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Mallika Dutt Calls for the End of Violence Against Women at Clinton Global Initiative Conference

At the Opening Plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative conference this Tuesday, Mallika Dutt took the stage with former President Bill Clinton and issued a call to end violence against women and the spread of HIV/AIDS.  Mallika Dutt is the executive director of Breakthrough.  She kindly spoke at our joint conference with the U.S. National Committee for UNIFEM this June, presenting her latest campaign, Bell Bajao (Ring the Bell).

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Women Can’t Wait

Originally posted August 26, 2010 on Concern Blogs

By Allyson Brown*

The Summit on the UN Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching. If we are serious about beating global poverty, the empowerment of women farmers must be high on the agenda. Why?

Did you know that women produce more than half of the world’s food but earn only 10% of the world’s income? And although women produce up to 80% of food in the developing world, they often aren’t able to grow enough to feed themselves and their families.

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Does gender discrimination exist at Goldman Sachs?

NCRW Board Member Emerita Jacki Zehner--who was also once a partner at Goldman Sachs--weighed in on the Goldman Sachs bias suit currently underway on Bloomberg news.  In her piece, Zehner discusses her own personal experience working at Goldman as well as larger questions such as numbers and measuring bias. For instance, she talks about the report she spurred here at NCRW:

If these numbers are as good as it gets, though, what are the major reasons to explain the low percentages? 

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I am Not WorthLESS

Watch this video from the National Women's Law Center and join the movement for fair pay!


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The Economy Needs a Triple Hitter: Jobs, Safety Nets and Targeted Policies

Check out the latest from NCRW Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner, Nicole Mason:

According to the U.S. Census, there are enough new poor people in the U.S. to fill the New York Yankees Stadium more than six times over. And since the start of the recession in 2007, over six million have slipped into poverty--that's more than twice the size of the city of Chicago. This is not a simply a case of the poor sliding deeper into poverty, but of individuals straddling the line between middle class stability and poverty falling over the edge.

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Establishing (& maintaining) Effective Mentorships

By Tunisia L. Riley & Kyla Bender-Baird* 

This past Sunday, the Emerging Leaders Network of NCRW presented an enlightening workshop on establishing effective mentorships. The workshop was comprised of two sets of mentor/mentee relationships including Deborah Siegel, Founding Partner of She Writes, blogger, and author most recently of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild and her mentee, Courtney Martin, author and blogger for; and Khushbu Srivastava, Independent Strategy Consultant and her mentee Vanessa Singh, SIPA Student at Columbia University.

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Former NCRW Intern Joins the Blogosphere

It's always a proud moment to find out where NCRW's former interns have landed after their time with us has ended. It was with great excitement, therefore, that I read this post on THE LINE Campaign this morning:

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Calling All Creative Thinkers! "Loved Bodies, Big Ideas" Contest

Do you have ideas on how to transform our body-hating culture into one of size acceptance and body love?  Submit them today!  As part of the March 2011 "Endangered Species: Preserving the Female Body" conference, The Women's Therapy Centre Institute is hosting a BIG IDEAS contest.  All you have to do is answer this question:

What is one bold action that could make the world truly value the diversity of women and girls’ bodies?

For details, click here

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Must Read on The Next Generation of Social Justice Activism Launches

Put this on your must read list! Courtney Martin, of Feministing and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters fame, has just launched a new book. Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists profiles the work of eight activists, doing what they can to make this world a better place.  As Courtney writes in "Generation Misunderstood" (a Women's Media Center Exclusive),

I found young people trying to make their lives matter each and every day, straining to be of service to others, asking important and complex questions about how one can be ethical and authentic in one’s activism and still pay the rent at the end of the day.

Hear from Courtney herself in this video:

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Emilie and the Scientific Community

By Rylee Sommers-Flanagan*

I am finished writing and thinking about socially conservative Texans (for now). But I still have history texts on the mind.

Here’s the dilemma: in a conversation with a like-minded male progressive, I was surprised to realize that, while sympathetic to the fact that girls have few female role models to read about in school, he didn’t see an obvious solution. He thought maybe a few more women could be highlighted, but he offered the following to explain why men would continue to outnumber women in the texts for years to come:

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