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Maria Shriver Launches “Shriver Corps”

WStrend1Last week was the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty, and to mark the occasion The Shriver Corps emerged as a new national service partnership utilizing AmeriCorps VISTA members to lift people out of poverty in low-income communities across the country. Partners in the launch include A Woman’s Nation, The Corporation for National and Community Service, LIFT, and Bank of America.
The Shriver AmeriCorps Fellows will be right on the front lines helping to build solutions for real issues that low-income families face. These issues––like hunger, homelessness, health care, and unemployment—require financial tools and knowledge if families are to move forward. The Shriver Corps will train volunteers to help poor Americans connect with programs they’re entitled to but that they may not be aware of — everything from tax credits and food stamps to employment, health and child care assistance.
Maria Shriver has said she was also inspired to create the corps by work she did on women’s issues and with families in need when she was first lady of California. Another great example of how women are increasingly using their life experiences to help other women! Read more from PR Web

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All Women Are Feminists

WSTrend2In the news and across social media channels, it’s easy to see that currently there is adistinct backlash against feminism, not to mention an often-profound misunderstanding. Feminism has become the new “F” word, and it’s up to any person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes to reclaim it.

What Does a Feminist NOT Mean?

  • That you hate men
  • That you are a victim or don’t own up to your own mistakes
  • That you must chose between your heart and your brain
  • That you are entitled to special privileges
  • That you don’t think men have issues too

Being a feminist means that you have choices, and believe in women’s equality. It also means that you have the freedom to define yourself. Because of feminism, and the resulting empowerment of women, our voices can be heard. Together we can help one another achieve our goals and make the world a better, more balanced place. Read more from Huffington Post

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  • 23 Ways Feminism Has Made the World a Better Place for Men – Mic.com

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Why Economics | A Way to Help People

Janet YellenJanet Yellen, Ph.D., made history this month as the first woman ever to be chosen to head the Federal Reserve. According to some accounts, this makes her the second most powerful person in the world and the most powerful woman. The person who controls the purse strings of the most powerful economy affects economies world-wide. And even more noteworthy, the banking industry (notably dominated by suit-wearing white males) is being led by a woman.
But Janet Yellen is not just any woman. Associates, fellow-students and acquaintances say she could have succeeded in any field that challenged her considerable intellect, but she switched from math to economics, because she saw it as a way to help people. Economics “set her on fire.” And after serving the Fed off and on for 36 years, she will assume the role of Director January 31, 2014.

Who is Janet Yellen?

Janet Yellen’s Tenure with the Federal Reserve

Janet began her uninterrupted service to the Fed in 1994, with President Clinton’s appointment to The Board of GovJob Search Tipsernors. She was recommended by her long-time colleague from Berkeley’s Hass School of Business, Laura D’Andrea Tyson. Laura was chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisers, which made her Clinton’s top economist at the White House.
Since then, her positions have been:

  • Chairperson Council of Economic Advisers
  • Chief Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Vice Chairwoman, Federal Reserve

The Real Power behind Yellen’s 5 foot Stature

Prior to being appointed to head the Federal Reserve, Forbes listed her as #72 on its most powerful people list. She has been formulating economic policy for decades. And her insights have shaped how the Fed operates today. She “spearheaded the 2% annual inflation rate” goal to maintain a healthy growth rate in operation since 2010.
Her peers in the field describe her arguments as well-reasoned, factually-based, frequently presenting unarguable analysis that does not anger or demean her opponents. They also maintain that in spite of her soft-spoken Brooklyn-accented delivery, she is fearless in presenting her beliefs and courageous in the face of opposition.
Janet’s friends and associates also depict her feelings about unemployment as deeply personal. She does not equate the numbers with some elevated academic theory that doesn’t relate to the real world. Instead, she knows from her childhood experience and subsequent research how joblessness can disrupt families and ruin lives. Therefore she subscribes to the role of the Federal Reserve as an activist in its relationship with the markets and the banks. She is the first such economist since Paul Volcker served under President Carter.
nofearThere is some argument about how much the Fed can control inflation. But as the only bank that makes money and controls the source of that money to other banks, it’s in the driver seat of the economy right now. Janet has sworn to continue the balancing act of the policies under Bernecke and proceeding with the goal of maintaining 2% annual inflation. Like everyone, she would like to see unemployment decrease and Americans go back to work pursuing their dreams. Unlike everyone, she has spent decades researching how wages affect productivity, the effects of poverty on economies, etc. and has the determination, the heart and the position as Chairwoman of the Fed to make a difference.
Many observers predict that there will be little change, since she has occupied a prominent place at the Fed for two decades. Some people worry that she will be too conservative as a “dove” at the Central Bank, others worry that she will completely change the face of world-wide economies. The fact anyone is worried at all shows how much the Federal Reserve affects everyone’s lives. So far no one has worried that she is a woman or that she is 67 years old.

Role Model for Young Women

Happy LifeJanet reportedly perceives herself as “being in the prime of a late-blooming career.” But with her considerable academic credentials, including being a Guggenheim Fellow in the 80’s and authoring/co-authoring several papers and a book on macroeconomics, and her 36 years of service to the Fed, she is not exactly late blooming. She is an example for what dogged persistence can and should do for a gifted intellectual who wants to make a difference, regardless of gender.
All “firsts” get noticed and their careers and performance are closely watched. As the appointed head of the Fed, Janet Yellen will not be noticed for her gray hair, or whether she got her lipstick on straight. She will be judged by whether or not people are able to return to work and if the U.S. is able to return to the perceived prosperity of the 90’s. Equally important is what her position means for girls who are good at math. Her career points the way toward possibility. A girl who is smart and good at math and science should not hide her light under a bushel, as our grandmothers used to say. She should use her gifts, follow her passion and not let anyone discourage her from making a difference or even trying to change the world.

Who Influences You on Social Media | Amplify Her Voice

The Representation Project (formerly MissRepresentation.org) continues to expose society’s limiting stereotypes that harm all of us: men, women, boys and girls. Most recently, they called attention to the lists of the most influential thinkers. Though women are proclaimed to use social media the most, they were mostly left off the lists.

25 Top Women Power Brokers in Television Worldwide

Amazing women executives top television industry around the world

Hollywood Reporter LogoThe Hollywood Reporter has just published a list of 25  top women executives in 17 countries.   The article says “these female innovators oversee empires, greenlight the shows that captivate millions and adapt in a rapidly changing media environment.”

That’s great news for women around the world, although there’s one disappointment: Of the 25 women power brokers listed, not one is from the United States. The others are from Germany (2), Italy, Denmark, Australia (2), Nigeria, Netherlands, Mongolia, Venezuela, Turkey, France (2), Russia (2), U.K. (4), Abu Dhabi, China, India, Israel, Latin America,  and Japan.

It’s the first list of it’s kind EVER (Thank you Hollywood Reporter)! The article says, this diverse group of women is “united in their ambition, their savvy and their determination to make a mark on worldwide TV – and to do so on their own terms.”

The list was announced at MIPCOM, a TV and entertainment market  held in Cannes, France once every year, normally in October.

Dare we hope for better content and some representation in the U.S.? No matter what, the Sisterhood rules!

Take the Lead Empowers All Generations of Women

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Popularity of 50 Shades of Grey Does NOT Mean Women Want to Be Dominated.

Author of Iron Butterflies, Women Transforming Themselves and The WorldRecent media spin on the popularity of the novel “50 Shades of Grey” suggests that assertive and successful feminists want men to be rough and in charge, (e.g. Newsweek “The Fantasy Life of Working Women: Why Surrender is a Feminist Dream”). Accomplished woman scholar, Dr. Birute Regine disagrees.

She says that the book has all the elements of a good read that women like: It’s hot; it’s sexy; it’s an escape. But she finds what the media is doing in their buzz, suggesting that strong women REALLY want to be dominated in real life, is subversive toward women. The book’s success doesn’t mean women want to be dominated; it means women like sex and have erotic fantasies. Gasp!

Birute agrees that the story is about domination, but she compares it to “The Wizard of Oz,” where a strong dominant character discovers his vulnerability and is transformed as a result. The blogosphere is full of spirited debate about empowerment v. the objectification of women, but the point remains, the fact that women buy erotica, does not spell the failure of feminism.

Dr. Nancy and Birute discuss who defines the media and how women allow media images to define us. There are lots of ideas about how we fought during the Women’s Movement against objectification and how we seem today to be objectifying ourselves.

Besides writing her award winning book, Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World Birute also launched Iron Butterfly Circles. Her goal is to help like-minded women connect and claim their feminine power. This requires rising above narrow media depictions of women’s limited roles and refusing to accept the way various societies throughout the world conspire against women leaders.

Listen to this lively conversation, then check out Birute’s I. B. Circles and her new book, Iron Butterflies Circles Interactive Guidebook for Leading in the New Era of Women to find out more about joining or starting your own circle.

 

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