To think about: "Women's empowerment helps raise economic productivity and reduce infant mortality. It contributes to improved health and nutrition. It increases the chance of education for the next generation." (Kristoff and WuDunn, Half the Sky, xx)

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Word Bossy Should Be Banned....

Sheryl Sandberg is at it again! This time it's more direct than just "lean in"; it's a plea to ban the word "bossy" to describe girls and women and, instead, suggest that this is the way to develop executive leadership skills!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Why We Love To Hate Hannah Horvath

An interesting article on the main character in the HBO series Girls on how the world can't handle a female anti-hero yet.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stature/stalker at Wellesley?

Check this new piece of art out that is causing a lot of controversy and discussion at Wellesley.

New "stock" images of women

I've now read several articles about how Sheryl Sandberg and others have created a new and updated database of "stock" images of women and girl that show a greater range of careers, in leadership positions and how they are generally represented in the world. Here's one from Buzz Feed: check it out!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Conservatives launch gendered attacks at Wendy Davis

In response to an article that questioned the specific details of Davis' life, conservative critics have accused the "Abortion Barbie" of only succeeding because of a "Sugar Daddy Ken".

From the link: 

"The discrepancies pointed out by The Dallas Morning News in Davis' tale of past hardships were relatively minor. Davis has said she was a divorced single mother at 19, when she was only separated at 19. Her divorce did not become final until she was 21. She has told stories about the difficulty of living in a trailer with her daughter, but the article noted they lived in that mobile home for just a few months. Davis mentioned in 2012 that her mother had a sixth-grade education; in fact, her mother has a ninth-grade education.

The part of Wendy Davis' story that conservative pundits have really latched onto is her second marriage to attorney Jeff Davis, who helped pay for her law degree. Jeff Davis cashed in his 401(k) and the two of them took out a loan, which Wendy Davis said she took a "vibrant" role in paying back.
Erickson and Limbaugh read that story as Davis' having had a 'sugar daddy'.
“It seems, to boil it all down, that Wendy Davis would’ve ended up being really poor and destitute were it not for a man,” Limbaugh said on his show Monday.
Abbott's campaign accused Davis of “systematically, intentionally and repeatedly deceiv[ing] Texans for years about her background"