The Democratic Party is hoping 2014 will be a Year of the Woman—again.
As party operatives prepare for the midterm elections, Democratic women are being cast in starring roles, on the ballot and at the ballot box, as the party tries to take back politically important governor’s mansions and keep its fragile majority in the Senate.
"The importance of women to the Democratic Party in 2014 cannot be overstated," said Jess McIntosh, a spokeswoman for EMILY’s List, which recruits and supports Democratic women candidates. "They are running in our biggest, most important races in the country."
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The halcyon days have passed. Stock photos remind us of a darker time, when the best thing to do with your turkey was to throw on a set of pearls and get glamorous.
“A Stanford Engineer Figured Out A Real Reason Fewer Women Code,” one headline read.
“This Awesome Ad, Set to the Beastie Boys, Is How to Get Girls to Become Engineers,” another promised.
I am so excited for the study that tracks the girls who: Use this toy exclusively, avoid all heteronormative outside influences, somehow survive high school as proud math-lovers, and then go on to pick a college major. That will surely prove its effectiveness.
This is a slick commercial, and it seems like a fun, educational toy. More power to GoldieBlox if it manages to make more kids interested in learning.
Gender quotas might not have a sterling reputation, but Germany thinks they’re the answer to its male-dominated corporations. According to a new agreement between the parties negotiating to form Germany’s next governing coalition, supervisory boards…
This idea has been around for some time. In 2011, the 30 companies of the DAX index avoided binding quotas and instead pledged voluntarily to increase the proportion of women in management positions. France, Norway, Belgium, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain have already instituted government-mandated quotas on public companies, though some will only take effect several years from now.
From the U.S., where women held only 16.1 percent of board seats by last count, it’s an intriguing experiment to watch for several reasons. Government-directed quotas are potentially unconstitutional, and even private companies seeking to set quotas have been told affirmative action plans need to meet pretty strict requirements to survive an equal protection or Civil Rights Act-based challenge. But many of the folks following women’s lack of progress on Wall Street would like to see the U.S. be, well, a little more Teutonic.
Quotas might be an awfully illiberal idea, but we can still learn from Germany’s great social experiment. Here’s why.
Women engage in indirect aggression and slut-shaming, even in clinical research studies. Why?
According to Justin Lookadoo, “dateable” women “know how to shut up.” He’s given hundreds of speeches at public schools across the South.Read more. [Image: lookadoo.com]
And the two groups with the strongest preference for male bosses were women and Republicans. Yes, women.
It was just moments after I finished an IPA tour at the Great American Beer Festival with Julia Herz, the Craft Beer Program director for the Brewers Association. “Women drinking beer!” one guys said, pointing up to the “womenenjoyingbeer.com” booth. Two of his male friends gave a laughing grunt, and one took out his phone to capture the moment for re-telling.
The idea of women in the beer world is often parodied and, occasionally, openly mocked. But why?
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Rand Paul’s acolytes often claim the senator gets marginalized because of his ideas. It’s because he’s a libertarian, they say, that he’s not treated fairly by the media. It’s a hard argument to make. Paul is a staple of the mainest of all mainstream media, the Sunday shows, and widely considered a top-tier presidential contender by middle-of-the-road analysts.
But let’s imagine the junior senator from Kentucky were a woman. Not just any woman—let’s call her Randi—but, for the sake of this argument, a beautiful woman. The “men want to sleep with her, women want to be her” echelon of physical attractiveness. Everything else is identical: self-certified eye doctor, first-term senator, and she got the job with a boost from her father.
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Counselors, health technicians, and part-time workers.