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Few women in Silicon Valley were surprised by the revelations about Uber detailed this month by Susan Fowler, a software engineer who published an exposé on the culture of sexism and sexual harassment that she said she battled during her year at the ride-hailing company.
For many women in Silicon Valley, the contours of Ms. Fowler’s story rang true from sorry experience. There are tales like hers from across the tech industry. This week, The Guardian reported that a female Tesla employee had filed suit against the electric-car company for what she called “pervasive harassment.” (Tesla said in a statement that the claims “have not been substantiated.”) And even in cases where abuse is well documented — as in Ellen Pao’s unsuccessful sexual harassment lawsuit against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers — the men responsible are rarely punished, and the overall picture rarely improves.
Still, the Uber scandal feels different. It feels like a watershed. For gender-diversity advocates in the tech industry, Ms. Fowler’s allegations, and the public outcry they have ignited, offer a possibility that something new may be in the offing.
by PHIL MCCAUSLAND
Hundreds of thousands of men and women descended into the nation’s capital, meeting in the national mall on Saturday, to show their support for women’s rights a day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. Some voiced their opposition to the new president. An estimated 500,000 people attended the massive march, D.C.’s deputy mayor for public safety and justice said, citing the event’s organizers.
Those who participated in the Women’s March on Washington said the event was much more peaceful and positive than the protests during Friday’s inauguration.
D.C. police said they had no reports of arrests as of 6 p.m. on Saturday, a stark contrast to Friday’s anti-Trump protest that saw 230 people arrested, the windows of businesses smashed and a limo torched. Witnesses said self-described anarchists were behind some of Friday’s violence.
“This is not about people doing stupid stuff and getting arrested,” said Robin Gilmore, a 56-year-old therapist who drove up from Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday. “Really, the police are cooperating. This couldn’t happen without police cooperation.”
Marchers reported that police were civil and participants were kind to one another, often looking after each other in the dense crowd. People were elbow-to-elbow and some said they couldn’t move for hours.
Steve La Croix traveled from Seattle to Michigan, where he met members of his family. They rented and drove a bus overnight to the Women’s March. He said that the atmosphere was collegial and participants were considerate.
“People were very polite,” La Croix said. “There was a lot of ‘Go ahead’ or ‘You first.’”
One criticism of the march has been that it seemed to have scattered ideas and took up too many issues, but those who were at the Women’s March said that is part of building a coalition.
Dana Gwinn, 36, traveled to the march from the Bay Area and said, though there were numerous ideas, she believed it important to discuss all of them.
“There were a lot of messages,” Gwinn said. “I felt today like I felt on election night. I want to be mad about 15 different things, and everyone says you need to choose what your battle is going to be and stick to that one thing.
“But I don’t know anyone willing to choose.”
Kristen Kramer, 29, a D.C. resident who lives close to where a limo was set on fire by protesters on Friday, said the march was very polite compared to the inauguration, which she described as a “surreal” environment. But Kramer didn’t think the civility was necessarily a good thing.
“It is really polite, and it kind of pisses me off to be honest,” she said. “Considering how the police yesterday became incredibly aggressive, it feels like this today is lip service to protest.”
She described protests on Friday as largely peaceful assemblies that suffered from a few violent individuals. Kramer thought the police treated protesters at the inauguration poorly and saw demonstrators suffering severely from pepper spray.
“I hope people don’t just forget yesterday,” she said. “I don’t know what will come of it legally, but for it just to disappear is not okay.”
The marches were not confined to Washington. An estimated 400,000 people marched in New York City, 250,000 marched in Chicago, over 100,000 marched in Los Angeles, more than 90,000 ink St. Paul, Minnesota, and 60,000 turned out in Atlanta among other cities around the world, authorities and organizers said.
By Perry Stein and Sandhya Somashekhar
Teresa Shook never considered herself much of an activist, or someone particularly versed in feminist theory. But when the results of the presidential election became clear, the retired attorney in Hawaii turned to Facebook and asked: What if women marched on Washington around Inauguration Day en masse?
She asked her online friends how to create an event page, and then started one for the march she was hoping would happen.
By the time she went to bed, 40 women responded that they were in.
When she woke up, that number had exploded to 10,000.
Now, more than 100,000 people have registered their plans to attend the Women’s March on Washington in what is expected to be the largest demonstration linked to Donald Trump’s inauguration and a focal point for activists on the left who have been energized in opposing his agenda.
Planning for the Jan. 21 march got off to a rocky start. Controversy initially flared over the name of the march, and whether it was inclusive enough of minorities, particularly African Americans, who have felt excluded from many mainstream feminist movements.
Organizers say plans are on track, after securing a permit from D.C. police to gather 200,000 people near the Capitol at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW on the morning after Inauguration Day. Exactly how big the march will be has yet to be determined, with organizers scrambling to pull together the rest of the necessary permits and raise the $1 million to $2 million necessary to pull off a march triggered by Shook’s Facebook venting.
The march has become a catch-all for a host of liberal causes, from immigrant rights to police killings of African Americans. But at its heart is the demand for equal rights for women after an election that saw the defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential nominee of a major party.
“We plan to make a bold and clear statement to this country on the national and local level that we will not be silent and we will not let anyone roll back the rights we have fought and struggled to get,” said Tamika Mallory, a veteran organizer and gun-control advocate who is one of the march’s main organizers.
More than 150,000 women and men have responded on the march’s Facebook page that they plan on attending. At least 1,000 buses are headed to Washington for the march through Rally, a website that organizes buses to protests. Dozens of groups, including Planned Parenthood and the antiwar CodePink, have signed on as partners.
Organizers insist the march is not anti-Trump, even as many of the groups that have latched on to it fiercely oppose his agenda.
“Donald Trump’s election has triggered a lot of women to be more involved than they ordinarily would have been, which is ironic, because a lot of us thought a Hillary presidency would motivate women,” said Dana Brown, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. “A lot of women seem to be saying, ‘This is my time. I’m not going to be silent anymore.’ ”
Unlike most of the stars who graced the 2016 MTV Video Music Award stage, Alicia Keys didn’t wear a hint of makeup, proving she’s keeping true to her #NoMakeup pledge.
After promising to go makeup free in an essay she wrote for Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny Letter, the 35-year-old singer/songwriter took to the VMAs stage looking bared-faced and beautiful.
“I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” Keys recalled in her essay.
On the red carpet, the newest “The Voice” judge wore a red and black printed long-sleeve maxi dress, while her hair was up in braids.
Source: Huffington Post
Erykah Badu is donating the proceeds from her upcoming Detroit concert to a nonprofit that tests the city’s backlog of rape kits, the Detroit Free Press reports. Five dollars from each ticket sold for Badu’s August 12 performance at the Chene Park Amphitheater will go to the African-American 490 Challenge, which raises money to test the 11,000 abandoned rape kits found in a Detroit police warehouse in 2009. (Each test costs $490.) Badu will also donate the proceeds from the concert’s $100 “pre-show reception” and $1,000 “VIP reception” to the campaign, in what Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy calls a “phenomenal assist” to the cause. There are tens of thousands of untested rape kits across the United States.
Women’s right activist, Nighat Dad, has become the second Pakistani ever to receive the prestigious Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award for 2016.
A Pakistani lawyer and internet activist, Nighat Dad is also the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. In a ceremony at the Global Forum in Wroclaw, Poland, on Friday, she was honored with the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award for her efforts and dedication towards digital rights and ensuring a safer and more accessible Pakistan for women. The award recognizes extraordinary individuals and organizations that defend and advance the cause of freedom around the world.
By: Maya Rhodan @m_rhodan 3:46 PM ET
After taking heat for not addressing issues affecting women and girls of color, the White House will host a summit Friday on expanding opportunity for them.
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and the White House Council on Women and Girls will host women who are experts on a range of subjects such as violence, workers rights, hip hop and health as it releases an update to the 2014 report “Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunities.”
The summit will focus on a range of issues including economic development, healthcare, criminal justice, vulnerability to violence, hip-hop, and images of women in media. Participants include Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Tina Tchen of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Cecilia Muñoz of the White House Domestic Policy Council, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and Teresa Younger of the Ms. Foundation.
The Administration has found itself in an interesting position in President Obama’s second term. Though Obama was praised for taking steps to address problems facing boys and young men of color through his My Brother’s Keeper Program, the gendered focus made many girls and women’s advocates wondering about their issues.
It is safe to say that Lipstick Revolt: Women Empowerment 2015 was a total success. From start to finish the room was filled with love, unity, and creativity.
The panel & discussion segment of the nights was one of the most powerful discussions I have heard in a very long time where the panelists tackled taboo issues in concern with women. Every sentence held so much power and passion like when Molly Rulland made it clear that ”Until men hold other men accountable for their actions nothing will change.” As they opened questions to the audience, the gentlemen who were out in support made sure they were a part of the conversation and voiced their questions/thoughts.
Lipstick Revolt is excited about the future and is looking forward to planning the next Women Empowerment event.
#Wemeanrise derived from the word womenrise (expansion of women) is a relay that was born November 10, 2014, following the meeting on the role of women in conflict resolution, held November 5, 2014 by the Elders , a independent coalition of influential world leaders who have decided to combine their efforts and experience to build a more harmonious, more just and more peaceful
The debate had gathered activists and peace activists in the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and online to discuss the effective contribution of women in conflict resolution. The assumption had been postulated as follows:
It is unthinkable to have a lasting peace without the full participation of women
This is about how to better expand the work of women in peace building in the world to answer this question, Mary Robinson has URGES those involved to establish contact between women and the competent authorities and associate their actions at all levels of the peace process Jimmy Carter , for his part, has stated that a good woman, eloquent and sincere, alone can influence an entire audience
Somali activist Asha Haji Elmi has highlighted the central role played by peace activists in risky way of representing the voice of the silent majority, mostly women and children, “with all the dangers that entails.
The fact that she concluded saying “I am ready to die for peace has left the room” Stunned “.
At Asha, I answer as follows:
We need you, your family and your loved ones need you, so do not die for peace, live peace! Do not take as many risks, life is precious and full of learning. Bring your experience on the table!
We Mean Rise aims to highlight the leadership, expertise, vision and action of women around the world. To this end I invite all women activists and non-profit organizations to join the relay to combine all our experiences and voices for a better future in the world. We are still at the beginning. I have created two lists: oneWomeanrise one that brings together women activists around the world and Wemeanrise 2where organizations working for the promotion of women find themselves. You or your organization can be included by simply sending me a tweet by subscribing to one or the other list
You can suportez us or write us on firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a rich debate ideas involving Mary Robinson, Hina Jilani, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Manal Omar, Sanam Naraghi Anderlini including You Can watch the debate video here