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Updated: November 12, 2017
- Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents. - Even progressive spouses don’t divide burdens equitably. The children notice. While modern men and women espouse egalitarian ideals and report that their decisions are mutual, outcomes tend to favor fathers’ needs and goals much more than mothers’. The result of this covert power imbalance is not a net zero. A growing body of research in family and clinical studies demonstrates that spousal equality promotes marital success and that inequality undermines it. And the disparity creates not only undue emotional, physical and financial strain on mothers, but also perpetuates attitudes about what is and should be acceptable — or even desirable — between a woman and a man, with children as their eager audience. Ideals are no substitute for behavior.
- Lt Gov says women have a ways to go - New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, is marking the 100 year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state. But, as Hochul told Karen DeWitt in an interview with public radio and tv, women still have a ways to go to gain true equality.
- It's getting even harder to be a woman - The World Economic Forum says in a new report that "equality is in retreat" for the first time since the group starting tracking the issue in 2006. The organization described 2017 as "a bad year in a good decade," noting that the global gender gap will take exactly 100 years to close at the current rate of progress. Last year, the forecast was for 83 years. The timeline is even worse when the researchers looked at just economic inequality. That gap will take 217 years to close if the current slow rate of progress continues. According to the report, no country has achieved gender parity when it comes to economic opportunities and work. That means women the world over are paid less and have fewer opportunities at work than their male counterparts.
- Women’s Whisper Network Raises Its Voice - “We’re in this interesting period right now, kind of a hopeful period, where having prominent people name and talk about harassment has put a heightened awareness of it on the table,’’ said Fatima Goss Graves, chief executive of the National Women’s Law Center. “When you have one person come forward, they become a huge target,” she added, “but when more people come out, it’s hard to go after all of them.”
- Women find sexism in male-dominated pinball — so they’ve started leagues of their own - Of the top 200 ranked players in the world, only three are women. IFPA President Josh Sharpe estimates that just over 11 percent of IFPA-registered players are female — though, he points out, that’s up from 8 percent when he began tracking the metric a few years ago. Unlike sports that can at least nominally attribute their gender imbalance to physical strength, pinball offers no gameplay advantage for masculinity. Consider, for example, that the most recent winner of the World Pinball Championships, Escher Lefkoff, was 13 years old.
- I’m 10. And I Want Girls to Raise Their Hands. - I suggested that we create a Girl Scout patch that would encourage girls to raise their hands in class and be more confident about using our voices. We decided to call it the Raise Your Hand patch. Its message is that girls should have confidence, step up and become leaders by raising our hands. As with every patch in Girl Scouts, you have to earn this one. To get it, a scout needs to pledge to raise her hand in class and recruit at least three other girls who promise to do the same. As of this week, troops across the country can order the Raise Your Hand patch. I’m proudly wearing mine.
- Trump to Appoint Anti-Feminist To Key Women’s Rights Position - Penny Young Nance has made her career standing in the way of girls’ and women’s rights. Nance is the President and CEO of Concerned Women For America (CWA), an organization whose mission statement says it “protects and promotes Biblical values and Constitutional principles” in America. The group is as far-right as it gets, and Nance is basically a bargain Phyllis Schlafly — a reactionary zealot getting rich by selling out women and giving the right cover for the right’s openly misogynistic, anti-LGBTQ agenda.
- Some 200 million women work without laws against sex harassment: study - More than a third of countries do not have laws against sexual harassment in the workplace, leaving more than 200 million women without legal protection on the job, according to a new study. Globally, nearly 82 million women work in countries without laws against gender discrimination in pay and promotions, said the study by the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
- How the U.S. Can Become a ‘Paradise of Gender Equa - “The Swedish social insurance system with paid parental leave and paid sick child care leave, enables women to be both mothers and professionals, and this is a result of the core policy of gender equality,” Halvarsson says. These core polices are supported by numerous equality act and anti-discrimination laws, such as the 2008 Anti-discrimination law (combining seven anti-discrimination laws into one), and an established Equality Ombudsman to enforce these laws.
- At Women’s Convention in Detroit, a Test of Momentum and Focus - Nine months after the Women’s March, about 4,000 people, mostly women, gathered in Detroit this weekend for the Women’s Convention, which was seen as an extension — and also a test — of the movement that grew out of those marches. For all the disparate topics at this meeting, one thread ran through them all: opposition to the Trump administration and a pointed focus on elections next year. In small rooms, speakers led detailed training sessions for candidates at all levels: how to get the vote out, how to give a campaign speech, how to register voters, how to run for office. “The goal here is for people to go back to their local communities and prepare for 2018 and to build power, register voters, engage more people, organize on a very hyper level,” said Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers of the Women’s March and of this convention, which leaders here view as the first of its kind since women met in Houston in 1977. “We’re excited to see what happens in 2018.”
- Teen Threatens to Shoot Cheerleaders After They Refuse to Send Nude Selfies - Why is gun violence so often targeted towards women? Since 2013 there have been 142 school shootings in America, where 73 students, faculty members, and administrators have been shot and killed and another 104 have been injured. This data was collected by Everytown, a non-partisan and independent organization that gathers data on gun violence and its causes. These weren't all mass shootings — specified by the FBI as the killing of four or more people in one time — but just hard data on each time a gun went off on a school campus. Of the incidents that were mass killings and the story from Idaho, there's one thing that comes up scarily often: hatred against women.
- Canning O’Reilly and other media men won’t change a thing. Here’s what would. - “It shouldn’t be forgotten that sexual harassment is often more about abuse of power than sex,” wrote former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who with journalist Jane Mayer chronicled Anita Hill’s sexual harassment claims against Clarence Thomas during his 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings in their book, “Strange Justice.” That kind of equity makes a difference. Having a critical mass of women decision-makers, rather than a token presence, allows ideas to bubble up and voices to be heard in new ways. This is, of course, true for racial diversity, too.
- Women's rights threatened by fundamentalism and the far right, study finds - The report notes that fundamentalist and extremist movements of all stripes reject notions of equality and the universality of human rights. For women, it states, this can translate to "modest dress" requirements, a lack of reproductive rights, threats of discrimination, or demonisation for failing to conform to gender stereotypes. "In the report, I talk about how every year thousands of Iranian women are reprimanded, arrested or prosecuted for the so-called crime of not wearing the hijab," Professor Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights and author of the report, said.
- Meet the Women Who Are Breaking Glass Ceilings All Over the World in When Women Rule - Women account for nearly half of the global population, but only one in four of the world’s current politicians are female. That number goes down to less than 7% when it applies to heads of government. In an effort to understand the structural, legal and social barriers women face when entering public life, the Thomson Reuters Foundation followed three women who went against the grain to become politicians in the documentary When Women Rule.
- Poll Finds Partisan Gap In Views On Gender Equality In The U.S. - Does the United States still have hard work ahead of it in enabling women to attain equality with men? The answer, according to a new large-scale survey, may depend on whether it’s coming from a Democrat or a Republican. According to Pew, Democrats are largely dissatisfied with the nation’s progress on this issue — 69 percent say the U.S. hasn’t gone far enough when it comes to giving women equal rights. Among Republicans, 54 percent say things are about right; only 26 percent say the country has more work to do.
- Workplace sexual harassment reports down despite uptick in media - According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 6,758 sexual harassment claims were filed in 2016, which is down from the 7,944 cases that were reported in 2010. However, overall sex-based harassment charges are increasing, the EEOC reports. In 2016, there were 12,860 cases reported, which is a slight uptick from 2010 at 12,695 cases.
The reason says the CEO of American Association of University Women (AAUW), Kimberly Churches, is that many workers are still afraid to come forward. “It’s difficult to judge as to sheer volume of sexual harassment cases as so many are afraid of retribution and don’t report the harassment they face in the workplace – so many fear losing their paycheck or career opportunities if they speak up,” Churches told FOX Business.
“I don’t personally know a woman who hasn’t faced sexual harassment at some stage of her career,” Churches said.
- A majority of Americans now say that sexual harassment is a ‘serious problem’ - A solid majority of Americans now say that sexual harassment in the workplace is a “serious problem” in the United States, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll — marking a significant increase that has coincided with a period when several high-profile harassment and assault scandals have unfolded. The steep rise in the number of Americans concerned about the issue is fueled particularly by younger adults and women with college degrees, the survey shows. The share of female college graduates saying sexual harassment is a serious problem grew from 47 percent in 2011 to 76 percent in the latest survey.
- #MeToo: Social media flooded with personal stories of assault - Social media has been flooded with messages, mostly from women, who tagged their profiles to indicate that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted.
- How 'MeToo' is exposing the scale of sexual abuse - The latest prominent hashtag, #MeToo, has been used more than 200,000 times since Sunday night.
- 26 Years Ago, America Started Talking About Sexual Harassment Thanks To Anita Hill - In 1991, sexual harassment was not a thing people were talking about ? until Anita Hill, a reserved law professor, testified to the Senate on Oct. 11 about what Clarence Thomas had done to her when she had worked for him. Thomas was up for a spot on the Supreme Court, and he had the full force of the Republican Party standing behind him. While women’s groups stood behind Hill, many men in the Senate ? at that time, there were only two female senators ? dragged her through the mud, questioning her credibility, whether she wanted it and wondering why she continued to work for Thomas if his behavior was really all that bad. Depressingly, those sorts of attacks are still pulled out when women today report sexual harassment.
- Boy Scouts will let girls in some programs next year - Embracing a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts. The announcement follows many months of outreach by the BSA, which distributed videos and held meetings with the Boy Scout community to discuss the possibility of expanding girls' participation beyond existing programs, such as Venturing and Sea Scouts. The Girl Scouts of the USA criticized the initiative, saying it strained the century-old bond between the two organizations. Girl Scout officials have suggested the BSA's move was driven partly by financial problems and a need to boost revenue.
- Meet The New York Times's First Gender Editor - On Tues., Oct. 10, the Times announced Jessica Bennett will serve as its first-ever gender editor, leading the charge in a new initiative to see the news through this lens. Even in a week when gender topped the Times's coverage through its investigation into the allegations against Weinstein, Jodi Rudoren, editorial director of NYT Global, tells Teen Vogue that Jessica's new role will connect the dots on gender coverage in an important way.
- Women Are Playing Today, and Leading Tomorrow - Beatrice Frey, sports partnership manager for U.N. Women, an arm of the United Nations that promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women, said her organization offers sports programs for girls in about 20 different countries. Those programs don’t just provide a physical benefit, she said — they’re also used as a hook to educate girls about gender issues, like domestic violence.In the past decade, Frey said, sports have been used more and more as a vehicle for many developmental objectives. “Sports in and by itself can really reduce social isolation, even more so for girls who feel culturally isolated, or are in poverty,” Frey said. “And then in certain countries, like Afghanistan, as an athlete you really have to challenge stereotypes and be even stronger and ready for criticism because of general bias. It’s sports that can give you even more strength and empower you to rise above.”
- Inspired or Frustrated, Women Go to Work for Themselves - An increasing number of women are starting businesses as a way to take control of their careers. In part female entrepreneurship is on the rise because gender equality efforts in the workplace to address issues like the salary gap and advancement to positions on corporate boards have stalled. “Women’s advancement in workplaces has flatlined,” said Ellen Galinsky, the president and a founder of the Families and Work Institute. “In the 2016 National Study of Employers, there are fewer U.S. companies providing paid family leave, and when you look at flexibility over all, there is less part-time work than in previous reports.”
- Sights set on 2018, the Women’s March is throwing a convention - When an estimated 4 million people turned up for the Women’s March protest in Washington, D.C., and 650 sister marches across the United States in January, just a day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, both participants and observers asked, “What’s next?” Nearly eight months later, the march’s organizers are planning a major follow-up event: a multi-day forum, called the “The Women’s Convention,” aimed at building support ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The convention is scheduled to take place in Detroit on Oct. 27-29. The convention is the latest high-profile effort to maintain the grassroots energy from the January march, which was likely the largest single-day protest in U.S history. Organizers expect 5,000 people will attend the convention; nearly 1,500 people have registered so far. The event’s website says the convention will focus on “working towards collective liberation for women of all races, ethnicities, ages, disabilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses.”
- Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive - Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the repression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom. Rights groups have long campaigned for the ban to be overturned, and some women have been arrested and jailed for defying the prohibition and taking the wheel.
- Parents provide more college support for sons than daughters - When it comes to their parents saving for college, boys might be better off.
Comparing families in which the children were all the same gender, a study from T. Rowe Price found that parents of boys are more likely to save for their children’s college than parents of girls. "Looking at the breadth of the results, it suggests there are some antiquated viewpoints on gender out there," Roger Young, a senior financial planner with T. Rowe Price, told CNBC. "Just take a hard look at your level of financial commitment and make sure you're not shortchanging your girls."
- Life Differences Make Women Less Risk Tolerant When Investing - Prior research has long shown that women are, on average, less risk tolerant in their financial decisions than men. "Simply telling women to be more risk tolerant is ineffective," Yao said. "In fact, it might encourage women to take more financial risks than they can tolerate, which could lead to more problems in the future. The difference in investment advice received by men and women requires further investigation, particularly given the new fiduciary standards for financial advisors." Yao's advice to women is to plan for income uncertainty by creating a financial strategy that fits their needs. For example, when anticipating child-rearing or care-giving periods in the near future, women can and should be more conservative in their investing. When those periods are coming to an end, women should work with their financial planners to make riskier investments.
- Celebrating new inductees to the National Women's Hall of Fame - Audio:
We're broadcasting from WEOS, Finger Lakes Public Radio in Geneva, and we're talking to the co-presidents of the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. On September 16, ten new women were inducted into the Hall. We hear about their achievements, the induction process, and the Hall's goal to renovate the historic former Seneca Knitting Mill as its new home. Our guests:
- Betty Bayer, co-president of the National Women's Hall of Fame
- Eileen Hartmann, co-president of the National Women's Hall of Fame
- These are the lifelong consequences of gender stereotype across the world - There is an explanation to gender stereotype across the world. At a very young age, people are forced to learn that girls always need to be protected while boys are strong and self-sufficient. As adults, they repeat the stereotypes with their own children, who also grow up thinking that boys are free to explore the world and girls must stay at home, according to new research by the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Known as The Global Early Adolescent Study, it revealed that boys and girls are taught these strict gender rules not only by their parents but also their siblings, classmates, teachers, coaches, guardians, relatives, and clergy. Robert Blum, who led the study, said the findings were very similar in both conservative and liberal societies, as reported by The Guardian.
- Safest Bet in Sports: Men Complaining About a Female Announcer’s Voice - “The negative online reaction to [Beth] Mowins’s play-by-play calling football games is steeped in sexism,” said Rebecca Martinez, who teaches women’s and gender studies at the University of Missouri. “The comments, mostly from men, have focused on her voice being annoying to the point of not wanting to listen to her. They’ll focus on the naturally higher pitch of women’s voices and ‘shrillness,’ all the while claiming their critiques of higher pitch have nothing to do with sexism. Women who have high visibility, particularly in settings that are traditionally male, will experience backlash.” The response to female broadcasters’ voices is not new. Sports are commonly perceived to be an arena for men — by men, of men — and anything that disrupts that makes some men uneasy.
- The End of 'Freshman' - Yale University will discontinue the terms “freshman” and “upperclassman” in its official documents, joining a widespread trend among institutions. Yale publications and communications will instead refer to “first-year” and “upper-level” students, according to university representatives, with the intent to phase out the older terminology by the 2018-19 academic year.
- Lena Waithe makes Emmy history - Lena Waithe has made Emmy history as the first African-American woman to win for comedy writing. She won for co-writing the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None” with series co-creator and star, Aziz Ansari, on which she also had a recurring role. The widely acclaimed episode was based on her experience of coming out as a lesbian. Waithe called out the importance of diversity in entertainment and the culture at large in accepting the award. She was clearly overcome with emotion. “The things that make us different — those are our superpowers,” she said.
- Ten women added to National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls - This year's hall of fame additions include: Victoria Jackson, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, Doctor Temple Grandin, geneticist Dr. Janet Rowley, Alice Waters, Marine Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, film pioneer Sherry Lansing, author and politician Clare Booth Luce, Olympic track and field star Aimee Mullins and former first lady of New York Matilda Cuomo.
- Study Finds TV Still Perpetuates A Whole Mess Of Gender Stereotypes - In her annual Boxed In report, Martha M. Lauzen of San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film looked at dramas, comedies and reality shows on broadcast networks, cable channels and streaming services. She tracked shows that aired between September 2016 and May 2017, which amounted to over 4,000 characters. Across all platforms, women on screen were more likely to play “personal life-oriented roles,” while men on screen were more likely to play “work-oriented” roles. In other words, according to Lauzen’s research, women are still playing more housewives, leaving men to play the business executive types. And while sometimes “life-oriented” roles might help a show make a point about gender inequality, as in Hulu’s “Handmaid’s Tale” adaption, it’s more likely those roles reinforce ideas about the things women and men are capable of doing.
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