Educating and unleashing women, a power for good

“What is so scary about smart girls?” says Nicholas Krystof in the New York Times.

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  • Boko Haram militants attacked a girls’ school
  • The Pakistani Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head at age 15
  • The Afghan Taliban throws acid on the faces of girls who dare to seek an education

Why are fanatics so terrified of girls’ education? Because there’s no force more powerful to transform a society. The greatest threat to extremism isn’t drones firing missiles, but girls reading books.  Read the full article What is so Scary about Smart Girls?

 

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.