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A Year of Political Firsts

Tammy Duckworth at Democratic National Convention

The election cycle for 2012 may have seemed like it went on forever, but it did bear some pretty amazing fruit.  On January 21, 2013, a record 20 female United States Senators will be sworn in, along with another record 77 female United States Congresswomen.  Incoming freshmen Senators will continue reading…

Sometimes The Fight Outlives The Fighters…

We Are Malala

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousufzai is a 14-year old Pakistani activist whose only crime was wanting an education.  On October 9th, Malala was shot twice, once in the head and once in the neck, in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.  In spite of a fatwa issued by a group of 50 Islamic clerks in Pakistan against those who tried to killer, the Taliban has reiterated its intent to kill Malala and her father, Ziauddin.

In spite of her young age, Malala is an experienced activist, coming to prominence continue reading…

International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl October 11 2012

Happy Girl Day!

Today, October 11, 2012, is the first observance of International Day of the Girl.

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed the Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child, “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” 

The campaign to establish this international day was led continue reading…

Bully Pulpit

President Obama speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative

Bully pulpit:  A public office or other position of authority of sufficiently high rank that provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to.

 This is exactly what President Barack Obama did when he spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative this week, saying, “American tax dollars should never be used to support the trafficking of human beings.”  continue reading…

FORE! Well…Two At Least

Female golfer

Augusta National Golf Club, the private club that hosts the Masters tournament, recently added its first two female members, Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore. This 80-year old golf club has long been known for its restrictive membership policies, even excluding black members until 1990. In the last 10 years, the club had come under increasing scrutiny in regards to allowing female members.

Most recently, the issue of allowing the new CEO of IBM to be a member created a firestorm of negative media attention. The four previous CEOs of IBM were all granted membership, but the appointment of Virginia Rometty, the first female CEO of IBM, created a public relations conundrum, especially in light of IBM being one of the three principle sponsors of the Masters.

In spite of negative press, Augusta National Golf Club maintained that it was a private club and conducts business on its own terms. This could be why it was such a surprise when it announced it had granted membership to two women this past Monday.

Calling it a momentous occasion, Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez said, “It’s a big stepping stone for women in golf and for women in general because of what Augusta stands for.”

 

mr mom

A recent NY Times article highlighted a growing trend: stay-at-home dads. These men are not the stereotypical Mr. Mom-type dads. These are men who have embraced household challenges and bucked traditional gender roles while bringing a new perspective to parenting.

“Whoever has more time can take on the domestic role,” says Karl Taro Greenfeld, author of the new novel Triburbia. “There isn’t any shame or even any social awkwardness.”

This increase in fathers who have chosen to be the at-home parent stems from several current economic trends. Approximately 40% of women earn more than their spouses, and the economic downturn that began in continue reading…

Sex and the Single Girl

Helen Gurley Brown at Cosmopolitan Magazine

Before Carrie Bradshaw or Fifty Shades of Grey there was Helen Gurley Brown. Born in Arkansas in 1922, Brown was one of the original independent city girl. After graduating from Woodbury Business College in 1941, Brown began working at several talent agencies: William Morris, Music Corporation of America and Jaffe, but it was while she was working as a secretary at Foote, Cone & Belding that her employer recognized her writing skills and moved her to the copywriting department. She quickly became one of the highest paid copywriters of the 1960s.

In 1962, Brown published Sex and the Single Girl, an advice book that encouraged women to become financially independent and experience sexual relationships, either inside or outside of marriage. It was a tome and continue reading…

Profiles in Courage: Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison 2012 London Olympics Judo

A formidable judo competitor, the American athlete Kayla Harrison, became the first American of either gender to win a gold medal in judo competition. But Kayla also has an inspiring story of survival. Harrison was sexually abused by her former coach, Daniel Doyle, who pleaded guilty in November 2007 and is currently continue reading…

Profiles in Courage: Wojdan Shaherkani

Wodjan Shaherkani 2012 London Olympics

For some Olympic athletes, it is a risk to their lives simply to participate in The Games. Wojdan Shaherkani, a 16-year old judo competitor from Saudi Arabia, was one of two women selected to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her participation, however, has received fiercely divided feelings among Saudis.

Women athletes are continue reading…