Equity in the News 4-8-08

April 08, 2008

Headlines for March 29 – April 3

  • “Creating a legacy of leadership: A women’s conference” drew more than 80 participants to First Presbyterian Church in Red Wing, WI. The conference was hosted by the League of Women Voters Red Wing, the Red Wing Chapter of the American Association of University Women and Community Education.
  • Amber Cowan is completing her studies with the help of a scholarship from the Tahlequah American Association of University Women. She, Stanberry and Turner presented their projects during the AAUW meeting earlier this month.
  • Voters who mistakenly supported a ballot initiative to end state programs favoring minorities and women should speak out, affirmative-action advocates said Tuesday, setting the stage for a potential lawsuit.
  • Growing up, Sheila Johnson refused to believe that she “couldn’t” achieve something because she was female. Today, she passes that belief along through gifts aimed at catalyzing change for women. Ninth in a series on women funding serious change.
  • Margo Tucker was in fifth grade when Tori Allen made history. Allen, a 2005 Lawrence Central graduate, was an elite pole-vaulter who won the boys Marion County championship in 2002 as a freshman. Allen, a female, competed in the boys competition because pole vaulting was not offered in girls track.
  • It was five on five last Thursday afternoon in the warm Sweet Briar classroom above the gym. The students, all women, were competing in the old intellectual way: debate.
    The subject: Title IX.
  • A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies, “40 Years Later: The Unrealized American Dream,” lays out key elements of the inequality that African-Americans experience in the United States around education, employment and wealth accumulation. … On education, the IPS report states African-American college graduation rates will not be on par with white graduation rates for another 80 years. The income gap between African-Americans and whites will not disappear for more than 500 years at current rates.
  • With a couple of months before graduation, Michael Jin is looking forward to life after college. With only a couple of months to go before graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Michael dreams of working for a sports marketing company like IMG or Octagon. Laurena Abraham, a student majoring in sports management and HR, is equally ambitious. Also currently studying at UMass, Laurena plans to gain employment in the sports marketing field. But Abraham is likely to earn less than Jin after graduation.
  • Whether you are running for president or looking for a clerical job, you cannot afford to get angry if you are a woman, Yale University psychologist Victoria Brescoll has found.
  • A British spy who helped lead the French Resistance during World War II outfoxed the Nazis by concealing secret messages in the hem of her skirt, according to records unsealed Monday.
  • Gov. Jim Doyle has signed a new state law that allows domestic abuse victims to break rental agreements without penalty.
  • In a new subplot added by the filmmakers of Horton Hears a Who, the mayor of Whoville has 96 daughters. He has one son. Guess who gets all his attention? Guess who saves the day? Go ahead, think about it….
  • The problem with showing my soon-to-be-14-year-old daughter a documentary about seven young women and the possibility of a female president of the United States was that I could imagine the conversation afterward.
  • The historic and long-running presidential campaigns of Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton have injected issues of race and gender into politics as never before. With campaign coverage center stage on the cable channels, producers and critics are again assessing the diversity among pundits, who talk (and talk) about things like Mr. Obama’s pastor, the Hispanic vote, Iraq and the economy.
  • In “Compañeras,” a documentary about the female mariachi band Reyna de Los Angeles, one of the members explains why she is loath to see mariachi music as work.
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