Tag Archives: Women

Woman In Charge: Spy Division- CIA

Another glass ceiling has been cracked at least temporarily with a woman now running the CIA’s spy division.

The long time CIA veteran leading the National Clandestine Service on an acting basis cannot be publicly named because she is still a covert officer.

The question is whether she will get the job permanently. But her background could be problematic for new CIA boss John Brennan.

According to sources familiar with her career, she was assigned to a senior position at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.


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The Women Who’ve Transformed A Mars Rover Into A Sassy Social Superstar

NASA is no stranger to social media. The space agency has been actively working to reach out to the public over the Internet for quite some time now. But NASA seems to have reached its high point so far in social media when it comes to the Mars Curiosity rover. The rover’sTwitter feed currently has over 930,000 followers, and its Facebook page has over 250,000 fans.

One of the things that makes these pages so engaging and popular is that they’re written in the first person.Curiosity, it turns out, has quite the brassy personality. She litters her twitter feed with pop culture references, tweetspeak, and a bold attitude.


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Gabby Douglas Wins Gold in the Olympics

LONDON – From the top of the podium, with the final bars of the national anthem still echoing through the gymnastics hall, Gabby Douglas’s smile seemed even brighter.

Even brighter than when she stuck each impossible landing here this week, even brighter than the gold medal hanging from her neck, even brighter than the future of both she and USA Gymnasticsafter this historic star turn.

It’s the smile that will forever be one of the signature images of these Olympics, the smile that will sell a million boxes of cereal or sneakers, the smile that will beam off countless magazine covers to come.

And it is the smile that will haunt every other competitor she left in a heap behind her – the sweet, wonderful smile of one of the most cold-blooded sporting assassins you’ll ever find.


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Giving Women Control over their Healthcare

Women deserve to have control over their health care. Aug. 1, 2012, ushers in a new day for women’s health when, for the first time ever, women will have access to eight new services at no out-of-pocket cost to keep them healthier and to catch potentially serious conditions at an earlier, more treatable stage. This benefit will take effect for millions of adult and adolescent women over the course of the next year — and it’s just one of many benefits of the health care law that let women and their doctors, not insurance companies, make decisions about a woman’s care. 

When it comes to health, women are often the primary decision-maker for their families and the trusted source in circles of friends. Women often take care of their families first and put off their own health care needs. Too often, they have gone without preventive services, worrying about what even a $20 insurance co-pay would mean to their families’ budgets and choosing to pay for groceries or rent instead.

But now, thanks to the health care law, many women won’t have to make that choice.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, women in private plans and Medicare already have received potentially life-saving services, such as mammograms, cholesterol screenings and flu shots at no extra cost. Today, the law builds on these benefits, requiring new, non-grandfathered private health plans to offer eight additional screenings and tests for adolescent and adult women at no extra charge. These include:

  • Well-woman visits.
  • Gestational diabetes screenings that help protect the mother and her child from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases.
  • Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling.
  • FDA-approved contraceptive products, which have proven health benefits like a reduced risk of cancer and protecting against osteoporosis.
  • Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling.
  • HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older.
  • Sexually transmitted infections counseling.
  • HIV screening and counseling.
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Babies Sold from shelter, Women abused

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN
June 8, 2012 — Updated 0950 GMT (1750 HKT)

New Delhi (CNN) – Seven people were arrested on allegations of abusing women and selling newborn babies at a destitute shelter they ran in northern India.

The arrests were made after a raid last month by India’s child rights watchdog at the Apna Ghar (Our Home) shelter, said Dharna Yadav, a deputy superintendent of police in Haryana state.

The arrests were made after residents complained, Yadav told CNN.

Police found evidence that the owner of the protection house sold newborns mostly to childless couples, said Yadav.

More than 100 residents were taken from Apna Ghar after a raid on May 9.

Most of them were female residents, ranging in age from newborns to 55 years, Yadav said.

Some of them complained to a separate investigation team appointed by a court, that police too were involved in their sexual exploitation at the shelter.


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He Raped as a Teenager and Now Works to Stop Sexual Violence

This story is amazing and I hope more people step up and understand what a HUGE issue this is in our society.

Johannesburg (CNN) – Dumisani Rebombo is no ordinary advocate for women’s rights in South Africa. He is a rapist.

He is a rapist who sought out his victim two decades after his brutal act to ask for forgiveness.

He is all this in a nation where sexual assault has become so common that a woman in South Africa is more likely to be raped than learn to read.

Sexual assaults rarely shock anyone anymore, though a video of abrutal gang rape of a mentally disabled teenager went viral on the Internet last month. That touched a nerve.

As the young suspects face their day in court, Rebombo spoke with CNN to tell his own story — an extraordinary tale of violence, redemption and determination to change things in his homeland.


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Fewer Women Enrolling in Stem Classes

I Just had a great conversation with my friend. She is researching stem cell at John Hopkins and then I stumbled upon this article. I think women would be great in that field.

(CNN) – While it has been argued that science, technology, engineering and math may open the door to more job opportunities, it seems that fewer women are pursuing those courses of study, at least at the nation’s community colleges.

A study released Tuesday by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research says that while women represent a majority of college graduates overall, only 27.5% of Associate’s degrees and occupational certificates in the STEM fields were awarded to women in 2007. Cynthia Costello, the study’s author, found that women are losing ground: This statistic was more than 10% higher in 1997.

Underrepresentation in STEM fields at community colleges may be part of the reason women lag behind men in the STEM workforce. According to the study, women make up almost half of the American workforce but only around a quarter of the STEM labor pool. Data presented in the study shows that women are leaving some STEM fields. From 2000 to 2009, the number of women working in computers and math dropped about 3%.

While the number of women employed in these fields is falling, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the rate of American STEM job growth is outpacing job growth overall. The agency says that while the U.S. economy could add 10% to its workforce between 2008 and 2018, many STEM fields are expected to grow around twice that rate.

Women’s salaries in STEM occupations lag behind the median earnings of men, but this gap is generally smaller than the gender wage gap found in other fields. In addition, STEM fields generally provide higher salaries than positions that require a similar level of education.

Costello suggests that the combination of higher salaries and increased growth provides women and minorities an opportunity to increase their presence in the STEM fields through obtaining an Associate’s degree or occupational certification. Shorter-term, cheaper community college STEM programs, Costello argues, can help single mothers and their children rise out of poverty easier than typical four-year degree programs.

Costello’s report outlines a few rationales for the drop in women choosing STEM fields. A lack of female role models, instructional methods that are not geared toward women, and care-giving roles at home are cited in the study as reasons for women not entering these fields.

To address these issues, Costello says, “community colleges themselves need to invest more heavily in STEM programs and they need to actively recruit and support women.” Costello suggests that community colleges will need support to address these issues. “A whole set of policies and funding streams need to be reinforced out of the federal government in order for STEM programs to expand to the level needed both by industry, by the economy as a whole and by students, especially women students.”

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, which developed this study, describes itself as a nonprofit organization that funds research regarding economic and social policy issues that affect women. The study, “Increasing Opportunities For Low-Income Women And Student Parents In Science, Technology, Engineering, And Math At Community Colleges,” can be found on the Institute for Women’s Policy Research website.

Source: CNN

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Stoning a women for adultery in Iran- Who will stand up for Human Rights?

TEHRAN, Iran — A local judiciary official says an Iranian woman sentenced to death on an adultery conviction will be executed either by stoning or hanging.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani had been sentenced to death by stoning, but that sentenced was believed to have been suspended in July after an international outcry over the case.

Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the head of justice department of East Azerbaijan province where Ashtiani is in prison, was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency on Sunday as saying judicial authorities are still discussing whether to execute Ashtiani by stoning or by hanging.

Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 and sentenced to death by stoning. She was later convicted of being an accessory to the murder of her husband.

Celebrities including Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, and Sting have called on Iran to release a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.


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Women running for office?

What will it take to make a woman president?

Editor’s Note: Marianne Schnall is a journalist whose writings and interviews have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Women’s Media Center, Glamour Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is also the co-founder and executive director of Feminist.com, as well as the co-founder of the environmental siteEcoMall.com. Her new book is titled  “Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice.”

By Marianne Schnall, Special to CNN

It has been three years since we applauded Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” during the 2008 presidential campaign. However, there has been little progress for women inWashingtonto celebrate since then. In fact, the current statistics on women’s representation in theU.S.government are pretty shocking: while women make up almost 51% of theU.S.population, they are only about 17% of Congress. TheUnited Statesranks 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures, behind countries such asCuba,China,IraqandAfghanistan. Heading into the 2012 election, there seems to not only be an absence of female leadership, but some discouraging trends, like that 17% – last year, for the first time in 30 years, the percentage of women in the House of Representatives actually went down.

Recently I had the opportunity to talk to some pioneering and influential women – political leaders, business executives, publishers and thinkers – and I asked them why they believe women have made such little momentum inWashingtonjust four years after having a near presidential contender – and what we can do to get more women into the pipeline of political leadership.

Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic leader, first female Speaker of the House

“As I’ve said before, you can lose the election but win the campaign, because even by running you’ve asserted your strength and authority. In her historic run for president, Hillary Clinton certainly helped crack what I like to call the ‘marble ceiling,’ which has largely kept women from the halls of power for hundreds of years.


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Grandma Fights Eviction

I’m with this amazing lady, people shouldn’t be kicked out of their houses! These loans companies should be more about the people especially since they make MILLIONS off of them.

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