In this week’s Wednesday 5: the growing problem of human trafficking; a fitting tribute to Billie Jean King; 95-year-old master yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch shares her thoughts on aging; a new website tracks the number of women writing for The New York Times; and Sonia Sanchez, poet and activist, celebrates her 79th birthday! 



Stopping Human Trafficking

According to the Stop the Traffik organization, every year, thousands of women are promised a dance career in Western Europe. Instead, many of them end up trapped in red-light districts. And the problem is increasingly getting bigger. The number of people impacted by human trafficking is estimated to be in the millions. Watch the video below to see how women are using Amsterdam’s Red Light district to raise awareness to stop sex trafficking.



Billie Jean King

As we say goodbye to another riveting year of the U.S Open, PBS’s American Masters will, for the first time, profile a sports figure—Billie Jean King, regarded as the single most important female athlete of the 20th century. The documentary (premiering Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 8 p.m. on PBS; check local listings) will honor the 40th anniversaries of the Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs “Battle of the Sexes” match and King’s founding of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in 1973. The film is a fitting tribute as King turns 70 this year.



Master Yoga Teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch at 95

What does 95 look like? For Tao Porchon-Lynch,  who has been doing yoga for 70 years, 95 means teaching yoga and competing in ballroom dance! This month she is featured in Yogi Times and shares her thoughts on the No. 1 question she is asked—her age.

When asked what propels her “to keep moving forward at this age?” she responded: “I don’t look at age. There is no such thing as age. I feel that if I teach people NOT to have fear but to find strength from within themselves, they themselves will experience the power in everything.”



Want to See More Women Writers in The New York Times?

A new website, launched by Andrew Briggs, tracks the daily number of stories in The New York Times written by men and women. Simply titled Who Writes for the New York Times, the site tabulates, in real time, how many men and women have bylines that appear on the newspaper’s online front page. On why he created the site, Briggs recently told Ms. Magazine:

The monolithically male voice of The New York Times is something we all need to talk about. The site acts as a daily reminder that the . . . voices who speak to us represent a very small slice of the pie . . . I would like to see more women featured by The New York Times, and the system will know if and when that happens. More than that, I would like to see more investigation into and discussion about the mechanisms that define what we consume. Decisions are being made for us and, generally, I don’t think we ask “Why?” enough.




Happy Birthday, Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez, renowned poet and activist and first Poet Laureate of Philadelphia , turned 79 years old on September 9. Of her work, Maya Angelou says, “Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature’s forest. When she writes she roars, and when she sleeps other creatures walk gingerly.” In tribute, we share with you Sanchez’s reading of “Poem for Some Women.” 


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