February 3, 2015
Y ASMINE MUSTAFA, 32, of University City, and Anthony Gold, 49, of West Chester, co-founded Roar for Good, a University City firm aimed at empowering women with fashionable safety accessories and educational programs. The startup is part of DreamIt Athena, a female-focused entrepreneur program by DreamIt Ventures. I spoke with Mustafa, the CEO. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Roar? A: A woman was raped a block from my apartment shortly after I came back from a trip to South America last year.
August 21, 2012 |
Awhile back, a reader wanted me to investigate whether there was an evolutionary explanation for women sleeping around. He didn't come at the question directly, but asked me to look at female low self-esteem and evolution. I pressed on how such low self-esteem was manifested, and that's when the sex question came out. He said he was worried about his daughters. The exchange left me with an interlocking series of questions: Why do some women sleep around? Does sleeping around have anything to do with self-esteem?
April 18, 2012 |
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is obsessed with the women's vote. The day after Rick Santorum dropped out of the race, Romney's campaign issued five press releases in three hours claiming President Obama's economic record has failed women, four of them highlighting remarks by female Republican politicians. It might be a good strategy if the women's vote existed. Romney and the Republican National Committee argue that Obama's energy policy is making women pay higher gas prices; that his economic policy is disproportionately costing them jobs; that the Obama White House pays female aides less than male ones.
September 5, 2012 |
IS THE next president going to be a ladies' choice? During their presidential convention this week, Democrats will make a massive appeal for female voters, with a female-centric speaker schedule and a focus on issues that traditionally appeal to women, like abortion, health care, equal pay and education. Pennsylvania's lone female congresswoman, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, will play a prominent role in that effort, appearing on stage this week with other congresswomen on behalf of President Obama.
September 26, 2012 |
Is there really a need to host a professional conference specifically for women? After all, isn't this the 21st century? Haven't women proven that we have the capabilities and resourcefulness to be successful CEOs, world leaders, media moguls, and beyond? We have come a tremendous way, but there is still work to be done. Only 18 of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women and only 16 percent of congressional seats are held by women. Research has shown that when more women are involved in leadership decisions, companies are more successful.
July 20, 2012 |
Why should female physicians be paid less than male doctors with the same credentials for doing the same job? They are. Women in the workforce get shortchanged every day for an honest day's work, but the pay inequity appears to be more egregious in the medical field. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found disparities in comparing the pay of 237 female physician researchers with that of 553 men, all of whom had won prestigious grants from the National Institutes of Health.
February 5, 2012 |
CAIRO - Their kidnappers gave them tea and dried fruit and talked about religion and tribal rights. The California women were allowed to bring their Egyptian tour guide with them. One kidnapper even put out his cigarette in the car when a hostage said the smoke was bothering her. The two women abducted for several hours Friday by armed Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula hesitated to call the men captors, saying the kidnappers were kind, polite, and hospitable. "All of this is an unforgettable memory," said Norma Supe, a nurse from Union City.
June 5, 2012 |
Mullica Hill is an intimate small town where it seems everybody knows everybody else. A quick stop at the supermarket can take half an hour because you're likely to run into friends and neighbors and find yourself chatting and catching up. It was against this backdrop that something marvelous was born in Mullica Hill. Colleen Fossett was the prime mover. A seasoned marathoner and triathlete, she would often run by the house of Maureen Brigham. Inspired, Brigham decided to join her. Fossett, 42, a pharmaceutical sales rep, knew Michelle Powell, 45, a stay-at-home mom and avid runner.
September 13, 2014 |
If Ray Rice never plays football again, nothing will have changed. If Roger Goodell is fired as commissioner of the NFL, nothing will have changed. If the league issues a dozen new rules and related penalties pertaining to the abuse of women by men, nothing will have changed. That's the first thing that has to be understood about the whole fallout from the sad saga of Rice and his wife, Janay. Everything is for show. Everything is for appearances. Nothing is about real change.
May 27, 1994 |
Yesterday was "Shero Day" at Dunbar Elementary School in North Philadelphia, the companion to Hero Day the day before. For Shero Day, girls from Dunbar asked women they admired to spend the day and tell about their lives and achievements. The day featured a rite of passage ceremony based on African tradition.