May 9, 2014
IN THE past week, more has been said about sexual assaults on college women than probably at any time in history. The White House released new measures from a federal task force on the issue, the New York Times featured a front-page story and discussions lit up national TV talk shows, tweets, web posts and many column inches. But one photograph says it all, one photograph that explains why we're now confronting the scandalous reality that, according to one study, one in five college women has been raped, their complaints ignored and covered up by their schools.
May 1, 2014
KATLYN GRASSO, 20, a Wharton School junior, is CEO and founder of GenHERation, an online leadership portal for high school girls. GenHERation provides girls with an opportunity to work with national corporations and nonprofits to become catalysts for social change. Grasso has raised about $25,000 from various Wharton grants and venture funds to start up GenHERation. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for GenHERation? A: I've always been passionate about helping girls achieve personally and professionally.
April 14, 2014 |
What do Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton agree on? They, like many other prominent Americans, talk effusively about helping Afghan women. The fate of Afghan women is also a subject that grabs the attention of Americans who have otherwise lost interest in that country. When Afghans voted last week, much of the U.S. media coverage focused on lines of burka-clad female voters at the polls. So let's assume (and it's far from certain) that this interest in Afghan women is genuine and will outlast the U.S. troop exit at the end of 2014.
April 9, 2014 |
On Tuesday night, Nashville will shimmer like a country singer's wardrobe. Down in Music City, 20,000 fans will fill Bridgestone Arena to see, for the first time in NCAA basketball history, two unbeatens, Connecticut and Notre Dame, vie for the women's national championship. Meanwhile, 684 miles to the northeast, Tuesday night figures to be an unremarkable one in West Chester. The old college town's leafy residential streets will be slumbering. Gay Street's bars and restaurants will be enjoying a midweek calm.
February 24, 2014
The ninth annual Angels and Angelbugs Beauty Pageant in Woodlynne on Saturday did not quite go off without a hitch. Backstage, the only real moment of serenity was when the contestants, ranging from kindergartners to teenagers, held hands and prayed before the program. Otherwise, the classroom at Woodlynne Elementary School where the girls spent most of the three-hour pageant was happy, brightly colored chaos, with shoes, dresses, and props flying everywhere. The pageant is the signature event of the Angels on the Move Foundation, an organization led by Woodlynne Councilwoman Gwendolyn Torres that encourages girls from age 5 to young women age 21 to develop self-esteem and set goals.
November 14, 2013 |
Celestine Phyllis Alston, 77, of Royersford, a program manager for an aerospace company, died Friday, Nov. 8, of cancer at Phoenixville Hospital. Mrs. Alston enjoyed a 30-year career in the aerospace division of General Electric Co. She started in 1955 as a temporary administrative assistant at the company's offices at 34th and Chestnut Streets. At the height of her career she was a program manager working from aerospace headquarters in King of Prussia. "During the 1970s, it was unheard of for anyone to hold such a position without a college degree," said her daughter, Yvette Alston-Pepper.
September 9, 2013 |
Here she is, Miss America! The venerable, some might say archaic, pageant has returned to its seaside ancestral home of Atlantic City after a seven-year, stiletto-heeled walkabout to Las Vegas. A.C. has high hopes, about $45 million worth, according to business leaders, that Miss A will reap additional revenue to this shaky Boardwalk empire. In truth, wholesome Miss A isn't suited to either dens of iniquity. She's like Sgt. Sarah Brown of the Save-a-Soul Mission preaching among the sinners.
August 23, 2013
S YREETA LOCKETT, 27, of East Mount Airy, is founder and CEO of Dream Guider, which develops action plans to help clients turn dreams into reality. The company offers starter ($40), one-year ($250) and five-year ($1,000) plans that lay out monthly goals and objectives with articles and worksheets. Lockett, who formerly worked for a New York-based image agency, started the biz in March 2013. She also has modeled and in 2010 founded MosaMuse, a website for young women. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Dream Guider?
July 24, 2013 |
YESTERDAY, I wrote about young black males being killed in the city. Now let's get real and talk about where that starts and hopefully where it will end - and that's with you, my sisters. We can have a national discussion about race and urban violence. We can push for a long- overdue national movement to combat black-male genocide. We can beg, cajole, even guilt, society to care and act - or at least pretend to. But really, it's on you - mothers of boys. You are the ones with the best shot at changing the bleak reality out there.
May 13, 2013 |
Year after year, the clock ticked by and the calendar marched forward, carrying the three women further from the real world and pulling them deeper into an isolated nightmare. Now, for the women freed from captivity inside a Cleveland house, the ordeal is not over. Next comes recovery - from sexual abuse and their sudden, jarring reentry into a world much different from the one they were grabbed from a decade ago. Therapists say that with extensive treatment and support, healing is likely for the women, who were 14, 16, and 21 when they were abducted.