February 9, 2013 |
What entrepreneur Yasmine Mustafa didn't know definitely hurt her. What Mustafa didn't know was the basics of coding - a problem, considering that her blog marketing business, 123LinkIt, relied on coding. "It cost me time and money and a lot of stress," she said. "If I would have been able to code, it would have helped me a lot. " That's why, in April 2011, Mustafa founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It, an international nonprofit organization based in New York that provides low-cost tech instruction to women - or, as they are called in the GDI world, nerdettes . Since then, 750 women have taken classes in Philadelphia.
February 8, 2013 |
When Patty Pickup, 54, started working in computer technology more than 20 years ago, the Drexel University software developer was a true rarity - one of the few females involved in a field that was overwhelmingly male. "It was so professional. Everyone wore suits. It was more mathematical," she said. "It wasn't casual like it is today. " Since then, more women have joined the field and T-shirts and jeans have replaced business suits, but the gender gap remains in an industry sector where men outnumber women by a 2-1 ratio and where the women in the business struggle to avoid being marginalized.
January 21, 2013 |
The story about Caroline Pla, the Doylestown star tackle who wants to play Catholic Youth Organization football even though the Archdiocese of Philadelphia doesn't let girls play, struck a chord in my house. Four of my sons played Catholic Youth football in middle school and junior high - and at home, where my oldest son organized the neighborhood to play after-school and weekend games that raged up and down the block for hours. When their little sister was old enough to throw and catch, she did so with the same high focus she brings to piano, math, science, basketball, baking, and everything else she attempts, and was rewarded with her customary success.
September 21, 2012
Untitled Feminist Show 9 p.m. Friday, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. Tickets: $18-$35. It's been an enlightening experience, seeing Charlotte Ford's Bang at this year's Live Arts Festival, and then, a week later, taking in Young Jean Lee Theater Company's Untitled Feminist Show . Both feature naked women of childbearing age with average- to above-average proportions dancing, mugging, confronting the audience, and generally having...
August 31, 2012 |
TAMPA - It is no secret to Republican leaders and the Mitt Romney high command: They have a political problem with women. In poll after poll, President Obama outperforms Romney among women voters by wide margins that may have been increased by recent controversies about contraception and abortion, and comments by Republican Senate candidates that many deemed insensitive. Into the breach Tuesday night strode Ann Romney, with an address to the Republican National Convention here and a television audience of millions.
August 14, 2012 |
Shakespeare was used to seeing men play women on stage - it was the legal way to operate a theater in his time. But I'll bet he never dreamed of anything like the gender-bending Much Ado About Nothing that Mauckingbird Theatre Company is putting on at Center City's Off-Broad Street Theater. Mauckingbird, the region's professional theater devoted to gay issues, casts men in the roles of the two sets of lovers in Much Ado , just as Shakespeare would have. But in Mauckingbird's take, they all play men. It's a gay version that preserves Shakespeare's themes and sensibilities: jealousy and wit, trickery and honor, and, of course, love.
August 13, 2012 |
I HAVE concluded that the International Olympic Committee is a farce. The brutality that is inherent in boxing is offensive enough when it is engaged in by men. When it is women who knock each other around the ring, the "sport" becomes particularly egregious. I do not understand what thrill there can be in watching individuals seeking to knock out their opponent through blows to the head, but the days of gladiator matches continue for the bloodthirsty voyeurs to whom boxing retains appeal.
July 23, 2012 |
A few weeks ago, comedian Daniel Tosh apologized on Twitter to a female heckler who had been offended by one of his rape jokes. Performer Robert Dubac won't have to say he's sorry for any of the material in Free Range Thinking, his new one-man show playing at Act II Playhouse in Ambler. Not that Dubac would ever let things get to that point. Early in his 85-minute blend of stand-up and narrative, he drapes a piece of string across the stage and muses on the boundary that separates every joke from offending audiences or inviting laughter.
July 20, 2012 |
IN "BEARDS Are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret," the Bearded Ladies Cabaret combines comedy, classic James Bond plots, commonwealthclassictheatre.org and the secret-agent films' famous ladies. But this is about more than shaken, not stirred martinis. The experimental cabaret group uses Bond's army of beauties as a fertile foundation to explore gender roles with the guidance of Judith Butler's theories on gender. Butler's ideas concerning power, gender, sexuality and identity have significantly contributed to feminist theory and sexual studies.