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Yes or No, the female vote is vital to outcome Herald Scotland Well it’s just very nice to feel wanted.
Wooed, even. How flattering to be the target of so many ardent suitors. This is a good moment to be a woman elector, because your country needs you. And bits of it are gearing up to make sure you know it; not even to mention tickling your erogenous voting zones with flattering regularity.
I’ve always been a mite dismissive of the term “women’s vote”. It makes 52% of the population sound like a lumpen polletariate programmed to react to the canvassing classes in a manner that makes Pavlov’s dug seem positively anarchic.
Surely Scottish womanhood in all its wondrous diversity can’t be that predictable or prone to plight their electoral troth like a monstrous regiment of robotic females.
UK party suspends member for insulting Muslim women www.worldbulletin.net A council member in the London borough of Enfield has been expelled from his party after he compared Muslim womens’ burkas to black dustbin liners.
Chris Johannides, who is of Greek Cypriot origin, was banned by the Conservative Party after making the offensive statement on his Facebook profile.
South East UKIP Euro candidate says businesses should have right not to serve women and gay … Liberal Democrat Voice Now it’s the turn of South East Euro Candidate Donna Edmunds, who’s also a Lewes Councillor. She’s reported in the Argus as saying that businesses should be free to turn away women and gay people if they please.
When asked by The Argus to clarify her statement the EU election hopeful said it would be ok for a shop owner to refuse to serve her based on no other fact than she was a woman, or if service was refused to a gay person.
She said: “I’m a libertarian so I don’t think the state should have a role on who business owners serve.
“I wouldn’t refuse to serve gay people. I’m not saying their position is a correct one. I’m saying they should be free to make that choice themselves.”
This is not the first time the Lewes councillor has garnered controversy after making statements online.
All women? No thanks, says Blears constituency Manchester Evening News IN the wake of two Greater Manchester Labour MPs announcing their departure in 2015, party hopefuls are now pre-occupied with what happens next.
And in both cases, the issue of all women short-lists will be number one priority.
In Salford and Eccles, where Hazel Blears revealed her decision to quit last month, the constituency Labour party met on Monday night to discuss their thoughts on the matter.
Widely tipped has been Peter Wheeler, long-time party and trade union activist and Blears ally.
An AWS, of course, would scupper his chances.
Scotland Tonight: Nation’s first female Labour MP discusses feminism stv.tv One woman who has long campaigned for gender equality is Maria Fyfe, the only female Labour MP in Scotland when she entered Westminster in 1987.
Since leaving parliament in 2001 she has continued to be at the forefront of the battle to bring women’s voices and perspectives to the centres of power.
Later this month her memoir A Problem Like Maria: A Woman’s Eye View of Life as an MP will be published, detailing her struggles at Westminster and her fight for women’s rights.
Redditch group celebrates International Women’s Day in Parliament Redditch Advertiser IN celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD), Rebecca Blake, Labour’s parliamentary spokesman for Redditch, took a group of 11 women to London for a tour of Parliament.
She said the event, which takes place annually on March 8, was the perfect excuse to bring local women together to learn more about democracy and discuss relevant issues facing women.
She said: “Given most people are not aware that they can visit Parliament and have a free tour of the Palace of Westminster, it’s important to me that our seemingly inaccessible institutions are made more accessible to local people.
Alex Salmond leads tribute to economist who battled for gender equality Herald Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond has led tributes to the economist Ailsa McKay, who has died following a battle with cancer, praising her “astonishing contribution” in the campaign for gender equality.
Professor McKay was professor of economics at Glasgow Caledonian University, and a leading figure in making the case for women in the labour market, helping to shape government policy in this area.
Speaking at First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, Mr Salmond said: “Ailsa, as we all know, was a leading voice in campaigning for gender equality, not simply through her work, but as a founding member of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group..
The Meaning Of Success Needs To Change For International Women’s Day To Work Forbes Corporate leadership in the UK is more acutely aware than ever that we are heading towards International Women’s Day 2014. But it is one thing to …
Poll paints unflattering portrait of party leaders The Times (subscription) Female voters see Ed Miliband as slimy and boring, Nick Clegg is spineless and wet, while David Cameron is posh, out of touch and rich, according to a survey.
The poll by Lord Ashcroft, the Conservative peer, asked voters to describe the party leaders. The results do not make pleasant reading for any one of the three politicians.
What do women think of the three main party leaders? The truth is not very flattering London Loves Business Women find David Cameron “pompous” and “incompetent”. The only good news for Dave is, that women seem to like Ed Miliband even less: he is “boring” and “slimy”. Still, no time for smug one-upmanship: with the general election looming, and women’s vote proving (yet again) decisive, the PM had better get his act together.
Actually, this is not an impossible mountain to climb as women are a forgiving lot. The PM must eat humble pie: women appreciate that. He must show he likes and respects his female colleagues. Women like that, too. And he must show he cares about women’s “issues” – ie their children and their elderly parents.
David Cameron had better eat humble pie with women voters – quick Telegraph.co.uk (blog) Women find David Cameron “pompous” and “incompetent”. The only good news for Dave is, that women seem to like Ed Miliband even less: he is “boring” and “slimy”. Still, no time for smug one-upmanship: with the general election looming, and women’s vote proving (yet again) decisive, the PM had better get his act together.
Actually, this is not an impossible mountain to climb as women are a forgiving lot. The PM must eat humble pie: women appreciate that. He must show he likes and respects his female colleagues. Women like that, too. And he must show he cares about women’s “issues” – ie their children and their elderly parents….
Parties should sign up to 40% target for women in winnable seats to overhaul ‘white, old male … WalesOnline Political parties should each sign up to a target of 40% female candidates in winnable seats at the next local council elections in a bid to improve representation, a government-backed report has concluded.
The report from an expert group on diversity in local government also called for a mentoring scheme to develop skills of possible members and a publicity and education campaign to inform the public about local government.
Chair of the group, head of Sport Wales Professor Laura McAllister, said the measures were “not about being politically correct or ticking boxes”.
The panel was established by Local Government Minister Lesley Griffiths after a survey revealed most councillors were white, male and over 60.
Uttlesford Labour party marks International Women’s Day in Dunmow Herts and Essex Observer SAFFRON Walden Constituency Labour Party will mark International Women’s Day on Saturday March 8 with an event in Dunmow.
Members of the Socialist group will be out in force in the town throughout the morning asking female residents how their lives – both locally and nationally – could be improved by Labour winning the 2015 election.
Jane Berney, Saffron Walden CLP’s parliamentary spokeswoman, will be there to meet and talk to locals.
Six bidding to be Labour MP for Blackburn Blackburn Citizen LONDON barrister Sara Ibrahim has emerged as a serious challenger to Kate Hollern in the contest to become Blackburn’s Labour candidate in the 2015 general election.
The 57-year-old borough council leader has received several nominations from ward branches. But Ms Ibrahim has also been well backed, gathering a local following.
The last of the six women to apply for the seat, which has an all-women shortlist, she is a cont ributor to the ‘Left Foot Forward, Labour blog, and appears to have support at national and regional level.
Abbie Wightwick: George Clooney, free chocolate, affordable child care – what do women really … WalesOnline Ask what women really want and you’re liable to get a lot of raucous laughter and nudge, nudge, wink wink, wisecracks.
But sadly there is more to life than George Clooney and free chocolate. What we really want, is to be able to go to work without being bankrupted by child care which doesn’t even quite cover the hours needed.
Years after maternity rights were belatedly bestowed upon women we are still limping along without high quality, affordable childcare for all.
Women candidate quota legislation could be forced on parties Irish Examiner So far only Sinn Féin and the anti-austerity parties have 30% women candidates for the coming local election, according to the Women For Election group tracking the numbers.
Can women tip the scales in elections? Kawartha Media Group PETERBOROUGH — Where do you begin in order to get more women into leadership roles in politics?
While the YWCA and the local chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women know rallying women to get involved in politics won’t lead to an immediate shift in the number of women sitting in Parliament, they say new research suggests there are ‘mini tipping points’ women can tackle to influence change at higher levels of government. At an upcoming Women in Politics session on March 25, the groups will turn to local women to determine where women can start.
Political parties urged to mainstream women’s rights in poll manifestos Hindu Business Line NEW DELHI, MARCH 5: With the 16th Lok Sabha election process kicking off amid growing crimes against women, nine women’s organisations have raised issues, such as political and land rights, food security, safety and employment.
“The outcome of these elections will greatly impact women’s struggles for safety, equality and progress… These issues need to be mainstreamed in the political agenda and in future Government policy,” said a statement issued by All India Democratic Women’s Association, the National Federation of Indian Women, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, YWCA, All Indian Women’s Conference, Joint Women’s Programme, among others.
Awareness drive for female voters Times of India Kolhapur: City mayor Sunita Raut stressed on the need for women to exercise their right to vote at the Tararani Sabhagriha at the district collector’s office on Tuesday. She was addressing a training organized for women representatives of the local self-governing organizations across the district.
Gov’t fund sought for parties with more women candidates Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Although the Philippines is considered as the most gender equal country in Southeast Asia – and the 5th most gender equal country in the world – having more women in key government positions remains to be a work in progress.
Two Akbayan representatives want to address this gender gap by challenging political parties to field more women during elections, and government to set up a fund that will reward them for doing this.
Under House Bill 3877 or the proposed Women Participation and Representation in Political Parties Act of 2013, congressmen Ibarra Gutierrez III and Walden Bello seek to give political parties access to the Women in Political Parties Empowerment Fund if 30% of the official candidates they will field are women.
Gender equality is progress for all Ballymena Times Celebrated annually around the world on March 8, the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day, designated by the UN, is “Equality for women is progress for all”.
The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 during International Women’s Year 1975.
Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.
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.
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.com 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.
UK: Women: Cameron is ‘pompous’ but good with ‘family’. Yes campaign’s challenge: winning over female voters.
All-women shortlists could be allowed in FTSE 100 Telegraph.co.uk Business Secretary Vince Cable has backed recommendations which could see headhunters draft women-only shortlists for board-level posts, eliminating men entirely from the recruitment process.
All-women shortlists are not currently used in the private sector because they are fraught with legal difficulties and leave companies open to sex discrimination claims from men left out of the hiring process.
But Mr Cable has asked the UK’s equality body, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, to create guidance for headhunters on when and how women-only shortlists could be used in accordance with the law, free from the threat of litigation.
Cable backs all-women shortlists for FTSE boards Financial Times (Subscription) Cable backs all-women shortlists for FTSE boards … in his attempt to reach a target of 25 per cent female representation on FTSE 100 boards by 2015.
‘Too many are straight, white men in their 60s’: How Wales should shake up local government diversity walesonline.co.uk Political parties should each sign up to a target of 40% female candidates in winnable seats at the next local council elections in a bid to improve representation, a Government-backed report has concluded.
The report from an expert group on diversity in local government also called for a mentoring scheme to develop skills of possible members and a publicity and education campaign to inform the public about local government.
The report makes several recommendations for the Welsh Government, local authorities, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), political parties and councillors ahead of the next elections in 2017.
Ed Miliband? He’s a slimy bore but David Cameron is pompous and Nick Clegg is spineless, say … Evening Standard Women think of Ed Miliband as “boring” and “slimy”, while they regard Nick Clegg as “spineless”, according to a survey.
Polling by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft asked voters for the first word or phrase that came to mind when they thought of the political leaders.
The millionaire former Tory deputy chairman separated the words mentioned by women and not by men, and vice versa, in the 20 most frequent responses.
Women say David Cameron is ‘pompous and incompetent’ – but also good with ‘family’ Mirror.co.uk A survey by former Tory chairman Lord Ashcroft asked voters to give the first word or phrase that came to mind when they thought of the country’s political leaders
Women think David Cameron is “pompous” and “incompetent”, damning new polling reveals. A survey by former Tory chairman Lord Ashcroft asked voters to give the first word or phrase that came to mind when they thought of the country’s political leaders .
Female voters name “family” when the PM is named – but also “Conservative”, “pompous” and “incompetent”. Mr Cameron fared better among men than women – but still inspired words including “Eton” and “Tory”.
Lord Ashcroft: The Conservatives don’t attract too few women. They attract too few of everyone. Conservative Home David Cameron tells Angela Eagle to “calm down, dear”. A number of female Conservative MPs decide they will not stand at the next election. Another is deselected. Ed Miliband derides the dearth of women on the government front bench. Several women are replaced in their jobs heading public bodies, prompting Harriet Harman to observe that it is “raining men in the Tory Party”.
To some, these stories and others like them constitute evidence that the Tories have a problem with women. As evidence goes, this is pretty flimsy. The academics Peter Allen and Philip Cowley have pointed out that within three years the Cameron Cabinet included exactly the same number of women as Tony Blair’s did at the same point in his premiership (though Mr Blair had rather more to choose from).
Sturgeon: winning over female voters is one of Yes campaign’s biggest challenges Herald Scotland Winning over female voters is one of the biggest challenges facing the pro-independence campaign over the coming months, according to Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Polling suggests the majority of women are yet to be convinced by the Yes side’s arguments, with the latest survey by Ipsos Mori for STV showing 59% of female voters oppose independence, while 27% support it.
Speaking at a gathering of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon suggested women voters took a “more pragmatic” approach to the notion of independence.
Earlier, during her speech, the Deputy First Minister aligned herself with this position, stating that “a hard-headed analysis of what constitutional option will equip Scotland best for the future” should lead to a decision to vote Yes.…
Scots Independence Poll Keeps ‘No’ Vote at 55%, Ipsos MORI Says Bloomberg The campaign against Scottish independence retained its lead in the latest poll by Ipsos MORI, with the largest gap in favor of staying in the U.K. among female voters and in more affluent areas of the country.
The survey for broadcaster STV found 55 percent of people wanted to keep Scotland in the U.K. with 29 percent in favor of independence and 16 percent undecided. The No vote was unchanged from the company’s poll in December, while the Yes vote slipped two percentage points.
Among women, 59 percent wanted to keep the status quo with 27 percent backing independence versus a split of 54 percent to 38 percent for men, Ipsos MORI said. In richest parts of Scotland, the gap in favor of remaining in the U.K. was 51 percentage points compared with six points in the most deprived areas, the survey found…
Nick Clegg announces 2015 negotiating team Liberal Democrat Voice …The new team addresses the gender issue to an extent, including two very effective female parliamentarians. But with a membership of five, equal representation along any axis is impossible. So once again the right/left, economic/social split is skewed to the right, while the gender split is skewed to the male.
Danny Alexander and David Laws provide some continuity as they bring with them their experience from 2010. David’s evidence-based analytical approach could provide a useful brake on over enthusiastic colleagues.
MP Gloria gives candid Red interview Mansfield Chad Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has opened up about her political and private life in a revealing new interview published in women’s magazine Red.
The shadow minister for women and equalities uses the interview to champion the choices that women make in life and to detail some of the decisions that she has made to get to where she is now.
Gloria (41) speaks about how she and her husband live in different cities most of the time in order to fulfil their own personal career ambitions and how she has never wanted to have children.
She also says that she believes that women should never be asked the ‘kids question’.
Parties sticking with male candidates for local elections Irish Examiner Despite repeated promises by the four main political parties to get more women involved in local politics, only 15 out of 71 candidates standing for Cork County Council in May’s local elections are female.
Fine Gael — currently the largest party on the council with 22 seats — is fielding 28 candidates. Fianna Fáil, which has 12 seats, is fielding 22, while Labour, with seven seats, is putting nine into the field. Sinn Féin has just one seat, but is looking to increase that substantially and has put out 12 runners.
The number of seats on the council is to rise from 48 to 55 to allow for more representation following this summer’s abolition of the 12 town councils in Cork.
Women’s group calls for more family-friendly Dáil Irish Examiner The group will launch its ‘Building a Women-Friendly Oireachtas’ campaign this afternoon, which makes several recommendations to Government aimed at encouraging women to consider politics as a career.
The NWCI would like to see a 40% gender quota applied at cabinet level with maternity and paternity leave introduced to allow further flexibility.
Director Orla O’Connor said the Government needed to set an example for gender equality in Ireland.
Female French journalists want to conquer the front page West – Welfare Society Territory Female journalists rise up against gender discrimination in France. The organization of the “right representation of women in media and of gender equality in journalism” has launched today the campaign “Prenons la une!” (Let’s conquer the front page!). An initiative seeking help among both sexes to say stop to gender inequalities at work. Because female writers are tired of seeing themselves represented as professional journalists and experts on TV and radio shows for only 18%. And of being paid on average 12% less than their male counterpart. Or again, of becoming managing editors in less than 3 cases out of 10, despite their talent. What they demand and expect is very clear: the addition of gender equality principles in the deontology code of the French press; the presence of at least 50% of female journalists and experts in TV and radio broadcasting, the development of training course for the dismantlement of gender stereotypes addressed to new young writers and also useful to older and experienced ones.
Women’s rights & class struggle The Guardian (Australia) Though it was no way the beginning of the women’s rights struggle, in those four and a half decades the struggles of the women’s movement, the trade unions and left and progressive political forces resulted in many social and economic gains for women.
It was a powerful part of that impetus that saw the Whitlam Labor government came to office in the early 1970s with a platform for social change.
Women benefited from the introduction of Medibank (now Medicare) and funding for women’s health that resulted in free, safe abortions, family planning, women’s refuges and other women’s services.
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 Newsmax.com 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? cbs4qc.com 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 … NorthumberlandView.ca 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.
Parliamentary Affairs articles on representation of women in parliamentary democracies. Free to access till the end of 2014.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, the editors of Parliamentary Affairs have drawn together recent publications examining the representation of women in parliamentary democracies around the world. All papers are free to access until the end of 2014; please click on the links to download.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, the editors of Parliamentary Affairs have drawn together recent publications examining the representation of women in parliamentary democracies around the world. All papers are free to access until the end of 2014; please click on the links to download.
Women’s Representation around the World: The Importance of Women’s Participation in the Workforce
Daniel Stockemer and Maeve Byrne
Strengthening Women’s Roles in Parliaments
Cameron’s Problem with Women’: The Reporting and the Reality of Gender-Based Trends in Attitudes to the Conservatives, 2010–2011
Roger Mortimore, Gideon Skinner, and Tomasz Mludzinski
When Is Contagion Not Very Contagious? Dynamics of Women’s Political Representation in Scotland
Meryl Kenny and Fiona Mackay
Are Female Legislators Different? Exploring Sex Differences in German MPs’ Outside Interests
Benny Geys and Karsten Mause
Attitudes Towards Women in Politics: Gender, Generation and Party Identification in Ireland
Yvonne Galligan and Kathleen Knight
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 HRmagazine.co.uk 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’ Telegraph.co.uk 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 Newsworks.org “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 foxnews.com 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 (www.investorideas.com newswire) In late 2013, women accounted for slightly more than 21 percent of the …
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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 Care2.com 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 …
Tonga launches mock parliament to boost women’s rep. Can the World’s Women Save Syria? A woman’s world in post-revolution Libya?
Getting more women involved in politics and decision making in Solomon Islands Solomon Star Last week I attended the opening of the Mock Parliament debate about Constituency Development Funds.
It was great to see so many women in the Parliament Chamber.
As a representative of one of Solomon Islands Development Partners and a guest in Solomon Islands over the past two years, I have attending many meetings focusing on development policy and issues. I have often been struck by how few women, particularly Solomon Islands women, are present at these meetings.
The Solomon Islands National Development Strategy Policy on Gender Equality is to “Advance gender equality and enhance women’s development ensuring the active contribution and meaningful participation of both Solomon Islands women and men in all spheres, and at all levels, of development and decision making”.
Tonga to launch mock parliament to boost women’s representation Radio New Zealand Tonga is to run a mock parliament for women to encourage more women to get involved in politics and address the current gender imbalance in the house.
Currently Tonga only has one woman in parliament, who was appointed by the prime minister rather than elected.
Mock parliaments for women have already been held in various Pacific countries, including Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and most recently, Solomon Islands.Tonga’s Speaker of Parliament, Lord Fakafanua, says he hopes the mock parliament will encourage and empower Tongan women to enter politics.
Women Under-Represented in All Political Structures in Nigeria,Says Mark AllAfrica.com The Senate President, Sen. David Mark, on Monday in Abuja said that women were underrepresented in all political structures in Nigeria.
Mark, who was represented by Sen. Helen Esuene, said this at the Nigeria Women Strategy Conference, with the theme: “Building Bridges of Opportunity; 2015 and beyond.”
He said that though women had participated actively in politics in the country, they had nothing to show for their participation except to mobilise for the electoral success of other people.
The Senate president stressed that marginalisation of women could be addressed through the collaborative efforts of men and women.
Women should get 50% positions in 2015 —House leader Nigerian Tribune Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Honourable Mulikat Akande-Adeola, on Monday, said the expectation of Nigerian women in the forthcoming 2015 election was to increase women’s representation in elective and appointive positions to 50 per cent.
This came as she commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his commitment towards actualisation of stipulated minimum quota of 35 per cent women representation in political positions and offices.
Honourable Akande-Adeola stated this during the Nigeria Women strategy conference themed: ‘Building bridges of opportunities; 2015 and beyond’, maintained that “in fact, our expectation is that from 2015, the federal, state, and local governments will increase women’s representation in elective and appointive positions to 50 per cent in order to complete the affirmative action aspiration for women.”
A first for conservative Saudi Arabia: a female newspaper editor (CNN) Like other Saudi women, she’s not allowed to drive or move around freely. But Somayya Jabarti will soon be setting the news agenda for thousands of readers in the Middle Eastern kingdom.
In what appears to be a first for male-dominated Saudi Arabia, Jabarti has been appointed editor of a major newspaper, the English-language Saudi Gazette.
She will take over as editor-in-chief from her longtime mentor, Khaled Al Maeena, the outgoing editor said in an article published Sunday on the newspaper’s website.
“I’ve had the goal almost as long of wanting to see a Saudi woman enter the male-dominated bastion of editors-in chief,” Al Maeena wrote. “It was not a question of gender but of merit that decided and earned her this opportunity.”
Children Need to Know All About Gender Based Violence AllAfrica.com In their combined efforts to rescue women and children from gender based violence, women organizations including TAMWA, TGNP, TAWLA, TGNP, CRC and ZAFELA are conducting awareness campaigns in selected districts of the country.
Dubbed the Gender Equality & Women Empowerment Programme (GEWE II), the initiative aims to educate and empower women on appropriate knowledge on gender based violence, the purpose being to create awareness and help them take measures, including reporting such cases to the police.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights, according to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Women’s “It will be our constitution” campaign launched with 50000 sms messages Libya Herald The German ambassador Christian Much launched the women’s “it will be our constitution” campaign by sending the first of 50,000 SMS messages at an event in Tripoli yesterday.
The Gender Concerns International (www.genderconcerns.org) and Women for Democratic Transformation Platform (www.wdtplatform.org), with the support of the German government, organized an event at the Radisson hotel under the banner “It was our Revolution. It is our election and it will be our constitution” to increase Libyan women’s participation and role in local politics.
Upon launching the SMS campaign, the German ambassador noted that his country benefited from being governed by a woman. He highlighted Thursday’s constitutional elections as the beginning of the process and the launch of 50,000 SMS messages for increased women’s role and participation will be an important part of that process.
A woman’s world in post-revolution Libya? Deutsche Welle When Gadhafi was pronounced dead in October 2011, it was the end of the revolution and of the regime that had held the nation in its grip for 42-years. After eight months of battle and bloodshed, the future shone with a promise brought within reach by the power of unity.
Having played an active role – as fighters, doctors and correspondents – in the events leading up to that moment, Libyan women were emboldened and hopeful the country they were helping to redefine would be a place of liberal values and reasoned thought. And some have fared well.
In 2012, Omnia Etayari started her own training and consultancy firm with no certainty of how it would be received. Her client list include government authorities, banks, oil companies and insurance companies, all of whom she says have been unwavering in their support.
Can the World’s Women Save Syria? Daily Beast She is known only as “Delegate Three” and her remarks to the world were simple.
“If your countries are keen on achieving peace in Syria,” she said to the United Nations Security Council during a closed session last month known as an Arria Formula meeting, “then they must know that this cannot be done without women and that we cannot be excluded from determining the future of our country.”
During the past few months, a chorus of international voices, have joined Delegate Three in seeking to insure that the latest efforts to end the Syrian conflict do not exclude the interests and unique perspectives of half the population. Petitions from around the world – in meetings convened by UN Women and international organizations, in statements from member states and top diplomats, and Delegate Three’s own appeal, made just days before the UN-brokered talks were set to open between the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces – have apparently not fallen on deaf ears.
BJP Launches Henna Campaign to Woo Female Voters The New Indian Express In an attempt to strike a chord with female voters ahead of the April-May general elections, the women wing of Jharkhand BJP has launched ‘Mehendi Lagao’ (apply henna) campaign in the pilgrim town Deoghar.
“We have launched a door-to-door campaign and apply mehendi (henna) in the form of lotus, the party symbol, on the palms of women voters since last week to garner support for the prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi,” Mahila Morcha President Usha Pandey told PTI today.
Slamming the Manmohan Singh-led UPA II for its “failure on all fronts,” Pandey said, “It has flunked on all fronts – from curbing price rise, to providing security to women.”
Pandey also criticised the coalition government in Jharkhand headed by Chief Minister Hemant Soren for rise in cases of rape and violence against women in the state.
South Korean Government Launches First Survey on Economic Life of Married Women Women of China The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family in the Republic of Korea recently launched a survey on the economic life of married women, showing 58 percent of them had quit their jobs after getting married or having children.
This is the first survey on married women’s economic life and employment launched by the South Korean government, which polled 5,854 married women aged between 25 and 59.
The results of the survey also showed that 51.3 percent of the married women who had resigned are still stay-at-home housewives. About 53 percent of them expressed a desire to go back to work, but most of them believed they wouldn’t be able to find a job better than their previous one.
Tories ‘deliberately mock women MPs for their northern accents’ says Pat Glass The Independent A Labour MP has accused Tories of deliberately mocking northern female politicians because of their accents during Commons debates.
Pat Glass, who represents Durham North West, said it was not just older Tories who were guilty of barracking Labour women, and blamed the macho Westminster culture.
In an interview with the Sunday Sun newspaper, she said new South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck was also singled out “because of her Sarah Millican-style accent”. Mrs Glass told the Press Association: “The hardest thing I found going into Parliament was the culture.
“If I had gone to an all boys public school I would have fitted in, but I didn’t. What I found is if a woman gets to speak, particularly women with an accent, then there is orchestrated barracking. You don’t get to see it on television because the camera is fixed on the person who is speaking and not on the orchestrated response …
Female northern MPs ‘bullied by macho Tories who mock their accents in House of Commons’ Mirror.co.uk Sexist Tories are targeting female Labour MPs because of their northern accents, it was claimed today. Women in Parliament face ‘macho’ and ‘aggressive’ comments on a daily basis from backbench Conservative MPs.
Emma Lewell-Buck, 35, who only entered the House of Commons last year, is said to face ridicule for her strong Geordie accent. Durham MP Pat Glass raised the issue when she was barracked by MPs during a debate on water bills.
Repeatedly interrupted, she told MPs: “One of the things I have found hard since entering Parliament in 2010 is the bullying, particularly of women, in the Chamber. It is completely unacceptable.”
Woman claims Angus bowling club is in gender equality ’parallel universe’ The Courier Kirriemuir woman Margaret Pollock is “fighting an uphill battle” to reform her local bowls club, even after recent changes to equality laws forced female members on to an equal footing with their male peers.
At 66, Mrs Pollock is one of Kirriemuir Bowling Club’s youngest members and believes she represents a generation of women who will not “make do with serving sandwiches for a half-price ticket”, or take to the greens at tightly-controlled times.
The Equality Act 2010 prohibits the segregation of memberships and fee structures along gender lines.
Buck releases “Ken Cares” videos to show his support for women (VIDEO) Greeley Tribune Mark Udall in the U.S. Senate race, unveiled a two-minute video titled “Ken … “Ken really is a champion for women and children and all survivors of …
Gender Equality in Canadian Schools Ottawa Citizen (blog) When Emily Stowe was told by the Toronto School of Medicine’s Vice President in 1865 that “The doors of the University are not open to women and I …