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"Angry" women get $15,000 pay cut
A recent study puts a monetary figure on the workplace adage "men are seen as assertive, and women are seen as shrews": $15,000. That's how much a woman co-worker loses in "perceived value" when she presents information, opinions and ideas in a "forceful" manner. When the study's participants were told the woman or man was a boss, they had a gender-neutral response to the delivery. However, when told that the woman or man was a colleague or an underling, that's when the bias - and the resulting pay difference - appeared.
Source: Fast Company

Compiled by Andrea Plaid

A 3-fer for gender equity
• Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) lambasted the Republicans in their recent efforts to once again defund Planned Parenthood: "Do you have any idea what year it is? Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950s? Or the 1890s? Should we call for a doctor? ... Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women's healthcare centers. On second thought, maybe I shouldn't be surprised. The Republicans have had a plan for years to strip away women's rights to make choices over our own bodies."

In August, the GOP ultimately failed to strip Planned Parenthood's funding.

No more gender-coded toy aisles at Target! The Star-Tribune reports that the store is moving away from the glaring color schemes in that and other children's sections, thanks to a tweet from a mom about the placement of building sets for boys and girls.

• Netflix announced it will offer new parents a one-year fully paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. Citing studies about the need for parents to have time to bond with their newest family member, the company also say that last year's doubling stocks allowed them to extend this benefit. Critics say that, though the policy may cause the absent employee to worry about career opportunities they may be missing, it's also a good way to retain workers.
Sources: Minnesota Star-Tribune, International Business Times, Salon


Uber does right by Saudi women
Even though Uber, the digital-age car service, doesn't have a great reputation in the United States - with its labor disputes and accusations of some drivers sexually assaulting female passengers - the company is gaining a good name in Saudi Arabia for helping to improve women's lives.

Women aren't permitted to drive in that Middle Eastern country. That left them with two options: depending on male relatives for rides or costly and unreliable car services. Thanks to Uber, women now have an affordable alternative. Women comprise 13 percent of workers but 60 percent of college students in Saudi Arabia. Young women in particular are using the service to conduct their daily business, including getting to class and to their jobs.
Source: Fast Company

Wheaton College eliminates health insurance over birth control
Wheaton College in Illinois stripped health care from 25 percent of its 3,000 undergraduate and graduate student because of the "morally objectionable" grounds of providing birth control, as mandated by the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA). The Evangelical Protestant Christian liberal arts college, founded in 1860 by abolitionists, has a pending lawsuit regarding the ACA mandate.
Sources: Women's eNews, USA Today

App for women-friendly businesses
Looking for a way to support women-friendly companies? There's an app for that.

The Buy Up Index compiles information for about 150 companies regarding benefits and policies, leadership, philanthropy and marketing regarding women. The index obtains the data from annual reports and advertising, among other main resources.

How women plan to use the app is more fascinating: some women said it would factor into buying at a store, while other women said they would use the app when considering applying for jobs.

"People have talked about the power of the purse for decades, but we've never had an effective tool for harnessing that power," independent journalist Amy Cross says. "I hope that hundreds of thousands of women will download Buy Up so we can make more and more change."
Sources: Fortune, Women Action and the Media (WAM!)

Real farmers are women, too
Statistics contradict the durable image of the salt-of-the-earth male farmer. According to the 2012 USDA census, about 970,000 of the 2.1 million principle farm operators are women.

Most are concentrated in the Northeast, Southwest and West, with Texas having the highest number of female farmers and Arizona having the highest percentage of women farmers compared to the overall farmer population in the state.

Furthermore, the farming demographic skews older: 96 percent of women farmers are 35 years old and older.
Sources: Upworthy, USDA

St. Cloud woman seeks Somali presidential seat
Anab Dahir wants to run for president - in her homeland of Somalia. For her, as she told SCTimes.com, the reason is simple: "I want to be the woman who is challenging the man."

Tired of watching nearly a quarter of a century of male leaders failing to rebuild the nation, Dahir decided to run for nation's presidency.

Inspired by female world leaders like Germany's Angela Merkel and Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as well as the local female leaders in academic institutions and hospitals, Dahir leads the Central Minnesota Somali Women and Youth Support and was appointed to the St. Cloud Housing and Redevelopment Authority. She also serves as an interpreter for medical clinics.

As of July 30, Somalia's president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamad, said the presidential elections may not be held as planned in 2016 due to security challenges from an al-Shabab Islamic insurgency group.
Source: SCTimes.com, USA Today, Voice of America

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