Signage at a California National Organization for Women rally gives the clear message: We need to stop teaching women how to dress and instead teach men not to rape.
Be cute, forget grades
First JC Penney marketed a T-shirt to girls with the slogan "I'm too pretty to do homework." Then Forever 21 sold a shirt announcing young women are "Allergic to Algebra." Both shirts have been pulled from the market due to protests and petitions. New York activist Lauren Todd started a petition on Change.org, which garnered 1,600 signatures and prompted an apology from JC Penney. Linda Chang, a senior marketing manager at Forever 21, said, "We would like to apologize to our customers as our intent was not to discredit education and we are taking the proper actions necessary."
Rape not a weapon "Waging war on the bodies of women has got to stop. ... Like any tactic of war, it can be eliminated," said Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work to ban landmines.
Six women Nobel peace laureates are leading a global campaign to end rape as a weapon of war. Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Betty Williams and Mairead Maguire have created a global organization to "work together for peace with justice and equality."
As part of this effort, the Nobel Women's Initiative released a report finding that rape as a weapon of war occurs "on a massive scale" and is a threat to global peace and security. "War on Women: Time for Action to End Sexual Violence in Conflict" examines studies of sexual violence in five regions of the world, explores the leading causes of such horrible acts, assesses actions taken by the international community and offers some ways individuals and governments can move forward to end sexual violence.
After Carol Bartz, former CEO of Yahoo, was fired over the phone by the board of directors in September, she said even though they "f***ed her over," she intended to remain a board member. A few days later she called the board members "doofuses," then promptly resigned. That second retort may have cost her $10 million of the $14 or so million in her severance package. According to libel attorneys, Bartz likely breached an anti-disparagement clause in her contract, because the word "doofuses" casts aspersions on the ability of the board of directors.
Bartz grew up in Winona, Minn. and Alma, Wis.
Income predicts unintended pregnancy
About 5 percent of U.S. women have an unintended pregnancy every year. However, a new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute shows a dramatic increase since 1994 among low-income women and a dramatic decrease among women with incomes at or above 200 percent of the federal poverty line. In 2006, poor women had an unintended pregnancy rate five times that of higher-income women, and an unintended birth rate six times as high.
"The growing disparity in unplanned pregnancy rates between poor and higher-income women-which reflects persistent, similar disparities across a range of health and social indicators-is deeply troubling," said Guttmacher Institute President and CEO Sharon Camp. "Addressing them all requires not only improved access to reproductive health care, but also looking to broader social and economic inequities."
Feminist scholar dies
Janet Spector, anthropology professor emerita and former assistant provost at the University of Minnesota, died of cancer on Sept. 13, 2011, at age 66. She was a founder of the U's Women's Studies Program and served as its chair from 1981 to 1984. She was also instrumental in establishing the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies at the U of M. While assistant provost in the 1990s, she chaired the 70-person U of M Commission on Women, leading an effort to transform the academic culture that remained hostile to women.
Spector was the author of "What This Awl Means: Feminist Archaeology at a Wahpeton Dakota Village." The book, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 1993, changed how people view archaeology.
Spector also had ties to the Minnesota Women's Press. She was a key planner for our initial Book Groups on the Road.
Women's job loss
Women employed in the public sector in the U.S. lost 81 percent of the jobs lost since December 2008 (473,000 of 581,000)
In local public sector employment, the number of women decreased 5 percent between December 2008 and July 2011, while the number of men decreased by 2 percent
During the same period, the number of women in federal public sector jobs decreased by 3 percent, while the number of men increased by 5 percent