August 21, 2015 |
THE CITY OF Philadelphia awarded $267 million in contracts to businesses owned by minorities and women in fiscal year 2014, a slight increase over the previous year, Mayor Nutter announced yesterday. That's 29 percent of the contracts for which these businesses were available to perform, and close to the 30 percent goal set by the city. "Every dollar spent by the city represents an economic opportunity for minority-, women- and disabled-owned businesses in Philadelphia," Nutter said in a statement.
August 20, 2015 |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first medication for women with low libido, but added so many safety precautions that its market may be limited. The controversial and twice-rejected drug, flibanserin, to be marketed as Addyi (pronounced add-ee), could be available by mid-October, said the maker, Sprout Pharmaceuticals. It is approved only for use by premenopausal women, and can be prescribed only by doctors trained about risks, including interactions with alcohol and common prescription drugs.
August 17, 2015 |
There's nothing grosser than a bunch of girls," Greta Gerwig is saying. "Girls are gross," Lola Kirke concurs, adding that " 'girls are disgusting' is the moral of Mistress America . " It's not really. If there is a moral in the new film from director Noah Baumbach, cowritten by Baumbach and Gerwig, it's more complicated than that. But it is very much a story about women's relationships, their friendships, affinities, rivalries, betrayals. Maybe a little about hygiene, too. Gerwig stars in Mistress America - open in Los Angeles and New York now, opening in Philadelphia and other markets Aug. 28 - as Brooke Cardinas, a 30-ish New Yorker exploding with ideas but not all that adept at executing them.
August 10, 2015 |
The women drifted around the cloth-draped, candlelit tables, cradling glasses of wine and nibbling on cheese cubes. Some, in suits and heels, had arrived directly from work; others, in stylish workout gear, had already been to the gym. Their chatter muffled sounds of the trendy Rittenhouse Square restaurant downstairs. Then the PowerPoint image flashed up. "This is an egg," reproductive endocrinologist Maureen Kelly told the dozen women, now listening intently. The screen showed a human oocyte, the star of this unlikely happy hour on egg freezing for women who want children, but not right now. Sprouting up all over the country, such events have been praised for offering important information and criticized as marketing schemes targeting a vulnerable demographic, women all too aware of their ticking biological clocks.
August 7, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Katie McGinty will have the support of EMILY's List, an influential women's political group, which plans to endorse the Pennsylvania Democrat on Thursday, two days after she launched her run for the U.S. Senate. The Washington-based organization, which backs Democratic women who favor abortion rights, encouraged McGinty to join the race and is offering political and financial support. McGinty is seeking her party's nomination against former Rep. Joe Sestak of Delaware County.
August 2, 2015 |
On Lansdowne Avenue, next to two benches and a bus stop, stands a new historical marker, blue with gold letters, 10 feet tall. "Looks nice," said Robyn Young, 61, the woman responsible, seeing it for the first time this week. "Taller than I thought it would be. " She pushed on the pole, kicked at the fresh dirt. "It's in there nice and firm. " Dedicated to archaeologist Tatiana Proskouriakoff, who "published a paper that revolutionized the world's understanding of Mayan hieroglyphs," the marker culminates years of effort by Young.
July 31, 2015 |
RAHA MOHARRAK was 25 when her parents said it was time for her to marry, but she decided she wasn't a toaster - as in " Ping! It's ready" - the Saudi Arabian woman told a U.S. audience recently. "I wasn't ready. " Nor was she interested in giving up her job, car or independent life in Dubai, or up for the demeaning ritual in which "you get all dolled up, get onstage and dance at a wedding, and wait for some mom to see you and say, 'She's good for my son.' " Instead, Moharrak climbed Mount Everest.
July 29, 2015 |
THE QUESTIONABLE death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell - allegedly a suicide - has forced me to revisit the ugly realities I explained to my children in the aftermath of the Michael Brown case. They are realities rooted in the complex relationships between race and class, between right and wrong, between law and justice. Because the frightening truth is that laws are applied unevenly, and justice is too often in the eye of the beholder. Unfortunately, Sandra Bland's death has broadened the problem.
July 20, 2015 |
After Suzi Spotleson tapped in a par putt at the 18th, Katie Edelblut dropped her head and went to give Spotleson a congratulatory handshake. But no congratulations were in order. Not yet. "Oh my God, I thought I just lost on 18," Edelblut said as she walked off the green. "We're playing 36? Sounds good. I still have a chance, then. " Instead of winning the Women's Match Play Championship right then, Spotleson carried a one-hole lead into the second 18 of the Championship Flight.