Does It Matter That Girls Don’t Want To Be President?

What do you want to be when you grow up? Shortly after the 2012 U.S. general elections, pollsters asked kids specifically about growing up and getting one job:  president. Fifty-four percent of 12-17 year olds said they think they could be president – but 8 of 10 said they have no interest in the job. Boys are more apt than girls either to say that it's too much responsibility or too much work. Girls were 15 points more likely than boys to say they're not interested in the country's top job because of other career plans or a … [Read more...]

In America, How Well Are We Caring For One Another?

“I was privileged to participate in the great humanizing movements of the last century, but I can’t recall a time when the issues were so basic, so interconnected. I believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to emerge.” – Grace Lee Boggs (1915 - ) Called a freedom fighter, a feminist, a civil rights leader, a community organizer, a philosopher and an American revolutionary, Ms. Boggs has played a role in every great social movement in America since the 1930s. Today, it seems Americans are … [Read more...]

As Women Gain Power, Will We Lose Empathy?

“I am an important person.” Psychologist Jean Twenge studies longitudinal trends in Americans’ mental disposition. In 1950, 12 percent of U.S. teens agreed with the statement, “I am an important person.” Three decades later, 80 percent agreed. The “important person” statement could be regarded as healthy self-worth, high self-esteem. However, psychologists Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson dig deeply into personality types in their book, The Spirit Level, and share interesting findings. They found two distinct “self-esteem” personality … [Read more...]

Being Breadwinner Means Gender Equality?

Awe struck. That’s how I feel about all that women in the U.S. are and do – one of the reasons for the book’s title:  The Flight Patterns of Superwomen. I asked 52 women in 36 states two questions about how they are experiencing life here in the U.S.: How do you feel that ‘Main Street' women are doing in the U.S. today? What would you tell people (any audience you wish) about being a woman in America today that might come as a surprise to them? Top Themes Women’s stories were each unique but the top 5 themes were easy to spot. Woman … [Read more...]

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