A report on the underrepresentation of women in science and math by the American Association of University Women, to be released Monday, found that although women have made gains, stereotypes and cultural biases still impede their success.
The report found ample evidence of continuing cultural bias. One study of postdoctoral applicants, for example, found that women had to publish 3 more papers in prestigious journals, or 20 more in less-known publications, to be judged as productive as male applicants.
The report also found that girls have less confidence in their math abilities than boys with equivalent achievement levels. Because most people choose careers where they believe they can do well, the report said, girls’ lesser belief in their skills may partly explain why fewer young women go into scientific careers. Both the university women’s report and the Bayer survey stress the need for more female mentors and role models.
But even as women earn a growing share of the doctorates in the STEM fields, the university women’s report found, they do not show up, a decade later, in a proportionate number of tenured faculty positions.
ABC announced yesterday that Christiane Amanpour will be the new anchor of the Sunday morning political talk show This Week. In August, Amanpour will join Candy Crowley, the new host of State of the Union as the only women currently anchoring Sunday political shows. Amanpour will be replacing George Stephanopoulos, who left This Week to become the anchor of Good Morning America in December 2009. Amanpour will also contribute to other ABC news programming and will anchor primetime documentaries for the network.
Egypt's Constitutional Court backed the right of women judges to sit on the bench in the state's administrative courts, despite opposition from conservatives.
The ruling follows a dispute within the State Council, the top administrative court, over whether women should be appointed.
The body's general assembly voted overwhelmingly against female judges, reigniting a debate within the country over women holding senior government posts, particularly in the judiciary.
Despite seeing the beginning of the women's emanicipation movement in the Middle East and being the birthplace of several historic activists for women's rights, Egypt has lagged behind other Arab countries like Tunisia in appointing women judges.
A judge in Sierra Leone has ruled for the first time that a woman's bid to become a paramount chief is lawful. Women's rights activists hailed the ruling as a landmark decision and vowed to fight similar bans in other regions.
A message to all those confident young American women from pioneering feminist Gloria Steinem: For all the advances in women's rights in the past 40 years, equality remains a distant hope.
For those awaiting a woman president of the United States, Steinem throws more cold water on their hopes, claiming she will likely not see that in her lifetime.
Steinem supported Hillary Clinton in her drive to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008 and credits her with "changing the molecules in the air a little bit" by making millions more men and women imagine a woman president.
Yet, she still maintains that the United States is not ready to elect a woman president because "female authority is still associated with a domestic setting and seems inappropriate in a public setting."
Deutsche Telekom, Europe’s largest telecommunications company, said Monday that it would more than double the number of women who are managers within five years, becoming the first member of the DAX 30 index of blue-chip German companies to introduce gender quotas.
Political pressure has grown on companies across Europe to increase women’s representation among their leadership ranks and to address persistent gender gaps in areas like pay and professional opportunity.
Deutsche Telekom said it planned to raise the number of women in senior and middle management to 30 percent by the end of 2015, from 12 percent today. The company said it had roughly 15,000 management positions worldwide.
The television industry sector remains riddled with sexist attitudes and is uncongenial to working mothers, a survey published today suggests.
Fifty-five per cent of the 179 TV workers interviewed for the survey said it is difficult to get back into television after a career break to have children.
When invited to offer further comments, respondents said that sexism is inherent in the TV industry. There are many women at the top (executives, commissioning editors) and the bottom (runners, researchers, assistant producers) – but few in between (directors, directors of photography, editors), a reflection on how hard it is to progress in the industry as a woman.
Kathryn Bigelow is "Queen of the Film World," becoming the first woman to receive the "Best Director" Oscar for The Hurt Locker. She is the fourth woman -- and second American woman -- to be nominated in the Academy's 82 years.
Beverly Wettenstein writes: "As a populist women's historian, journalist, advocate and spokesperson, my mission is to popularize women's history and to record, report and remember women's accomplishments, notably "first female" facts. The point that we still have "first female" records to make proves that we have challenges ahead. Ideally, I hope we have "first female fervor" to empower girls and women to continue to break barriers. My message is: Make more milestones!"
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Together, UNIFEM and the UN Global Compact have developed The Women’s Empowerment Principles to provide a set of considerations to help the private sector focus on key elements integral to promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.
Principles in Brief 1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality. 2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination. 3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers. 4. Promote education, training and professional development for women. 5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women. 6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy. 7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.
The victory of Laura Chinchilla in Costa Rica's presidential elections, and the growing participation of women in Central American parliaments, point to their progress in the region's spheres of political power. But they still have a long way to go, experts say.
Increasing women's participation in the political life of the countries of this region is an ongoing process that is vigorous and irreversible, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) concluded in 2009, after consulting 400 civil servants, lawmakers and other decision-makers.
The average proportion of women in Latin American parliaments rose from eight percent in 1990 to 18 percent in 2008, while their appointment to government ministries over the last three presidential terms increased from 13 to 27 percent in late 2006, according to ECLAC.