Thursday, 30 July 2009

‘Pakistan facing challenge of creating active role for women’

Pakistan is facing the challenge of creating active roles for women in the economic sphere, as the opportunities to create leadership for women entrepreneurs are manifold, participants in a conference on ‘Women Leadership’ said on Thursday.

Woman's Struggle in South Sudan

POLITICS-SOUTH SUDAN: Women Ready To Take Their Place

President Obama Gives the Girls a Chance
In March, President Obama launched The White House Council on Women and Girls, a council devoted to ensuring the equal and fair representation of women. And to make sure that this new group is run effectively, the President has put women in charge! Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett will chair the Council, while Director of Public Liaison Tina Tchen will act as Executive Director.

"Ever since I was a little girl, I declared myself the equal of boys. I never believed that a boy could do something better than me, and it became my small mission in life to prove any boy wrong when he said that he was better."

- Kate Oncken "ChickSpeak"

Young women are encouraged to be cardiologists

The cardiology program is one of four science academies held by the Women’s Health Science Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

The goal of the newest academy is to make cardiology, a specialty dominated by men, more accessible to young women, said Dr. Martha Gulati, associate director of the center for women’s cardiovascular health at Northwestern Memorial. “There’s a myth out there that being a woman precludes you from being a cardiologist,” she said.

Although the number of women in cardiology has nearly doubled in the last decade, women still make up less than 20 percent of all cardiologists, the American College of Cardiology’s Women in Cardiology Council said.

Philanthropic Giving by and for Women on the Rise, Study Finds

Foundation giving specifically targeted to benefit women and girls has surpassed the rate of overall foundation giving in recent years, and women's funds are a rapidly growing and influential force within philanthropy, according to a new report jointly released today by the Foundation Center and the Women's Funding Network.

Women not only stepped up, but individually said, "I Ran" for freedom..

Writings and thoughts from E.J. Samadhi Whitehouse, author of Circles In The Sand

A Field Without Women

Today, we commemorate the 37th anniversary of one of our country's most important civil rights laws. The enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 banned gender discrimination from all education programs and extracurricular activities in federally funded schools. It was one very simple -- yet profoundly effective -- sentence that gave American women a new opportunity to aspire and succeed. The great legacy of Title IX is most often talked about in the context of sports. Before the law passed in 1972, girls made up only 7 percent of high school sports participants. Now, more than 40 percent of high school athletes are female. But its impact reached far beyond sports, from the academic to the arts and sciences, and even to the boardrooms of the Nation's top enterprises.

Is it really cheeky to be sexist?

Or the time the Globe published Christie Blatchford’s misinformed and deeply disrespectful article about sexual harassment. In the article, Blatchfored suggested that a young crown attorney, who was groped and kissed by a judge in an elevator and then -- not surprisingly –- pressed charges, simply didn’t understand the way things worked and should grow a thicker skin.

But this isn’t really about the Globe. Or even about the mainstream press. It’s about why we, as a society, are so tolerant of sexist behaviour, and so much less ambitious than we ought to be about creating an egalitarian society in which everyone is treated with the respect they need to thrive and flourish.

Why is it “cheeky” to be sexist and “shrill” to denounce sexist behaviour? It seems to me that it will be impossible to get rid of sexism if we are not able to call it wrong and make it unacceptable. And maybe that’s the unfortunate answer to why our society tends to downplay sexism and shame those who name it: we’re either in collective denial about the discrimination, or collectively committed to its survival. I think we can do better.

Women in Leadership -- The Most Underutilized Asset.

By Dr. Rick Johnson
Monday, 6th July 2009

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit that I am definitely a card carrying member of the Baby Boomers; I also admit that during my early career in the 70’s, I could have undoubtedly been considered a poster child for the “Male Chauvinistic Pig” movement.

However, experience and maturity have taught me a great lesson regarding leadership and the abilities, intelligence and values of the female employee. Today, I firmly believe that women in the workplace are the most under utilized asset this country has.