November 4, 2013 |
IT'S ALL ABOUT the ceiling. The glass ceiling, that is. Speaking yesterday at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said gender inequality must be erased in America. "Too many women here and around the world still face ceilings, ceilings that hold back their ambitions and aspirations, that make it harder for them to pursue their own God-given potential," Clinton said in her keynote address. "These ceilings just don't hold back women and girls but they hold back entire economies and societies because no country can truly thrive by denying the contributions of half its people," she said, calling remedying gender inequality "the great unfinished business of the 21st century.
October 4, 2013
WELCOME TO Mensylvania. That's not a typo. That's a commentary on a national report released last week that gives Pennsylvania a poor grade on the status of women who live here. We got a C-minus on how women fare on economic security, leadership and health. The report, issued by the Center for American Progress, ranked the state 28th out of all 50 states. While women nationally have made progress in all three categories, "Pennsylvania stands out as one of the states that are among the worst in the nation for women.
October 1, 2013 |
One player stood out during Conestoga High School field hockey practice last week. Quick-footed. Exceptionally skilled. The tallest player on the team. And male. Olivier Everts, 15, has been playing field hockey since he was 6, and the native of the Netherlands said that when he moved to the United States about three years ago, he had no intention of giving it up. So Everts, now a junior, has suited up for Conestoga since his freshman year, donning the same uniform as the girls, kilt and all. For the last two seasons, his coaches say, he's been the team's leading scorer.
August 30, 2013 |
The increasing number of boys playing on girls' high school teams has altered the competitive balance of some sports, according to recent court filings by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. But this week, a Commonwealth Court judge declined to modify a 38-year-old injunction that barred the PIAA from engaging in gender discrimination. Instead, Judge B. Kevin Brobson said if the PIAA wanted to ban boys from participating in girls' sports and vice versa, it should establish such a policy.
July 7, 2013 |
Ervinstene Harrell, 68, a gender-issues and HIV/AIDS counselor, died Sunday, June 30, of pancreatic cancer at her home in Mount Airy. Mrs. Harrell was born in Philadelphia and never left. Her life's work was doing research on adolescents struggling with their sexuality at her alma mater in Wilmington. She worked as a counselor for SILK, a support group for women with identity issues, and provided crisis counseling and HIV/AIDS counseling and intervention services. She obtained her certification as a counselor from Women Organized Against Rape five years ago and was active with the group.
June 28, 2013 |
FOR THE FIRST time in decades, SEPTA TransPasses and TrailPasses will lack a controversial element: those "M" and "F" stickers identifying the gender of the person who bought them. Much attention has been given to the transit agency's fare increase that begins Monday - which includes the first increase to the system's base fare (from $2 to $2.25) in 12 years. SEPTA also is consolidating Regional Rail zones and eliminating those gender-identifying stickers in the agency's most recent preparation for its massive New Payment Technology overhaul.
June 18, 2013
Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act mandating equality in how men and women are paid for the same job, a huge gap remains. When the bill became law in 1963, a woman earned 59 cents for every $1 a man was paid. Women have become the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of U.S. households with children, but they're only paid 77 cents to the dollar. The pay gap is narrowing slowly, at about a half-cent per year. At that rate, women won't get equal pay until 2058.
May 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama has called for creation of a governmentwide strategy "to address any gender pay gap in the Federal workforce," focusing on how salaries are set when employees are hired and when they are promoted. "While salary ranges in the Federal workforce are generally determined by law, the fixing of individual salaries and other types of compensation can be affected by the exercise of administrative discretion," said a presidential memo issued Friday. "Such discretion must be exercised in a transparent manner, using fair criteria and adhering to merit system principles, which dictate that equal pay should be provided for work of equal value.
May 5, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A dispute involving a decades-old law that allows boys to play on girls' high school sports teams appears to be headed to court. Lawyers representing the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association - which says it would like the law changed to make sure girls do not lose athletic opportunities and for safety reasons - and Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office met Friday afternoon in Commonwealth Court. "It looks like we are headed toward an evidentiary hearing of some sort," Pittsburgh lawyer Mary Grenen said after the status conference between the two sides.
April 26, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You're more likely to roll up your sleeves in the spirit of determination than to throw up your hands in defeat. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Don't worry about pleasing the audience or the critics. Any victory will be hollow unless you first please yourself. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) It is easy to discount the learning you do when you are having fun. However, don't be too modest, or you'll miss an opportunity. CANCER (June 22-July 22) There will be outside factors to challenge you and obstruct your path, so do not create extra impediments.