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Gender Equity

Why More Women in Law Enforcement Means a More Just and Peaceful World

Legal Momentum | Posted 08.21.2015 | Crime
Legal Momentum

When I was 11, my family visited Washington, D.C., and the absolute highlight of the trip was a tour of FBI Headquarters. I asked the guide a question. "Can girls be FBI agents?" His response: "No, because girls would spend all their time painting their nails."

Women May Have an FDA-Approved Drug to Treat the Most Common Sexual Dysfunction

Susan Scanlan | Posted 08.14.2015 | Women
Susan Scanlan

Next week, however, we are on track to make the kind of progress in gender equity that usually comes once in a generation. This will be a step forward that makes the battles that came before worth it and, on a personal note, serves as a soothing salve to my chronic outrage.

A Conversation with Bina Sarkar Ellias, Founder, Editor, Designer and Publisher at International Gallerie - Part 2

Janice Sands | Posted 08.05.2015 | Arts
Janice Sands

In Part 2 of this conversation, Janice Sands, Executive Director of Pen and Brush, speaks with Bina Sarkar Ellias of International Gallerie about gender equity in the arts and insights for women looking to make a career in art or literature

A Conversation With Bina Sarkar Ellias, Founder, Editor, Designer and Publisher at International Gallerie - Part 1

Janice Sands | Posted 07.28.2015 | Arts
Janice Sands

Janice Sands, Executive Director of Pen and Brush, sits down for a conversation with Bina Sarkar Ellias about her publication, her passion and her recent experiences in Poland and Taiwan.

Why Gender Matters to Your Business

Saudia Davis | Posted 05.21.2015 | Small Business
Saudia Davis

The statistics are baffling--while women earn 60% of college degrees and now hold 52% of professional-level jobs, they are still in the minority when it comes to running Fortune 500 companies and holding executive positions in industries such as finance, law, medicine and technology.

Boys Missed During Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn Visit to Cambodia

Sothy Eng | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Sothy Eng

There was a piece of the puzzle that was distinctly missing from the conversation at Bakong High School, namely, the role of boys in supporting girls in their fight for equality.

Leadership Equity at Public Liberal Arts Colleges

Bill Spellman | Posted 05.29.2015 | College
Bill Spellman

As colleges and universities mark and celebrate Women's History Month, it may be worthwhile to reflect on the relationship between institutional history and efforts to advance gender equity at the presidential level.

Kids Need To See Women On Currency, Here's Why And What You Can Do

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Money, like statues, holidays and postage stamps, is a form of public media that speaks particularly to what we, as a culture, think is important to note and admire. Women and their contributions remain either hugely underrepresented or, in the case of paper money, erased.

Massachusetts Singles Out Gender Equity in the Workplace as Its Next Big Challenge

Lisa Levey | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business
Lisa Levey

Massachusetts is known for being in the vanguard on controversial issues. Same-sex marriage in 2004. Check. Health care reform in 2006. Check. Next up on the list: gender equity in the workplace.

Silver Linings for Women in 2014

Lisa Maatz | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

Women and girls worked hard in 2014 to advance equality, and we should be encouraged that in many ways our efforts paid off. In each bit of 2014 news that we found depressing, maddening, truly appalling, or all three, we've found a silver lining that can inspire and fuel our efforts for 2015.

Fulfilling Eleanor's Hope for America

Max Richtman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Max Richtman

Just under 77 million baby boomers are retiring, and more than half of them are women. Too many will face retirement inequity and insecurity. As we honor Eleanor Roosevelt's legacy this week and into the future, we must continue the work necessary to fulfill Eleanor's hope for America.

Ruling Galaxies But Not Countries: New Research on Women in Film

David Kleeman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
David Kleeman

Worldwide, across about 5,800 speaking or named characters, roughly 69 percent were male and 31 percent female. Fewer than a quarter of the films had a female lead

The CrossFit Case for Equal Pay

Nikole Collins-Puri | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women
Nikole Collins-Puri

If one of the fastest growing sports in America can apply the concept of equal pay for equal effort, we should be able to do the same in the world of work.

Why Women Needed to Hear Nooyi's Disempowering Words

Anjali Joshi | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Anjali Joshi

Hanging on by a thread. These are the choice words of women striving to "have it all." Frightening, isn't it?

The Changing Face and Gender of Latin America's Rulers

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Lorena Aguilar

The struggle for gender equality and women's empowerment in Latin America has been long, difficult, and full of push backs. In some places it has been marked by violence that has led to the indiscriminate killing of women, based solely on their gender.

"What About the Men? They Need Life Outside of Work, Too"

Karyn Twaronite | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Karyn Twaronite

In short, the workplace is changing and men experience many of the same work-life conflicts as women.

Obama, Republicans Compete For Support Among Women

AP | By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months on the defensive over his health law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender polit...

Athletic Boosters Beware: Government Orders Michigan School to Tear Down Fund-Raised Improvements

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 05.30.2014 | Sports
Wendy N. Powell

If you think you fund-raise for the benefit of your child's athletic team, think again. The rules of Title IX compliance, concerning gender equity, ma...

Six Reasons to Cheer for Unions This International Women's Day

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

In spite of these strides, millions of female workers are getting the squeeze in today's economy. Even as women break the glass ceiling in business and politics, they still earn on average, 77 cents to every dollar earned by men -- and unions are a big part of the solution.

Why Are There So Few Women Behind the Camera?

Melissa Goodman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Women
Melissa Goodman

According to the Directors Guild of America (DGA), women directed only 14 percent of TV episodes last year. Of the 200 shows the DGA analyzed, 38 didn't hire a single woman.

The Important Role Business Schools Can Play In Framing Gender Equity

Judith Samuelson | Posted 11.13.2013 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Do we really want our up and coming leaders to spend two years at institutions that mimic business culture? Wouldn't it be better if our schools of business were run in ways that supported our aspirations for our next generation of leaders?

Yellen Is the Man for the Job

Megan Beyer | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
Megan Beyer

It is clear -- three years after the bill's passage -- the agencies are still far from compliance on at least one aspect of the bill. Dodd-Frank mandates that agencies create workplaces with a more reasonable gender balance.

Hand-Raising At Harvard -- Will It Help Level the Field?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 11.09.2013 | Business
Kathleen Reardon

How does a top business graduate school level the playing field for women? How does it retain female faculty in a culture that the university admits has been unwelcoming to women?

The Effort To Change Harvard Business School's Culture

New York Times | Posted 09.08.2013 | College

BOSTON — When the members of the Harvard Business School class of 2013 gathered in May to celebrate the end of their studies, there was little visib...

Robin Hood Laptop Project Turns Poverty Into Possibility for Sri Lankan Tea Plantation Girls

Zoe Helene | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Zoe Helene

Durga, the daughter of a tea worker and "plucker," lives in the Idulgashinna Tea Estate community on the island of Sri Lanka. Like most teenagers, Durga has dreams. She wants to be a software engineer, and she has the talent, drive and discipline to excel in her chosen career.