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ThinkAboutIt February 2013
Mother Jones found a striking gender gap on the obit pages of top U.S. newspapers last year. "The standards by which people are chosen still have a 'masculine' skew," Gloria Steinem told the magazine. "A woman who organized and pressured successfully for social progress ... is probably still less likely to get notice than a man whose success can be measured in personal wealth."
Source: Mother Jones

Compiled by Nancy B. Olsen



"It's about the power of three:
"1 is a token,
"2 is a presence,
"3 is a voice.
"Having one person like me on the board of a bank is a step, but it's when we get critical mass that systemic improvement takes place and we won't even need quotas."
"-Najla Al Midfa, first female on the board of United Arab Bank in the United Arab Emirates and a Stanford M.B.A. The U.A.E. has made it mandatory for every company and government agency to have female board members. Source: The New York Times

Rebooting the Violence Against Women Act The landmark 1994 Violence Against Women Act-credited with saving hundreds of thousands of lives-has expired, but congressional leaders vowed to revive it in the new session. The House passed its own watered-down version but did not vote on the Senate's updated bill that among other things would have extended protection to immigrants, LGBT and tribal women. "Every moment the House continues to delay is another moment vulnerable women are left without protections they deserve," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Source: Ms. magazine

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Sidesaddle only, ladies
A city in the Indonesian province of Aceh, which abides by sharia law, has proposed banning adolescent girls and women from straddling motorbikes or hanging on to a male driver. Instead, they are to ride sidesaddle, with both legs on the same side, so as not to "provoke the male driver," Mayor Suaidi Yahya said. "We wish to honor women with this ban because they are delicate creatures." If one of these "delicate creatures" is driving, then she may straddle the bike-as long as she is dressed in the appropriate loose, draping clothes.
Sources: The Frisky, the Associated Press

Gender injustice
Two high-profile court cases may leave women wondering what century this is.

Closing a rape loophole: The head of the California Women's Caucus wants to expand an outdated 1870s state law that said tricking a victim into sex by impersonation is rape only if the victim is married. A new bill would replace the term "spouse" with "sexually intimate partner." This follows the disturbing case of an unmarried woman who was raped in her sleep by a man pretending to be her boyfriend; his conviction was overturned on the basis of the antiquated law.

Too attractive? You're fired: An Iowa dental assistant filed a civil-rights suit after she was fired because her boss found her "an irresistible attraction," and the all-male Iowa Supreme Court upheld the firing. She has asked the court to rehear the case and reconsider its ruling that her dismissal was not illegal sex discrimination. "Youʼre telling the women of Iowa that we are responsible for monitoring and controlling our bossesʼ behavior and sexual desire," her attorney, Paige Fielder, said.
Sources: Ms. Magazine, Huffington Post, the Des Moines Register

Genital mutilation banned
The U.N. General Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution that bans female genital mutilation. The practice is estimated to harm more than 100 million women and girls worldwide. The resolution urges countries to enforce legislation, raise awareness and allocate sufficient resources to protect and support these women and girls, especially refugees and migrants.
Source: unwomen.org SideBar: w/chart: (ThinkAboutIt.NotableWomenChart) Mother Jones found a striking gender gap on the obit pages of top U.S. newspapers last year. "The standards by which people are chosen still have a 'masculine' skew," Gloria Steinem told the magazine. "A woman who organized and pressured successfully for social progress ... is probably still less likely to get notice than a man whose success can be measured in personal wealth."
Source: Mother Jones





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