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A Summit at West Point

Posted by Joan Grey on April 17, 2013

Sue Fulton photo

Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton
Board Member, OutServe-SLDN

This article was first posted on the Huffington Post.

As West Point conferences go, it was a great event at the United States Military Academy this past weekend. Graduates from many different walks of life attended; a 2002 grad, currently leading the Illinois Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, talked about how Army and Academy experience informed support for veterans. A cadet panel impressed the “Old Grads” with their tales of tough field training and international adventures — one combat-arms-destined senior joked about being nicknamed “Ranger Roger” by other cadets.

In a panel about healing, a survivor of severe spinal cord injury from a parachute accident (not the only grad in the room with that experience) joined a cancer survivor to talk about their work helping others with more serious problems. A two-star general spoke movingly of eleven soldiers lost on deployment in Iraq, while another general nodded mutely; another senior officer talked about realizing that a third deployment had triggered PTSD symptoms.

The head of the Academy’s Psychology curriculum talked about “resiliency training,” preparing troops to survive the emotional challenges of battle. A Navy Captain talked about flying combat aircraft.

The dinner speaker, whose remarkable resume included for-profit and nonprofit leadership, an award-winning book and a run for Congress inspired and entertained the audience with the story of making a bid to compete as a bobsledder in the 2002 Winter Olympics, and coaching young volleyball players.

Most moving was the memorial. The reading of names of those lost: on the battlefield, to cancer, some tragically to suicide. The Chaplain — yet another West Point grad — reminding us of the business we’re in, and how the reminder of death can keep us living life, every second, in support of our values and our personal missions. The playing of taps. And the sound of voices raised, many tear-filled, singing the verses of the Alma Mater.

In particular, that last — the raised voices — was stunning. Because all the voices were female.

This was the West Point Women’s Summit, and each of those mentioned above (except Navy Captain Michelle Guidry) was a woman graduate (or cadet) of the Academy: Erica Borggren ’02, Cadet Sara Roger ’13, Nancy Hogan ’95, Joan Grey ’80, Lil Pfluke ’80, MG Heidi Brown ’81, BG (ret) Anne McDonald ’80, COL Donna Brazil ’83, Donna McAleer ’87, Cynthia Lindenmeyer ’90.

The class of ’80 — the first class to include women — was well-represented, as 17 of those 62 graduates attended. Perhaps the ’80 women are particularly fearless, but they were not the only ones raising their voices during raucous panels to correct a fact or challenge a position.

A panel about combat roles for women included three male combat vets talking about why including women in these roles was important for the Army, and they were joined by the aforementioned Navy pilot, a blunt and commanding woman who pointed out tersely that “it’s all about performance. Period.” They were joined on the panel by a somewhat-overmatched Colonel sent by the Army G-1 staff (a woman, perhaps not coincidentally) who had the thankless task of explaining why it would take three years of study to implement the Secretary of Defense’s lifting of the ban this year.

In response to a question, the G-1 Colonel said, “We would love to have your input, but with current funding levels, we can’t afford to bring people in for these discussions…”

“Everybody in this room,” interrupted Capt. Guidry, “who would travel anywhere, any time, on your own dime, to provide input on this issue, raise your hands.” Almost every hand went up as she sat back in her chair.

In a briefing about the current status of the Cadet Corps, attendees sharply challenged the gender composition, currently at 16%, “to match the percentage of women in the Army.”

“Why would you match the current composition, when it’s clearly going to rise?” argued one. “We need to lead on this, not follow!” The point that matching the Army’s current percentage in a new class of plebes doesn’t even match the Army’s subsequent requirement for lieutenants four years later, much less senior officers for the Army of 2025 and beyond, who seemed not to have been considered.

Another: “Just because the Army’s at 16% doesn’t make it right, or good for the Army! There’s no real effort to attract talented women.”

Another: “We know there are issues of culture at West Point. Women think that a male mentor is better than a woman mentor — a direct consequence of keeping them at an arbitrary low number.”

Another: “Data shows that at levels below 20%, any group will have a minority mindset, and that’s why you have some of these issues. You need 30-35% women here to have a healthy culture.”

There was as much laughter as contention throughout the weekend, as many old-grad stories were trotted out, but the gathering was infused with a reverence and respect for the young officers currently fighting our battles. Toward the end, the conference was interrupted with the news that the husband of an attendee — herself a company commander — had been shot in Afghanistan. We gathered around her in prayer.

This is the business we’re in. And we never forget it. Those of us who no longer wear the uniform never forget our debt. The one thing we share was articulated by dinner speaker Donna McAleer ’87, as she was honored for her own service: “Our oath to our country, to the Constitution, our commitment to serve, has no expiration date.”

33 years after women first graduated West Point, we know what women can do. If the Army is ever to “be all that we can be,” we need to stop marginalizing women.

West Point Women @ Summit, April 2013

West Point Women @ Summit, April 2013

Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton is a 1980 West Point graduate, part of the first class to admit women. She was commissioned in the Army, served as a platoon leader and company commander in Germany, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. She currently serves on the board of OutServe-SLDN, and was appointed by President Obama as the first openly gay member of the West Point Board of Visitors. Fulton lives in Asbury Park, NJ, with her wife Penny Gnesin.

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Finally breaking the “green jacket” ceiling

Posted by egehl on August 28, 2012

Almost ten years ago, I remember well when the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) brought up the issue of the all-male Augusta National Golf Club refusing to admit women into its prestigious club.  NCWO led a push to crack the club’s longstanding policy against female membership which included a high-profile protest during the 2003 Masters tournament.

At the time, I was a young woman fresh out of graduate school and quite frankly didn’t really understand why it was such a big deal and worth the effort, especially given the many other pressing issues facing women’s rights.  So what if men wanted to have their own club?  As a member of a sorority in college, I certainly knew plenty of same sex organizations and clubs that operated without an issue, and each gender was fine with that exclusive make-up.

However, what I quickly learned was that Augusta National was different because of the stature and influence of its all-male members.  And by shutting women out it was sending a message that it was fine to keep women out of the halls of power, and away from where important business decisions were being made.

It is well known that golf is a popular way for professionals to network, share ideas, and get exposed to higher-level people that can advance their career.  Augusta National is no exception and represents a place where powerful business men come together and ultimately benefit each other’s work.  Without women part of the membership it sent a clear message that they are not significant enough to take part in the important business discussions taking place every day in the club, and on the golf course.

Last week Augusta National announced that after 80 years the club will admit its first two women, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore, into the club this fall.  The unexpected announcement garnered a wide array of reaction ranging from praise for the decision to does it really matter in the context of Todd Akin’s ignorant remarks about rape.

So what is the significance of the “boys club” finally changing?  Does it will really help women in the long run? And how symbolic is this decision made by club chairman Billy Payne?

Ultimately the move to admit these accomplished women is symbolic because it shows the importance of getting women access to the business elite.  For decades women have worked hard to earn a right to be in the halls of power in companies and organizations across the country.  Therefore August National’s decision to admit women is an important step in recognizing that women deserve to be in a room filled with accomplished men, and should have access to the same networking opportunities.

While the move may seem insignificant to some in the whole scheme of advancing women in the workplace, anytime there’s a “win” in making sure that women are on an equal playing field as men is important and all part of advancing women’s rights.  When corporate leaders publicly participate in activities that keep women out, it makes a very public statement about the value of women workers and their contribution to the enterprise, no matter their position in the company.  And in today’s society with women making up half the workforce, it’s ludicrous for women leaders to not be in those activities because their experience and point of view should be a part of those discussions and networks.

As Deborah Frett, CEO of the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, said on NPR “It was never really about golf.  It’s always been about power and keeping women out of the halls of power and away from where business decisions are made.”

Not all single sex organizations and clubs are the same, and those whose policies present barriers to women’s advancement in the workplace should integrate so that there’s a level playing field in networking, exchange of ideas, and exposure to power.  A club like August National represents power and women should not be kept out of the halls of power in the 21st century when women have ascended to roles of stature in government, business, law, medicine and many other fields.

Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore are ground breaking women and strong choices to break the Augusta National “green jacket” ceiling.  They represent the accomplishments and strides that women have made in the workplace and I have no doubt they will be able to go “toe-toe” with the Augusta members not only in discussions in the dining room, but on the golf course as well.  I hope they represent the first of many future female members wearing the green jacket.

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on June 22, 2012

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

 Women who have succeeded in business should be brave enough to share their achievements in order to inspire others and not shy away from publicity [Newsday]

Anniversary of Walmart V Duke is marked by push for equal pay [Care2]

MA women’s commission presses for equal pay and sick days [Boston Herald]

Queen bees, mentors and the boss problem [Business Week]

Even women doctors can’t escape the pay gap [Forbes]

Why women still can’t have it all.  This article is generating quite a discussion in the media and blogosphere [The Atlantic]

Gender make of of UVA Board of Governors is questioned [Washington Post]

The impossible juggling act: motherhood and work [CAP Radio]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

60 women named to League of Extraordinary Women [Fastcompany]

WWII veteran devoted her life to service [Tulsa World]

28 top business women to watch [DRShannonreece]

Elinor Ostrom, only woman to win Nobel Prize for Economics dies [Huffington Post]

Ms Magazine is 40 years old [Huffington Post]


VA should accelerate plans to help female veterans [Boston.com]

Senate Bill aims to help homeless women veterans [Air Force Times]

Documentary looks at post service challenges for female troops [Ruptured Duck]

Inequities plague women veterans [State of Heath]

“Invisible War” film documentary examines rape in the military [Washington Post]

Allow women veterans married to veterans to have their own headstones[UserVoice]

Other News of Note

State Department creates global sports mentor program for women [Business Week]

40 years after Title IX women still lag in tech fields [Delmarva Now]

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on February 3, 2012

Today is Wear Red Day for Women’s Hearts

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

The next big fight for equality in the ranks will likely come from women in uniform [New York Times]

Feminist movements have been fighting for equality between the sexes for over a century; asking for equal rights, equal pay, and equal perceptions [Georgetown Voice]

Remarks by the First Lady at Joining Forces Event on Family Medical Leave Act [NewsRoom America]

Seeking novel ways to eliminate the gender pay gap,  Department of Labor announced contest for creating software applications to promote equal pay [MMD NewsWire]

Three years after the Ledbetter bill passed women still earn less than men [Think Progress]

Women still minority in Davos [Bloomberg]

Pregnant and pushed out of a job – yes it can still happen [New York Times]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

As Sue Cischke retires, Motor City loses on of its few women executives [Forbes]

The power women of Davos [Forbes]

Girl Scouts celebrating a century, it’s about more than the cookies [New York Times]

Navy remembers fleets first female handler [Military.com]

Female ROTC Cadet excels at OSU [ocolly]


At 51 percent of the population, and 55 percent of voters, women should require candidates to rethink their pitch to women [The Hill]

Small Business

Survey reveals what keeps women business owners up at night [MarketWatch]

Why the global economy needs businesses to invest in women [The Daily Beast]

How women are mistreated by the venture capital world [Inc]


Caffeine alters estrogen levels in younger women [New York Times]

Editorial: Birth Control and Reproductive Rights [New York Times]

VA publishes regulations on newborn care [BusinessWire]

Gen Y

The challenges facing Gen Y women [Forbes]

Next generation of women leaders will emerge faster when we stop trying to act like men [Forbes]


BPW/Columbia, SC holds women veterans summit [Midlands Connect]

Female vet and former Black Hawk pilot has problems with transition [New York Daily News]

Challenges contributing to homelessness may be more pronounced for women veterans suffering from “disabling psychological conditions” [USGovInfo]

Homeless women veterans on the rise [Time]


Canadian researchers determine mentoring helps women who have suffered abuse [Pych Central]

Michelle Obama talks about being a mentor [White House Blog]

Other Important News

Fierce outcry on Komen decision of defund Planned Parenthood [New York Times]

Editorial takes issue with Komen Foundation decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood [New York Times]

Women’s Professional Soccer League has cancelled their 2012 season [Huffington Post]

Why are women better at buying cars? [NPR]

New Facebook App connects women [AllFacebook]

Don’t fall for untrue smears against Girl Scouts [Washington Post]

Voice over trailer work scarce for women.  Men’s voices more “credible” [New York Times]

Can feminists like fashion? [Forbes]

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HERvotes Blog Carnival – Violence Against Women

Posted by YWM on January 31, 2012

For the eighth #HERvotes blog carnival, our coalition of women’s groups is joining forces for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, rates for sexual violence, stalking, and domestic violence occurred at alarming rates.  One in four women have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner and nearly one in five women have been raped in their lifetime. This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider legislation that to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the largest policy effort aimed at responding to and preventing these crimes. First passed in 1994, VAWA supports comprehensive, cost-saving responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and must be reauthorized to ensure a continued federal government response.  Since its passage in 1994, more victims report domestic violence to the police and the rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence against women has decreased by 53 percent.  Through the HERvotes Blog Carnival we hope to remind voters of the importance of protecting women from violence and highlight VAWA’s lifesaving programs and services.  Reauthorizing VAWA  will ensure that its important programs will continue for five more years.  We urge the Senate to remember and protect women.

Join us by sharing the posts below on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtag #HERvotes), and other social media

The Trenches, Remembered – Joan Grey, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation

Tell Your Senator to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act Now- Elizabeth Owens, AAUW

Why VAWA is a Queer Issue- Terra Slavin, L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and Sharon Stapel, New York City Anti-Violence Project

Universities Should Support VAWA- Melissa Siegel,  National Youth Advisory Board

Students Against Dating/Domestic Abuse– Sara Skavroneck,  National Youth Advisory Board

Loveisrespect.org- National Youth Advisory Board Against Dating ViolenceKevin Mauro,  National Youth Advisory Board

Teenage Dating Violence and VAWA– Nikki Desario,  National Youth Advisory Board

Violence Against Women Act up for Reauthorization– National Association of Social Workers

Wake up, People! Domestic Violence is an Epidemic!– Donna Pantry, Elf Lady’s Chronicles

Recession and Women: How Economic Insecurity Enables Abuse– Donna Addkison’s, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)

More Bipartisan Support Needed for Violence Against Women Act– Terry O’Neill,  NOW

Combating Domestic Violence – Mallon Urso, NWCP

Speak Up and Support the Violence Against Women Act, Jewish Women International

Taking the Violence Against Women Act a Higher Ground – Emily Alfano, National Council of Jewish Women

It’s a Good Time To Be a Black Woman? Well,  Not So Good When It Comes To Violence – Black Woman’s Health Imperative

Teen Dating Violence -Christine Bork, YMCA Metropolitan Chicago


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Joining Forces – Women Veterans Speak Out: The Trenches, Remembered

Posted by YWM on January 31, 2012

By Joan Grey
BPW Foundation Mentoring Liaison

We all have our stories.  Maybe these narratives, rather than DNA, are really what make us human.  On the topic of military sexual trauma, I turned to my West Point women classmates for their input.  Ours was the first co-ed class. Out of over 900 graduates, 62 were women.

We didn’t get to know each other as well as you might think for all the shared challenges we faced. The message we absorbed was, “Where two or more are gathered, a conspiracy is brewing.” So, we went our separate ways, tried to blend in, and not draw attention.  A bellowed command of, “Miss, halt,” caused more than a few collisions and scuffed spitshines when women scurrying to class instantly obeyed.

Were we harassed? As Anne put it, “Oh, let me count the ways.  But was this exclusively because I was a woman? Yes and No.  Was this just part of being a cadet at West Point? Yes and no.”

Some ideas were “design flaws” like the shorty, see-thru bathrobes; go-go boots; swimsuits that failed to cover; 4000 calorie meals (leading to Hudson hip disease); and parade coat without tails. What was the administration thinking? Others were humorous, at least in retrospect, like the mandatory makeovers (what message does that send?) and group consciousness raising session that required physical restraint (Go, Karen!).

Some problems were simply criminal. A classmate was attacked in her room. She left; he graduated. It was not the only nighttime intrusion, but one that was most widely known, especially when you consider pre-internet days.

After this episode, women cadets were required to sleep two or more to a room. If your roommate was gone overnight, the remaining cadet needed to bunk with someone else or find another woman to sleep in her room, to ensure women’s safety at night.  Because of West Point’s honor code, we had “Absence cards” but not locks on the doors. Ever inventive, women applied military tactics by propping brooms or chairs against doors as early warning devices.  Locks weren’t installed on barracks room doors until around 1990—14 years after the arrival of women cadets.

And some rules were intended to prevent illicit encounters–like doors open when members of the opposite sex where in the room; then changed so the door didn’t have to be wide open—disruptive to studying; and yet again, door open and propped with a trash can. Dr Seuss would have had a field day composing a tale (see The Sneetches). At some point, windows received privacy shades, with specific rules about inches from sill in daytime.

Department of Defense (DOD) defines Military Sexual Trauma (MST) as rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. MST affects both women and men in uniform, but disproportionately affects women. Sexual assault and rape is widespread, with one study reporting that almost one in four women had been assaulted or raped, and that’s just reported cases. A female soldier in a war zone is at greater risk of being raped by a fellow soldier than dying under fire. Maybe the problem hasn’t gotten worse; but just better reported as a possible justification for increased assaults at military academies. Women entered military academies in the mid-70s. However, reporting on the effectiveness of sexual-violence related programs and policies was not mandated until 2007.

It’s the anecdotes rather than statistics that punch you in the gut though…

Neu Ulm, Germany; 1981; a guesthouse on an American Kaserne: The hotel was American-operated, in a gated community, as military facilities tend to be.  The group bathroom/shower was down the hall—separated from the sleeping area—more like a hostel, but a step up from a bunk in the barracks with no privacy. The window in the bathroom was a concern. One side of the casement had been lodged behind the washing machine. To close the window would require pulling the machine out and it was wedged beside the dryer. So the window stayed open, figuring it was the middle of the night and the room was on the 3rd floor. Mistake. A hand reached into the shower. A man pulled back the shower curtain. Water off, towel grabbed, and backed up toward the locked door; she managed to escape. He was never caught, but the souvenir composite sketch is a reminder that it actually happened… Like the shower scene from Psycho, the image will suddenly surface.

Why bring this up now, more than 30 years after the first West Point class with women graduated? Not only because of an increase in assaults at military academies, but  there has been a lot of interest lately with the showing at the Sundance Film Festival of the Invisible War which reports in an unflinching manner on rape in the military and the reauthorization of The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA provides money to enhance investigation and prosecution of violent crimes perpetrated against women

Even if we weren’t physically assaulted, were we unscathed? The first class of West Point women can boast of a lot of accomplishments—mothers, doctors, lawyer, Indian chief (still reading?), Rhodes Scholar, teachers & professors, nun, general officer, SES’, activists, movers and shakers.  Perhaps the statistic that gives most hope is how many woman classmates have let their children attend service academies.  Mothers wouldn’t knowingly send their children into danger.

Commandeering the public address system to play I Am Woman before graduation was discussed but didn’t happen. Like the lyrics of that song, the West Point women of 1980 are resilient.

Yes I am wise

But it’s wisdom born of pain

Yes, I’ve paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to, I can do anything

West Point Women 1980

I am strong

I am invincible

I am woman


I raise a glass to all pathfinders—you can bend but never break us.

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on January 20, 2012

January is National Mentoring Month – Sign Up to Mentor a Women Veteran or Military Spouse

Successful, Equitable Workplaces –

More young women are covering campaigns [Politico]

Does it pay to be one of the guys at work? [Forbes]

38 years after passage of legislation designed to enforce workplace equality, the Equal Pay Act is often violated [KStateCollegian]

Empowered Work Force

How the gift of mentoring changed two lives [Naples News]

A mentor can help you reach your goals at any stage of your career or life [Chicago Tribune]

Chart showing women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s in 2010 [HR Compliance]

Wal-Mart Women file expanded Texas Class Action [MarketWatch]

Walmart seeks to halt refiled gender discrimination law suits [Insurance Journal]

Rutgers study finds that paid family leave leads to positive economic outcomes [National Partnership]


New recommendations for older women and bone tests [New York Times]

VA says women veterans getting screened for cervical cancer [DODLive]

Women’s groups file Supreme Court brief supporting Health Care Reform Law [National Partnership]

Small Business

Women have to shine to attract investments in their businesses [Women2]

California, Texas and New York have the most women owned businesses [Gisuer]

Are women more careful entrepreneurs than men? [Forbes]

Do men and women bring different skills to entrepreneurship? [FastCoExist]

Three in four women small business owners see more tough times in 2012 [Insurance News]


Encouraging biotechnology workplace diversity [BioTech Now]

Gonzaga University awarded grant aimed at bringing more women into STEM careers [Spokesman]

Gen Y

Millennial Women are burning out at 30 and starting their own businesses [Forbes]

Other Interesting Items

Professional women rate 6 biggest mistakes businesses make when marketing to women [SFGate]

Men and women are still both from earth despite study showing “brain” differences [Huffington Post]

Commission on Status of Women to get budget ax in CA [SFGate]

A furor over gender marketing for Lego toys [Huffington Post]

Dr Pepper’s bizarre “not for women” ad campaign [Forbes]

NY area female retail workers experience low pay, little health insurance, scheduling instability and an abuse of part-time job status. [Women’s eNews]


Political Parity’s drive to help women win office [The Daily Beast]

15 women GQ could have named to its most powerful in Washington list [Think Progress]

Why women still won’t run for office [Elect Women]


Film, “The Invisible War” takes on rape in the military [Huffington Post]

Jill Biden writes children’s book about military family’s struggles [Huffington Post]

The Battlefield and the Barracks: Two War Fronts for Women Soldiers.  Why Do Soldiers Rape? Part 1 of a 5 part series [Truth-Out]

Female vets struggle to find work [WWLP]

Cengage and BPW Foundation partner to support women veterans with career transitions [InfoTechSpotlight]

PTSD—an equal opportunity disorder—rates are same among male and female vets of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, with about 18 percent of both groups [KQED]

About one in five women and one in one hundred men reported that they’ve experienced military sexual trauma [MotherSatWar]

The double trauma of war and sexual assault by “brothers-in-arms” in the military leaves women feeling unsafe [Truth.Out]

The first VA patient to receive all of her prenatal care from the VA [SL Tribune]

Panetta announces new measures to combat sexual assault [Stripes]

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on January 13, 2012

Empowered Workforces

Women are opting into career advancement strategies, including mentoring, and giving up work life balance [Forbes]

According to Ginny Rommety, IBM Chief Ex, women round down rather than up when assessing their skills [HBR]

Its time the U.S. adopts paid family leave [WomenseNews]

Women have a hard time taking credit for their success [Huffington Post]

As more husbands stay at home to support their wife, we see the rules changing [BusinessWeek]

During past 50 years, women have advanced in the American workforce yet still often receive lower salaries than male colleagues [IB Times]

Since 2009 recovery began, women have only added 43,000 jobs; picture’s even bleaker for female veterans, who just can’t seem to catch a break [Jezebel]

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

Corporate Boards: shifting from aging men to a new generation of women? [Forbes]

Tools and training prepare managers for workplace flexibility [SHRM]

Ball State University investigates lack of women professors [The Star Press]


New York Times editorial: The Republican Party vs. Reproductive Rights [New York Times]

Odds and Ends

High hopes that 2012 will be a good year for women [New York Times]

Women are a mystery to Stephen Hawking [Reuters]

Roughly half of the planet’s visionary leaders are women and they have probably spent years wishing they could change something, or everything, about their bodies and their looks. [Business2Community

Thanking the women who paved the way [Huffington Post]

On Jan. 12, 1915, the US House of Representatives voted, 204-174, to reject a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. [New York Times]

Small Business

White House helping small businesses drive innovation [WhiteHouse.gov]


Meet a top female engineer for GM [Freep.com]

A survey by HSN showed that women outstripped men in their interest in owning electronics [Huffington Post]

Gaming keeps gaining among women [emarketer]

Gen Y

The future of work? Here area the top 10 employers of Gen Y [Forbes]

Millennial Women Battle Mentors: Article on disconnect between older mentors. [Forbes]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

Judy Smith recently named to the Women in Aerospace board of directors is a supporter of mentoring [Black Engineer]


Female engagement team is first for Michigan National Guard [Mlive.com]

Jobless rate for young female veterans climbed in 2011 [Stripes]

Women at War: women’s growing military roles out pace their health care [Stripes]

Joining Forces: Helping women veterans move into new careers [ICDCollege]

Mentoring programs help veterans make the transition [Career Builder.com]

Members of the US women served in the Cadet Nurse Corps are the only uniformed WWII service people not to be considered veterans. [MPNNow]

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on January 6, 2012

January is National Mentoring Month

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

Women deserve equal pay [News Review]

Organizations can’t afford to not accelerate their investment in women. Mentoring is one way to help. [Diversity Journal]

Flexibility at work might improve employees’ health [EHSToday]

Wall Street steps up recruitment of women [Registeredrep]

Empowered Work Forces

Business women in Oklahoma are mentoring women in Afghanistan and Rwanda [NewsOK]

Part time work could provide best balance for moms [Yahoo]

Less than half of Generation X women said they are motivated to do it all, but the majority believe that is what is expected of them. [Media Post]

Women are dropping out of the labor force but not forever; instead, they seem to be postponing their working lives to get more education [El Paso Inc via NY Times]


Houston VA selected as women’s health research site [Cypress Times]

Saluting Misbehavin Women

Army’s first female 4 star general meeting demands of changing army [Military.com]

Female Quapaw tribe member named Oklahoma’s Veteran of the Year [Star Tribune]

Woman Marine Veteran remembers her time in the Marines after Pearl Harbor [Tampa Bay Online]

Women of Steel: using Margaret Thatcher’s name in vain [New York Times]

Women’s eNews announces its 21 leaders for the 21st Century 2012 [WomenseNews]

 Small Business

What is in the DNA of women lead start-ups? [Women2.0]

Women in the emerging market [Huffington Post]

Here are some women who are rising to the top and disrupting the space that they are in [Daily Disruption]


Wanted technical women: STEM education [US News]

CISCO’s Padmasree Warrior advocates for women in tech and believes in mentoring  [Gigaom.com]


The untold story of our women veterans [The Veterans Site]

Women change face of combat & VA care [UT San Diego]

Reflections on the Iraq war:  Biggest losers were both Iraqi women and US women soldiers [OPEDNews]

Victim advocates want radical overhaul of how the military handles sexual assaults [Stripes]

Military women are still waiting [HTRNews]

Other Items of Note

After violence and misogyny the blue bra becomes a symbol of women’s power  [Washington Post]

The U.S. ranks 40th in the world for women’s political empowerment and we’re losing ground. Real democracies are truly representative and women need to vote. [Huffington Post]

Study: Women’s expectations don’t match their motivations [BND.com]

Sexism and top ten lists [Forbes]

10 most ridiculous quotes about women in 2011 [EcoSalon]

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Looking Back: Our Top Ten Blogs of 2011

Posted by YWM on January 2, 2012

Making lists seems to be the thing to do when ending a year and looking on to the future.  So here are our top ten blogs of 2011 determined by you our readers.  Happy New Year and happy reading in 2021.

  1. Remembering the Women of the Civil War, March 31, 2011
  2. National Wear Red Day Is This Friday February 4, February 2, 20011
  3. Remembering the Women During Black History Month, February 2, 2011
  4. HERvotes Blog Carnival: So Sorry Rachel, There Still Is Sexual Harassment,  November 15, 2011
  5. Gen Y Women: Does This Sound Like You?, April 26, 2011
  6. New Study Sheds Important Light on Women Veterans, January 31, 2011
  7. Joining Forces: Women Veterans Speak Out – The Quarter Life Crisis, October 24, 2011
  8. The Lessons of Eat Pray Love, February 14, 2011
  9. Comparable Worth Noting!, February 3, 2011
  10. Joining Forces: Women Veterans Speak Out – No One Told Me, July 4, 2011

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