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What Every Girl Should Know About Her Paycheck

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Infographics are a cool way to present facts in a visually stimulating way, and these infographics give a crystal clear picture of where we stand and how we are being affected by inequality in the workforce in the United States.

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My take aways:
• We are slowly and gradually moving in the right direction (81 cents compared to 76.9 cents to the dollar in 2010 – alright!)
• In order to stay even or even get ahead of men, women often have to make lifestyle sacrifices – no marriage and no kids, while men don’t. Can we have it all?
• Women are smart enough to use education to get even – and ahead! Go us!
• While 81 cents is an improvement, check out what it means to us long term (2011):

What were your take aways?

– Marina

Political Power of Women

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Whether or not women voted for red or blue this past Tuesday, the 2012 Election showed that women were a tremendous force to contend with in this country. Making up 53% of the electorate , the women’s vote was hard fought and hard won. It is the opinion of every talking head, pundit and speculator that President Obama’s victory was carried, in part, by women. The Guardian calls the 2012 election “[a] decisive a moment in feminism as there has been.” Throughout the campaign the candidates were clamoring for our vote, hoping to sway us one way or another, finally realizing that our opinions are worth the fight.

On the global scale, this is not the case. Rarely do women enjoy the same consideration as we did during this election cycle. And while the participation of women in politics is growing, their leadership and contributions go mostly unrecognized. The gains that women have made on the global political stage are largely uneven. While women represent half the population, they only hold a fraction of the political positions worldwide. It is common for decisions that will affect women and their families to be made without their input.

“When women are discriminated against in the political arena, their experiences, talents, and perspectives are shut out of the policy decisions of our democracies, and prospects for a better world are shortchanged.” – Melanne Verveer

By investing in the education and empowerment of women, Anchal takes a stand to make sure that women have the tools to make their voices heard. Anchal’s work is taking on the Millennium Development Goal #3 to “Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women” by providing a decent livelihood, educational training, and healthcare. Who knows how far a woman can go with these opportunities!

As this election shows, when women come together they have a huge impact in national decision making. I am excited to be a part of an organization that is fostering the potential for our artisans to make changes in their communities, states, and country.

-Lizzy

1. “Exit Polls anatomize Obama win”, The BBC, 07 Nov. 2012, 07 Nov. 2012, <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20240375>
2. Brockes, Emma “Why Obama Won The Women’s Vote” The Guardian, 07 Nov. 2012, 07 Nov. 2012, <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/07/why-obama-won-womens-vote>

3. Verveer, Melanne. “Women as Agents of Change: Advancing the Role of Women in Politics and Civil Society.” U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State, 09 June 2010. Web. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2010/142953.htm>.

Men fighting for Women: Walter Astrada

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I take pride in being a part of this incredible blog. Nine different women coming together, writing for women, fighting for women. Our posts cover topics of women’s challenges, women activists & entrepreneurs, and incredible women designers. Recently however, my brother brought to my attention that we were missing something, men who fight for women. So, starting with this post I hope to bring light to men who share our passion in fighting for the rights of women.

Photojournalist Walter Astrada has spent much of his career focused on violence against women across the globe. Astrada’s photography topics range from “Sexual Violence in Eastern Congo” to “Femicide in Guatemala.” One of his most notable projects is “Undesired, ‘Missing’ women in India,” a documentary on the sex selective practices in India. Take a few minutes and check it out (caution: some graphic images).

Not only does Astrada address some of the most controvercial women’s issues, his photography captures more emotion than one could imagine. The photograph’s riveting beauty stays with you long after your first glance, a quality rarely perfected. Now that he has completed his six-year project, Walter plans to publish a book including his photographs from Guatemala, Congo, India, and Norway.

I believe that together women have the power to demand gender equality and get it. However men like Walter Astrada are an invaluable. It’s important to remember that gender equality should not be a fight led solely by women, but by men and women alike. Astrada “says this violence is not just a women’s issue, but an issue that affects all of society, particularly children.”

-Maggie

If you know of an amazing gentlemen who supports women’s rights and want to see them featured on our blog, please let us know.