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By the numbers
Kathy Magnuson and Norma Smith Olson

"I've always subscribed to the idea that one person can be an agent for change." -Tami Mohamed Brown read her story


86 years The average life expectancy for a woman in Japan, the longest in the world

81 years The average life expectancy for a woman in the United States

44 years The average life expectancy for women in Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, the shortest in the world

177 The number of countries that provide paid maternity leave

0 The amount of paid maternity leave guaranteed in the United States

58% The percentage of U.S. women who participate in the work force, up from 33% in 1950

0 The number of female CEOs in the top 20 companies on the Fortune 500

17% The percentage of U.S. Congress members who are female

56% The percentage of Rwanda's parliament who are female

2 The number of countries that allowed women to vote in 1911

1 bike, 2 smiling women, 3 visual messages, 6 girls, 7 womenpriests, 8 Minnesota women artists, 26 letters, 100 pies, 280 pounds ... 1 less baggie ... you get it ... numbers tell the stories of so many women in so many ways around the world and in this issue of the Women's Press.

Many of those stories drill down to the number 1-one woman finding her passion, her direction, her voice, her way of making a difference in her world.

Jessica Lopez Lyman took on issues around her mixed identity, and is determined to help other young women with a sense of difference discover their own selves. Her leadership in ritual retreats makes a difference in at least six girls' lives again this summer.



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Sue K. Hammersmith writes about the necessity to see yourself as the professional leader you want to become and calls out for more women presidents in higher education. Lisa Gray reacts to seeing a sexist message on a guy's T-shirt and counters with a message of her own.

Susan Strauss speaks up about sexual harassment that is labeled as bullying and why that matters.

Julie Retka bicycles the globe and learns about fear of "the other" and how most people are peaceful and well-meaning. This issue is devoted to a small number of the large actual total of women who are finding their inner voice and strength and stepping out, speaking up, making a difference in their own life and the lives of others.


Changemakers! Who would you nominate as a 2012 changemaker? Who do you know who has made a difference for women or girls, promoting greater equality, justice or self-determination? Submit your nominations at www.womenspress.com before Sept. 15. Watch for our annual Changemakers issue in December.


What does "women mean business" mean to you?
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Deadline: August 10, 2012

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• Women & Pets Guide
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