Phyllis Law - March 2020

6 Empowering Books About Girls to ReadWith Your Kids A Parent’s Guide to International Women’s Day

Fake IDs in 2020 This year, men and women around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day with lectures, panels, and marches on March 8, but have you thought about how you can bring the spirit of celebrating women’s rights into your home? If you haven’t planned a family activity around girl power yet, consider adding some inspiring tales of real-life women to your bedtime story routine. A few years ago for Women’s History Month, HuffPost rounded up 17 such books, and we’ve picked some of our favorites! If you’re on the hunt for reading material, head to the library and check one of these stories out. ‘Rad AmericanWomen A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History … and Our Future!’ by Kate Schatz This book explores 26 women of all stripes, one for each letter of the alphabet. Snag a copy to

share the stories of Billie Jean King, Rachel Carson, Sonia Sotomayor, and more with your kids ages 8 and up! For a similar read focused on incredible girls rather than women, check out “Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World” by Susan Hood.

‘Women in Science: 50 Fearless PioneersWho Changed theWorld’ by Rachel Ignotofsky This beautifully illustrated book reads almost like a collection of folktales, following the careers of women in STEM “from the ancient to the modern world.” There’s no better way to share the stories of brilliant ladies like Jane Goodall, Katia Krafft, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas with your kids. Check out the companion books about women in art and sports, too! This short book for 6–8-year-olds tells the story of Dolores Huerta, an often-overlooked American activist who helped lead the charge for the rights of immigrant workers. A teacher by trade, Dolores was inspired to become “a warrior, an organizer, and a peacemaker” by her students. Don’t miss this chance to share her tale with your little ones! ‘ Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers’ by SarahWarren clearly states, “It shall not be a defense to a violation of this Code section that a false, fictitious, fraudulent, or altered identification document contained words that it is not an identification document.” Before your kids leave to go out with friends, you may want to check their wallet. Of course, we want to respect the privacy of our kids as much as possible, but not at the expense of their freedom and their future. At PhyllisLaw. com, we help kids who make these mistakes, but we would rather they avoid them in the first place.

‘Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell’ by Tanya Lee Stone The title of this book says it all! In it, the author tells the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first

American woman to don the white doctor’s coat at a time when most girls were expected to stay home. This book is recommended for kids ages 5 and up, as is its sequel, “Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers?: The Story of Ada Lovelace.”

I am getting more and more cases involving teenagers in possession of fake IDs. I used to only see fake IDs in the college crowd, but now we are seeing high school students who have them.

thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon a

second or subsequent conviction shall be punished as for a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated misdemeanor.” Misdemeanors are punishable up to 12 months in custody and a $1,000 fine. High and aggravated misdemeanors are punishable up to 12 months in custody and a $5,000 fine. People convicted of high and aggravated misdemeanors are not eligible for “two for one credit” on jail sentences. That means, you would serve day for day of any jail sentence as opposed to getting “earned time for good behavior.” Many fake IDs have the disclaimer “this is not an identification document” in very small print somewhere inconspicuous. But the law

If your kid has a fake ID, they are most likely engaging in underage drinking as well. This should cause you concern. While it seems like “no big deal” to many kids, and to some parents, it is against the law. “Any person who is under 21 years of age” who possesses a fake ID “for the purpose of the identification being used to obtain entry into an age-restricted facility or being used to purchase a consumable good that is age-restricted, shall, upon the first conviction

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