Archive | May 2013

On May 22nd, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research will Celebrate 25 Years of Making Research Count for Women!

Making Research Count for Women: Launching the Next 25 Years

 The event will include an afternoon symposium on the current and future status of women in theUnited Statesand abroad, followed by a special keynote by Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank. The symposium will feature two panels of experts addressing political and economic equality, to include speakers from the spheres of business, labor, politics, and advocacy and research.

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NEWSFLASH: Officer in Charge of Preventing Sexual Assault Arrest for Sexual Assault

May 7, 2013 by Ponta Abadi


NBC News reports that Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, has since been removed from his position as chief of the program that’s supposed to protect military women from sexual assault.

Sexual assault in the military, and the process for dealing with it, has been a topic of ever-increasing concern. The Pentagon estimates that 26,000 people in the military were sexually assaulted in the 2012 fiscal year (up from 19,000 in 2010), with only 3,374 reported. Studies show that one in five women in the military have been sexually assaulted—but only about 14 percent of them report it to military authorities, according to the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

Part of the reason many women don’t report their assault is the fear of being punished for saying anything, or the fear of being ignored entirely. As former Marine officer Anu Bhagwati told The Washington Post.

It’s the kind of environment where you’re being yelled at 24-7, where you’re terrified of everybody around you … How are you supposed to ask for help if you’re the victim of sexual assault?

Moreover, senior officers who have no legal training can decide whether court-martial charges can be brought—or whether a case is dismissed entirely. This total authority was demonstrated this year when Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin threw out a sexual assault conviction against Lt. Col. James Wilkerson and reinstated him without explanation.

Franklinlater issued a letter saying he dismissed the case because he thought Wilkerson, a “doting father and husband,” couldn’t possibly commit the “egregious crime of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been at the center of the debate in the U.S. Senate over reforming the way the military deals with sexual assault, believes decisions on sexual assault cases should be taken outside the chain of command. She told senior attorneys for the Defense Department at a recent Senate hearing: I don’t know how you can say having 19,000 sexual assault cases a year is discipline and order … It is the exact opposite of discipline and order.


The 50 Fastest-Growing Woman-Led Companies

By Meghan Casserly, Forbes Staff

From: Entrepreneurs

May 3, 2013

While female small business owners continue to battle the “cupcake” stereotype  [ ] that all women-led companies are fashion-, fitness-, or beauty-focused, a new list created by the Women Presidents’ Organization []   and American Express [] reveals that the 50 fastest-growing women-led companies in America are anything but.

The 50 companies on the 6th annual list, revealed this week, generated a combined $3.2 billion this year and, on average, $64.5 million in revenues over the past 12 months—up from an average of just $24.9 million in 2008. The average number of employees per company is 641. The number of women-led firms making $10 million or more has jumped by 57% in the last decade.

To generate the list, the Women Presidents’ Organization and AMEX  tapped their mutual extended networks to scour the country for women-led companies. “It’s not just WPO members and AMEX card-holders,” jokes Marsha Firestone, the president and founder of WPO. To qualify for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately held, women-owned or led companies inNorth America and have reached two benchmarks: at least $500,000 in revenue by 2007 and $2 million in revenue by 2012. All eligible companies were then ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines percentage and absolute growth.

At the top of the list is Happy Family [ ] (also on FORBES America’s Most Promising Companies  [ ] list this year) a line of organic meals for kids led by Shazi Visram. “She’s just 26,” Firestone says enthusiastic of CEO Visram, whose 10-year-old company experienced a quadrupling of revenue in just two years ($13.3 million in 2010 to $62.3 million in 2012). At number two, Strategic Communications, aLouisville technology firm reinforces a shift in traditional “womens’” businesses. The infrastructure solutions firm has tripled its employment numbers in the past two years and revenues doubled in the same time. Government contracts, of course, haven’t hurt.

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