April 11, 2016 |
Carli Lloyd is a an international soccer icon, the reigning FIFA world women's player of the year, and somebody who has been to all parts of the globe plying her trade. Yet there is something about returning home, and for Lloyd that means the Philadelphia area. A two-time Inquirer South Jersey player of the year while attending Delran, Lloyd returned this weekend with the U.S. women's national team for a sold-out international friendly at 2 p.m. Sunday against Colombia at Chester's Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Union.
April 9, 2016 |
The economic clout of women-owned businesses in the Philadelphia region ranks 48th among the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, according to a study released this week by American Express. Economic clout is a composite of growth in the number of women-owned firms, their revenue growth, and their employment growth since 2007. The Philadelphia metropolitan region, including Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and parts of Delaware and Maryland ranked 44th for growth in the number of firms, 46th in revenue growth, and 36th in employment growth.
April 1, 2016 |
One of the most fascinating aspects of my recent trip to Rojava, the Kurdish region of Syria, was its leaders' focus on empowering women. The failure of many Mideast nations to let women play a major role in politics and society has severely impeded their development. At the farthest extremes, Saudi Arabia treats women like mentally impaired children, while ISIS enslaves them. But in Rojava and North Syria - a self-proclaimed federal state that is recognized by no other country - things are very different.
March 31, 2016
ISSUE | PRE-K Worth the cost Universal prekindergarten in Philadelphia would be a boon for children and also for women. That's right - women. It would benefit not just the mothers and grandmothers of the children who could attend these early-learning programs, but also the women who could teach in them. About 95 percent of the early-childhood education workforce is female, with nearly half using public benefits because the pay is woefully inadequate. If the city's pre-K plan is implemented at the state's Pre-K Counts pay rate, teacher compensation would increase.
March 31, 2016
ISSUE | GENDER EQUALITY Women deserve credit throughout history My praise to the Inquirer for its March 20 commentaries about Lucretia Coffin Mott, a 19th-century Philadelphia abolitionist, women's rights advocate, minister, and homemaker ("A worthy substitute for Hamilton"), and about America's tradition of ignoring women's contributions ("In the name of fairness, don't erase women's history"). Including women's achievements in our everyday writing and teaching of history, instead of artificially designating the 31 days of March as something called Women's History Month, would be a sensible step toward the equality so many of us seek.
March 30, 2016 |
DESPITE a game-high 25 points from Donnaizha Fountain, Temple's women's basketball team fell short, 77-76, against host Michigan in the Women's NIT quarterfinals Monday night at Ann Arbor, Mich. The Owls got off to a strong start, leading, 23-9, after the first quarter. Though the Wolverines picked up the pace, Temple still led, 42-32, at halftime. The Wolverines went on an 8-0 run over the final 59 seconds of the third quarter on three-pointers from Siera Thompson and Katelynn Flaherty, followed by a Flaherty jumper to beat the clock to head to the fourth quarter tied at 60. Alliya Butts' jumper with 51 seconds left in the game gave the Owls their final lead, at 76-75, but the Wolverines went ahead, 77-76, on a jumper by Hallie Thome with eight seconds left.
March 26, 2016 |
Gloria Bonilla-Santiago said she knew that pursuing a career in academia was not going to be easy. Bonilla-Santiago, director of the Community Leadership Center at Rutgers-Camden, said she began working at the university as an administrator, a job she said she did not like because it "didn't really allow her to make any changes. " She decided to get her Ph.D. in sociology, and then became a member of Rutgers-Camden's faculty. As an educator, she said, she faced obstacles rooted in covert prejudice and low expectations.
March 26, 2016 |
In the early 1970s, Patrick F. McGlade was a bit troubled that his six very athletic sisters had no place to play summer basketball. Those were the days before federal legislation required equality in sports, sister Agnus Berenato said, and "in the summer there was no place to play. " So, she said, Mr. McGlade helped organize the first such summer league, eight to 10 teams of players from several schools in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties. It certainly helped Berenato, who retired in 2013 as head women's basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
March 23, 2016 |
WHEN I stepped on the court for warmups Saturday, for what would turn out to be the last time this season, it felt different. All of a sudden, everything that we had accomplished finally felt real. Winning the Ivy League championship was one of the best moments of my life, and there was no better reward than being a part of the NCAA Tournament. It's every basketball player's dream to make it to the Dance and I understand why - we were among the best women's basketball players in the country and we deserved to be there.
March 22, 2016 |
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The problem with taking lessons from an NCAA Tournament loss is that the course is so difficult, you never can be sure when the next opportunity to take the exam will be. Theoretically, the Penn women's basketball team can take a lot of things from Saturday's 65-53 loss to Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Quakers, who were outlasted but not overwhelmed by the Huskies, return almost all of the key players from an Ivy League champion that finished 24-5, and the best player - center Sydney Stipanovich - will be a senior who played in the postseason in her three previous years.