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

Posted by YWM on December 9, 2011

The Economy

Women dropping out of the labor force [New York Times]

Mancession fades as more men than women are finding jobs [Forbes]

Women are not getting their fair share of jobs in the latest economic recovery [Forbes]

HERvotes Blog Carnival calls for extension of Unemployment Insurance [HERvotes]

Successful Workplaces

Study says women in Calif. are a century away from breaking the glass ceiling [Los Angeles Times]

Women won’t see pay equity until 2056 unless we act now [Unions.org]

Empowered Workforces

Women in government; help a sister out [Washington Post]

Women spend more time multitasking but pay an emotional toll [Tennessean]

Working moms multitask and stress more than dads [NPR]

Why women leaders need self-confidence [HR]

Do women need to learn to take more risks to get ahead? [CBS News]

Mentoring and manicures: Are women’s networking intended to provide fashion or business tips?  [Forbes]

Gen Y

Gen Y Women: Challenges for attraction and retention [Evolved Employer]

What employers need to know about Gen Y Women [Diversity Executive]

Don’t believe all you read about Gen Y women [ShEO]


Women in the technology industry lack prominent female role models and mentors, makes it challenging for a woman to envision herself at the top [Blogs.amd]


The VA videos with women veterans telling stories of their military experiences [US Generation]

A Sundance film: The Invisible War—is about the rape of soldiers within the U.S. military, the cover-up, and the consequences  [Bleeding Cool]

Women veterans get their due at VA [Saipan Tribune]

C.O.D.E. gives $100,000 to BPW Foundation to support women veterans [Veterans Enterprise]

VA issues guidelines for handling sexual trauma [Navy Times]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

CA female teen takes $100,000 science prize [Paper.Li]

First female to lead Miss. Air Guard [Clarion Ledger]

High school’s first female  ROTC program leader no stranger to breaking barriers [Clarion Ledger]

Of interest

Gender Intelligence: Why wiring makes a difference we should embrace [The Glass Hammer]

Advertisers and marketers set their sites on Latina women [New York Times]

U.S. Department of State announces Women in Public Service project [State Department]

Men may support reproductive health, equal pay for equal work, and ending violence against women but some take issue with the way some feminists choose categorize all men as the enemy [Fem2Pt0]

Small Business

Why women have to work harder to do start ups [Venture Beat]

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Why Social Security Must Be Protected

Posted by egehl on July 22, 2011

The word “budget” seems to be on everyone’s mind these days, especially in the halls of Congress.

Every day there are new twists and turns to the never-ending budget and debt ceiling debacle.   The debt crisis our country faces will impact each of us as Congress makes decision to slash trillions of dollars away from vital programs and services that impact every facet of our society.  In order to address the looming federal deficit, legislators have proposed cutting social safety net programs to reduce spending. 

Programs big and small are on the chopping block, however the bigger ones such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are the big goliaths that everyone is afraid of touching, but know it has to be done.  The problem is that if poor decisions are made about these important programs now it could be devastating for years to come, especially for women.

Various proposals are swirling around, and many could be quite scary for our seniors.  For example, Social Security benefits could be deeply cut by increasing the full retirement age above 67, possibly to 70, and reducing the Cost-of-living Adjustment (COLA) by switching to the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI).  Unfortunately using the “chained CPI” would cut benefits for everyone immediately and would cumulate over time, so that those who live the longest would suffer the deepest cuts.

Social Security is essential for older women’s economic well-being.  Women disproportionately depend on Social Security because their life expectancy is five years longer than men, they rely more on survivor benefits, they are less likely than men to have income from their own pensions, and because women have lower earnings on average across their lifetime they benefit from Social Security’s generous benefits to lower earners.

Women who are most economically vulnerable, including those with disabilities, live alone or have limited means, face the greatest risk as a result of these proposed cuts.  They face hurdles to gain financial stability on their own because many women cannot find employment at older ages, do not have pensions, and have been unable to save sufficiently because of wage discrimination and time taken out of the paid workforce for care-giving.

The National Council of Women’s Organizations has launched a new initiative to call on Congress to RESPECT women, PROTECT Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and REJECT any budget plans that threaten the economic security of women.  The goal of this campaign is to get the message across to key lawmakers that budget decisions should not be made at the expense of vulnerable women.

My mother is a perfect example of the critical need for Social Security.  I distinctly remember when she turned 65, a year after she was widowed and two months after Hurricane Katrina devastated my hometown, and she lost her job because of the storm.  She and I repeatedly said how thankful and lucky we were that the timing of her birthday coincided with that hard year otherwise the devastation to our home, on top of her job loss, could have put my family in financial straits.  I can’t imagine what we would have done if we had to wait another 5 years until she turned 70 for her to begin receiving benefits.

My mother stayed at home while I was growing up and didn’t starting working full-time until I was in highschool, and never made a great salary.  Therefore her Social Security benefits were fairly dismal and she was thankful she could receive my father’s benefits.  Over the past 6 years Social Security has been at the heart of my mother’s income and given her the means to stay in the home I grew up in, and have the modest lifestyle she wants and deserves.  Therefore I have seen firsthand how Social Security is truly a lifesaving foundation for older woman, and must be protected.

The reality is that our country needs to tighten its belt.  And all of us will have to make some level of sacrifice to make that happen.  However there are common sense ways to accomplish these goals without causing undue detriment to our citizens susceptible to hardship.  I just hope our leaders heed that warning.

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on June 24, 2011

Getting women to the top is still an up hill battle [MSNBC]

Non profit gender gap spurs project [Post Gazette]

Top 100 websites for women [Forbes]

Female trade workers run special safety risks [Womens eNews]

Women dominated fields should be women led [SignOnSanDiego]

Gen X women put careers before having children [Fox LA]

Philly approves sick-leave bill [Philly.com]

Dads under more pressure at work and at home [Fortune]

Younger women desert female candidates [US News]

Do women ask for what they need? Often not. [PsychCentral]

Woman home builder deals with hard times [NPR]

Inside the world of female web moguls [Fortune]

Are women partially at fault for wage gap?  Need to ask for more [Forbes]

Between mothers and daughters it is still a man’s world [Huffington Post]

Study finds that in the workplace women are often held to different standard than men [US News]

Is LinkIn a gender equalizer? [Fast Company]

Mika Brzezinski Talks about Her Battle for Equal Pay At MSNBC [Mediaite.com]

Women need mentors at work [Huffington Post]

More women are in combat [New York Times]

Female soldier of the year reflects on her last 8 months [Ledger]

VA addresses growing demands of women vets needing care [Star Telegram]

Walmart women vow to continue fight in lower courts [Bloomberg]

Walmart ruling set back for workers [Time]

Walmart needs to work harder to advance women [Newsok]

Walmart decision inspires reintroduction of Equal Rights Amendment [Ms Magazine]

How one woman won a $2 million discrimination suit against Walmart [Huffinton Post]

Ending bias over flextime works: judging quantity of quality [Glass Hammer]

Apache 8: A documentary on a team of women firefighters [NativeTelecom] [NPR]

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on February 18, 2011

Female vets struggle in job market.  BPW Foundation is a source. [USA Today]

Managing Workplace diversity [Chicago Now]

MBAs no longer just for men [New York Life]

Super Moms wear blue collars too [Pasadena Star News]

Gender pay gap by industry [New York Times]

First Lady pushes breast feeding, employers need to act [bnet.com]

Pregnant women harassed and discriminated against at work [PRWeb]

Editorial: True Grit and Title IX [New York Times]

Voice pitch and gender equality [About]

Women under represented in academic medicine [UPHS.UPenn]

Ask for a raise? Most women hesitate [NPR]

Business plan contests: Where are the women? [Business Week]

Sexual Harassment: At work, home, play and school [Examiner.com]

National Women’s Law Center: Spending cuts will devastate women, families and the economy [The Hill]

Workplace equity [Examiner.com]

Three tips for work flexibility success [WorkLifeFit]

False choice: Good job or flexible job [Huffington Post]

Turn over lower at companies with established flexibility programs [WorldatWork]

Case announced against sexual assault in the military [Ms Magazine]

Women veterans diving back into school [Examiner.com]

Female Marine Drill Sergeant shares combat experiences to help other women [Live5News]

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From the First Lady of San Francisco

Posted by gansie on January 12, 2011

“At this rate, women will not achieve parity for another 500 years.”

Miss Representation by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

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The Sad Irony of a Lesbian Commissioner at EEOC

Posted by gansie on January 5, 2011

Chai Feldblum, EEOC Commissioner

Just before Christmas, Chai Feldblum was confirmed for a full term as the first openly LGBT Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Obama’s choice for a woman in this role is key as more and more women enter the workplace, and as such, need the proper protections.

However, there is a sad irony in the appointment of Feldblum. For if she was discriminated against at work for being gay, she wouldn’t have any rights.

The EEOC enforces laws that make it illegal to discriminate in the workplace. Discrimination – whether during hiring, firing or promotions – can not be because of: “race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.” (Source: EEOC)

What it lacks, however, is the ability to protect workers that are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. According to the Human Rights Campaign, a whopping 29 states allow legal firings if an employee is lesbian, gay or bisexual and 38 states allow the firing of transgender people.

With the much needed repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell behind us, shouldn’t the rest of the country finally decide that it is wrong to not allow LGBT Americans to become productive workers in this country? If the military, known for its conservative values, makes it illegal to fire LGBT citizens, than it is surely time for the private sector to follow its lead. And for Congress to enact the appropriate laws. (>>>Learn More about Employment Non-Discrimination Act)

This is also one more hurdle placed on women veterans. Besides the host of other issues that women veterans face when transitioning to the civilian workplace – such as unequal pay, as women and men are paid equally in the military – allowing lesbians to safely work in the military, and then be wrongly fired in the civilian world, is another setback.

While Felblum as a Commissioner of the EEOC does not have any power to make laws, she does have a pulpit. And as a gay woman she should make it her priority to advance the cause to end LGBT discrimination in the workplace.

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10 By You

Posted by joyinhome on December 28, 2010

As we say goodbye to 2010, YWM wants to share your fav misbehavin’ moments.

10. Remembering a Woman Who Made History

9. Surviving Divorce by Becoming Your Own Best Friend

8. Top 20 Jobs Held By Women

7. Cool Ways to Make Friends in Your New City

6. The Woman Protecting the Man of Steel

5. Womanism + Feminism= The Color Purple

4. This Day in Our History

3. Debunking the So-Called “Louisiana Purchase”

2. “Men, Babies, It Doesn’t Matter: We’re Soulmates”

Drum roll please…

1. The Fun of Zodiac Signs

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I Am Ashamed

Posted by gansie on December 9, 2010

I am ashamed that our country will not allow open gays and lesbians to serve in our armed forces. What a truly sad day for all of America when hatred wins over humanity.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Procedural Vote Fails [WaPo]


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Join the White House On a Call About Taxes and Unemployment Insurance

Posted by gansie on December 7, 2010

Obama made some serious and far reaching decisions last night on taxes and unemployment insurance. Still curious about they whys, hows and whats? Please join in on this special call hosted by the White House senior staff to explain the agreement framework.

When: Today, December 7th at 2pm EST
Call Number: 800-288-8967
Title: White House Briefing Call (in lieu of passcode)

Read more for a fact sheet on the agreement framework. Read the rest of this entry »

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Women Vet Bill of Rights

Posted by joyinhome on November 29, 2010

Women Vets- have you seen these…ever?

The Women Veterans Bill of Rights states that women veterans should have the following rights:

(1) The right to a coordinated, comprehensive, primary women’s health care, at every Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility, including the recognized models of best practices, systems, and structures for care delivery that ensure that every woman veteran has access to a Department of Veterans Affairs primary care provider who can meet all her primary care needs, including gender-specific, acute and chronic illness, preventive, and mental health care.

(2) The right to be treated with dignity and respect at all Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.

(3) The right to innovation in care delivery promoted and incentivized by the Veterans Health Administration to support local best practices fitted to the particular configuration and women veteran population.

(4) The right to request and get treatment by clinicians with specific training and experience in women’s health issues.

(5) The right to enhanced capabilities of medical providers, clinical support, non-clinical, and administrative, to meet the comprehensive health care needs of women veterans.

(6) The right to request and expect gender equity in provision of clinical health care services.

(7) The right to equal access to health care services as that of their male counterparts.

(8) The right to parity to their male veteran counterpart regarding the outcome of performance measures of health care services.

(9) The right to be informed, through outreach campaigns, of benefits under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and to be included in Department outreach materials for any benefits and service to which they are entitled.

(10) The right to be featured proportionately, including by age and ethnicity, in Department outreach materials, including electronic and print media that clearly depict them as being the recipient of the benefits and services provided by the Department.

(11) The right to be recognized as an important separate population in new strategic plans for service delivery within the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(12) The right to equal consideration in hiring and employment for any job to which they apply.

(13) The right to equal consideration in securing Federal contracts.

(14) The right to equal access and accommodations in homeless programs that will meet their unique family needs.

(15) The right to have their claims adjudicated equally, fairly, and accurately without bias or disparate treatment.

(16) The right to have their military sexual trauma and other injuries compensated in a way that reflects the level of trauma sustained.

(17) The right to expect that all veteran service officers, especially those who are trained by the Department of Veterans Affairs Training Responsibility Involvement Preparation program for claims processing, are required to receive training to be aware of and sensitive to the signs of military sexual trauma, domestic violence, and personal assault.

(18) The right to the availability of female personnel to assist them in the disability claims application and appellate processes of the Department.

(19) The right to the availability of female compensation and pension examiners.

(20) The right to expect specialized training be provided to disability rating personnel regarding military sexual trauma and gender-specific illnesses so that these claims can be adjudicated more accurately.

(21) The right to expect the collection of gender-specific data on disability ratings, for the performance of longitudinal and trend analyses, and for other applicable purposes.

(22) The right to a method to identify and track outcomes for all claims involving personal assault trauma, regardless of the resulting disability.

(23) The right for women veterans’ programs and women veteran coordinators to be measured and evaluated for performance, consistency, and accountability.

(24) The right to burial benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Women’s Veterans Rights, HR 5953, is being debated by the House as we speak. This proposed leg would require VA facilities to display and disseminate a copy to women vets. And, of course, it’s getting push back…This Bill of Rights was created through legislation introduced last summer by chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Rep. Bob Filner (D-Ca.).

Please feel free to comment!

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