In recent years, Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey have trained and appointed a new group to the ranks of religious guides: women. Female religious guides, al-murshidat in Arabic, reach a demographic group that might otherwise not be available – or receptive – to male imams, such as women and children, particularly those in poorer neighborhoods.
From Saturday's Globe and Mail, Published on Saturday, Jan. 09, 2010 12:00AM EST, Last updated on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 7:43AM EST
It's hard not to feel wistful in 2010 when recalling the excitement of the early 1970s, when feminism was becoming mainstream, women were demanding greater equality, and many young people believed they were building a new world without the limits that had constrained many of their mothers and grandmothers.
Last week, we heard that Citigroup, like so many other financial companies in peril, is going to raise base salaries by as much as 50 percent in order to discourage the culture of excessive risk-taking in pursuit of big bonuses. Newsflash! Citigroup: there’s a foolproof way to shift away from high-stakes gambling in the financial sector that makes perfect economic sense, namely: hire more women.
There has been a lot of debate and discussion about whether federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor, who President Obama has nominated for the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice David Souter, should allow her ethnic background to influence her rulings. In other words, does race matter? Sotomayor, if approved by the Senate, would become the first Hispanic on the U.S. top court. Along those same lines, does sex matter?
Report: "Women, Work and the Academy: Strategies for Responding to ‘Post-Civil Rights Era' Discrimination." This report is based on the Virginia C. Gildersleeve Conference, organized so as to take stock of the extant research and interventions and to chart a course forward. The report highlights the effects of a diffuse set of barriers to women's participation.
Beverly Guy Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College. She is also adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies where she teaches graduate courses. At the age of sixteen, she entered Spelman College where she majored in English and minored in secondary education. After graduation with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English. In 1968, she entered Atlanta to pursue a master's degree in English; her thesis was entitled, "Faulkner's Treatment of Women in His Major Novels." A year later she began her first teaching job in the Department of English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.
Women will not have achieved political equality until critical societal changes have taken place. First, women’s successes in being elected and appointed to political positions, corporate and non-profit executive leadership roles, as well as significant public and private boards must no longer be an anomaly to demonstrate equality has been accomplished. When we reach this point, there will no longer be a need for organizations like The White House Project to inspire women to run for public office. Nor will there be a need for other leadership programs designed to provide women with the skills and networks necessary to pursue various executive level positions and to provide the staying power to succeed once they are in these roles.