Focusing on individual success stories is far easier than changing the way business operates – but doesn't actually improve women's working lives The glass ceiling may have fewer cracks in than previously thought – a survey found that women still...
NEW YORK – As a continuation of Prune Nourry’s ‘Holy Daughters’ project in India, the artist’s new ‘Terracotta Daughters’ sculptures make a statement about gender preference in China. Nourry has created an army of 116 life-size ‘Terracotta Daughters’ as a contemporary postscript to China’s famed Terracotta Soldiers.
Nourry’s installation will commence a world tour after a Paris debut in April 2014, with subsequent stops planned in Switzerland (June) and New York City (October).
Click to view a trailer about the Terracotta Daughters that samples a 52-minute film being made about the project and a 21-minute version that will be aired during the world tour.
Like every Dutch child, I celebratedSinterklaas every year. According to Dutch tradition, Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, arrives in the Netherlands from Spain each November for a visit that culminates in him delivering sweets and presents to well-behaved children on the night of 5 December. This year, Sinterklaas has sparked a debate so fierce that even the UN has become involved.
No one likes their festive traditions tampered with – imagine trying to implement a countrywide ban on Christmas trees in the UK – but emotions over Sinterklaas run deeper. Most Dutch people identify themselves as inherently liberal, yet attacks on Zwarte Piet have been construed as an attack on Dutch identity – which is political dynamite, given the rapid growth of the far-right in recent years.
"Anna Smith: Disney's writers are clearly making efforts to produce less compliant female leads – so why are we still lumbered with hourglass figures, tiny feet and huge doe eyes?
With two strong sisters at the centre of the story, Disney's new animation Frozen seems like a winner for women. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, it sees the fearless Princess Anna travel the kingdom to find her misunderstood sister Elsa, who has fled after accidentally plunging the land into an icy winter with her magic powers. Sure, there are men along the way, but they're not the prize: this is about female bonding, self-awareness, independence. It's also a musical with cracking songs. Even the silly snowman sidekick is funny."
Humor is a big joke on us all. It’s one huge paradox. While it seems unconditionally benevolent, stimulating laughter and good feeling, it is often cruel, destructive, and manipulative.
So says Betty Swords. And she should know. For over twenty-five years, starting in 1955, she was a professional humorist. She sold her cartoons to the major magazine markets, including Saturday Evening Post, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Changing Times. She also produced a considerable quantity of humorous writing for such publications as McCall’s, Modern Maturity, Christian Science Monitor, and others. And beginning in 1976, Swords taught college courses in the power of humor and lectured widely on the subject.
...And then I realized that the punching bag was always a woman. “Marriage is seen as bad,” she went on, recollecting the experience as we talked on the patio in back of her Denver home in June 1995. And she cited examples of one-liners to prove her point:
Married life is great—it’s my wife I can’t stand.
He was unlucky in both his marriages—his first wife left him. And his second one won’t.
A bachelor’s last words—I do.
“Marriage is seen as horrible because it meant that the man had lost his freedom,” she continued.
The morning after pill may be less effective on women who weigh 165 pounds or more; it may be totally ineffective on women who weigh 176 pounds or more. So why doesn’t the average American woman know that her emergency contraception might not work?
You mean, the FDA and pharmaceutical companies aren’t doing everything they possible can to ensure the health and safety of women?
If you had to summarize all the major IT and marketing trends of 2013 into just six words, you could simply say, "There were a lot of changes." And the five-word prediction for 2014? "There will be even more." Topic: Customer Experience.
Men often have a “work hard, play hard” attitude that can lead to a disregard for personal issues in the office. Women, on the other hand, have a nurturing quality that creates a family-like environment. A sense of belonging to a community is powerful for team members. It increases loyalty and a desire to succeed.
Do you believe in leadership traits?
What about situation analysis, options evaluation?
Angelina Jolie opened the floodgate of BRCA1 and BRCA2 in the news (early diagnosis of possible breast cancer. A highly debatable subject in Israel, a country with one of the world highest percentage of breast cancer.
What about the social stigma and a rash of unnecessary operations, and also burden some women with information they may not want or know how to use.
"Journalism is changing, and so is the role of women in the workplace. But the two are not always evolving in harmony. Women substantially outnumber men in journalism training and enter the profession in (slightly) greater numbers, but still only a relative few rise to senior jobs. The pay gap between male and female journalists remains stubbornly wide, and older women - especially if they have taken a career break - find it difficult to retain a place in the industry.
Women in journalism still cluster around particular subject genres. Historically, they were almost totally confined to “pink ghettos”, but as more women entered the industry, there was an expectation that their opportunities would expand and that they would duly embrace areas that had been traditionally male, like hard news, crime or politics.
But a byline analysis of UK national newspapers in 2012 indicates that some areas still have very few women, in particular politics, sport and opinion writing. These findings are also supported by qualitative interview data. There are similar lacunae in the US press."