Tag Archives: American politics

American electoral or legislative topics on issues aimed at men or women.

GOP Needs a Better Story for Women. Huckabee Thinks Female Candidates Require ‘a Sense of Pedestal’.

‘Boss Bill’ prevents employer’s religious beliefs from infringing on women’s health care decisions Legislative Gazette With the Women’s Equality Act stalled in the Senate Labor Committee, advocates want to ensure that the reproductive health rights secured by the …

Mike Huckabee Thinks Female Candidates Require ‘a Sense of Pedestal’ National Journal There’s good reason for Huckabee to have female politicians on the brain. …Huckabee is trying to convince female voters that it is Democrats, not …

GOP Needs a Better Story for Women The American Conservative During the CPAC panel, “Why Conservatism is Right for Women: How Conservatives Should Talk About Life, Prosperity & National Security” five …

Obama Targets Women’s Vote Ahead of Midterm Elections Wall Street Journal President Barack Obama has stepped up his fundraising for the midterm elections in recent weeks, headlining events in Boston, Washington and New …

The GOP’s Latest Effort To Win Over Women Voters Huffington Post A new Republican political action committee aimed at targeting female voters kicked-off its efforts in Texas on Wednesday, Politico reports. The PAC …

Male breadwinner and unpaid female bread maker?: Outdated Thomson Reuters Foundation In the world of work, the global unpaid daily labour of women caring for families – including children, the disabled and the elderly – across the life cycle …

Angela Rye Talks GOP War on Women w MSNBC’s Ed Schultz – YouTube

Obama rallies women lawmakers at forum The Hill (blog) President Obama will host women of Congress at the White House for a Wednesday meeting in the administration’s latest bid to focus attention on its 

Obama Meets Women Members of Congress Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 12: U.S. President Barack Obama attends a meeting with women lawmakers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House …

The real voting gap all about marriage Tyler Morning Telegraph “The leaders of the GOP just can’t comprehend that women’s circumstances … Fifty-three percent of married female voters went for Romney. Among …

Why Women’s Colleges Still Matter, and Attending Barnard Was the Best Decision I Ever Made Bustle Only 2 percent of women decide to attend a women’s college, and yet over 20 percent of the women in Congress are graduates of women’s colleges.

RedState Women Offers a New Voice in Texas Politics Gilmer Mirror RSW will play a major role in the 2014 general elections, as well as other key state elections in this and future cycles. The group will highlight the …

New Hampshire GOP Lawmaker Jokes About ‘Battered Women’: ‘I Still Eat Mine Plain’ Huffington Post Kyle Tasker (R) went on a public Facebook forum Monday and posted a sexually explicit joke about women who have been the victims of domestic …

GOP strategist: ‘No stupid comments’ about women MSNBC One of the panelists on a discussion conservative women in politics had a message for men within the party: no dumb comments this cycle and let …

Huckabee: How to Run Against Women Opponents Wall Street Journal (blog) Mike Huckabee delivers remarks during the 41st Annual Conservative … “I’ve twice run against women opponents, and it’s a very different kind of …


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How Conservative Media’s Slut-Shaming Helped Inspire Scientific Study. People ‘less apathetic’ to female leaders.

How Conservative Media’s Slut-Shaming Helped Inspire A Scientific Study Media Matters for America (blog) New research confirms that providing women access to free birth control does not result in women having sex with more partners — a false claim that …

A conservative ‘war on women’? That’s just silly Fox News The idea of a conservative “war on women” is as silly as the propaganda I was taught in college: Aside from sex organs, genders are exactly equal, …

Nancy Pelosi talks immigration and midterm elections 89.3 KPCC House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was in town recently, for last weekend’s Democratic Convention and to promote her Women’s Economic Agenda.

At Male-Dominated Conference, CPAC Women’s Panel Tries To Be Heard RH Reality Check  The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)’s only all-female panel took the stage Saturday, in the final hours of the final day of the …

The real voting gap all about marriage Tyler Morning Telegraph They’re so invested in being ladies, they don’t even talk like women. … Aside from being insulting to theconservative women at the conference, the …

Women and elections

Allende becomes first woman to head Chile’s Senate Global Times Isabel Allende, daughter of the late Chilean leader Salvador Allende, on Tuesday became the first woman to serve as president of the Senate.

Women voters will play decisive role in Indian elections Irish Times Women voters in India will play a decisive role in determining the outcome in the country’s general election, polling for which begins on April 7th.

Weak female turnout at EP chamber elections Saudi Gazette DAMMAM — Only 68 out of the 777 registered and eligible women have so far cast their votes in the elections for the 17th board of the Eastern …

Quotas help more women enter Latin American politics Thomson Reuters Foundation In Colombia, where parliamentary elections were held last weekend, 21 women were elected to the 102-seat Senate – up four percent from 2010.

People ‘less apathetic’ to female leaders Jakarta Post Idle Hands: Workers sit around with nothing to do in a warehouse belonging to the General Elections Commission (KPU) in Palu, Central Sulawesi, …

Issue of quotas for women MPs may return, says Renzi Gazzetta del Sud english Issue of quotas for women MPs may return, says Renzi … introducing minimum quotas for women MPs when his election-law bill reaches the Senate.


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US: GOP’s Project Grow withers. Madison, WI among ‘Best cities for feminists’. Do Male or Female Physicians Do More Housework?

Black Women Are an Electoral Voting Force. Recognize. RH Reality Check The 2014 midterm elections are fast approaching, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund has just rolled out its campaign to help educate voters about candidates’ positions on women’s health. “We know that women’s health is a winning issue and that no candidate will be able to win without a plurality of women,” the group’s president, Cecile Richards, said in a statement announcing the launch of the effort, dubbed the “Women are Watching” campaign, which is expected to spend more than $18 million in at least 14 states.

All this is great news for those of us who are big supporters of access to birth control and safe abortion care. And yet, the announcement has left me feeling cold and disconnected.

GOP’s Project Grow starts to wither MSNBC There was certainly nothing wrong with House Republicans making a conscious effort to improve its gender diversity – remember the committee chairmen chart? – but Jay Newton-Small checked on Project GROW’s progress and found that the party is “coming up short.”

Thirty years ago, Republicans and Democrats had equal numbers of female politicians, but since then Democratic female representation has taken off dramatically. Part of the problem is that Republican female state legislators tend to be more moderate than their male counterparts and therefore have a tougher time getting through increasingly partisan primaries, according to Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University. […]
Indeed, last election cycle 108 Republican women ran in House primaries, according to data compiled by Walsh’s center. Less than half won and only 20 were elected to Congress, most of them incumbents. The 19 Republican women currently serving in the House make up only 4.4 percent of the House, and only 8 percent of the GOP conference.
Those numbers are actually poised to get worse.


Which states were among the first to elect women to top political offices? Washington Post (blog) The great map and history lesson about the women’s suffrage movement over at GovBeat, which looks at states that led the way in giving women the vote, got us to thinking about how those states stack up now in terms of electing women to high office.

Well, it turns out that the 10 states that granted women the ballot before the movement gained steam on March 3, 1914, when representatives of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage testifying in a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, have among the best records for electing women to higher office.

First, the throwback map that highlights the 10 states:

Madison ranked among ‘Best cities for feminists’ Madison was left off a list of Best Cities for Hippies last year but it has just made a new list of 11 Best Cities for Feminists.

The online real estate service Estately didn’t rank the feminist cities in any order but did include Madison on the list that includes Washington, D.C., Detroit and Portland, Ore., along with a couple of surprises like Macon, Ga. and Honolulu.

“With plenty of emerging technology, Madison is a great place for women in STEM to make a good living, while also taking advantage of the University of Wisconsin’s many academic forums and opportunities. Wisconsin Women in Government also does great work to advance the number of females serving in political office,” Estately writes.

Female chemistry professors call for boycott after congress does not include women in list The Daily Princetonian Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Emily Carter is joining two other female theoretical chemists in a call for the boycott of the 15th International Congress of Quantum Chemistry because its preliminary list of speakers did not include women.

Laura Gagliardi, chemistry professor at the University of Minnesota, and Anna Krylov, chemistry professor at the University of Southern California, composed an open letter with Carter. The petition, an appeal to “condemn gender-biased discriminatory practices of which ICQC-2015 is the most recent example,” amassed 1,645 signatures by Monday evening.

The petition was in response to a partial list of speakers published on the ICQC website, Krylov said. Among the 24 speakers and five chairs mentioned, the list featured no women.

Carter, who began drawing attention to this issue by personally boycotting conferences 14 years ago, said she was in disbelief when she received emails from Krylov and Gagliardi explaining the lack of women at the ICQC.

Gender Gap: Do Male or Female Physicians Do More Housework? Physicians News Digest They found that female docs “spent 8.5 more hours per week on domestic activities,” according to the study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers focused their study on a specific subset of “physician-researchers who had received career development awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).”

There were several reasons the researchers focused on this academic group of physicians. First, these doctors are less constrained by time than other physicians who are more tied to a strict schedule of patient visits and surgeries.  Also, the men and women who choose an academic field do so because it ”is intellectually engaging, it affords the opportunity for self-determination (to be one’s own boss), and it is the coin of the realm in academics,” said Molly Cooke, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco and author of an accompanying editorial.


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US: March is Women’s History Month. Dems Wooing White Male Voters. Women: Elusive jewels in GOP brooch.

Women make up majority of DCCC’s ‘Red to Blue’ candidates Washington Post (blog) The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced its first wave of “Red to Blue” U.S. House contenders for the midterm elections Monday, picking mostly women for a program meant to highlight the best recruits from around the country.

Ten of the 16 “Red to Blue ” candidates the DCCC named are women. They include Iowa state Sen. Staci Appel, who is running for the seat of retiring Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) in a top Democratic pickup opportunity; and County Freeholder Aimee Belgard, a leading candidate for the seat of retiring Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), another of Democrats’ best pickup chances.

Civility prize goes to….the women of the US Senate Kansas City Star Overlooked in news last week: The 20 women of the U.S. Senate were just presented with the 2014 Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life.

The reason: The women, including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, were described as key in ending the 2013 government shutdown.

Said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr., who made the presentation at the National Press Club in Washington:

“Allegheny College is proud to award its 2014 Prize for Civility in Public Life to the 20 Women of the United States Senate for demonstrating the power of civility as they led Congress out of last Fall’s government shutdown.

Democrats Wooing White Male Voters as Midterms Near The Democratic Party is working hard to woo back white male voters to help defend their seats as the midterm elections near, when fewer female and minority voters that carry Democratic races traditionally turn out to vote.

White men, particularly in the working class, overwhelmingly started voting Republican during the Reagan era because they believed liberals no longer represented their interests, The New York Times reports.

But in recent years, Democratic candidates have gotten their main support from female and minority voters, who decided the 2012 presidential race, and the party is finding itself in the middle of a debate over how hard it really needs to work to win over the white male vote.

Republican National Committee Statement on Women’s History Month – The Republican Party is … Sierra Sun Times March 1, 2014 – WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following statement marking the beginning of Women’s History Month:

“Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, which gives us all the opportunity to celebrate women’s contributions to our country throughout our history—and especially to honor those women who fought to make this country a more just and equal place,” said Chairman Priebus.

“The Republican Party is proud to have played a leading role in securing women’s right to vote. When Susan B. Anthony defied the law and voted in 1872, she proudly voted the Republican ticket. She and other suffragists worked with her friend Republican Senator A.A. Sargent to introduce the 19th Amendment. And it took a Republican Congress to finally pass it in 1919.

Women: The elusive jewels in the GOP brooch DigiNews OCALA, Fla., March 1, 2014 – Figuring out what women want has long been a puzzle for men. For the Republican Party, however, it has become something closer to a nightmare.

Women play a growing role not just in electoral politics, but in political activism and punditry. They have earned and taken a great deal of attention in politics. This has left the GOP at a challenging crossroads. It is confronted with either satisfying its fundamentalist Christian voting bloc, or acquiescing to the demands of late-period feminists.

In this situation, little ground is left for voices of moderation.

Many people believe that conservatives are attempting to erode women’s rights — that they’re engaged in a “war on women.” What should conservatives do to increase their share of the women’s vote?

Will Iowa women make gains in 2014 elections? DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – With six women running in House and Senate primaries in Iowa this year, some are starting to wonder if 2014 might be the year that the state finally sends a woman to Washington.

Women’s groups have long bemoaned the fact that Iowa is one of just two states – the other being Mississippi – that has never elected a woman governor or member of Congress.

Mackay: March is Women’s History Month Minneapolis Star Tribune …It’s interesting to note that Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to 1911, when the California school district of Sonoma started a Women’s History Week. But it wasn’t until 1980 that President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week.

The proclamation stated: “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”

Hillary Clinton and the War Over Women RealClearPolitics The Washington cognoscenti responded swiftly, in near-unison. Appearing on the same show as Rand Paul, Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois said, “Hillary Clinton has established her own reputation, her own name. The issues that were raised by my colleague Sen. Paul have been litigated in the public square for over a decade.”

Durbin’s view found a ready reception in the press, which essentially accepted his “been there, done that” logic, while focusing on Rand Paul’s tactics instead of Bill Clinton’s behavior. Typical of this mindset was National Journal, a respected Washington political magazine: “Sen. Rand Paul,” it noted, “is talking like it’s 1999.”

Dr. K. Kellie Leitch Kicks off International Women’s Week by Praising Canada’s Women … TORONTO, March 2, 2014 /CNW/ – Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, celebrated the beginning of International Women’s Week in Torontotoday at events with the Red Shawl organization and the Armenian Relief Society ofToronto. This year’s theme is Strong Women, Strong Canada, Canadian Women – Creating Jobs One Business at a Time. This theme highlights the important contributions women entrepreneurs make to Canada’s economic success.

International Women’s Week begins on March 2 and concludes on March 8 with International Women’s Day. Canadians are invited to join the Government of Canada in marking this occasion by organizing, promoting and participating in events across the country.


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‘Yes Scotland’ activists and women voters. Internet revolutionized Mormon feminism. ‘Hello! My Name Is: Feminists Unite’

MP discusses independence with Ellon women Inverurie Herald Local ‘Yes Scotland’ activists organised a coffee morning last weekend which welcomed around forty women voters, mostly unsure how they are voting in September’s Independence referendum.

Women were able to enjoy a cup of coffee and discuss issues surrounding Scottish Independence at Ellon’s Buchan Hotel last Saturday morning.

The local Ellon ‘Women for Independence’ group planned the event, which also welcomed Scottish National Party MP for Banff and Buchan, Eilidh Whiteford, who was available to discuss issues and answer any questions.

In the Spotlight: International Women’s Day: What action will you take? Peoria Journal Star I like to talk to my daughters while getting ready for work. It’s one of my favorite times of the day.

On a recent morning, I was telling my youngest daughter about a friend who started a school in Guatemala to help poor girls get an education. She said she loved my passion for learning. I told her my favorite passion is change so that she can live in a world where girls can learn and grow the same as boys do.

Panelist: Internet has revolutionized Mormon feminism Salt Lake Tribune Speaking on a panel of feminists from different faiths, Strayer pointed to the differences between now and the 1970s, when Sonja Johnson defied the LDS church in supporting the proposed Equal Rights Amendment.

“Sonja Johnson had 10 people writing letters and doing phone calls for the pro-ERA Mormon group,” said Strayer. “Today, tens of thousands of Mormon women, anonymous or not, communicate on a daily basis.”

The symposium at the Salt Lake City Main Library was titled, “We Will Sing and Not be Silent: Women, Faith Traditions and Leadership.” Various University of Utah programs also were sponsors.

Conservative MP calls for public veil ban Asian Image Muslim women should not be allowed to cover their faces in public as there is no formal requirement in their religion, a Conservative MP suggested today.

Philip Hollobone was putting forward a Bill seeking to prohibit the wearing of face coverings, in particular the Muslim veil and balaclavas.

Presenting his Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill, the Kettering MP expressed regret that his campaign had “come to this”.

Speaking during the Bill’s Second Reading, he said: “But there’s growing concern amongst my constituents and across the country about the increasing number of people who are going about in public places covering their faces and this is causing alarm and distress to many people in our country.”

Isabel Allende set to become Chile’s first female senate leader FRANCE 24 Almost half a century after her father was killed in a violent 1973 coup d’état, the daughter of Salvador Allende is set to become the leader of the Chilean senate following a decision on Thursday by the country’s new centre-left coalition government, which won power in November last year.

“My father, as we know, served as senate leader for three years, and for me, it comes as an immense honour and with great pride to be the first woman [leader] in the history of the senate,” Allende told major Chilean radio station, Radio Cooperativa, on Thursday.

One of Allende’s first duties as senate leader will be to place the Chilean national sash on president elect Michelle Bachelet at her inauguration on March 11.

Fine Gael spent more on papers, magazines, flowers than on women’s development programme Irish Times Fine Gael has spent more on papers, magazines and flowers than it has on its women’s development programme.

The party also spent more on motor expenses than it did on women’s development. And its spending on travels, meeting and subsistence was also greater than on women’s development.

Fine Gael will have more than 100 female candidates standing in the local elections, the largest number of any political party, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the ardfheis last night.

Despite Push, House Republicans Have Recruited 33% Less Women Candidates TIME Last June, House Republican leaders announced with much fanfare Project GROW, or Growing Republican Opportunities for Women, a program designed to elect more women to Congress. “Women are the majority, and we need to do a better job, and that’s what this is all about,” Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, chairman of the House GOP‘s campaign arm, said during the roll-out, referring to the fact that women proportionately have voted in greater numbers than men since 1980.

Three months later, Roll Call reported that the group had an initial list of 13 female candidates that they would be helping. A 14th woman, Florida state Rep. Kathleen Peters, who was running in a special election, was later added. Five Republican congresswomen endorsed Peters and held a fundraiser for her in December. “Kathleen is exactly the kind of strong woman we need more of in Congress,” Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner said at the time. “Congress needs more mothers, grandmothers and community leaders who know what it’s like to wake up every day and go to work for your family and the community.”

Hello! My Name Is: Feminists Unite Tiger Newspaper Clubs at South Pasadena High School often have a tendency to lose member enthusiasm after the initial excitement of Club Rush, but Feminists Unite has maintained a consistently passionate group for two years.

Junior Suki Sekula founded the club in 2012 to spread feminism’s misunderstood message of equality.

“I was just fed up with an ignorant view of women,” Sekula said. “The reason I started this club [was] to show that feminism is for everybody. Feminism should be natural and it’s important for youth to take on the movement and realize its importance in our changing society.”

Sustainable Development Goals: Where do Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Stand? Thomson Reuters Foundation Friday File: The eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG8) that took place 3-7 February 2014 in New York is the most recent in the series of consultations with governments and civil society on how to shape a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)[1] to merge with the new post-2015 development framework. AWID looks at the extent to which this intergovernmental process has included gender equality and women’s rights in their deliberations, and what areas remain a challenge as negotiations begin.

Women Empowerment Must for India’s Development: Rahul Outlook Formally kicking off his party’s campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today paid obeisance at the dargah of renowned sufi saint Haji Waris Ali Shah and held a road show in Barabanki.

Gandhi arrived at the state capital this morning and held an “off-the-record” interaction with editors and bureau chiefs of various media organisations.

Later, he met aanganwadi workers and women self-help group members at a village on the outskirts of the state capital. During the meeting, he laid stress on women empowerment and promised to take up their problems.

Assam Woman burnt to death by husband for kissing Rahul Gandhi Jagran Post Congress ward member Bonti had a quarrel with her husband after she gently kissed on Rahul’s cheek. In a fit of anger, her husband set her on fire, resulting in her death, reports claim.

After burning Bonti to death, the man also set himself in flames and is now admitted to a nearby hospital in a critical situation, suffering 40 percent burn injuries, reports said.

The police have launched an investigation into the matter and no official statement has come out yet. It is also not clear whether the burning incident has any link with the kissing episode.

We no longer have to fight for gender equality, Emirati women say Abu Dhabi: Despite Emirati women still having to do the lion’s share of housework they have proved themselves to be top achievers in the workplace.

“Not only do women work hard, they work harder than men. They are more committed and ambitious even if they are married and have children,” Saba Al Tukmachy, manager of career and competency development at Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc), told Gulf News.

Around 42 young Emiratis, including 16 women, who graduated from the fourth cycle of Enoc’s UAE National Development Programme (NDP), were honoured during a ceremony on Tuesday. The programme was established in 2010 to provide Emiratis with specialist training on leadership and management and to strengthen their involvement in the workforce.

Women to assume greater role in Balkan militaries Southeast European Times A new United Nations Development Project (UNDP) study urges the Balkan militaries to increase the number of servicewomen and provide them with positions and tasks of greater responsibility.

The study is part of UNDP’s regional project supporting gender equality in the defence sector that is co-financed by the Swedish military and the Norwegian government.

Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Macedonia participate in the project.


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Feb 22 round-up: Working with masculinities. Hate Sexism? Why Are You Making These Mistakes?

Myth and Reality: New Alliances to Challenge Stereotypes and Build Gender Equality Beyond 2015 Institute of Development Studies All over the world women’s rights activists, gender experts, donors, government representatives, and UN staffers are gearing up for this year’s …

Purdue department heads face gender inequality with salary, selection Purdue Exponent Purdue’s department head positions face differences in salary by gender and selection which dates back to the time many faculty received their …

Working with masculinities The Hindu

It is often assumed that gender equality will make the world better, safer, happier and more dignified for girls and women. What is forgotten is that it will …

Hate Sexism? Why Are You Making These Mistakes? A provocative new film from The Representation Project asks us to rewrite … Do you think it’s time to shake up how we think about men and women?

To a Tory, all women look the same: Philip Hammond’s female faux pas Evening Standard Hammond’s problem with women is only the latest humiliation in the Tory party’s recent failings in gender equality. David Cameron has said he wants …

‘I know we women all look the same’ Hammond told after Question Time gaffe Ms Kendall, the shadow health minister, immediately turned to the Conservative Cabinet minister and said: “It’s Liz Kendall not Rachel Reeves.”.

Are Labour losing more women MPs than the Tories as Guido Fawkes claims? Are Labour losing more women MPs than the Tories as Guido Fawkes claims? 11 hours ago. 37 points · Sport · How many points do you need to avoid …

Women’s wellbeing is about more than job quotas The Guardian In fact, the ham-fisted “counting women in work” approach that the government is taking reminds me of Labour’s “counting women in government” …

Women’s participation will give a booster shot to Saudi election Arab News THE Saudi municipal elections of 2015 are just around the corner and women will finally be allowed to fully participate both as candidates and voters.

Meet Egypt’s first female political party leader Al-Arabiya A flicker of hope for women across Egypt may have been sparked on Friday, after the first female to head a political party in the country was elected.

Top Democratic candidates rally female base in Austin, sounding themes for general election The Tribune AUSTIN, Texas — The Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor are rallying theirfemale base, sounding the themes for the …

In web ads, Republican Ken Buck looks to women voters for support Denver Post Exit polls revealed Bennet received large backing from women voters. … to attract unaffiliated suburban who women often swing statewide elections.

Bachmann: Many Voters ‘Aren’t Ready’ for a Female President Wall Street Journal (blog) She responded that many people “aren’t ready” for a female president, even though they were ready for the first African American president.

Pathways to empowerment: women and the economy in the developing world Houston Chronicle (blog) The World Bank selected the topic of gender equality and development as the … on Middle Eastern politics, democratization, and gender and politics.

Positive developments for women’s empowerment and gender equality in Jordan, UN official says Petra News Agency Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, told Petra that the UN body aims to …

Beyond Investing In Women And Girls Thomson Reuters Foundation Our understanding of the complexity of funding sectors and financial mechanisms for women’s rights and gender equality has evolved, but the results …

Getting women on corporate boards: Canada’s middling approach just might work The Globe and Mail The Ontario Securities Commission has proposed a comply-or-explain regime to increase representation of women on boards and in senior …

Leadership Development project for women launched BusinessGhana The three-year project is being implemented by the African Women … get them to support women candidates in the local government elections.

Rollback of Women’s Rights: Not Just in Afghanistan National Geographic And it guarantees parity between men and women in all elected assemblies. Further, it obliges the state to act through public authorities by taking …


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Feb 20 Media round-up. Cambridge University staff call for action on academia gender equality.

Afghan Youth Debates: Women Must Vote to Secure Rights Institute for War and Peace Reporting Female voters could only secure real change by confronting societal … “It is women who raise the children of this country, and women form half of …

Gender equity: even sector’s best not good enough Times Higher Education Discrimination against women persists in the UK academy, even in institutions that have been recognised for their good employment practices, …

Gender equality European Voice The European Commission has proposed renewing the mandate of the director of the European Gender Equality Institute, Virginija Langbakk, until …

Cambridge University staff call for action on academia gender equality The university’s gender equality champion Dame Athene Donald said female staff members backed the suggestion a male-bias existed in the sector.

NGOs help girls in rural India tackle female illiteracy, gender inequality The National … and cultural norms and antecedents of distinct ethnic and tribal communities and changing deep-rooted attitudes towards education and gender.

Gender inequality isn’t just a female problem The Independent Gender inequality isn’t just a problem for women, it’s a problem for all of us. It’s not just a female issue – it’s a human issue. Labelling gender inequality …

Gender pay gap declines, but not by much Women’s Agenda Workplace Gender Equality Agency director, Helen Conway, said the persistent pay gap problem was concerning but was pleased that there is …

“The campaign helped me learn so much about gender” Cherwell Online WomCam – the OUSU Women’s Campaign – is a liberation campaign for gender equality that strives to be intersectional (the recognition that many …

Simon Hughes: ‘The Ministry of Justice can be proud of its women at the top’ The Guardian Liberal democrat MP and justice minister Simon Hughes, is proud that the Ministry… The facts are stark: there are far more men in prison than women.

‘If these silly modern female MPs can’t cope, they shouldn’t be there’ Ms Currie, a former Conservative MP, told Telegraph Wonder Women: “I … It’s a French word for the women who carried salts and fainted at the first …

Stafford MP says put more women in the boardroom Staffordshire Newsletter Jeremy Lefroy, who has actively campaigned for a greater representation of women in business, says that the gender balance is showing signs of …

Analysis: With Rush Holt retiring, NJ could elect two women to Congress “What is encouraging for women in politics is that there are three open … Meanwhile, Greenstein, who won four Assembly and Senate races in five …

Legislative Roundup: House looks at ways to ensure fair pay for all by forbidding gag orders on … The Union Leader House Bill 1188 requires that men and women be paid the same salary for … The bill now goes to the Senate, which has yet to act on a similar bill …

Activists include immigration in ‘war on women’ Politico And the activists believe that focusing on the influence of female voters could crack the Capitol Hill stalemate on immigration reform. Continue …

Women’s Groups Not Quitting on Immigration Reform TIME A coalition of women’s organizations announced Wednesday they will … Though they have yet to specify which members of Congress will face the …

EXCLUSIVE: Kathleen Willey: “Hillary Clinton IS the ‘War onWomen … Fox News Kathleen Willey, a volunteer aide in the White House during Bill Clinton’s term, appeared in a Kelly File exclusive interview: discussing Hillary Rodham …

Women’s Representation in Government Still Low IT Business Net Washington, D.C. – February 19, 2014 ( newswire) In late 2013, women accounted for slightly more than 21 percent of the …

Study: Rich women prefer conservative men | On Air Videos | Fox News Study: Rich women prefer conservative men | Fox News Video. Primetime. Daytime. Late Night. Weekend. All shows. Digital Originals. Editor’s Picks.

Women Want Equal Representation At National Conference Leadership Newspapers Some female professionals and entrepreneurs on Wednesday appealed to the Federal Government to give equal representation to men and women …

Women Are Still Drastically Underrepresented In The News Business Huffington Post A newly released report confirms the still-dismal state of women’s representation in the news industry. The Women’s Media Center’s annual “Status of …

Voter demographics: State by state distribution of the Indian voter Indian Express The infographic shows us a complete breakdown of the gender mismatch amongst Indian voters. The total number of male voters are 42.65 crore, and …

Here are the Women Who Run the World Right Now In Greater Europe, eight women have made it into the highest office. As many of these countries enjoy equitable rights and high levels of education …

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UK: Cambridge dons: beat gender gap in top uni jobs. Mallika Sherawat brings gender inequality views to Oxford debate.

Who will replace David Cameron as Tory leader? Maybe a man you don’t expect The Guardian Slowly but surely, discreet campaigns to succeed David Cameron as Tory party leader are slipping through the gears. There is little loyalty amid the ambitions of Westminster. But even the prime minister’s closest allies recognise he has three big hurdles to jump in the next three years, with the European elections in May, the general election next year and the European referendum in 2017. They present a formidable challenge for the leader of a party that has never totally warmed to him.

Lib Dems ‘Desperately’ Trying To Appeal To Women, Says Lorely Burt Huffington Post UK “A woman in the top leadership team would have sent some very helpful signals for the party,” Lorely Burt agrees. It had been assumed the MP for Solihull had the job of Lib Dem deputy leader in the bag. But she lost. By one vote. To a man.

At the end of January Lib Dems chose veteran parliamentarian Sir Malcolm Bruce to replace Simon Hughes. The decision caught many observers off guard. The result was also not one Burt saw coming. “Yeah. I was surprised,” she freely admits during an interview with The Huffington Post UK. “Malcolm came into the race quite late, so there was already an expectation that I was going to win even before he came in.”

Leading Cambridge dons call for a new approach to beat the gender gap in top university jobs The Independent Leading Cambridge academics are today calling for a shake-up in appointments procedures in order to give talented women as better chance of securing top jobs.

Fifty senior academics at the university, including heads of colleges and departments, are appealing for a broader and more inclusive approach to selecting personnel for senior positions.

Their plea is made against a background where statistics show there are four male professors for every female professor in UK universities. This is despite women representing 45 per cent of the workforce.

They argue that conventional methods of achieving success in academia, based on papers published in leading academic journals or the size and frequency of research grants, appear to benefit men more than women.

Only Angela Merkel can save David Cameron now British politicians still prize a visit from the President of the United States above all others. Yet no American President has been as important to a British Prime Minister, in domestic political terms, as the German Chancellor is to David Cameron. Angela Merkel is the person who can both help him keep his party together as it approaches the next election and then, with luck, deliver his promised renegotiation of Britain’s EU membership. For Cameron, Merkel — far more than Barack Obama — is the indispensable ally.



Mallika Sherawat brings gender inequality views to Oxford debate FansShare Mallika Sherawat has accepted an invitation to visit Oxford University andparticipate in a debate about her views concerning gender inequality in India. For any person this would be a major coup but especially for Mallika Sherawat, a celebrated Bollywood actress and past fashion model who is considered one of the most attractive women in Bollywood. Mallika Sherawat is known for being outspoken about gender inequality in India and in accepting this invitation she will have the opportunity to participate in a debate in the same setting that the leaders of many great nations have voiced their opinions on various subjects.

WI hears about women’s plight around the world Morpeth Herald HEPSCOTT WI was pleased to welcome Julie Porksen to its meeting. Julie is a trustee for Build Africa and Ashray. She has been selected by Liberal Democrats to be their Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick.

Julie talked about her work for Women in International Development and painted an emotive picture of the lives of those she has worked with. She began working for Christian Aid in Peru and was there during the Armenian flood disaster. While working for the Marie Stopes Trust, she was part of a team sent to research, assess and develop women’s health in areas including Bangladesh and Yemen. The reality of life for many women shone through Julie’s descriptions. She engaged everyone with her passion and her ability to lighten the tone with humorous personal anecdotes.

Council can’t afford losing women’s voice London Free Press We all know women who are leaders. These women have experiences that could vastly improve our community. They would make exceptional city councillors or could even lead our city as mayor. We need to ask these women to run for office.

When women’s voices aren’t equally represented on council, issues that strongly impact women cannot be adequately addressed. Transit, community safety and accessibility are a few top-of-mind examples.

One woman’s experience, trying to shuffle her children to and from school on public transit, is one we can benefit from. She can breathe new life into our transit policies, making it easier for all of us to get around.

One woman’s experience, being harassed in poorly-lit public spaces, is one we can benefit from. She can lead improved safety measures that will keep all of us safe.

Close civil service gender pay gap, Labour urges government BBC News The government should close the gap between salaries paid to men and women for equivalent civil service jobs, Labour has said. Research by the party suggests senior female civil servants are paid an average of 5% less than men at the same grade.

Shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero said the government should set an example on pay in its own workforce. The Cabinet Office said it was urging Whitehall to address pay anomalies.

According to ONS figures for the wider economy, the gap between the earnings of men and women increased for the first time since 2008 to 10% in 2012-13. The previous year, it had been 9.5% – and had been falling every year since 2008 before that.

Ladies-only list for Labour Fife Today The Labour Party hopes to draw up an all-women selection of potential replacements for local MP Lindsay Roy within around six weeks.

This follows a controversial decision by an organisation sub-group on the party’s national executive committee (NEC) to choose female-only prospective candidates to defend Glenrothes and Central Fife at the 2015 General Election.

Mr Roy, who won the seat in 2010 with a majority of 16,448 over the SNP and more than 62 per cent of the vote, is stepping down next year and the move is in line with a party policy to increase the number of women in Westminster.

However, the Glenrothes Constituency Labour Party (CLP) had wanted an open short list, containing male and female nominees, presenting all suitable candidates on an equal basis.

Labour’s black members revolt over ‘witch hunt’ The Voice Online BLACK LABOUR members have accused its own party of discrimination amid an ongoing campaign against a black woman chosen to stand in upcoming local elections in south London.

In an almost unprecedented move, BAME Labour has openly condemned the actions of the Lambeth Campaign Forum – the body which helps the party to screen applicants in Dulwich and West Norwood, Vaxuhall and Streatham.

It follows the long-running saga of political hopeful Adeline Aina who came third in a democratic vote for the opportunity to contest a seat in Larkhall ward – one of 21 neighbourhoods in the borough.


In NC politics, women are noticeably absent News & Observer A recent N&O front page featured a photo of a beaming Gov. Pat McCrory surrounded by Rep. Thom Tillis, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Sen. Phil Berger, Rep. John Faircloth and Guilford Schools’ Superintendent Maurice Green. The photo accompanied an article about the proposed salary increase for teachers with fewer than 10 years’ experience.

Notice something? No women.

Perhaps it was just the angle of the photo. A photo from the event taken from a different angle showed two unidentified women standing behind McCrory. One TV station’s coverage showed a third woman off to the side.

But consider the men: leaders of our state, all of them worthy of identification by name and title. The few women were not afforded the same treatment.

Network Encourages Women In Politics KUMV It’s been 94 years since the 19th Amendment was passed, which states the right to vote shall not be denied by the United States on account of sex. Big steps have been taken in gender equality since that time in 1920. But one area where there is still a large gap between men and women is in the political arena.

Tuesday, the North Dakota Women’s Network spoke with Minot State University students about getting more women excited and involved in politics.

According to the network, gender biases do exist, but getting more women involved in local and state government will help diversify the pool of voices and offer better ideas for change.

Mace speaks GOP to women Greenwood Index Journal Nancy Mace has never been one to shy away from a challenge. That willingness to fight is serving her well at the moment, as she is attempting to defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, as well as a host of other GOP candidates, in a June primary.
Mace, of Charleston, was the guest speaker Monday afternoon during the regular meeting of the Republican Women of Greenwood County.


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US: Clinton launches data drive on women’s empowerment. Canada Income Splitting: So Divisive It’s Splitting the Tories.

Politics Counts: Why ‘Women’s Issues’ Won’t Bridge the Gender Gap Wall Street Journal (blog) …While much attention has been paid to the split over “women’s issues” such as reproductive rights or the need for Republicans to “learn how to talk women,” the truth is the gender gap runs deep through a range of policy issues. January’s Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows double-digit divides on topics ranging from Afghanistan and national security to the minimum wage. The list shows how hard it may be to bridge the gap.

The January poll, which asked what issues should be “absolute priorities” for 2014, displayed the gender lines. There were some areas of agreement across all groups on broad topics like reducing the debt and creating jobs, as we noted in a pervious Politics Counts column, but many differences as well.

Clinton launches data drive on women’s empowerment Bradenton Herald WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is launching a new global review of data to analyze the advancement of women and girls around the world since the mid-1990s.

The former secretary of state announced the new partnership at New York University between the Clinton Foundation and the Gates Foundation.

The project will collect and review data on the progress of women since the 1995 United Nations Beijing conference that Clinton addressed as first lady.

The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate is starting the project as part of her “No Ceilings” initiative that aims to empower women in the 21st century.

Minnesota bill, if passed, will promote gender equality Guilfordian In the U.S., for every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 77 cents.

Democrats in the Minnesota legislature, led by Speaker of the House Paul Thissen, seek to narrow this gender gap by introducing the Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014.

“(The act) aims to break down barriers to economic progress so that women — and all Minnesotans — have a fair opportunity to succeed,” said Thissen in a press conference on Jan. 30.

Democrats hoping to turn stand on issues like immigration,women’s rights into election wins (AP) …This fall’s elections seem likely to leave Democrats in the House minority, and may rob them of their Senate majority. Republicans hope to gain six net seats to control the Senate.

At a three-day retreat by the Chesapeake Bay, House Democrats struggled to explain this political landscape while also insisting the public supports their agenda on immigration, income, women’s rights and other priorities. Friday pep talks by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden did little to solve the riddle.

Obama said Congress should act on issues “where the American people are on our side.” He said those include a higher federal minimum wage and “smart immigration policy” that would bring people “out of the shadows.”

INLAND: Gender imbalance grows among elected leaders Press-Enterprise After decades of making strides in public office, fewer women today are filling elected seats than just a few years ago.

Nowhere is the reversal more striking than in Riverside.

Since the November 2013 election, not a single woman sits on the seven-member City Council. In a runoff between a male candidate and a female candidate, the man won.

No woman has sat on the five-member Riverside County Board of Supervisors since 1997.

“Zero percent for City Council and Board of Supervisors is appalling,” said Mary Hughes, who leads Close the Gap California, which is recruiting women community leaders to run for the Legislature in 2014 and 2016.

In USC student government, where are the women? Los Angeles Times

James White hesitated before deciding to run for USC student body president, knowing he’d be a long shot because of his background.

Because he’s black?

“No, not that,” White said, adding that race isn’t the biggest deal in campus presidential elections. “It’s other forms of diversity that aren’t appreciated.”

Rich liberal women prefer conservative men Daily Caller A whopping 76.6 percent of Democrat female millionaires said they “would … “I want to be with a man who is ambitious, liberal men simply aren’t as …

The debt that all women–even conservatives–owe Gloria Steinem Los Angeles Times f you are a woman, Gloria Steinem is like an indispensable computer program, always running in the background of your life. You don’t always remember that she’s there, but without her, your life would be constrained in ways you can hardly imagine.

Run for office? Lead a company? Become an engineer? Go to space? Work free of sexual harassment or live on equal legal footing with your husband? Control your own reproductive fate?

So many of the rights that women enjoy — even the most conservative women — exist because of relentless feminists like Steinem, who, at 79, shows no signs of slowing down.

Liberal-Turned-Conservative Talk Radio Host Excoriates Modern-Day Feminism …Bruce argued that the feminism that is practiced today is quite different from what she called “authentic feminism.”

“Authentic feminism requires all doors to be unlocked, encouraging women to make choices that best suit them. Leftists can have nothing to do with that, working instead to demonize choices women might make that involve family,” she said. “In order to survive, the left must be successful in keeping women away from men, away from family, children, and the larger American experience.”

To fix feminism, Bruce said that young women need to be shown the difference between genuine feminism and leftist politics. Conservatives, too, play a role, as she argued that they should push back and “claim the mantle of feminism.”

In a new video on conservative radio host Dennis Prager’s Prager University titled “Feminism 2.0,” Bruce tackled the ins and outs of the women’s rights movement, further delving into her central thesis that what was once a respectable and vibrant movement has been hijacked by liberals who have taken it far off course.

Pelosi Works to Attract Women to Vote Democrat Women are considered a key demographic for the Democratic Party, … Traditionally, turnout in midterm elections is low, and national Democrats hope …

Representation Project Challenges Gender Stereotypes, Asks Viewers To ‘Rewrite the Story’ Bustle Remember that eye-opening video about how the media failed women in 2013? Well, the organization behind it, The Representation Project, is back …

Reaching the Latina Element Within the ‘Latino Vote’ Latino Post They just think about it in general, but we need to understand the diversity within Latinos, especially within the women’s vote,” Bejarano tells George …

Women voters key to Democrats’ midterm election strategy? | On Air Videos | Fox News Nancy Pelosi touts women’s economic agenda. … Female Olympians showing a lot of skin. Slow-moving avalanche caught on tape churning toward …

Book examines ‘Latino gender gap,’ future of US politics Phys.Org Bejarano says that in 2012 Obama’s margin of support was higher among African American women and Latinas. Those female groups voted for Obama over Mitt Romney by 9 to 11 percentage points more than their male counterparts. White women preferred Obama by 7 points. The disparity between the male and female voters within these groups is a significant political slice. There are marked differences within these sub-sets as well.

“While all of the African American women serving in Congress are Democrats, five of the seven Latinas serving in Congress are Democrats and two are Republicans,” notes Political Parity, a non-partisan group that promotes women in political positions. “And the two women of color who grabbed national headlines in 2010 were Republicans: Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Nikki Haley of South Carolina became the first women of color to win gubernatorial office in the United States.”

This is a dynamic that Bejarano thinks warrants a closer look, both for the political parties that want to make inroads for the purpose of winning elections and for women, and women of color in particular, to use as a roadmap for engaging in the political process.

Backers say Count My Vote will empower women Salt Lake Tribune Replacing party caucuses with primary elections will empower women voters in Utah, advocates of the Count My Vote initiative said Wednesday.


New women’s advocacy group created by province The Alward government has unveiled the makeup of a new independent body designed to address women’s issues. The announcement comes three …

Income Splitting: So Divisive It’s Splitting the Tories REAL Women of Canada is an avowedly conservative women’s movement that has led the charge for family income splitting since at least the mid …


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