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 disinterest in politics. (ABCNEWS/Weekly Reader What happens when no one wants the job? We seem to have a serious candidate shortage in America, and not just for the presidency but at all levels. (Heck, look at New York where Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Wiener are running -- again.) The pipeline looks grim. Younger generations now say that they want no involvement in government (running for office or working in the public sector) but instead, want to make a difference through local nonprofits. “Analysts warn of a dangerous downward cycle: perceptions of [U.S.] government as dysfunctional and … [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 after woman echoed: We are not treated equally here. American women could and should be doing much better. We need to change. We’re not taking action to change the nation’s culture; we’re not speaking out enough. We take baby steps toward a more just, more equal life but seem to be moving backwards in terms of our reproductive rights and more of us living in poverty. We're not treated equally here but America is still the best place in the world to be a woman. We are exhausted. Breadwinner Moms In May, the Pew Research Center’s report “Breadwinner Moms” validated that U.S. women might be aptly called ‘do-it-all’ Superwomen. … [Read more...]

The U.S. Cannot Compete Without It’s Female Talent

Wonder how the U.S. lost billions in Iraqi reconstruction efforts? After 9 lessons learned reports (and over 80 convictions of U.S. citizens for fraud), it boiled down to one thing:  No one listened to the experts, the Iraqis.  We might just be slow learners because we're letting this play out across U.S. workplaces as women are leaving in droves and taking their education and talent with them. As 47% of the U.S. paid labor force and 60+% of current college graduates, losing the female talent pool should have CEOs' alarm bells across the U.S. ringing. Start Listening If you're losing your female talent, scratching your head and wondering why women leave your company in droves, start actively listening to the experts:  women. There are endless research studies on why women are leaving traditional workplaces in America. I interviewed women in 36 U.S. states and the District of Columbia myself and here's what they told me had prompted their decisions to leave the traditional working world: Women-unfriendly environments (including hostile work environments, sexual harassment, and daily subtle discrimination) Women didn't see advancement potential given the male dominated … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day 2013: Remembering Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

In honor of International Women's Day, I'm sharing an excerpt from what remains one of my favorite speeches of all time:  Hillary Rodham Clinton "Women's Rights Are Human Rights" at the United Nation's 4th Annual Conference on Women in Beijing, China on September 5, 1995. If you'd rather watch/listen, you'll find the full speech at How have things changed for women in America since 1995? What about in the world? What "bold steps" have been taken? If you had a magic wand and could make one just one change for women immediately, what would that change be? Economic? Social? Political? WOMEN'S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS ...when families flourish, communities and nations will flourish. That is why every woman, every man, every child, every family, and every  nation on our planet has a stake in the discussion that takes place here. Women comprise more than half the world's population. Women are 70%  percent of the world's poor, and two-thirds of those who are not taught to  read and write. Women are the primary caretakers for most of the world's children and  elderly. Yet much of the work we do … [Read more...]

May You Dance! V-Day’s One Billion Rising: Violence Against Women

On Valentine's Day, expect ONE BILLION WOMEN and like-minded men to rise up and DANCE. On 14 February 2013, we are invited to join ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence against women. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. Why? ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME. ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY. ONE BILLION WOMEN & MEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION! VIOLENCE AGAINST U.S. WOMEN U.S. statistics? Did you know that the arrest rate for rape in the U.S. is 24% -- a rate that hasn't changed since the 1970's? ( A few more facts: Fact #1: 22 million women in the United States have been raped in their lifetime. 63.84% of women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date. (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010) Fact #2: Less than half of domestic violence incidents are reported to … [Read more...]

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