Do you Want Advancement at Work? Look for the right male boss!

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According to Sarah Yager’s research in her article How Women Change Men, men’s attitudes at work are heavily influenced by the close relationships with women they have in their personal lives:

  • Male CEOs with firstborn daughters pay their employees more, giving female employees the biggest raises
  • Men who have daughters are less attached to traditional gender roles
  • Men who have sisters however are more supportive of traditional gender roles and less likely to perform housework
  • Men with stay-at-home wives favor a traditional division of labor, disapprove of women in the work place, and more frequently deny promotions to qualified women

So the ideal male boss should be one with daughters, no sisters, and a working wife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12-year Old Female Leader dismissed by NC Governor as a “Prop”

How is this for female leadership?  Madison Kimrey, just 12 years old and founder of NC Youth Rocks, gave a rousing speech at a recent NAACP event, taking on Governor Pat McCrory, and the state’s recent highly restrictive Voter I.D. laws.

She raises huge concerns about the elimination of the state’s pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds through schools and the state’s DMV that enables them to automatically be added to the voting rolls when they turn 18.

She asked to talk to Gov. McCrory, but he refused to meet with her, calling her “ridiculous” and a “liberal prop.”

Her response: “I am not a prop. I am part of a new generation of suffragettes.”

Hear her speak. What an amazing young woman!

Promote Confidence in Girls and Women

Get the word out. The Confidence Coalition is an alliance committed to:

  • Promoting self-confidence in girls and women by empowering them to overcome social barriers and inspiring them to reach their greatest potential
  • Providing networking opportunities for organizations, companies and individuals who build confidence in girls and women
  • Encouraging women and girls to be engaged in their communities through active participation in organizations that serve women and girls.

Watch the video.

Share the video and to learn more visit http://confidencecoalition.org/

Support Saudi Women Fighting for the Right to Drive a Car

Did you know Saudi Women are not allowed to drive a car? And the argument?  “If a woman drives a car that could have negative physiological impacts as…physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards,” warned Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan.  Yes, pure science tea-party style!

Saudi women are gearing up for a day of action to challenge the kingdom’s ban on female driving, amid signs of slowly growing readiness by the authorities to consider reform in the face of strong opposition by the clerical establishment. Twitter, Facebook and other social media have been used to get women drivers on the roads on Saturday in a marathon push against this unique restriction.

Activists say they have 16,600 signatures on an online petition calling for change. Efforts to publicize the issue by the “October 26 driving for women” group have been described as the best organized social campaign ever seen in Saudi Arabia, where Twitter has millions of users and is used to circulate information about the monarchy and official corruption.

Previous attempts to promote change fizzled out in arrests for public order offenses and demoralization. In 2011, activist Manal al-Sharif made a YouTube video urging women to drive their own cars, and was imprisoned for over a week. But the signs are far more positive now. Three female members of the shura (advisory) council – among 30 appointed by the 90-year-old King Abdullah – recommended this month that the ban be rescinded, though no debate has yet taken place. They urged the council to “recognise the rights of women to drive a car in accordance with the principles of sharia [Islamic law] and traffic laws”.

The three – praised by supporters for “stirring the stagnant water” – framed their argument with careful references to fatwas (religious edicts) banning women from being in the company of an unrelated male (a driver). Other ideas designed to reassure critics are appointing female traffic police and driving instructors. Cost is another big factor, with families having to employ chauffeurs, as is convenience.  Neither sharia law nor national traffic regulations explicitly ban women from driving, but they are not issued licenses.

Campaigners have been emboldened by the low-key official response, with some emulating Sharif and uploading films on social media of themselves driving. In a video posted by the well-known blogger Eman al-Najfan, a female driver is seen cruising down a relatively busy road while passing motorists give enthusiastic thumbs-up signs in support. As expectations mount, many Saudi fathers are teaching their daughters to drive. “People are positive that things are going to change,” said the journalist Abeer al-Mishkhas. “They just hope it will come soon. The government says it is waiting to see if society is becoming more tolerant.

So let’s support Saudi Women on Oct. 26th and hope this time they are able to change the rules.

Gender Gap smaller in Nicaragua than in the US

According to the 2013 Global Gender Gap report released on Oct. 24 by the World Economic Forum, the US did not even make it into the top 20 for a small gender gap. Once again the Nordic countries lead, but even a country like Nicaragua made it into the top 10. Which should tell us much about the state of Gender disparity in our country.

Of course this is not a perfect metric. It ranks 136 countries (which collectively contain over 93 percent of the world’s population) based on 14 indicators used to measure the size of a nation’s gender gap in four key areas:

1. Economic participation and opportunity, which includes female labor force participation, wage equality and the percentage of women in high-ranking, highly skilled jobs.
2. Educational attainment, which looks at female literacy, and women’s access to and enrollment in both basic and higher education.
3. Political empowerment, which examines the number of women holding political office as well as the number of female heads of state over the last 50 years.
4. Health and survival, which is measured by comparing female and male life expectancy and mortality rates.

This year the United States ranked 23rd. Unfortunately, our ranking and score have both decreased since 2011. That year, the U.S. was ranked 17th, just behind the United Kingdom and just ahead of Canada.

Where the U.S. really seems to falter is not in educational attainment — we have near-perfect gender equality when it comes to enrollment in primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions. And though we ranked an abysmal 67th when it came to closing the wage gap, overall the U.S. ranked 6th for economic participation. But the U.S. has a serious gender issue when it comes to politics, receiving a very low score for overall political empowerment, mostly because we have so few women in legislative and ministerial positions.

The first 10 countries are:

1.     Iceland

2.     Finland

3.     Norway

4.     Sweden

5.     Philippines

6.     Ireland

7.     New Zealand

8.     Denmark

9.     Switzerland

10.  Nicaragua

See the Global Gender Gap 2013 report.