On March 9th, 20 years after the Beijing Declaration was adopted, the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women will convene for its 59th session. This two-week-long session will be dedicated to evaluating the progress that has been made towards gender equality in the last two decades, as well as barriers that remain. Continue reading
Five women’s rights activists have been detained in China for organizing demonstrations for International Women’s Day, celebrated on Mar. 8.
Should women work outside the home? Are they more competitive than men? Our attitudes toward these questions are invariably conditioned by social norms. That’s why, argues Mukesh Eswaran, gender matters in economics. He’s the author of the textbook of the same name, and on Making Sen$e today, explains the cultural origins of some of our beliefs about men, women and the workforce. Continue reading
The Nigerian government made a surprise cease-fire announcement with Boko Haram, a group that has carried out deadly bombings and suicide attacks. The militants have reportedly promised not to attack civilians, but the fate of 219 schoolgirls who were abducted in April is unclear. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
After reaching their fifties and raising their own children, Jenny and Richard Bowen adopted 2-year-old Maya from China after learning of poor orphanage conditions for abandoned girls. Sixteen years later, the Bowens have two adopted daughters from the same region and have started a non-profit called Half the Sky to transform orphan care with the cooperation of the Chinese government. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports. Continue reading
One of the major causes of the financial crash of 2008 was the insularity of the “good old boys” network on Wall Street, says Sallie Krawcheck. The former Citigroup CFO has started a socially responsibly stock mutual fund that promotes the world’s 400 most female-focused firms. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports. Continue reading
Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough. Continue reading
Thirty years ago, Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman to be named a vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket. Ferraro’s daughter, filmmaker Donna Zaccaro, tells the story of her mother’s trailblazing career in a new documentary. Judy Woodruff talks to Zaccaro about “Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way,” and the effect she had on American politics and culture. Continue reading
All FDA-approved methods of birth control are considered preventive care, and the health law requires nearly all health plans sold on the individual and group markets to cover preventive care without any out-of-pocket cost to consumers. The Supreme Court decision didn’t change that. Continue reading
Vice Adm. Michelle Howard has become the first female four-star admiral in the Navy’s 236-year history.
Howard was also promoted to vice chief of naval operations, the service’s No. 2 officer. The promotion ceremony took place Tuesday morning at Arlington National Cemetery. Continue reading