NCRW Announces 2012 Lifetime Achievement and Diversity Awards: MEDIA ALERT
(February 17, 2012) --The National Council for Research on Women is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2012 Member Center Awards:
* The Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and * The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN, will receive the Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Boston Globe: EMILY's List, the fundraising network committed to electing women who support abortion rights, is facing some tough competition from Sarah's List--a rival fundraising effort started by the former governor of Alaska to raise money for conservative candidates.
"Sarah Palin is the enemy who must be stopped. That much is obvious to Stephanie Schriock, the new president of EMILY’s List, the fundraising network committed to electing women who support abortion rights. The former governor of Alaska and unsuccessful Republican vice presidential candidate may or may not run for president. In the meantime, she is a one-woman money machine who can raise millions for Sarah’s List: conservative candidates, male and female, who threaten the liberal agenda.
These are challenging times for EMILY’s List, whose cause lies in its acronym and slogan: “Early Money Is Like Yeast. (It makes the dough rise.)’’ Last January, Ellen Malcolm announced that she was stepping down as president of the group she founded 25 years ago. Sara Schriock, 37, who worked as national finance director for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and managed Al Franken’s Senate campaign in Minnesota, became the new face of an old enterprise. That is to help women of a certain ideology win office, by first helping them raise enough money to give them credibility.
Over its 25-year history, the organization has worked to elect 80 women to the US House and 15 to the US Senate. Yet despite Nancy Pelosi’s position as speaker of the House, women account for only 17 percent of the House and Senate. EMILY’s List wants to increase the percentage by increasing the number of liberal women elected to Congress.
But this year, it failed in spectacular fashion on that specific mission.
Under Malcolm, the organization invested heavily in Martha Coakley’s Senate campaign. As Coakley’s poll numbers slipped, Malcolm, a gifted speaker, campaigned alongside the candidate during the final weekend before the Jan. 19 special election. Coakley’s stunning loss to Republican Scott Brown triggered soul-searching over whether women let gender blind them to their candidate’s flaws.
EMILY’s List conducted its own analysis of what went wrong. It has not released its official findings, but Schriock insists there is no regret over backing Coakley."
The National Council for Research on Women with support from the American Express Foundation will host a one-year (2010-2011) program to support emerging leaders in the non-profit sector. The 35 fellows will receive mentorship and training in areas such as human resources management, securing organizational resources, and ‘leading from the middle’ (as opposed to top-down strategies). Entitled Building the Next Generation of Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector, the program will train 35 entry- to mid-level managers who were selected out of a pool of more than 250 applicants. Representing a variety of backgrounds, the 35 selected fellows come from a wide range of organizations including 13 NCRW Member Centers, and 10 different states.
Center for Women's Business Research Press Release: "Dr. Patricia G. Greene, former Provost of Babson College where she currently holds the the title of F.W. Olin Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship was just elected to a 2 year term as Chair of the Board of the Center for Women's Business Research. The Center, a 20 year old Washington, DC based research organization dedicated to women's entrepreneurship, provides data driven-knowledge which helps advance the economic, social and political impact of women business owners and their enterprises."
"Dr. Greene has a long career in entrepreneurial research and program building. Her current project at Babson is to lead the design team for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses national curriculum. Her research agenda focuses upon entrepreneurial resources, particularly acquisition of resources by women and minority entrepreneurs. She is a founding member of the Diana Project, a research group focusing on women and the venture capital industry. In 2007 the Diana Project was awarded the SFS-NUTEK Award, given to recognize those who produce scientific work of outstanding quality and importance related to entrepreneurship. The Diana Projects books include International Women's Entrepreneurship: Research on the Growth of Women Owned Businesses, Women and Entrepreneurship: Contemporary Classics, Clearing the Hurdles: Women Building High Growth Businesses (republished in Chinese). Dr. Greene's work also includes the edited volumes, Entrepreneurship Education (with M. Rice) and the forthcoming University Based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Global Practices (with M. Fetters, M. Rice, & J. Butler). Her work has been published in numerous national and international academic journals. She also currently serves on the national advisory board for the SBA's SBDC program, the national advisory board for NAWBO, as special academic advisor to the Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute and as a research fellow at the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin."
Ms.: After four years, the U.N. has created a new office to be called the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), which will begin operating officially in January 2011. UN Women consolidates four formerly separate entities within the UN that work for the advancement of women. The new organization will have two charges: the first is to assist intergovernmental bodies in forming policies and global standards and the other is to help Member States uphold the standards set by these bodies, along with providing the support to do so.
"The UN voted unanimously Friday to create a new office on women to be called the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), which will begin operating officially in January 2011. UN Women consolidates four formerly separate entities within the UN that work for the advancement of women: the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI), and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
Negotiations to form the entity have gone on for four years because of differing opinions between some developed and developing countries, according to the BBC. "
The United States remains one of only seven countries that have not ratified CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). CEDAW is an international agreement on basic human rights for women and the most broadly endorsed human rights treaty within the United Nations, having been ratified by over 90% of UN member states. CEDAW outlines human rights such as the right to live free from violence, the ability to go to school, and access to the political system.
Before CEDAW there was no international legal mechanism in place that called on states to assess gender inequalities in their country. The Convention draws attention to 30 articles that deal with discrimination on the basis of being a woman. The treaty is divided into six parts - all related to ensuring that women are able to enjoy their “fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,” as stated in the preamble of the UDHR [Universal Declaration of Human Rights].
NCRW asked leading research and policy expert Linda Tarr-Whelan to weigh in on the status of CEDAW. In addition to her responses, below is an excerpt from a previously published commentary from Linda featured on Women’s eNEws and The Huffington Post.
On Dec. 18, 1979, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW, making it a watershed day for women around the globe.
In those heady days, I was deputy assistant to President Jimmy Carter for women's concerns. We expected speedy action after he sent the treaty to the Senate.