Diversity in executive management is low at all agencies when compared to the percentage of people of color in the civilian labor force. Three agencies—the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis, Boston, and Cleveland—have no people of color in executive management.
Guardian: For the first time in Switzerland's history, there are more women than men in the Swiss government. There are now four female ministers and three male ministers in Swiss Parliament, a mere four decades after women were granted the right to vote.
"A historic vote in the Swiss parliament today has formed an executive consisting of more female ministers than male, propelling the country to the forefront of sexual equality in politics just four decades after it granted women the vote.
The election of Simonetta Sommaruga, of the Social Democratic party, to the seven-member Swiss federal council means there are now four women and three men at the helm of the country's political system.
The move sees Switzerland join Finland as a country with a female-majority government. Of the 20 ministers in the Finnish cabinet, 11 are women, including the prime minister, Mari Kiviniemi. Finland's president, Tarja Halonen, is also a woman. Countries such as Spain and Norway also have strong female representation in senior government positions.
In a country which only gave women the vote in national elections in 1971 – and in which one canton blocked them from local votes until 1990 – the creation of the first female-dominated federal council has been greeted as a symbolic leap forward."
Irish Times: Only 14% of women belong to the lower house of the Irish Parliament, making the need for more Teachta Dála (TD) of vital importance, according to the National Women's Council of Ireland.
"Urgent Action must be taken to get more women into the Dáil, the National Women’s Council of Ireland said last night.
The call came after an announcement by Labour Party TD Liz McManus that she would not seek re-election to her seat in Wicklow. Fine Gael TD Olwyn Enright had announced earlier this week that she would not contest the next general election.
Only 14 per cent of Dáil deputies are women, making Ireland 88th in the world for female representatives at national parliament level. Women’s representation at national level has disimproved over the years. In 1990, the Dáil was 37th in the world."
Originally posted by Rylee Sommers-Flagan June 24, 2010 on EmoryWheel,com (Emory University's student newspaper)
I’ve long been suspicious that editorialists and editorial boards, despite purporting to speak on behalf of their audiences, are not demographically representative of the larger population. These suspicions were confirmed for me last week in a workshop with a group called the OpEd Project.
According to several studies, men dominate something called “thought leadership” in the United States. Specifically, male voices make up about 85 percent of those present in the national editorial conversation. They supply the perspective in opinion media, vastly outnumbering female representation in talk shows, expert interviews, and op-ed pieces across our country.
Ukraine's new prime minister, Mykola Azarov, has enraged feminist groups by suggesting that women are unsuitable for high political office and incapable of carrying out reforms.
Women's groups in Ukraine have angrily reported Azarov – who presides over an all-male cabinet – to the country's ombudsman following his remarks last week. They accuse him of gender discrimination and holding Neanderthal views.
Speaking on Friday, Azarov said Ukraine's economic problems were too difficult for any woman to handle.