July 19, 1998 |
More than once in the last 20 years, Indian scholar Asghar Ali has been assaulted in the name of God. The liberal Muslim activist has been portrayed as an enemy of Islam and hit by opponents in hotels, at news conferences, and in a mosque. "Conservative people get angry at interpretation of Islam that goes against classical interpretation," says Ali, the director of the Institute of Islamic Studies in Bombay. Much of Ali's work has been devoted to gender equality. He has written books, articles and speeches as part of his efforts to repeal laws that he says oppress Muslim women.
May 30, 2008 |
High school boys outscored girls in standardized math tests in the United States. But girls performed just as well as their male counterparts in Norway, Sweden, and other countries with the most economic equality, according to researchers from Northwestern University. But girls outscored boys in reading across all 40 countries the team studied. The findings, published in today's issue of the journal Science, add new insights to a raging debate over gender differences in learning, the relative roles of culture and brain biology, and the question of whether boys or girls are being shortchanged by the school system.
March 26, 2003 |
March is National Women's History Month, presumably time to reflect on the life and times of the American woman. Did you know? Do you care? I think we women deserve it. But as the mother of three daughters, I'd also like to believe that one of these years we won't even need a special month, because we'll just be accepted as - dare I say it - equals. "Equals" - such an ordinary notion to conceptualize. So extraordinarily hard to implement. Here we are, starting a new century with that famous slogan "equal pay for equal work" still rattling around.
March 27, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday signed an ordinance authorizing a ballot question concerning the creation of a Commission for Women in the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter. "Women continue to earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in this nation," said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the ordinance. "Despite representing 52.8 percent of the city population, women occupy only 11 percent of corporate board seats in Philadelphia, and women of color represent less than 1 percent.
September 16, 2011 |
Remember last March, when there appeared to be a good chance a hint of sanity would finally come to Public League basketball for 2011-12? So much for that . . . Robert Coleman, the czar of PL sports, announced yesterday that only two of last season's 68 teams have vanished - Horace Furness and W.B. Saul. Coleman said Furness has entered into a cooperative sponsorship with Southern. It's hoped, he added, one between Saul and Roxborough will be finalized shortly. Multiple sources last winter claimed Coleman was looking to reduce the number of teams to 50. Though he did not confirm that number then, Coleman did not dispute it while saying, "I will be meeting with the higher-ups in the school district and we'll come up with a plan that's just and right.
June 10, 2011
Clara Luper, 88, an Oklahoma civil rights icon who led sit-ins at drugstore lunch counters, died Wednesday after a lengthy illness. On Aug. 19, 1958, as the 35-year-old sponsor of the Oklahoma City NAACP Youth Council, Ms. Luper led three adult chaperones and 14 members of the youth council in a sit-in at the Katz Drug Store lunch counter in downtown Oklahoma City. The drugstore refused to serve the group, but the protesters refused to leave, and the sit-in lasted for several days.
April 13, 2013
By Lynn H. Yeakel and Rosemarie B. Greco In the midst of today's discourse on gender equality, it is easy to forget that, a short century ago, women in the United States did not have the right to vote. It was the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920 that breathed life into a movement that shaped political, economic, and social transformation over the next century. Today, with the enthusiastic support of Mayor Nutter, we are proud to announce that Philadelphia will host the nation's 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration in 2020.
October 14, 2002 |
Robert B. Wallace, 84, a Doylestown agricultural businessman who was concerned with population growth, founded a charitable organization, and discovered a species of bird, died Thursday at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington of complications after a stroke. Mr. Wallace, who was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up in Washington, had been a resident of Doylestown for many years. He also maintained a home in Washington. He was a son of Henry A. Wallace, who served as vice president, secretary of agriculture, and secretary of commerce under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
April 17, 1988 |
Margaret Hope Bacon's voice was failing her by 3:30 Wednesday afternoon. "I have a renewed respect for teachers and the long days they have," said Bacon - feminist, active member of the Central Philadelphia Friends Meeting and author of eight books - after a daylong visit with teachers and students at Abington Friends Upper School. Bacon also was getting over the flu, but her hoarse throat did not stop her from talking about her life's work - writing and speaking about Quakers and social change.
March 24, 2004
THIS Martha Stewart debacle proves we really haven't progressed as far as we thought we have in regards to gender equality. If Martha Stewart were Martin Stewart, not only would she not have been in court, a plea deal including some bogus community service would have been arranged. I'm not someone overly concerned with women's rights. But what I am concerned with is equality. We claim not to be a sexist society yet Ms. Stewart was raked over the coals in the media for being an "ice queen.