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.
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.
January 16, 2014
I KNOW that I will probably get some flack for this, but I just can't hold my tongue any longer on this issue of female Marines participating in combat. I've been following this story closely for the past two years, and let's just say that this is where the egalitarian rubber meets the road. If you haven't been following the story, here's the skinny: More than half of female Marines can't do three pull-ups, and that's the minimum standard that the Marine Corps designated to integrate women into combat jobs.
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.
March 23, 2012
MAYBE IT started on "Jerry Springer" - that is, women cursing, clawing, and punching one another as bemused-looking men try to pull them apart. Snooki and the "Jersey Shore" crew have cemented images of crude behavior by women in the minds of young TV viewers. These televised fisticuffs seem to go unpunished; so many, especially young people, may mistakenly believe there are no consequences and that somehow after the fight is over that they are going to gain respect. A little closer to home it is reported that two women, one the president of the Chester Upland school board, and the other a Chester High School teacher, allegedly were involved in a physical confrontation in plain view of students at the school.
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 2, 1987 |
Good news for women: They are on the move. In the last two decades, studies show, more women are in the labor force than ever before; in fact, the nation's labor pool would be a weak skeleton of itself without them. They have more education than ever before. They have better opportunities mandated by law, even without the inclusion of an Equal Rights Amendment in the Constitution. Bad news for women: They may be essential to the workforce, but a huge number of them continue to labor in what could be called traditional women's occupations - which pay traditionally low wages.