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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…

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.”


Basketball Diplomacy?

Title IX basketball diplomacy

In the 1970s, there was ping-pong diplomacy…today, there is basketball diplomacy. This week, former WNBA players Tamika Raymond and Keisha Brown are traveling in Shenyang, China, leading several basketball clinics and life skills discussions with girls in under-served areas. In addition to promoting the importance of health, wellness, leadership and teamwork, they will also discuss how Title IX has empowered a new generation of women and girls through sports. continue reading…

A Seat at the Table

U.S. President Obama listens to German Chancellor Merkel following the G8 summit in Camp David

This phrase has been a common thread lately, as President Barack Obama used this in his recent commencement speech at Barnard College, and is continuing to use this message at the recent G8 summit.

Mentioning “female empowerment” in the same sentence as the European debt crisis and the continuing conflict in Afghanistan signals a shift of this issue from marginal to center stage. And not just center stage, but an international center stage.

The President spoke at Camp David, where the G8 talks are being held, saying, continue reading…