As far as top leadership positions go, we mean. Patricia Arquette spent part of her Oscar acceptance speech talking about gender equality. Hillary Clinton just gave a speech out in Silicon Valley discussing it.
A new Pew Research Center poll explores why there aren’t more women in management, or in top political jobs.
A new Pew poll says that of the Four Freedoms (freedom of speech, freedom of religion, as well as freedom from want or fear), Americans choose as Numero Uno the freedom of the press.
This was in reaction to a poll about the deadly attack on the magazine, Charlie Hedbo, last month.
As you can see from the lower chart, women and people of color tended to be squeamish about Charlie Hedbo’s publication of cartoons that were considered offensive to some Muslims.
You can read more here, from Religion News Service. I’ll have more on the event later, the Hartford Public Library is sponsoring a panel discussion on this on March 4. Mark your calendars. More details later.
The Pontifical Council for Culture is hosting a four-day meeting to explore women and inequality and such, and the image below was what they used to advertise the event.
As you might imagine, several folks cried foul. The photo appears to have been replaced with something more…clothed. And thanks, Sharon for the link.
The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut is asking for photos for an upcoming show, “Beyond the Veil,” to highlight the lives of everyday Muslim women. From the press release:
Each entry needs to feature a Muslim woman or group of women and could be taken in the workplace, school, social events, homes, houses of worship, etc. Topics to explore include ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, professional careers, family life, fashion and lifestyle, prayer, community service, sports, etc.
If you are a photographer, amateur or professional, we would like to hear from you! Each photographer is limited to three entries, each with a short description of who the subject is and the topic of the photograph.
The photos need to have been taken in Connecticut. You can read more detail here.
Here’s his guest op-ed where he says so. An excerpt:
…women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people of good conscience on both sides of this argument, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: the heavy hand of government must not make this decision for women and families.
As my friend and colleague U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro* says, “Nobody celebrates abortion.” No woman makes this decision lightly. Each and every American deserves the right to deal with these difficult situations in consultation with their families, close friends or religious advisers. No federal or state law banning abortion can honestly and fairly take into account the various circumstances that make each decision unique.
And thanks, Leftover, for the link.
*That’s my representative!
Or, at least, women make groups smarter, according to a series of MIT/Union studies that were written up in the New York Times and The Atlantic Monthly. From one report:
In two studies with 699 people, working in groups of two to five, we find converging evidence of a general collective intelligence factor that explains a group’s performance on a wide variety of tasks. This “c factor” is not strongly correlated with the average or maximum individual intelligence of group members but is correlated with the average social sensitivity of group members, the equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking, and the proportion of females in the group.
I inserted the bold lettering, myself. And don’t argue with me. I’m only the messenger, and a really smart one, at that. And thanks, DickG., for the link.