Why am I not surprised? This White House has done a stunningly less impressive job of appointing women to cabinet-level jobs than its most recent democratic predecessor, the Clinton Administration. Here we are 13 years after Bill Clinton left the Oval Office, and the next Democrat in that job has fewer women in those critically visible posts than President Clinton had. Harumph!
The New York Times this week released a survey comparing female cabinet-level appointments by the last three administrations. It found women (currently) hold about 35 percent of cabinet-level posts, compared with 41 percent for Mr. Clinton and 24 percent for Mr. Bush at similar points in their presidencies? One would not have expected any better from George W. Bush---he was as tone deaf as they come on the issue of diversity. But women have a right to expect more, much more, from President Obama. Without their support, he would not have been elected in the first place nor reelected in the second.Read More »
Domestic violence has reached epic proportions in Italy. So much so that Prime Minister Enrico Letta this month issued a 12-point legal decree imposing harsher penalties for perpetrators of all manner of domestic abuse ranging from murder, to rape to stalking. But women’s rights advocates in the country say the problem is not a lack of laws against domestic violence. According to the New York Times, it is a lack of charges, arrests and prosecution of and against the mostly male offenders. It is also a lack of resources to help women stuck in violent relationships to get out and stay out.Read More »
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