Women and work are making headlines again. This past week, the news channels have all been flooded with the latest research from the Pew Research Center—a non-partisan fact tank that releases surveys and research analysis on American issues, and a benchmark source for information on changes in our society. Their latest report, released yesterday, found that a full 40 percent of American women are the "breadwinners" in their households....more
[Editor's Note: First Lady Michelle Obama was interrupted by a protester for LGBT rights at a private fundraiser Tuesday night, and according to the Huffington Post, she stopped her speech and told the heckler to stop or she would leave. Michelle Obama and #FLOTUS were trending on Twitter, with reactions divided between applause and criticism....more
Last month, I attended a LGBTA event at my college called "Out on the quad."It was mostly games and integration, but in the middle of the noise I managed to eavesdrop on a teacher being interviewed about the event. I missed the question but I listened closely to his answer: "It’s not the colors, it’s not the bubbles, it is the visibility. We are telling Brooklyn College that we are here."
Those words spoke to me.
When abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted, I thought that would end the debate over the lack of safe abortion care for women and why a monster like Gosnell was allowed to flourish for so long. Or that anti-choice conservatives would finally stop demonizing Planned Parenthood as some kind of abortion mill, when the majority of its work is providing preventive care and birth control.
In case you missed it, last week a coalition of women’s groups posted an open letter to Facebook asking the company to stop the proliferation of content that promotes violence against women on its site and to consider it hate speech. Led by Women, Action & the Media, the Everyday Sexism Project and writer Soraya Chemaly, the groups also urged companies to pull their advertising from the social media giant.
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the Working Families Flexibilities Act, a bill supported heavily by Republicans, who claim the act will help employees -- particularly working mothers -- find better work-life balance. But not everyone agrees....more
This morning we are so pleased to announce the Saturday morning Keynote at BlogHer '13 will be a one-on-one interview with Sheryl Sandberg. As COO of Facebook and the best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Forbes is stating the obvious including her on their just-released list of the most powerful women in the world. (#6 on the list, FYI.)...more
I've never been a competitive person. I know this is weird, since I'd say that most people are born with that gene, but I'm not one of them. I was never really big into sports growing up (I "played" soccer for a few years and basketball up until high school), and I think a good part of that was because I wasn't super competitive. Also, I was super shy and hated people looking at me and worried I would mess up and be hated. Yeah, it was awesome.
A while back I heard about a book titled, "Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self." The book contains letters written by celebrities and leaders. I was curious about the book and planned to get a copy (I haven’t yet) and I thought about penning a letter to my sixteen-year-old self. But the thought sort of frightened me so I pushed it to the "maybe I’ll do this later" file of my brain and quickly forgot about it. Then this past week, two different incidents brought the idea front and center.