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Female Entrepreneurship Is More Popular In Developing World: Study

Female Entrepreneurship Is More Popular In Developing World: Study | woman | Scoop.it
Women in less developed economies are more likely to start or maintain a business venture than those living in developed countries, according to the 2010 Women's Report released Wednesday by the Global ...
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10 Women on Their Female Bosses

10 Women on Their Female Bosses | woman | Scoop.it

What changes at work when there's a woman in charge?

In too many fields, female role models are a luxury young women can’t take for granted. A woman boss can help you figure out who you want to be — whether that means showing you how to navigate workplace sexism, or serving as a cautionary example. (And, of course, as Ann Friedman has written, being a female boss comes with its own set of challenges.)

What changes when women are in charge? The Cut asked ten women about how female leadership has shaped their goals, self-image, and careers.

She doesn’t sugarcoat.

“Sometimes after I give my opinion, I think, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have said that,'" says Ali, 28, who works for an insurance company. “I told my boss, ‘I think I’m too outspoken.’ She said, ‘Would you think that if you were a man? Don’t second-guess yourself. Don’t change yourself!'”

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Lessons from women in leadership in Europe: Speak out, innovate and do your homework

Lessons from women in leadership in Europe: Speak out, innovate and do your homework | woman | Scoop.it

Create. Inform. Engage. | Journalism training, media news & how to's.

At journalism school, a Serbian colleague was advised to spend time in the kafana (a traditional local cavern) to source the best news stories. At the newspaper she later worked for, editors would start the day with coffee and a shot of raki. Eventually, she left after she hadn’t been paid for three or four months. Her experience maybe bubbles down to societal and cultural details; suffice it to say, she’s no longer in journalism.

In the European Union – which comprises 28 countries on the continent, not including Norway, Switzerland and most of the former Yugoslav nations, like Serbia – more women than men go to journalism school. A 2013 report from the European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE), which has done the most comparative data fieldwork in this field, emphasized that for at least two decades, women outnumbered men at university level and in practice-based journalism programs.

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The Top 10 richest women in Africa & their worth – See how many Nigerians made the cut!

The Top 10 richest women in Africa & their worth – See how many Nigerians made the cut! | woman | Scoop.it

Women in Africa have come a long way. In almost all the indigenous cultures across the continent, they were considered less valuable. To some extent, their husbands owned them like property. African women could not pursue education, vote or even own property. Traditions also barred them from inheriting wealth from parents.

A lot has definitely changed and now gender equality has been largely embraced. Empowerment brought about a new breed of enterprising African women who have managed to excel in their various fields. By doing so, they have proven that they’re as capable as their male counterparts, if not better, when provided with similar opportunities. The chain reaction created has in turn inspired many other women to reach for the stars. This is the list of the top 10 richest African women.

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Maria Shriver; Wipe Out Alzheimer’s

Maria Shriver; Wipe Out Alzheimer’s | woman | Scoop.it
A discussion with Maria Shriver and Dr.

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Maria Shriver, Peabody and Emmy-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor and founder of A Woman's NationTM and the Alzheimer's Association yesterday have announced the launch of Maria Shriver's Wipe Out Alzheimer's™ Challenge, a global health initiative powered by women's brains to end Alzheimer's disease. Informed and inspired by The Shriver Report, A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's, the Wipe Out Alzheimer's Challenge is a multi-pronged campaign to mobilize women to raise funds to fuel cutting-edge research on women and Alzheimer's and commit to getting educated, engaged and empowered to wipe out this staggering epidemic.

Alzheimer’s disease is a topic close to home for Shriver since her father Sargent Shriver passed away from the disease in 2011.

More than five million Americans are living with the disease, two-thirds are women. Of the 5 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's in the United States, 3.2 million are women.

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Meet the Most Racist Politician in America

Meet the Most Racist Politician in America | woman | Scoop.it

He calls black "Negroes." He hates the women's rights movement. He warns of gay child molesters.

He's Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen, and he's set to become the speaker of the state's Assembly.

Hansen's history of racist, sexist and generally insane comments in print and on the radio were chronicled by the Reno News & Review  Thursday, less than two weeks after he was selected as speaker by his fellow Republicans. His rantings, going back to the 1990s, reveal a man who shouldn't be speaking for anyone, let alone the Nevada Assembly.

 

The lowlights: In a column about education policy, Hansen wrote, "The relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what's best for his simple minded darkies."

 

He dedicated other columns to taking down Martin Luther King Jr., calling him "a hypocrite, a liar, a phony and a fraud." He wrote that he keeps a Confederate flag on the wall "in honor and in memory of a great cause and my brave ancestors who fought for that cause."

Hansen's history of racist, sexist and generally insane comments in print and on the radio were chronicled by the Reno News & Review  Thursday, less than two weeks after he was selected as speaker by his fellow Republicans. His rantings, going back to the 1990s, reveal a man who shouldn't be speaking for anyone, let alone the Nevada Assembly.

The lowlights: In a column about education policy, Hansen wrote, "The relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what's best for his simple minded darkies."

He dedicated other columns to taking down Martin Luther King Jr., calling him "a hypocrite, a liar, a phony and a fraud." He wrote that he keeps a Confederate flag on the wall "in honor and in memory of a great cause and my brave ancestors who fought for that cause."

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What's the Deal With the Women's Equality Party?

What's the Deal With the Women's Equality Party? | woman | Scoop.it

It’s pretty easy to feel demoralized about the state of women’s rights these days. Between #GamerGate, the Ray Rice incident, a persistent gender pay gap (77 cents for every dollar), and the Hobby Lobby decision, 2014 has not exactly been kind to the gender equality movement. It’s more vital than ever for supporters of equal rights to ensure that elected officials understand the importance of advocating for, and responding to, the needs of women. This is true especially in New York, where the pay gap persists and we have the power to do something about it.

Thanks to the brand new Women’s Equality Party, there is a structure now in place for New Yorkers to take action and take charge. I sat down with former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a supporter of the initiative, to get a better idea of what the Women’s Equality Party is all about and where it’s headed.

What is the goal of the Women’s Equality Party?
The goal of the Women’s Equality Party first and foremost is to elect pro-women’s equality officials this year in Albany. At every level — governor, state representatives, state senators, and state assemblymen– we need to have pro-women elected officials. The goal is to make sure we pass the women’s equality agenda as soon as possible. Right now, we need to get 50,000 New Yorkers to vote the Women’s Equality Party line on Election Day to establish WEP as a party — all of these things are wrapped up together.

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Isis releases first video showing the stoning of woman accused of committing adultery as her father shouts 'don't call me Dad'

Isis releases first video showing the stoning of woman accused of committing adultery as her father shouts 'don't call me Dad' | woman | Scoop.it

Amnesty International says apparent murder is 'yet another example of the disgusting depravity of Isis'.

 

Isis have released a video appearing to show a young woman being stoned to death in the presence of her father, who refuses to forgive her alleged crimes.
The execution, which was released in the early hours of Tuesday night by Isis, who also call themselves the Islamic State, took place in Hama, Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, but the date of the stoning cannot be confirmed.

In the video the militants press the father to forgive his daughter, accused of committing adultery, before she is stoned to death - in order to set an example.

“This punishment right now, is a result of your action you chose. No one forced you, therefore you need to accept God’s law, and to accept and submit to God. Islam is submitting to the will God,” one of the militants says to the girl.

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ASIANS IN COMICS: Long Beach Comic Con 2014

ASIANS IN COMICS: Long Beach Comic Con 2014 | woman | Scoop.it
 
 
To my right, Harley Quinn was posing for a picture with Deadpool and Groot. To my left, Chewbaca and a female Loki were casually sipping coffee together.
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Elon Musk on Tesla's Auto Pilot and Legal Liability

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations, and legal liability with...
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Argentina and Wall Street's Vulture Funds: "Economic Terrorism" and the Western Financial System

Argentina and Wall Street's Vulture Funds: "Economic Terrorism" and the Western Financial System | woman | Scoop.it

“Today you pretend making a coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but in fact you’re their allies,” Those are the frank words by Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, the Argentinian President, spoken in a calm and secure voice at the UN General Assembly last Friday, 3 October 2014.

Similarly, she referred to the western financial system as economic terrorism, as in vultures – the vulture funds that thanks to New York judge Griesa have put Argentina – a solvent country, willing and capable of paying their debt, in default. He ruled that the vulture funds, Griesa’s clients and paymasters, needed to be paid in full, i.e. 100%, equal to US$ 1.5 billion, when close to 93% of all creditors agreed on a restructured reimbursement rate of about 20%.

Without any international right to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign country, Griesa would allow the vultures reaping in a profit margin well in excess of 1,000%. — Paul Singer, king of the ‘vulture capitalists’, knows no merci. He is in bed with Wall Street and Griesa – and with whomever other financial hooligans who share his greedy endeavors. Greed is their prayer. It’s knocked around the world. Exploits poor nations, makes them poorer, and keeps them dependent on the powers of money, being well aware that the poor are too weak to defend themselves.

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Germany Considers Remedies for Slowing Growth

Germany Considers Remedies for Slowing Growth | woman | Scoop.it

BERLIN — Mounting signs of economic stagnation in Germany and elsewhere in Europe are prompting a debate within the German government about how it might support growth without diluting its insistence on fiscal rectitude.

German officials have begun discussions about business-friendly measures and a limited boost to public spending to help spur consumer demand and company investments. But the possible moves fall far short of demands for a major increase in German public investment that other European capitals, the European...

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We Need More Women In Politics

We Need More Women In Politics | woman | Scoop.it

But not more female politicians like Kathleen Casey

I have long-held that we need more women in politics and asked why women don’t vote for their own gender.

However, if women in politics are going to be just like the good-old-boys when elected, falling into the trap of power and entitlement then why bother.

There have been many example of female politicians who have been models of democratic representation like Marion Reid who was an MLA, Speaker and Lieutenant Governor of great reputation.

This week The P.E.I. Coalition for Women in Government began promoting Casey as a model for women in politics. Women urged to run in municipal election

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Tibetan Monks Create Wildly Intricate Sand Painting In Meditative Masterpiece

Tibetan Monks Create Wildly Intricate Sand Painting In Meditative Masterpiece | woman | Scoop.it

The mandala is a spiritual symbol that represents the universe. Literally translating to "center and its surroundings," mandalas always contain a center point and a circle, surrounded by some sort of symmetrical design. 

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Google's Eric Schmidt Doesn't Know What's Keeping Women Out Of Tech. We Have A Few Ideas

Google's Eric Schmidt Doesn't Know What's Keeping Women Out Of Tech. We Have A Few Ideas | woman | Scoop.it

Google's executive chairman apparently can't figure out why more women don't work in the tech industry.

Speaking at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Schmidt reportedly expressed his puzzlement over what might be keeping women out of "tech culture."

“There’s something about the tech culture, the way we approach it, the incentives, that is driving women away," Schmidt said, according to Forbes. "Why are they not in tech? I don’t think we know that. We’re working on it."

Is it true that we don't know what the problem is? Not really. Here are just a few of the issues Schmidt might ponder as he "works on it":

• A pay gap that exists at higher levels in the industry.

• Startup cultures that explicitly exclude women.

• The threat of sexual harassment.

• No, seriously, sexual harassment. Computer execs who unzip their pants and offer "presents" to businesswomen, for example.

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Thousands protest woman's mob killing in Afghanistan capital

Thousands protest woman's mob killing in Afghanistan capital | woman | Scoop.it

Kabul flooded by thousands of protesters demanding justice over mob killing of innocent woman.

Thousands marched through the Afghan capital on Tuesday, demanding justice for a woman who was beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a Koran.
Men and women of all ages carried banners bearing the bloodied face of Farkhunda, a 27-year-old religious scholar killed last week by the mob.
Farkhunda, who went by one name like many Afghans, was beaten, run over with a car and burned before her body was thrown into the Kabul River.
Organisers of Tuesday's march estimated 3,000 people took part, calling it one of the biggest demonstrations in Kabul's history.
Marchers chanted "Justice for Farkhunda!" and "Death to the killers!"
Police say 18 people have been arrested and 13 police officers have been suspended, though many suspect that figure will rise as the investigation continues.
The demonstrators also called for action against officials and religious leaders who had initially supported the attack on Farkhunda by saying her killing was justifiable if she had burned pages of a Koran.

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Scientists have invented a water filter that could change the world

Scientists have invented a water filter that could change the world | woman | Scoop.it

Liquidity’s Naked Filter is an interesting new project with a name you might want to remember for when it hits Kickstarter, as the company has apparently found a clever way to turn any kind of water — whether it’s tap water from your home or from any other source you encounter during your hikes and travels — into clean, germ- and bacteria-free water.

The company on Thursday unveiled its new water filter, which is supposedly the “world’s most powerful water filter,” able to clean 99.9999% of germs and bacteria that you’d normally find in various water sources, without adding anything to it.

“Naked Filter acts like a colander, physically removing disease-causing bacteria and protozoan cysts such as E. coli, Salmonella, Cholera and Giardia as the water flows through it,” the company says.

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No Retrial for Nevada Woman Freed After 30 Years

No Retrial for Nevada Woman Freed After 30 Years | woman | Scoop.it
After the case was dropped against a Nevada woman who spent 35 years in prison for a 1976 murder she did not commit, both sides agreed on one point: justice was finally served thanks to new technology in DNA testing.
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I Haven't Made Any Trash In 2 Years. Here's What My Life Is Like

I Haven't Made Any Trash In 2 Years. Here's What My Life Is Like | woman | Scoop.it

My name is Lauren. I'm a 23-year-old girl living in NYC and I don't make trash. For real. No garbage bin, no landfill. Nada.

I know what you are thinking. This girl must be a total hippie. Or a liar. Or she's not real. But I assure you, I am none of those things. Well, except for real.

I didn't always live what some call a "zero waste" life.

But I started making a shift about three years ago, when I was an Environmental Studies major at NYU, protesting against big oil, and president of a club that hosted weekly talks on environmental topics. In my mind I was super environmental, or as my grandma called me, a real "treehugger." Everyone thought of me as the sustainability girl, so that meant that I was totally doing my share for the earth, right?

Wrong.

In one of my classes, there was another student who always brought a plastic bag containing a plastic clamshell full of food, a plastic water bottle, plastic cutlery, and a bag of chips. Class after class I watched her throw it all in the garbage, and I got so angry! I scoffed and sneered, but I never actually said or did anything. I just got mad.

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What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science?

What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science? | woman | Scoop.it

The low numbers of female computer science majors may have roots in the mid-1980s and the rise of personal computers.

n 1833, seventeen-year-old Ada Lovelace met Charles Babbage at a party, where the mathematician introduced the young woman to his clockwork calculating machine. In Babbage's words, Lovelace was able to grasp "the most abstract of Science...with a force which few masculine intellects could have exerted over it." Working with Babbage and his machine earned her a spot in computing history—as the first computer programmer.

But in the years since Lovelace and other pioneering programmer women did their work, the gender imbalance in computer science has become wide: The National Center for Education Statistics reports that women made up just 18 percent of undergraduate computer science majors in 2010-2011.

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War with Isis: Why should anyone have faith in the left if it continues to sit on the fence when it comes to supporting the Kurds?

War with Isis: Why should anyone have faith in the left if it continues to sit on the fence when it comes to supporting the Kurds? | woman | Scoop.it

The struggle of the Kurdish people against Isis in northern Syria and Iraq has all the trappings of a left-wing cause celebre. Here is a relatively secular and embattled minority fighting against a religious movement backed by oil money which seeks, among other things, to reduce a large number of people to chattel slavery.

Writing about the sheer irrationality of Nazism in the 1930s, Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky noted that “Today…there lives alongside the twentieth century the tenth or thirteenth”. Today in the Middle East a concerted attempt is being made to turn the clock back to the seventh century; an attempt which has so far been thwarted by one of the few forces in the region that is prepared to embrace the twenty-first.

I am talking of course about the Kurds. In a part of the world where ‘radicalism’ too often means antisemitism and the subordination of women, the Kurdish people in northern Iraq and Syria have spent recent years dispelling the orientalist notion that the people of the Middle East are ‘unsuited’ to things like democracy, secularism and women’s rights.

In northern Syria, in territories which have long been abandoned by the ultra-violent Assad regime, the Kurds have been busy establishing grassroots democratic assemblies which extend right down to neighbourhood level. The latter have already passed a ‘social agreement’ which guarantees free education, healthcare, housing and an end to discrimination against women. Defending these are the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPD), around 30 per cent of which are women. All-woman fighting units are also common in the battle against the Islamic State.

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Body found might be missing actress Misty Upham

Body found might be missing actress Misty Upham | woman | Scoop.it

Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn said Thursday that they believe they have found the body of missing actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in “August: Osage County,” “Frozen River” and “Django Unchained.”

A woman’s body was found in a ravine near the White River around 1 p.m. Thursday, police spokesman Steve Stocker said. Items with Upham’s name on them were found nearby.

Officials were waiting for the medical examiner to make a positive identification and determine the cause of death, Stocker said.

A family friend found the body while a group of friends and family were searching in the area.

The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her family Oct. 6, a day after they told police she was suicidal.

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Social Media Giants Fail in Response to Online Abuse

Social Media Giants Fail in Response to Online Abuse | woman | Scoop.it

Three of the world's leading social networks -- Facebook, Twitter and YouTube -- are woefully lacking in their response to online abuse, harassment and violence against women, according to a new report card from the Association for Progressive Communications' Take Back the Tech campaign.

After commissioning research into the corporate policies of these companies, the group gave Twitter and YouTube a failing grade while Facebook received a D+ overall. All three received an F for their "absolute failure to take any visible action" on a public commitment to human rights standards.

All three companies were graded on five additional factors including the following:

Transparency around reporting and redress -- Facebook: C; Twitter and YouTube: D
Simplified and easily accessible reporting mechanisms -- C grades for all three
Responsiveness to needs of non-US/European women -- F for all three
Engagement with stakeholder groups -- Facebook: B; Twitter: C; YouTube: F
Proactive steps to eradicate violence against women -- Facebook: C; Twitter and YouTube: F

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Microsoft CEO Says Women Shouldn’t Ask for Raises, Will Instead Magically Receive Them via ‘Karma’

Microsoft CEO Says Women Shouldn’t Ask for Raises, Will Instead Magically Receive Them via ‘Karma’ | woman | Scoop.it

While being interviewed onstage at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said women should stay mute on the subject of their paychecks.

Ladies, take note: A male leader of one of the most prominent tech companies in America would prefer that you hold your tongue about your paycheck.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said as much to an audience of women in the tech industry Thursday afternoon, ReadWrite reports. He made the remarks while being interviewed onstage at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

“For women who aren’t comfortable asking for a raise, what’s your advice for them?” Maria Klawe, a computer scientist who is a member of Microsoft’s board of directors, asked.

“It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise,” he told Klawe (who, presumably, was screaming inside). He went on to further imply that there was an incalculable je ne sais quoi about a woman who never asks for what she truly wants.

 

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Germany: Knife-Wielding Isis Supporters Attack Kurdish Kobani Protests in Hamburg and Celle

Germany: Knife-Wielding Isis Supporters Attack Kurdish Kobani Protests in Hamburg  and Celle | woman | Scoop.it

Anti-Isis (Islamic State) protests organised by Kurdish nationals in a number of German cities have erupted into violent clashes, with radical Muslims armed with knives and brass-knuckles.

The demonstrations in the city of Hamburg and the town of Celle deteriorated into violence, forcing German police to request reinforcements to restore order. 

The clashes occurred on Tuesday after 80 Kurdish protesters occupied Hamburg's main train stationfor an hour before leaving voluntarily, according to local police.

Approximately 500 Kurdish demonstrators marched through Hamburg, causing damage to a number of cars and Turkish snack bars. Fourteen Kurdish protesters were arrested.

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Uk among lowest for female judges

Uk among lowest for female judges | woman | Scoop.it

UK judicial systems have some of the lowest proportion of females among professional judges in Europe, one of the continent's leading human rights organisation has said.
England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are at the bottom of a list of European nations in terms of female representation in the judiciary, along with Azerbaijan, Armenia and Ireland, the Council of Europe (CoE) said in its annual report on the efficiency and quality of justice in 45 European countries.
Some 25.2% of judges in England and Wales in 2012 were women, while 22.2% and 21.6% were female in Northern Ireland and Scotland respectively. Only Azerbaijan had lower female representation than Scotland at 10.5%. Armenia had 21.9% female judges.

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