When Rush Limbaugh first began using the term "feminazi" in the 1990s, he said that it described "a specific type of feminist" and that there were "probably no more than 25 of them." However, since then, he has used the term as a broader slur to attack feminists, pro-choice activists, and progressive women.
What's the connection? We live in a sexualized society where the gap between fantasy and reality is vast and harmful.
"Women are aspiring to do great things in leadership, yet the glass ceiling is still there because of the way media depict women," director and activist Jennifer Siebel-Newsom said. "It influences our culture and dictates our gender norms and values."
Siebel-Newsom's documentary, Miss Representation, is the latest cinematic foray in the movement to challenge portrayals of beauty in "the media," a term used to describe all forms of mass communication, from the internet, TV, film, magazines, radio and advertising.
In Asia, as in the rest of the world, board composition concerns have shifted from independence, to competencies, to commitment, and now to diversity. There is an increasing recognition that boards need to incorporate diversity considerations―particularly with regard to gender―when appointing directors.
Partner Lisa-Marie Monsanto is among the 30 women being celebrated by the National Council for Research on Women for their efforts to advance women’s issues, promote women's leadership and change the way the world views women and girls.
Partner Lisa-Marie Monsanto is among the 30 women being celebrated by the National Council for Research on Women for their efforts to advance women’s issues, promote women's leadership and change the way the world views women and girls. The honorees were recognized at the NCRW's annual Making a Difference for Women Awards Dinner held March 6 in New York. The NCRW is a network of leading research, policy and advocacy centers committed to improving the lives of women and girls. Ms. Monsanto was nominated by her peers for her outstanding work promoting women's leadership in the United States and abroad. In addition to serving on Katten's Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Ms. Monsanto is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., a LEADer with Women’s World Banking and a member of the Leadership Circle of Women’s Foreign Policy Group. As a board member of The White House Project, she helped create its Washington, D.C. Leadership Circle, bringing together female leaders from the public and private sectors. Ms. Monsanto also serves on The White House Project's Corporate Council. Click hereto read more about the 30 Leaders Changing the Way the World Looks at Women.
“Women in the U.S. became 50 percent of college graduates in 1981,” Sandberg, 42, said at the Women in the World conference in New York. “In every industry, women have steadily made progress in the past 30 years -- except at the top, where, essentially, over the last 10 years, there hasn’t been progress.”
Sandberg has called gender inequality “this generation’s central moral problem,” citing the disparate amount of women with power both globally and in the U.S. The number of Fortune 500companies run by women fell to a dozen last year from 15 in 2010, according to the magazine’s rankings. In the U.S Congress, women hold just 89, or 17 percent, of 535 voting seats, data from the Congressional Research Service show.
Sandberg led a panel yesterday at the conference hosted byNewsweek and the Daily Beast that included Jill Abramson, 57, who replaced Bill Keller as the New York Times’ executive editor in September, and Gloria Steinem, the 77-year-old activist who spurred the contemporary women’s rights movement when she started Ms. Magazine 40 years ago. Cheryl Mills, counselor and chief of staff for Secretary of StateHillary Clinton, was also on the panel.
Abramson, the first female editor of the Times in its 160- year history, said she has been “obsessing” over how to ensure that young female editors or copy editors at the newspaper “get known.” Almost 40 percent of senior editors and managers in the newsroom are women, she said.
Representative Jeff Fortenberry, who has introduced legislation on the issue, acknowledged hesitation by some fellow Republicans to take on the incendiary issue. But he said a delay could give Republicans time to recast the issue as a question of religious freedom rather than women's rights.
"We'll keep trying to appropriately frame the debate about this core American principle," Fortenberry said.
Representative Pete Sessions, who heads the House Republican campaign committee, said party leaders are not backing off. "We're not hesitant to do anything," Sessions said. "The successful rain dance has a lot to do with timing."
House Republicans have taken a cautious approach after the Senate, mostly on party lines, rejected a measure that would have allowed employers with moral objections to opt out of birth control coverage and other services.
A study released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation shows that "user entrepreneurs" have founded more than 46 percent of innovative startups that have lasted five years or more, even though this group creates only 10.7 percent of U.S. startups overall.
Women now control more than half the spending power in the U.S. So why is venture capital—the engine that powers innovation—so cold to their ideas? A panel of women entrepreneurs addressed the problem at the summit.
“One of the biggest problems is that there are just no women in the rooms where the decisions are being made,” said Susan Lyne, CEO of Gilt Groupe. “It’s simple calculus," said Lyne, who formerly ran Martha Stewart's OmniLiving Media and is now readying Gilt, a flash sale intenet site, for an IPO. “If you have a room filled with men, the ideas they’re going to want to finance are the ideas that appeal to men.”
Candace Browning, head of global research for Bank of America, called such thinking “completely out of touch with the reality.” A report she recently released advised clients to invest in businesses that harness the purchasing power of the 30- to 39-year-old women and women in the 60-plus age bracket. “That is where the growth really is."
Amanda Steinberg, CEO of DailyWorth, a firm that aims to be a Kiplinger's for women, said she had raised $3 million to finance her efforts, $2 million of which came from women who had never before invested in a start-up.
AIDS experts at Johns Hopkins say they are surprised and dismayed by results of their latest multicenter study showing that the yearly number of new cases of HIV infection among black women in Baltimore and other cities is five times higher than previously thought. The data show that infection rates for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, among this population are much higher than the overall incidence rates in the United States for African-American adolescents and African-American women.
The data come from an ongoing, larger series of studies supported by the HIV Prevention Trials Network, and reflect testing and analysis of at-risk women in six urban areas in the northeastern and southeastern United States hardest hit by the global AIDS epidemic. The so-called “hotspots” are Baltimore; Atlanta; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Newark, N.J.; and New York City. Researchers plan to present their findings March 8 at the 19th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle.
Specifically, the team found that among 2,099 women ages 18 to 44, 88 percent of whom were black, 1.5 percent (32 women) tested positive at the outset of the study, even though they all thought they were negative. Among those who initially tested negative for HIV, the rate of new infections was 0.24 percent within a year after joining the study. Some 215 study participants came from Baltimore.
Experts say this rate of infection, or seroconversion, is five times previous estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overall for African-American women.
According to a new study from the Federal Reserve, due to be published shortly, between 1993 and 2006, there was a decline in the workforce of 0.1 percent a year on average in the number of college-educated women, with similarly educated spouses.