ThinkAboutIt September 2012 ThinkAboutIt: What part of liberation is not for you? ... and other things to think about
"What part of liberation for women is not for you? Is it the freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man that you marry? The campaign for equal pay? Vogue by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that stuff just get on your nerves?"
-Caitlin Moran, British journalist, from her book "How to Be a Woman," posing these questions to women who are hesitant to identify as feminists.
"If we had 50% of women in Congress, we would not be debating contraception. We would be debating the economy, small business, jobs, national security-everything but."
-U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), on urging 70 of her top donors to give money to three Democratic women candidates who have a good chance to defeat House Republicans.
No access to abortion
26 percent of women getting abortions in New York are from out-of-state. Why? Because 92 percent of counties in the U.S.
do not have abortion providers.
New York was one of the first states to legalize abortion in 1970, and New York City remains a leading center for women's reproductive health.
Monster High dolls-revolutionary or stereotypical?
Mattel has launched a series of girl dolls purported to be the
offspring of the well-known supernatural figures Frankenstein (Frankie Stein), Dracula (Draculaura), The Wereworf (Clawdeen Wolf), The Mummy (Cleo de Nile) and a Zombie (Ghoulia Yelps). Their tagline is "freaky just got fabulous." (Tim Kiplin, general manager for Mattel, said, "Who doesn't feel like a freak in high school?")
While the new brand intends to tap into girls' desire to escape from ordinary stereotypes, the five main Monster High dolls wear high-heeled platform shoes, have tiny waists and show off super-feminine long hair. It seems these "freaks" have the same concerns as that other Mattel icon, Barbie: fashion, popularity and how to attract boys.
Women mean business!
In the past 15 years, the number of women-owned
businesses in the United States grew by 54%.
There are now 8.3 million.
Women-owned businesses employ 7.7 million people.
Women-owned firms generate revenues of $1.3 trillion.
Despite owning nearly 30% of U.S. businesses, women attract only 5% of the nation's equity capital. When it comes to first-year funding, women receive 80% less
capital than men.
The industries with the fastest growth and greatest
share of women-owned firms are educational services, health care and social assistance, and entertainment
The top states for women-owned businesses are Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and North Dakota. The top cities are Sacramento, Riverside, San Antonio and Houston.