“Are You Sure it was Rape?”

“Are you sure it was rape?”

This is what an administrator at Amherst College said to a student when she attempted to report a sexual assault. Due to victim-blaming questions like this, only 12 percent of college rape survivors will report their experiences to law enforcement.

But now student activists are taking on the epidemic of campus rape to change how colleges treat survivors.

Check this out in the latest issue of MS Magazine.

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19 Best Paying Jobs for Women in 2013

Women have entered almost all fields of professions these days. Be it armed forces of business, women can be found working in all environments. It is a fact that these days, women are starting new firms at twice a rate of all other businesses and according to a research it is projected that women labor force will increase to 78 million by the year 2018. Gone are the days when men used to earn and women used to stay at home. The job of a pharmacist is the highest paying job for a women in the year 2013 followed by that of a lawyer and Computer and Information systems manager. Even physicians and surgeons, chief executives and nurse practitioner jobs are some of the best paying jobs for women. 

In fact, in jobs such as Registered nurses, school teachers, insurance underwriters, health service managers and community service managers, women outnumber men! Thailand is the country where the percentage of female entrepreneur is the highest in the world followed by Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and China. What is surprising to know is the fact that women owned companies employ 35% more people than all the fortune 500 companies put together and about 73% of working women had white collar occupations in the year 2009.

Source: http://www.projecteve.com/blog/19-best-paying-jobs-women-2013/


House & Senate Democrats File Amicus Briefs in Support of Affordable Care Act Contraception Benefit

91 House Democrats, 19 Senate Democrats, and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) filed separate amicus briefs Tuesday in support of the contraceptive coverage benefit in the Affordable Care Act. NWLC’s brief was joined by 68 other organizations, including the Feminist Majority Foundation.

The briefs are for the Supreme Court case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, and the House’s brief includesConestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v Sebelius. Craft store Hobby Lobby filed a federal lawsuit in November 2012 against the Obama Administration over the mandate requiring employers to provide coverage for FDA-approved contraceptives, including the pill and IUDs, without co-pays or deductibles. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, a wood cabinet manufacturer, are arguing that this benefit violates the religious beliefs of these corporations and that they should not be required to provide health insurance plans that cover certain types of birth control.The Supreme Court agreed to hear the challenge to the ACA last November, and it is currently pending.

The briefs emphasize the mandate’s benefits to millions of Americans who will now be able to access crucial preventive health care, and they attempt to demonstrate that the requirement does not violate the free exercise of religion. “To them, it’s a debate about ‘freedom,’ except of course the freedom for women to access care,”said Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).

TAKE ACTION: Send a clear message to the Supreme Court that companies should not be able to use religion as cover to discriminate against women. Leave stories and tell the Court why BC coverage matters to you! Share the petition online using the tag #MyBodyMyBC!

Media Resources: National Women’s Law Center 1/28/14; Senator Murray; Feminist Newswire 9/13/12, 11/26/13; Feminist Majority Foundation

This info was found at: http://www.feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswirestory.asp?id=14829

Hillary Clinton is the biggest front-runner ever for the Democratic Presidential Nomination!

That’s according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, which finds former Secretary of State Clinton with a 73-12 lead over Vice President Joe Biden in a hypothetical 2016 Democratic primary race. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gets 8% of the vote. 

As the Washington Post points out, Clinton’s 61-point lead is nearly three times as large as it was in 2006, when the conventional wisdom held that she would be the 2008 Democratic nominee. In 2006, she took 39% of the theoretical vote, compared to then-Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL.) and John Edwards (D-N.C.). But this time, her support is well over 50%.

The next-largest lead for a Democratic candidate over his theoretical primary foes was then-Vice President Al Gore’s 37-point advantage in March 1999.

Clinton hasn’t yet made a decision on whether she’ll enter the race, but almost everyone in the world of politics expects her to run. She has said that she will make a decision this year.

According to the new poll, 58% of registered voters have a favorable view of Clinton, compared to 38% who view her unfavorably. That includes a 52-41 favorable-to-unfavorable split among political independents.

The Republican primary field is much more crowded. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, leads the field with 20% of the vote among leaned Republicans. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (18%), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (13%), and Sen. Ted Cruz (12%) are next in line.

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hillary-clinton-biggest-democratic-presidential-140549593.html

Anti-Abortion Extremists Urge Volunteers to Kidnap Women

A Facebook group called on anti-abortion extremists in Texas to kidnap women who are headed to abortion clinics.

Cicada Collective, a pro-choice group that provides a legitimate volunteer shuttle service for women going to abortion clinics, shared with their listserv an email address for folks interested in volunteering to operate the shuttles. Shortly after, the group “Praying for you” posted to the “Abolish Human Abortion” Facebook page with the email address and encouraged their supporters to volunteer and then kidnap the women in lieu of taking them to their abortion clinic appointments.

“I’m not suggesting you actually take a woman to an abortion clinic,” the post read. “It’s a Wonderful opportunity to minister to an abortion minded woman for an hour while you DON’T take her to the clinic.”

Cicada Collective became aware of the post and shared it with other women as a warning, stating, “Anti-choicers attempting to infiltrate was bound to happen at some point right? Here is a concerning message we got this morning. Other groups out there wanting to provide practical support to people seeking abortion care in Texas, please be careful.”

The Abolish Human Abortion group denies any involvement, suggesting it had actually been written as an attempt to slander the group by a pro-choice campaigner.

Source: http://feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswirestory.asp?id=14710

New Study Shows American Women Are Dying Younger Than Their Moms

AlterNet  / By Jodie Gummow 


New Study: American Women Are Dying Younger Than Their Moms

October 9, 2013  |

Despite rapid medical and technological advances aimed at increasing life expectancy, it seems women today are missing out on benefiting from such progress.

According to recent studies [3], the life span for women has decreased over the last two decades, with women today expected to have a much shorter life span than their mothers, The Atlantic reported [4].

In one study [5] conducted by the University of Wisconsin and published in March, researchers found that female mortality rates rose in 43 percent of U.S. counties from the early ’90s to 2006 and that women aged 75 and younger were dying at higher rates than their predecessors. At the same time, the life expectancy for men did not change.

A more recent report [6] confirmed these findings, revealing that female life expectancy either stagnated or declined in 45 percent of U.S. counties between 1985 and 2010.

In both studies, scientists are baffled about what is causing the decline, although some attribute the higher mortality rates to obesity, smoking rates and higher education levels.

Co-author of the Washingston study, David Kindig, said he was so shocked by the findings that he did the numbers again only to find the same result. He lso said that health care, or lack thereof, may not be the whole story:

“’More and more people are beginning to realize that the non-health-care factors are at least as important… It could be cultural, political, or environmental, but the truth is we don’t really know the answer,’ he told [4] The Atlantic.

However, one factor affecting mortality remains clear and that is location. There is a clear link between where women live in the United States and their life expectancy. Women in the Southeast are most affected, particularly in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas, while the Northeast is least impacted by the trend. Women in Florida lived an average age of 85.8 years, while in West Virginia the average age of death was only 74.

In addition, a Health Affairs study [7] published in 2012 revealed that life expectancy amongst white, high school dropouts has declined significantly in the last 18 years – with this group expected to die five years earlier than the generation before.

Despite the dire news, life expectancy at birth in the United States remains unchanged and women continue to exceed men in their overall lifespan by approximately five years, according to a National Centre for Health Statistics [8] study cited by HuffPost [9].


40 Years of 9 to 5

September 25, 2013 by Ms Magazine

When the 40-year-old organization “9 to 5” —subtitled “Winning Justice for Working Women”—celebrates its “ruby” anniversary at several upcoming events, it will recharge itself for the battles ahead. But it’s also a time to pat itself on the back for what it’s achieved since 1973 on behalf of U.S. women workers.

Since a group of office workers in Boston first organized the group, 9to5 has been on the frontlines of successful fights for such major national policies as the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It has also lobbied at local and state levels for higher wages, civil rights, parental leave and more—”all of which benefit the lowest-paid workers in our communities.” 9to5 even, according to its website, inspired the popular comedy film about mistreated women office workers, 9 to 5, starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin.

Source: http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/09/25/40-years-of-9-to-5/

Robertson: Gay People Deliberately Spread HIV/AIDS by Cutting People with Special Rings?

[Really? Where does he get these ideas?]


Today on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson told co-host Terry Meeuwsen that gay men in cities like San Francisco attempt to spread HIV/AIDS to others by cutting them with a special ring when shaking hands. However, one could not hear Robertson make the remarks on the episode his Christian Broadcasting Network posted online, as the company once again appears to have edited Robertson’s comments after they aired.

Source:  http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/robertson-gay-people-deliberately-spread-hivaids-cutting-people-special-rings

News Bytes from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media SmartBrief

Why Janet Yellen should be the next Federal Reserve chairman

Janet Yellen, the current vice chair of the Fed, should be President Barrack Obama’s pick to replace Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, writes Megan Beyer, who asserts Yellen “is considered to have one of the strongest backgrounds ever to take on the Fed Chief post.” Yellen, however, faces an uphill battle given the gender disparity in the sector, where women are outnumbered by men three to one when it comes to holding office of a financial market regulator. Go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-beyer-/janet-yellen-federal-reserve_b_3896466.html (9/11)


How women entrepreneurs are contributing to the global economy
Research indicates that more than 200 million women around the world are starting or operating businesses, writes Jackie VanderBrug. These women are making a significant impact in terms of innovation, employment growth and community development, she notes. In many countries, women are still less likely to be involved in entrepreneurship than their male peers, but they often excel when they do launch their own businesses. “Controlling for firm characteristics, research suggests that women-owned firms outperform those owned by male counterparts,” VanderBrug writes. Go to: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/09/global_rise_of_female_entrepreneurs.html  (9/4)


Gender issues are becoming part of NATO’s peace, security initiatives
Gender issues are increasingly being included in NATO’s peace and security planning, but “[t]here’s still a long way to go before women will have fully assumed their rightful place in matters of peace and security,” says Mari Skare, the NATO secretary-general’s special representative for women, peace and security. More cooperation is need to produce “sustained results,” she says. Go to: https://www.devex.com/en/news/nato-women-firmly-on-our-agenda/81734 (9/4)

Women by the Numbers

From the U.S. Census Bureau

Find information on the status and achievements of American women, including population, earnings, motherhood, education, professions, and more in honor of Women’s History Month.


158.3 million – The number of females in the United States in 2011. The number of males was 153.3 million. At 65 and older, there were 13.3 percent more women than men in 2011.

Jobs – 57.7% – Percentage of females 16 and older who participated in the labor force, representing about 72.6 million women in 2012.

41.7% Percent of employed females 16 and older who worked in management, professional and related occupations, compared with 35.1 percent of employed males in December 2012.

 Military – 204,973 Total number of active duty women in the military, as of Nov. 30, 2012. Of that total, 38,378 women were officers, and 164,021 were enlisted.

Earnings – $37,118 The median annual earnings of women 15 or older who worked year-round, full time in 2011. In comparison, the median annual earnings of men were $48,202.

 0.77 – The female-to-male earnings ratio in 2011. The number of men and women with earnings who worked year-round in 2011 was not statistically different from the ratio in 2010.

Education – 31.4 million – Number of women 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or more in 2011, higher than the corresponding number for men (30 million). Women had a larger share of high school diplomas (including equivalents), as well as associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. More men than women had a professional or doctoral degree.

 30.1% – Percent of women 25 and older who had obtained a bachelor’s degree or more as of 2011.

 11.3 million – Number of college students in fall 2011 who were women age 15 and older.

Businesses – $1.2 trillion – Revenue for women-owned businesses in 2007.

7.8 million – The number of women-owned businesses in 2007.

7.5 million – Number of people employed by women-owned businesses in 2007.

Nearly half of all women-owned businesses (45.9 percent) operated in repair and maintenance; personal and laundry services; health care and social assistance; and professional, scientific and technical services. Women-owned businesses accounted for 52.0 percent of all businesses operating in the health care and social assistance sector.

Four – Number of states with at least 500,000 women-owned businesses in 2007 was California, Texas, New York and Florida. California had 1,039,208 women-owned businesses or 13.3 percent of all women-owned businesses in the United States, Texas had 609,947 or 7.8 percent, New York had 594,517 or 7.6 percent, and Florida had 581,096, or 7.5 percent.

Voting – 46.2% – Percentage of female citizens 18 and older who reported voting in the 2010 congressional election. 44.8 percent of their male counterparts cast a ballot. Additionally, 66.6 percent of female citizens reported being registered to vote.

Motherhood – 85.4 million – Estimated number of mothers in the United States in 2009.

Average number of children that women 40 to 44 had given birth to as of 2010, down from 3.1 children in 1976, the year the Census Bureau began collecting such data.

The percentage of women in this age group who had given birth was 81 percent in 2010, down from 90 percent in 1976.

Marriage – 64.9 million – Number of married women 18 and older (including those who were separated or had an absent spouse) in 2011.

5.1 million – Number of stay-at-home mothers nationwide in 2012.

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