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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 06, 2014 Is Softball Sexist?
QUOTE: women have been playing baseball since long before they had the right to vote. As the national pastime went professional, women were forced out of it — and into softball. Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, also protects equal access to and funding of sports for boys and girls at the school level, and girls have been fighting to play baseball — with lawsuits, if necessary — since the 1970s.
New York Times Oct 11, 2013 Pakistani Girl, a Global Heroine After an Attack, Has Critics at Home
QUOTE: speculation grew that Ms. Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, might win the Nobel Peace Prize....But after a week of intense news coverage, during which she released her memoir and won a prestigious European award for human rights, Ms. Yousafzai’s stature as a symbol of peace and bravery has been established across the world — everywhere, it seems, except at home.
New York Times Jul 12, 2013 Iowa court reaffirms it was OK to fire 'irresistible' worker
QUOTE: found that the firing of Nelson "did not amount to unlawful discrimination." He said that Nelson's arguments warranted serious consideration, but the court found a distinction between an employment decision based on personal relations and one based on gender itself.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 22, 2012 Iowa Supreme Court: OK to fire 'irresistible' worker
QUOTE: "We are asked to decide only if a genuine fact issue exists as to whether Dr. Knight engaged in unlawful gender discrimination when he fired Nelson at the request of his wife. For the reasons previously discussed, we believe this conduct did not amount to unlawful discrimination, and therefore we affirm the judgment of the district court."
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 26, 2012 Saudi Arabia's unsolicited monitoring of women's travels draws activists' outrage
QUOTE: In recent years, much has been made of the fact that Saudi Arabia is the sole remaining country in which women still have not been given the right to drive. But restrictions experienced by Saudi females extend to far more than just getting behind the wheel. In the deeply conservative kingdom, a woman is not allowed to go to school, get a job, or even travel outside the country without first obtaining the permission of her male "guardian," or mahram.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 11, 2012 Girl's courage, Taliban's cowardice
QUOTE: It was all about [the Taliban--Ed.] imposing their will, their version of Islamic law, and subjugating the entire population, but women in particular. The Taliban reportedly had destroyed more than 200 schools and ordered all girls' schools shut down when Malala slowly emerged from obscurity. In 2009, she started writing a blog for the BBC under a pseudonym, talking about her dreams for the future and how the Taliban were pushing those aspirations further and further out of reach.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 01, 2012 Saudi women going to Games is a sham
QUOTE: Saudi women in general are denied the right to practice sports. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prevents girls from taking part in sports in government schools.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 21, 2012 Elite Women Put a New Spin on an Old Debate
QUOTE: The article in The Atlantic, by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a Princeton professor who recently left a job at the State Department, added to a renewed feminist conversation that is bringing fresh twists to bear on longstanding concerns about status, opportunity and family. Unlike earlier iterations, it is being led not by agitators who are out of power, but by elite women at the top of their fields, like the comedian Tina Fey, the Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and now Ms. Slaughter. In contrast to some earlier barrier-breakers from Gloria Steinem to Condoleezza Rice, these women have children, along with husbands who do as much child-rearing as they do, or more.
New York Times Jan 30, 2012 Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job
QUOTE: Federal and state laws ban discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. And amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled employees (including most employees with medical complications arising from pregnancies) who need them to do their jobs. But because pregnancy itself is not considered a disability, employers are not obligated to accommodate most pregnant workers in any way.
New York Times Jan 14, 2012 Israelis Facing a Seismic Rift Over Role of Women
QUOTE: “Just as secular nationalism and socialism posed challenges to the religious establishment a century ago, today the issue is feminism,” said Moshe Halbertal, a professor of Jewish philosophy at Hebrew University. “This is an immense ideological and moral challenge that touches at the core of life, and just as it is affecting the Islamic world, it is the main issue that the rabbis are losing sleep over.”
New York Times Oct 10, 2011 Yemen: Thousands of women demonstrate, dozens injured
QUOTE: Days after a prominent Yemeni human rights activist became the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, dozens of women were injured after gangs attacked during a march in her honor...
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 25, 2011 Saudi king: Women will be allowed to vote and run for office
QUOTE: the king said women will be allowed to nominate candidates for the next set of municipal elections. Although he did not use the word "vote," allowing women to take part in the nomination process would amount to voting within Saudi Arabia's system.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 23, 2011 Attack of the federal sex police
QUOTE: a seemingly innocuous 19-page letter on April 4 from the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to colleges and universities....includes a requirement that universities adopt a "preponderance of the evidence" standard of proof for deciding sexual harassment and sexual assault. In other words, in every case of alleged sexual harassment or sexual assault, a disciplinary board must decide on the basis of more likely than not.
New York Post Jun 21, 2011 Wal-Mart’s Authoritarian Culture
QUOTE: The underlying issue, which the Supreme Court has now ratified, is Wal-Mart’s authoritarian style, by which executives pressure store-level management to squeeze more and more from millions of clerks, stockers and lower-tier managers. Indeed, the sex discrimination at Wal-Mart that drove the recent suit is the product not merely of managerial bias and prejudice, but also of a corporate culture and business model that sustains it, rooted in the company’s very beginnings.
New York Times Jun 20, 2011 In fight against Wal-Mart, lawyers aren't enough
QUOTE: Today's decision, supporting Wal-Mart's argument that it's just too big to be sued, is a slap in the face to anyone hoping to fight a corporation in court. It's even more troubling, however, that this glacial, and ultimately ineffective, process was the only way that these women could seek justice. Wal-Mart has never allowed its employees to join a union.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 17, 2011 Driving campaign for Saudi women challenges custom
QUOTE: a campaign demanding the right for women to drive and travel freely in Saudi Arabia. Though there are no traffic laws that make it illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, religious edicts are often interpreted as a ban against female drivers.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 23, 2011 Saudis Arrest Woman Leading Right-to-Drive Campaign
QUOTE: The government of Saudi Arabia moved swiftly to extinguish a budding protest movement of women claiming the right to drive, a campaign inspired by uprisings across the Arab world demanding new freedoms but at risk Monday of foundering.
New York Times May 22, 2011 Born on Sideline, Cheering Clamors to Be Sport
QUOTE: Why should cheerleading not be considered a sport when it required a complex set of technical skills, physical fitness and real guts? Now, in a development that may settle the debate, two groups are asking the National Collegiate Athletic Association to recognize a new version of cheerleading as an “emerging sport” for women, a precursor to full status as a championship sport.
New York Times Apr 25, 2011 College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity
QUOTE: As women have surged into a majority on campus in recent years, many institutions have resorted to subterfuge to make it look as if they are offering more spots to women… Many are padding women’s team rosters with underqualified, even unwitting, athletes.
New York Times Mar 21, 2011 Gains, and Drawbacks, for Female Professors
QUOTE: Many female professors say that M.I.T.’s aggressive push to hire more women has created the sense that they are given an unfair advantage..." "To women in my generation, these residual issues can sound small because we see so much progress," said Nancy H. Hopkins, a molecular biologist who instigated the first report. “But they’re not small; they still create an unequal playing field for women — not just at universities, and certainly not just at M.I.T. And they’re harder to change because they are a reflection of where women stand in society."
New York Times Mar 05, 2011 Women Fight to Maintain Their Role in the Building of a New Egypt
QUOTE: The challenge now, activists here say, is to make sure that women maintain their involvement as the nation lurches forward, so that their contribution to the revolution is not forgotten... It is an indication of the place of women here that Ms. Hassan was referring to the need for political gains and true equality, rather than some more basic rights denied to women in parts of the Arab world.
New York Times Feb 27, 2011 Abuse Often Follows Afghans to America
QUOTE: In Afghanistan, a decade after the overthrow of the Taliban and the rise of an influential women’s rights movement, the violent subjugation of women remains broadly accepted... But much more quietly, a culture of domestic violence — not only by husbands but also by husbands’ families — has followed Afghan immigrants to destinations like New York, where women’s advocates say they are now discovering just how widespread the problem is.
New York Times Feb 21, 2011 Women Still Face Barriers in Hong Kong
QUOTE: Fewer women stay in the work force long enough to attain top-earning positions. Many who do stay say that social pressures, and their employers, make it tough for them to advance... Yet social attitudes remain traditional, casting women squarely in the role of homemaker and mother — even when they are also breadwinners.
New York Times Feb 02, 2011 Sex Scandals in Italy Fuel Discontent of Women
QUOTE: Italy significantly trails European Union counterparts on equality indicators like employment of women or women in leadership positions, and indignant women say the latest scandal [the Berlusconi sex scandal-Ed.] highlights a troubling message: the way for a woman to get ahead in Italy is to sell her soul, if not her body, to powerful men.
New York Times Jan 30, 2011 Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List
QUOTE: Jane Margolis, co-author of a book on sexism in computer science, “Unlocking the Clubhouse,” argues that Wikipedia is experiencing the same problems of the offline world, where women are less willing to assert their opinions in public.
New York Times Jan 30, 2011 Issues of Race Bubble Up as Republicans Assert New Power in Albany
QUOTE: An otherwise routine session last Monday in the New York State Senate erupted into an argument over seating arrangements and office space that hinted at issues of race and gender that are percolating as Republicans assert their authority as the majority party.
New York Times Jun 16, 2010 On Lying About Your Salary in Job Interviews
QUOTE: In her post, Ms. O’Hara implied that her little white lie was justified and quoted a colleague as saying that everyone bumps up their old salaries somewhat when applying for new jobs.
New York Times Jun 04, 2010 Dressed to Distract
QUOTE: Aesthetic allure is evolutionary...So it was unusual when a knockout in New York, Debrahlee Lorenzana, a 33-year-old single mother, filed suit against Citigroup, claiming that she was fired in August from the Citibank branch at the Chrysler Center for looking too sexy.
New York Times May 25, 2010 Justices say employers may not use discriminatory testing practices
QUOTE: Employers who use tests that have the effect of ruling out disproportionate numbers of women and minorities may be sued each time they use the results to hire, the Supreme Court ruled...
Washington Post May 14, 2010 A Toolkit for Women Seeking a Raise (Your Money)
QUOTE: Even now, when women represent half the work force, they’re still paid considerably less than men — and part of that pay gap may be a result of what happens at the salary negotiation table. That’s assuming that women make it to the table, since research shows that they are less likely to ask for raises. Even when they do, their requests may be perceived as overly demanding or less agreeable.
New York Times Apr 16, 2010 Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley
QUOTE: Though many people say that outright sexism is rare in the tech world these days, the barriers that Ms. Fleming encountered aren’t unusual....Women own 40 percent of the private businesses in the United States, according to the Center for Women’s Business Research. But they create only 8 percent of the venture-backed tech start-ups...
New York Times Oct 27, 2009 Can We Talk About Religion, Please? (Moral of the Story)
QUOTE: despite the risk of provoking the ire of believers, we should discuss the actions of religious institutions as we would those of all others — courteously and vigorously....it is disheartening that the editorial pages of our most important newspapers did not castigate the Vatican’s invitation to misogyny and homophobia.
New York Times Oct 14, 2009 Case of runaway convert leads to Muslim-Christian clash
QUOTE: the plight of Fathima Rifqa Bary, the Ohio teenager who says her Muslim father threatened her life after she converted to Christianity and ran away to Florida, is also part of a new and growing challenge to Western jurisprudence: How to reconcile restrictive Eastern cultural and religious codes with Western freedoms of religious expression and guarantees against gender discrimination.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 13, 2009 Latin America's worst wage gap for women and minorities? Powerhouse Brazil
QUOTE: ...Brazil sits at the bottom of a list of 18 regional countries when it comes to how much women and minorities are paid for the same job a white man does.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 09, 2009 More women than men dismissed from military for being gay
QUOTE: Women were dismissed from the military for being gay at a greater rate than men last year...
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 07, 2009 Group Resists Korean Stigma for Unwed Mothers
QUOTE: Yet each year, [South Korean] social pressure drives thousands of unmarried women to choose between abortion, which is illegal but rampant, and adoption, which is considered socially shameful but is encouraged by the government. The few women who decide to raise a child alone risk a life of poverty and disgrace.
New York Times Sep 01, 2009 Italy's end to employment discrimination has women crying foul
QUOTE: a public outcry arose when the Italian parliament recently ratified a new law ending discrimination in the retirement age between men and women – much of it from women's rights groups and labor unions.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 25, 2009 Hawaii to Remove Inmates Over Abuse Charges
QUOTE: Hawaii prison officials said Tuesday that all of the state’s 168 female inmates at a privately run Kentucky prison will be removed by the end of September because of charges of sexual abuse by guards.
New York Times Aug 18, 2009 Family Code Gets Nudge, but Women Seek a Push (Tangier Journal)
QUOTE: Despite an important reform of Morocco’s family code in 2004, pressed upon a reluctant Parliament by the young king, Muhammad VI, sex outside marriage is not recognized in Morocco, any more than homosexuality is.
New York Times Jul 14, 2009 Veterans' facilities fall short in women's treatment standards
QUOTE: Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities do not consistently offer the level of services and infrastructure necessary to properly treat the growing number of female veterans, a government investigation concludes.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 08, 2009 New UN report takes firm stand on women's rights in Afghanistan
QUOTE: The 'Silence is Violence' report documents the failure of [Afghanistan] state institutions to protect women from increasing violence in public spaces.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 01, 2009 She Plays With Boys, and Rivals Don’t Like It
QUOTE: ...Hannah Berner... a run made all the more remarkable by the fact that she was competing against boys...
New York Times Apr 16, 2009 Afghanistan's controversial law emboldens women's rights activists: Hundreds in Kabul staged a rare rally Wednesday, defying counterprotesters' stones and insults.
QUOTE: The law that sparked the outrage [among women in Afghanistan}... regulates the actions of women of the Shiite minority... Among the bill's many articles, activists point to a few particularly oppressive statutes: that women should get their husband's permission before leaving the house, and husbands have the right to have sex with their wives whenever they wish.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 10, 2009 The price of saying 'no' at work
QUOTE: Indeed, a decade or two out, halfway up the career ladder or higher, a yes-yes-yes woman will discover that she wants to start saying no sometimes. But can she? Can any woman in a fast-paced, high-powered career ever stop saying yes -- without self-destructing?
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 07, 2008 Iraqi Women, Figting for a Voice; Activists Confront Dual Powers of Religion, Tribalism
QUOTE: In their quest for stability in Iraq, U.S. officials have empowered tribal and religious leaders, Sunni and Shiite, who reject the secularism that Saddam Hussein once largely maintained. These leaders have imposed strict interpretations of Islam and enforced tribal codes that female activists say limit their freedom and encourage violence against them.
Washington Post Oct 29, 2008 Women Buying Health Policies Pay a Penalty
QUOTE: "Striking new evidence has emerged of a widespread gap in the cost of health insurance, as women pay much more than men of the same age for individual insurance policies providing identical coverage, according to new data from insurance companies and online brokers."
New York Times Oct 23, 2008 Commentary: For women in public eye, looks matter
QUOTE: here is an incredible double-standard here....There has been plenty of talk and plenty written about Sarah Palin's jackets, her hair and her looks...Compare that with the attention given to Sen. Barack Obama's $1,500 suits or Sen. John McCain's $520 Ferragamo shoes.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 02, 2008 A New Twist in the Debate on Mothers
QUOTE: as mothers across the country supervise the season’s final water fights and pack book bags, some have voiced the kind of doubts that few male pundits have dared raise on television. With five children, including an infant with Down syndrome and, as the country learned Monday, a pregnant 17-year-old, Ms. Palin has set off a fierce argument among women about whether there are enough hours in the day for her to take on the vice presidency, and whether she is right to try.
New York Times Jul 30, 2008 Yale Students' Lawsuit Unmasks Anonymous Trolls, Opens Pandora's Box
QUOTE: AK-47 was one of a handful of students heaping misogynist scorn on women attending the nations' top law schools in 2007, in posts so vile they spurred a national debate on the limits of online anonymity, and an unprecedented federal lawsuit aimed at unmasking and punishing the posters...Both women tried in vain to persuade the administrators of the AutoAdmit.com site to remove the threads
Wired Jul 30, 2008 Why retirement is different for women
QUOTE: Women make less money than men...Whether women are paid less than men due to poor salary negotiating, career choices or institutional biases, the end result is that they not only have less to save but their Social Security payout is less. They put in fewer years at work and lose out on years of paying into a pension or defined contribution plan.
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