole in the prostitution law.  And we were the only state to have this loophole and word quickly spread.

In 2008, we passed the first Human trafficking bill in the General Assembly to ban Human Trafficking in Rhode Island. But while that passage was hailed as an accomplishment, I found out that without a law to ban indoor prostitution, the human trafficking law was hard to enforce. Prostitution indoors was legal and only illegal outdoors due to a rewrite of the prostitution laws in the 1980’s which focused on outside solicitation of prostitution and did not give reference to prostitution indoors.

It was two days before Thanksgiving in 2008 when I received a telephone call from then Superintendent Brendan Doherty telling me how much we needed the indoor prostitution bill in order to enforce the Human Trafficking bill. Along with that telephone call, came a tremendous amount of support for passage of the bill from Colonel Doherty, Governor Donald Carcieri and  various law enforcement agencies.

Colonel McCartney of Warwick also was very supportive and told of the “Craigslist killer” coming to a Warwick hotel in an attempted plot against a massage therapist.  The State Police and Warwick Police testified at committee meetings, attended press conferences and verified what we knew all along. Sex trafficking in Rhode Island was growing because of the loophole in the prostitution law and we needed to stop it.  Support continued from the public, law enforcement and community groups such as “Citizens Against Trafficking”, started by Professor Donna Hughes and attorney Melanie Shapiro.
After much debate, a law banning indoor prostitution was passed in October 2009 as well as a amended ban on Human Trafficking. I also introduced a third bill to ban minors from working in the adult entertainment industry which was becoming a common occurrence in Providence. These three bills passed both chambers and were signed into law by Governor Donald Carcieri.

Even though the three laws passed, we realized this was only the beginning.  The Human Trafficking bill also created a task force made up of  general assembly members,  law enforcement, social agencies, trafficking advocate groups and state agencies including Human services and the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

One of the most important components of the task force was to promote public education and awareness is to warn parents about the dangers of the Internet and the use of certain websites and newspapers which advertise the sexual  services of young women and men.

More education is also needed for our young women and men who fall prey to these predators because they are uninformed about the dangers of sex trafficking. We also need  to ensure victims of trafficking are getting the services they need.
The bans on Human Trafficking and Indoor prostitution that passed are good laws but we need to always remember that laws are only good if they are implemented. Law enforcement must stay vigilant in their effort to stop sex trafficking. The focus needs to be not only on the pimps and traffickers but the johns who purchase the services of these underage victims and the landlords and property owners who permit these crimes on their premises.

Finally, the Providence police said one of the homeless underage victims that was trafficked here to Providence from Massachusetts and sold for sex told the investigators, “Today, Is the best day of my life…you all saved me. “They did save her and should be commended for acting swiftly and professionally in the continuing fight against sex trafficking.

We look forward to the day when there will be no more trafficking victims in Rhode Island and our young people can look ahead and not back to remember the best day of their lives.

What’s in…What’s out…this week,1-19-18



What’s in…What’s out… this week..1-18-18…State of the State, PawSox Fever, For love of money and more….


What’s in….

The State of the state address…by Governor Raimondo painted a rosy picture of Rhode Island’s status on Tuesday night. The Governor highlighted accomplishments such as road repairs, the car tax phase out and education improvements but did not share the credit with local officials or lawmakers. Her speech was upbeat and positive but made no mention of the UHIP crisis, the PawSox bill or possible financial deficits. Maybe she is waiting for her budget address to tell us all just how much the UHIP crisis has cost the state and how much of a backlog there still is. And just maybe we will hear an accurate economic forecast for this year’s budget. The economic engines are running and it seems like it will be a steamy ride into 2018.

The PawSox Bill….has passed the Senate overwhelmingly and is on its way to the House Finance Committee. As I write this, Speaker Mattiello is planning a closed Democratic caucus on Thursday afternoon to discuss the PawSox proposal. Will he or won’t he? Inquiring minds want to know!
Even though the speaker has publicly stated that his constituency is against the proposal, he still has to listen to the opinions of his rank and file legislators. Some unions have decided to boycott Matiello’s fundraiser and other legislators. This being election year, that will not sit well with some legislators who depend on union support. Do not be surprised to see a change of heart and a floor vote on this topic. It’s not over till it’s over, or until the fat lady sings as they say!

The Line item veto bill…got a standing ovation from Senate members when the Governor mentioned it during her State of the State speech.
Many Senators seemed to favor the line item veto even though it is unpopular in the House Chamber. Now we all know the House primarily sets the Budget initiatives and this is not a favorite budget item of theirs.
It seems the Senate and the House are having some power plays over who is in charge or should I say, “Who’s the boss”?

What’s out…

The “Me too” movement has changed its name to #nomore in an effort to show solidarity for women abused. We all applaud the courageous women who stood tall and exposed their sexual harassers and abusers. At the recent golden globe awards, women celebrities wore black to show solidarity. One has to ask where was all this support when some of these women who knew of years of continued abuse remained silent. The power of Hollywood to cover up for the rich and powerful is a long standing tradition. The years of silence and turning the other cheek cannot be dismissed because some of these women chose to wear black. There are still sexual predators there and some of these actresses are still working for them. So, let’s be real everyone and not fall for their act. I won’t be watching these actresses, producers and actors who condoned this behavior and remained silent for the love of money. And I think a lot of people feel that way and Hollywood knows it.


Will Tom Brady be sitting this Sunday’s big game on bench? ..he has been placed on the injury list for an injury on his right hand. Say it ain’t so Tom! The Patriots have been on a winning streak and we all have Patriot fever! So let’s wish Tom a speedy recovery and hope for a win! Go Pats!

Shooting at Providence Place Mall…In what appears to be sketchy details, we learned that Providence Police have apprehended a 17 year old involved in the Monday night shooting at the mall. A nineteen year old was shot in the leg outside of Nordstrom’s. It is a shame that we have to be concerned for our safety even in a mall. More security inside and outside in the parking lot is needed. There were young children and families there and shootings like this discourage people from going there. It is bad for the businesses, employees and people who enjoy the mall. Our city cannot endure this violence. It’s dangerous, it’s scary and it isn’t what we hope to achieve as a community.




Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative. She is a freelance journalist, consultant and writer. She has previously written commentary for the Providence journal, Golocal Prov and WPRO radio.

What’s in….What’s out…1-4-17, Happy New Year, Snowmaggedeon, UHIP…and more…


What’s in….

2018 came in with a full moon on Sunday night!….Happy New Year! Here’s hoping all your New Year’s wishes come true!

Arctic blast and “Snowmaggedon”…The store shelves are empty and the media hype is on. The Governor has asked everyone to stay home today on Thursday during this snowstorm. Freezing cold temperatures and high winds can make for a dangerous situation.  It looks like the rumors of a mild winter were highly exaggerated. Be safe and stay home!

The General Assembly is back in session!…With election year in the near future, this will be a very interesting year. Legislators will play it safe and put aside all controversial legislation in an effort to keep their seats.  This will be the “year of the women .”  More women are running across the country and little Rhody will see more women running for General Assembly seats. I predict the amount of women in the General Assembly will increase by 40 percent.

What’s out….

The UHIP crisis….The ACLU is suing the state of Rhode Island for the ongoing UHIP crisis. The most vulnerable of our citizens have been effected by this debacle. Look for another shakeup in this department. It’s been well over a year since this new computer system has been implemented and it hasn’t been successful yet. Meanwhile our seniors and needy are suffering due to mismanagement, poor leadership and apathy.  The shame of it all.

Crossroads has said they are increasingly overcrowded with homeless men, women and children during this cold freeze. This is a disaster in our city of Providence especially. I saw no press conferences addressing this or statement by city or state officials. While everyone is snug and warm in their beds, the homeless continue to roam our streets looking for refuge and a hot meal.  Let’s hope 2018 brings some change in policy that offers more help to them.

What’s in.. What’s out…12-28.. The Freeze,Bumper mania,Big Pharma,The Powermungers…

What’s in…What’s out….


What’s in….


Freezing cold temperatures…have blanketed the Northeast…make sure you take all the safety measures to stay safe. Bundle up your little ones and check on your senior family members and neighbors. Run your faucets a little to prevent freezing pipes. And if needed, there are plenty of community warming centers in each city. Stay warm and be safe!

Bumper cars galore! ….If you remember Rocky Point Park bumper cars, then you probably will get a jolt out of the new bumper car rentals at the Alex and Ani skating ring in Providence….Mayor Elorza was quoted as saying,“ This is the best thing we done”…… I’m glad he’s excited and wish the new venture well but let’s face it 2018 will be a bumpy ride in Providence.

Congratulations to new Council President David Salvatore on his new position! Here’s hoping for an open honest transparent council who listens to the community on a daily basis. That’s all the people really want is to be heard and respected. Kudos to outgoing former Council President Sabina Matos for her graceful transition.

Meghan Markle…rocks…She has broken all the Royal guidelines and has shown that you don’t have to have royal blood to be a “ Royal”. She tamed Harry who was always considered the wild boy of the Royal family and for that the Queen must be grateful. Here’s looking forward to a beautiful May wedding!

The Skyline New Years Eve Party!…Will rock Providence on New year eve with a dropping ball from our beloved Superman building! There are many efforts to demolish the Superman Building, but many of us who consider it to be part of Providence’s history and want it to stay! Our Waterplace Park will be the backdrop for the ball drop! Let’s hope they find a way to televise this for those at home!

What’s out….

Cancer …..In 1971 President Nixon declared war on Cancer…Here we are in 2017 and we still haven’t even won a battle, let alone a war! To the congressman who worry about taking your big donations from “big Pharma”or the “insurers”who won’t pay for “pet scans”,diagnostic tests and certain medications, I won’t be voting for you! I will check every elected official who takes money from these “parasites” who call themselves lobbyist and vote against them! Our family and loved ones are suffering people. Please wake up and vote against those who are keeping these parasites in business! Only then will we begin to see a change in our health system, if we stand against the elected officials who stop change!
It’s coming! I feel it!

The Me too movement! …many have admirably stood up and identified their sexual harassers in the Me too movement and I commend them for it. These were brave individuals who had the guts to accept the consequences for outing their abusers. To those who remain silent and won’t disclose names, I say that is your choice. But don’t expect to be a heroine or example to the millions of young girls watching. You are covering up for a reason! It’s ironic the same who remain silent want disclosure from everyone else but themselves.

Pay Equity and Work Equity…2018 coming and I see no change in our pay Equity and work equality system. How many of you women have had a great job and been let go because your boss didn’t like your political views or who you supported? How many of you have been let go because you knew your boss had a romantic thing with a co-worker and she didn’t like you? How many of you have spoken up and saw an injustice in the way you were treated and were let go? There are many jobs that have no protection or union agents to protect you from this injustice. While everyone is concentrating on the sexual harassment issues, let’s not forget the other underlying problem that exists in employment. That is the power of some individuals to punish you for your beliefs and your voice. And that my friends is a true injustice. Time to out these “ powermungers “ and end the cycle of injustice. Are you ready? Let 2018 be the start of change!



My Christmas Wish…



My Christmas Wish

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is here. After months of watching Hallmark Christmas movies, seeing decorations, and buying presents, the day is here. It seems to breeze by each year in a flutter with our hearts barely having time to catch our breath.

As I grow older, I think of Christmas past and all the memories we shared. Gone are the days of my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles sitting around the kitchen table on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Their stories of the way things were when they were younger intrigued us but we never quite understood what they were saying as they shared their memories of childhood days. Now we are the ones sitting around the table with the memories of “the way we were”. We understand the meaning and importance of family and being together. We long for the days of Christmas past where we were carefree children enjoying the season.

It is a much different time when we get older. We realize the loss of our loved ones and have to face the challenges of going on without them. We look at a world that is so different from years past and wonder if our children and their children will ever know what it was really like to share an old fashioned Christmas.

Memories of my aunt and mom cooking seven fishes on Christmas Eve where we all learned to eat fish . There was no saying “I don’t eat that or I won’t try that” at our family table. We grew up learning and sharing customs and embracing our Italian heritage. The feast of “ La Virgilia “On Christmas Eve was truly a feast we all enjoyed. Christmas Eve was magical and exciting because we were all together with my parents, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. There was always a special appearance by Santa who carried a pillowcase of gifts for everyone at the table with one condition. Each one of us had to sit on Santa’s lap to get our present.

After dinner we would all play Pokeno for pennies at the table. I can still remember my cousins counting piles of pennies. Desserts would consist of homemade pies and Italian cookies. The night would end with us going to midnight mass and we would walk there because the church was across the street from my aunt’s home.

Christmas morning we would awake to the smell of doughboys and meatballs frying on the stove. My mom’s coffee was like espresso, strong and smooth. After breakfast, we would open all our gifts and then have Christmas dinner and start eating all over again.

My sisters and I have kept our family traditions going all these years since our parents and family members are gone. A new generation of family members exists and they are learning the same family traditions that we were taught.

My Christmas wish is that they never forget their family members who passed on their heritage and that they know how lucky they are to have been part of a family who loved, honored and cherished each other. And I wish the same for all of you and yours. May your loved ones know the magic and love of Christmas!                       Merry Christmas!🎄


‘‘Twas the night before Christmas…” At the state house….


IMG_0056Twas the Night before Christmas,

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the State House
Not a legislator was stirring..
All were home with their spouse,
The stockings were hung in the State Room with care,
With hopes that Lobbyists would soon be there…
The Employees were nestled all snug in their beds,
With hopes that their pensions would not be dead…
While Gina in her Jeans, and Nick in his cap,
Had just settled down from making a toll both map…
When out on the House lawn there arose such a clatter,
The Capitol police were called to see what was the matter…
Away to the lawn they flew like a flash..
To make sure the Republicans weren’t making a dash…
The moon glowed bright on the new fallen snow…
Which revealed legislators who were in the know..
When what to their sparking eyes did appear,
Speaker Nick and those that were very dear…
More rapid than reindeer, his Faithful came..
The Police knew it was them, when he called them by name.. Now, Edwards, Shekarchi and Slater…
On Hull, On McNamara and Craven came later…
To the third floor, at the end of the hall..
Now dash away, dash away, dash away all …
So up to the third floor…
The team went…
To check out the budget…
And see what was spent….
And then with a twinkling..
They heard a patter…..
The sound of the Republicans to check out this matter…
Twas Morgan, Chippendale and Newberry….
Whose nose was bright as a bing cherry….
They were dressed in red from head to toe…
And with them was Kathy Gregg to check out the show…
The times are a changing Nick said…
We open our doors, no matter what’s said…
With a wink of his eye and nothing to dread…
He opened his doors and put out a spread…
He spoke not a word, but was Joyal….
With team on hand to be ever loyal…
The Christmas Spirit at the State House is alive..
Hope, Loyalty and Truthfulness is what the public will strive…
As we enjoy the season, let’s not lose sight…
Merry Christmas to all, see you election night!






What’s in…What’s out…12-1: The X- factor, Matt Lauer, Karma, Governor’s race and more….



What’s in…and out this week...


The X Factor…the termination of NBC Today host Matt Lauer…is the latest job termination in in a long list of accused sexual harassers. Let’s see, what do we call them sexual harassers or predators? These latest allegations leave us to ask , “Where in the world was Matt Lauer and what in the world was he thinking?” Of course he was not thinking at all because he would have thought of blowing his $25 million a year cushy job that most people would beg for.
News broke Wednesday morning live on the Today show when Savannah Guthrie tearily read a prepared statement from NBC stating the allegations. Savannah and Hoda Kobt were at loss for words, something you rarely see, as they talked about their colleague Matt Lauer. Interestingly enough, Savannah also expressed remorse for her colleague who she said had “ been brave to come forward and that she hopes for the best for her”.., leading me to believe Savannah knows the victim.
NBC has been in the forefront of the “Me too” hashtag campaign to out sexual harassment but in the last few days they have taken a closed attitude toward giving information about their workplace. No one has been off limits to NBC or their anchors but yet Matt Lauer enjoys the privilege of secrecy. In fact the most media coverage detailing any events at all happened to be in a “Vanity Fair article” detailing Lauer’s shenanigans. It’s no secret that Matt Lauer called most of the shots on the Today show. He got all the big time interviews and made the most money.
He certainly had enough clout to send Ann Curry packing in tears after her being there 10 years. In a statement to NBC, Lauer expressed remorse for his embarrassing actions to his loved ones , people he may have offended and to NBC.
Time will tell how many more will join the X factor club with Lauer and crew but know one thing. If you are in a position of power and you have abused Individuals for sex or any other reason, you should be shaking in your boots. None of you predators are safe anymore. It doesn’t matter if you are a star, a politician or a prominent member of society. So think twice before you make your moves or mistreat others. Karma really is a bitch and she is a woman.



The Political circle….Before we get into who’s in and out of the races for Governor …let’s talk about the money war chest..
Governor Gina Raimondo tops the list with almost $3million dollars. The rest of the contenders are scrambling to raise cash. Rep.Patricia Morgan has gotten off to a good start but still has a lot of catching up to do. Mayor Alan Fung may be raising funds but he will need more money than last election to beat an incumbent Democratic Governor. Joe Trillo is testing the waters to see where his support is and if the Trump factor can help him. Rhode Islanders are pretty independent in their voting habits and you cannot transfer votes. Chafee has an endless pocketbook if he chooses to run and probably the support of some East siders which can cut into Gina’s base. Gio Feroce has given every indication on social media of an intent to run and cannot be ruled out of the mix. I mean let’s face it, in this political climate, anything can happen. It all depends on what the public wants and who they trust. Let the circle of promises and hopes begin! I’m looking forward to a busy campaign cycle with a lot of surprise announcements! Stay tuned, it will be a bumpy ride!

What’s in…What’s out..11-17..The pervert list, Violence in Prov and more…



IMG_0056What’s in.. What’s out…

What’s in….

The Pervert list continues….The latest people accused are Senator Al Franken Senator Moore and actor Richard Dreyfus. Franken claims he was wrong for doing it and also apologies. He also called for a full investigation of his actions. Well, that’s unique. Meanwhile, Richard Dreyfus cancelled his comic-con appearance here in RI last week. He has said nothing on the issue. Senator Roy Moore has been accused by at least nine women of grouping and making sexual advances. Moore vehemently denies all charges and now his wife will speak out. The beat goes on…

Terror in Providence last Thursday…resulted in the shooting of one man and injury of a woman passenger. The Providence Police and the State Police used deadly force when a man in a white pick up truck would not stop his vehicle and used it to escape in a wild chase. This chase ended with the suspect ramming another vehicle to get away and police shooting for him to stop. The police have a tough job and their job is to protect. They were trying to protect the other vehicles on the scene which were hit.
Unfortunately, the suspect did not stop or get out when police told him to do so. A new councilwoman in Providence is calling for a review of the matter and police practices.

Former Judge Robert Flanders….has announced his candidacy for Senate against (his words) “ silver spoon Sheldon” on Thursday. Claiming to be from the working class, Flanders recalls being a dishwasher as well as other jobs to make a living when growing up. He says he will represent the working class. Flanders will be running as a Republican against Rep.Bob Nardolillo in a primary. The race is on and this will keep Senator Whitehouse on his toes!

What’s out….

More violence in Providence…A woman was killed by her husband this week and found by her children wrapped up in plastic in her house. Another domestic violence incident which sickens us all.
On Chalkstone Avenue there was a stabbing which resulted in death of man who was involved in a family disturbance. Stabbings, murder and beatings have been escalated in our city. Please stop saying they are isolated incidents in Providence because every incident is a tragedy. This needs to stop. And we all need to be aware of our surroundings and report any suspicious behavior.

Sexual abuse, harassment etc… While America listens to all the accusations and reality of the sexual disclosure of some of our most famous and powerful people, let’s not lose sight of another problem. For those who have been harassed and have come forward with your abuser, I say thank you for being courageous while others hid. Covering up your abuser is only letting him free to harm another.
But all this abuse of power for sex is not the only problem. How about the powerful who use their positions to advance themselves while putting down others. Taking credit for someone else’s work or making sure they are kept out of the loop. The powerful can abuse in more ways. In politics, in Hollywood and everywhere else, the people with power can make your life miserable by blackballing you from jobs, putting you down and demeaning your existence. Women have been victims of being in the background for years, while male counterparts have taken credit for their work, got raises, promotions and awards. The real injustice today is that women are still not part of the system in the way they should be. Some may disagree by saying they are. But they are fooling themselves. Equality is still a long way off.