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Updated: February 17, 2018
- The White House Immigration Framework Hurts Women - As part of the debate over how to provide protection to Dreamers the Trump administration has proposed a draconian “framework” on immigration that would radically reshape future immigration. This framework has now been turned into legislation by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), in the Secure and Succeed Act. New analysis finds that the Trump-Grassley legislation will significantly reduce opportunities for women to immigrate to the United States and will disproportionately affect immigrant women in their prime working age.
- Women, Minorities Are Still Underrepresented on the Boards of Social Media and Tech Companies - As technology companies gain in societal influence (not to mention revenue), having a diverse board (one reflective of society, generally, as well as their user bases, specifically) can benefit not just shareholders, but also the companies’ products. A company like Facebook, which touches two out of every seven people on the planet, or a company like Apple, which in 2016 claimed that the total number of Apple devices eclipsed 1 billion, should have a diverse board to help guide the company on everything from product development to hiring practices. One way to improve diversity is through hiring practices, but another is through direct investment. State Street Global Advisors, for example, gave investors who are proponents of companies with more female leadership the opportunity to put their money where their mouths were when it launched the SPDR SSGA Gender Diversity Index ETF in March 2016. The exchange-traded fund is made up of “listed U.S. large capitalization companies with the highest levels within their sectors of gender diversity on their boards of directors and in their senior leadership.”
- Hating "Twitter Feminism" Means Excluding Young Women From the #MeToo Conversation - Social media may be reactionary, but it's the way an entire generation talks about women's rights. If those like Katie Roiphe don’t stop and consider how feminism is transforming discourse through social media and withhold their self-righteous reservations about a method that evidently is not benefiting their own individual careers, then this communicative impasse will continue. As we forge ahead with the #MeToo movement, it's crucial to respect the ways past and future generations talk about feminism. To dismiss the conversation of the millions of women on Twitter is to weaken ourselves.
- If Immigrants Are Pushed Out, Who Will Care for the Elderly? - One in four of the direct-care workers in the nation’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home care agencies are foreign-born, according to an analysis of census data by P.H.I., the New York research organization. Mostly what drives the labor shortage is long-term demographic change. Older people are living longer, most developing chronic diseases and disabilities; the sheer numbers of baby boomers further increases the demand for assistance. But the population of working-age women, who typically provide care both paid and unpaid, has shrunk — and they have more career options than they once did.
- Sen. Tammy Duckworth is pregnant; would be first senator to give birth in office - "Bryan and I are thrilled that our family is getting a little bit bigger, and Abigail is ecstatic to welcome her baby sister home this spring," she said in a statement. "As tough as juggling the demands of motherhood and being a Senator can be, I'm hardly alone or unique as a working parent, and Abigail has only made me more committed to doing my job and standing up for hardworking families everywhere." She is one of only 10 women who have given birth while serving in Congress. Her office told CNN she is due in late April.
- There’s a huge gender component to income inequality that we're ignoring - Perhaps the most crucial fact highlighted in the report is this: "Women provide $10 trillion in unpaid care annually to support the global economy." "Women are the big losers in the global economy, often trapped in the worst jobs, frequently because they are providing vital unpaid care to their families and communities," the report says. "The highest earners and wealthiest people – often the same people – are predominantly men." One especially troubling aspect of rising inequality, says Oxfam, is that it appears related to hereditary and monopolistic forms of wealth, not productivity gains. "There is mounting evidence that the current levels of inequality are not the result of effort and risk-taking, but rather windfall income that does not reflect productive activities, which economists call 'rent,'" the report says.
- Amendment Would Add Gender Protections To The Constitution - The amendment was previously announced part of a package of sexual harassment measures Cuomo unveiled several weeks ago. Specifically, it adds “sex” to the list of protected classes that currently include race, color, creed and religion. A constitutional amendment must be approved by two separately elected sessions of the Legislature and then goes to voters in a ballot referendum. The amendments proposed this year could be before voters as soon as 2019.
- New Zealand’s prime minister is pregnant. ‘I am not the first woman to multitask,’ she says. - Now, she wrote in a social media post, the couple will be “joining the many parents out there who wear two hats. I’ll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be ‘first man of fishing’ and stay at home dad.” He is the host of a television show about fishing. Ardern, who is New Zealand’s third female prime minister, will become one of the few elected leaders in world history to hold office while pregnant, according to Reuters.
- Gender Bias, by the Numbers - New study says economics textbooks underrepresent women in both real-life and imagined examples -- and that fixing that could help attract more women to the field. A study of leading introductory economics textbooks, presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, found that three-quarters of the people mentioned in the books (77 percent), real or imagined, are male. Some 18 percent of mentions are female and 5 percent are gender neutral. The real-life economists mentioned tend to be men, but not because they’re key historical figures, according to the study. And when these textbooks do mention women in relation to economic principles, they’re more passive than their male counterparts and more likely to be involved in food, fashion or household tasks. Men are more likely to be appear in relation to business or policy.
- The Secret to Wealth and Prosperity for Any Society - Making sure parents get to decide when they want to have children is a proven strategy for communities' well-being. Poverty is a complex equation. But if current policies and cultural trends continue, the good news is that the reproductive empowerment factor is changing, and not just in Cascadia. According to Pew Research Center projections based on recent trend lines, by 2060, American women from four major demographic groups—black, white, Hispanic and Asian-American—may have approximately the same stable near-replacement birthrate, a sign that parenthood is more often becoming an intentional choice and less an unexpected circumstance.
- What Is Power To The Polls? The Women's March Anniversary Event Aims To Mobilize Progressive Voters - Last year, a total of 672 other sister marches in all 50 states and 32 countries were held on Jan. 21, according to Newsweek. On that day, women and allies alike came together to send a clear message: We will not stand by idly while the President of the United States attempts to roll back coverage for essential healthcare, take away power over our own bodies, and strip us of our dignity. For 2018, the Women's March will continue to send a similar message. Additionally, the event will serve as a kick-off for a "national voter registration tour" targeting swing states, registering first-time voters, and helping get progressive women elected to office, the publication reported. And it's all going down this coming weekend.
- Why we need another women's march - In ways we’ve never witnessed before, the past year has exposed ugly attitudes and behaviors that jeopardize women in all aspects of life. Last year’s women’s marches helped unleash the energy that made 2017 so remarkable. The solidarity the marches helped to forge contributed to the #MeToo movement, to the push to get more women in elected office, to a wider awareness of the discrimination and abuse women face in every realm. The women’s marches that will happen around the country on January 20 aren’t only on behalf of women. They’re for everyone who believes in equal rights and opportunity, in equal dignity, for people of all kinds. They’re for everyone who believes in the fierce urgency of now and in the power of soul force.
- What Will Women Lose If Unions Fail? - Women benefit greatly from union membership. They see roughly 30 percent higher pay than women in non-union jobs, where men see roughly 20 percent higher pay. There’s also less of a pay gap. Women in unions earn 88.7 cents for every dollar a man earns, well above the roughly 80 cents on the dollar that is the overall gender pay gap. The undermining or demise of public sector unions in particular would also hit people of color hard. Where one in six white workers are public sector employees, one in five African-American people are. The public sector is the largest employer for Black men, period, and the second largest for black women.
- The Surprising Ways Voter Suppression Particularly Hurts Women - Women face more obstacles to voting than men do. Voter ID laws alone account for an estimated 34 percent of women who could be turned away from the polls for not having the right documents, according to the National Organization of Women. Because 90 percent of women change their names when they get married, they often have different names on their identification documents. America can’t say it guarantees the right to vote to all citizens, if at least 50 percent of its people face more obstacles than their male counterparts.
- DeRosa, Hochul roll out Cuomo's 30-point 2018 NY women's agenda - Two of the most powerful women in New York state government unveiled Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 30-point plan to address issues ranging from child care and equal pay to contraception coverage and maternal depression. "Yes, 2017 was the year when women spoke up," DeRosa said. "But 2018 needs to be the year when society responds."
- We Must March. But We Must Also Organize Locally - It’s time for a different approach. Instead of organizing for a one-off event—like a march or an election—we need to organize sustained, locally rooted, empowered, and connected groups. Members of these independent, locally rooted groups may choose to leap into the midterm elections—there are good reasons to do so! But the groups that build local infrastructure at the same time can do so much more. They can build a pipeline to recruit and encourage truly progressive candidates of all races and backgrounds, men, women, LGBTQ. They can distinguish between those with an authentic concern for the common good and opportunists. They can hold their representatives accountable. And local groups can build power beyond elections. Because we have a lot of work to do to reinvent our broken systems and reweave the fabric of our communities. Local groups are our best hope for undoing the damage and building anew.
- Melinda Gates: It's Time for a New Era for Women - Not only do women’s movements bring a sense of urgency to the work that they do, their deep knowledge of the customs that shape their communities offers important insight into solutions. When development policies are set from the top down, even though they may be well-intentioned, their impact doesn’t always reach everyone equally. Women’s organizations help drive progress that is more inclusive and sustainable. What makes their track record even more remarkable is that many local women’s organizations are running on a median budget of just $20,000 a year. Considering their enormous potential to make life better for all of us, I think it’s time we give them a raise.
- You Don’t Need a Daughter to Want a Better World - A woman’s value doesn’t derive from her status as a mother. We are entitled to rights and liberties by plain virtue of our humanness. If 2017 began with women marching for their daughters and ended with a tidal wave of female rage directed at predacious men, perhaps 2018 should be the year women resolve to go after what we want and deserve — simply for us. Imagine what could be if we did the same things we say we do for our daughters out of our own self-interest. We should treat ourselves with the love and adoration we bestow on our girls and start demanding what we actually want, right now. We should learn to feed ourselves first.
- Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan - Called Time’s Up, the movement was announced on Monday with an impassioned pledge of support to working-class women in an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business, many of them A-listers. The group is one answer to the question of how women in Hollywood would respond to cascading allegations that have upended the careers of powerful men in an industry where the prevalence of sexual predation has yielded the minimizing cliché of the “casting couch,” and where silence has been a condition of employment.
- The Silent Rise Of The Female-Driven Economy - Women represent the largest disruptive force in business? — ?and the business world is unprepared. Currently we are the largest unserved market in business. Women are the single largest productive economic force, and drive almost every economic indicator for businesses. But that’s not the impression we get when we read economic data or view advertising.
- The Silent Rise Of The Female-Driven Economy - Women represent the largest disruptive force in business? — ?and the business world is unprepared. Currently we are the largest unserved market in business. According to some estimates, women control 85% of consumer spending in the U.S. Why? Because your average woman makes purchases for herself, her husband or partner, her children and also her elderly parents. Women make 70% of major financial decisions for themselves and their families, everything from auto, home, and investment. In the U.S. alone, women control $14 trillion in assets or roughly 60% of personal wealth, which is expected to climb to $22 trillion in 2020. Globally, women control $36 trillion in total wealth.
- Jim Henson Co.’s new TV show to feature empowering female superheroes - The Muppets creator is planning an animated TV series and related action-figure line built around seven female superheroes with names like Courage, Mastery, Honesty and Wisdom. “Every day in the news, women are coming out with their stories of feeling harassed or persecuted,” said Halle Stanford, president of television for Jim Henson. “Everyone is saying ‘MeToo’ and, we are talking about how we can heal the situation.” The Muppets creator inked a deal to develop the TV series with IAmElemental, the New York toy company that created the 4-inch action figures three years ago. Each of the characters is imbued with a unique special power.
- Women's ideas don't get the same credit as men's, study shows - Women are given less credit for their ideas and are less likely to be selected for leadership roles than men, says Science Daily, citing a new study from the University of Delaware. When men speak up with ideas about how to improve their teams, they gain their peers' respect, the study found. Establishing a formal program in which influential leaders sponsor women to enhance their careers is another way to support gender parity in the workplace, Betty Spence, president of the National Association for Female Executives, told HR Dive. She also recommends that employers encourage men to sponsor women.
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Finally Recognizes Woman Who Practically Invented Rock and Roll - Tharpe’s first hit, in fact, was the transformed spiritual “Rock Me,” recorded with her soaring held notes and sexy growls back in 1938 – when the latter-day King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley, was still a toddler. Tharpe would later hire Grand Old Opry stars the Jordanaires to back her, years before they began working for Presley, who was her unabashed fan. “Elvis loved Sister Rosetta,” recalled the Jordanaires’ Gordon Stoker, especially her “incredible” guitar style. “That’s what really attracted Elvis: her pickin’. He liked her singing, but he liked that pickin’ first – because it was so different.”
- Poll: Discrimination Against Women Is Common Across Races, Ethnicities, Identities - Discrimination in the form of sexual harassment has been in the headlines for weeks now, but new poll results being released by NPR show that other forms of discrimination against women are also pervasive in American society. The poll is a collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. For example, a majority (56 percent) of women believe that where they live, women are paid less than men for equal work. And roughly a third (31 percent) say they've been discriminated against when applying for jobs because they are women.
- Being a Doctor Is Hard. It’s Harder for Women. - Female medical residents and physicians endure bias and a larger burden with home duties. They also face a greater risk of depression. Despite large increases in the number of women in medicine, female physicians continue to shoulder the bulk of household and child care duties. This unequal distribution of domestic labor is not unique to medicine, of course, but its manifestations are particularly acute in a physically and emotionally demanding profession with a lengthy training process that allows few, if any, breaks.
- There's proof: electing women radically improves life for mothers and families - When Iceland elected a female president in 1980, it set off a domino effect that turned it into one of the most egalitarian countries. In this small nation, there is a near-unquestioned conviction based on decades of evidence that electing women to positions of power benefits women and families. And at a time when American women, galvanized by the election of Donald Trump, are showing unprecedented interest in entering the political arena themselves, Iceland can provide both a roadmap and a promise for what’s possible.
- Time's person of the year is 'The Silence Breakers' of #MeToo movement - Time's cover story features some of the women who spoke out against Weinstein, the former Hollywood movie producer who resigned from his studio in October and faces more than 80 sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the 1970s.
- Program focuses on healthy relationships for 7th-graders - A group of Schenectady seventh grade boys dug into a pile of Lego blocks during a lesson earlier this week. Each block was labeled with a different relationship trait. Respect. Loyalty. Consent. Faith. Protect. Self-respect. Boundaries. Honesty. “Put the most important word on top,” a Planned Parenthood educator instructed the boys as part of a session at the Schenectady’s Boys Day Out Conference at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. The session focused on healthy relationships, inculcating the boys with lessons just as they start out in the dating game. The lesson, which has also been a part of the Girls Day Out Conference in recent years, comes amid increased attention to sexual assault — the importance of healthy relationships laid bare by daily news reports.
- Could the ERA Pass in the #MeToo Era? - A huge majority of Americans support equal rights for women. Is now the right time to get an amendment passed? Today, threats to women’s equality are, in many ways, greater than ever as women confront ongoing and perhaps even increased sexual harassment and assaults on their bodies and rights. An ERA could establish a constitutional foundation for challenging discrimination that threatens women’s health, safety and very lives. Moreover, an ERA would require that courts evaluate sex discrimination using the same high level of scrutiny that they apply to race discrimination cases.
- How some say this Washington Township school's dress code blames girls for boys' bad behavior - Some students and parents worry the message the dress code sends to girls is: Your body is a problem. Don't distract the boys. At a time of heightened national concern over sexual harassment, some are asking if school dress codes sexualize and objectify girls in a way that unfairly shifts blame onto them.
- Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination - The attack so far has seen the most success via executive order, but a vast swath of the public policies proposed or endorsed by administration officials attempt to scale back women’s rights. In this atmosphere, the Trump administration’s actions look remarkably like a real-time backlash to the growing assertion of female power. The assault on women began almost instantly after the primal female scream that was the women’s march in January.
- To combat climate change, increase women's participation - How can you beat climate change with only half the world's population? Gender was among the main side-topics at the UN climate summit in Bonn. DW spoke to women who intend to be part of the solution to climate change. "The issue of gender equality, women's rights and empowerment has really seen an increasing recognition — and that's very positive," Verona Collantes, intergovernmental specialist at UN Women, told DW.
- The Unequal Toll of Toxic Stress, How the Mental Burdens of Bias, Trauma, and Family Hardship Impact Girls and Women - Girls with unrecognized needs that sap their self-confidence and sense of self-efficacy may find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to acquire the skills that can lead to a future of opportunity. One of the first steps is idenitifying toxic stress in girls. Read more to see what steps policymakers can take to combat the "sexual abuse to prison pipeline" and toxic stress.
- Federal law enforcement has a woman problem - Police agencies are the most male-dominated part of the federal government — and that undermines their mission. It’s no surprise that more men go into law enforcement than women, but that doesn’t explain why the San Diego and Detroit police departments have more women on a percentage basis than the FBI. There seems to be something uniquely intractable about federal law enforcement, suggesting a problem beyond the simple math of gender equality. Combined, federal law enforcement agencies represent a police force almost three times the size of the New York City Police Department, with vast powers to arrest and detain civilians. The more skewed their demographics, generally speaking, the less effective they will be.
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