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Monday
Jul162012

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: Female, 30-Something, Glamorous & Pregnant | Women's IQs Now Higher Than Men's

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For certain, many women smiled last night when news reports flashed the fact that women are now surpassing men in Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests, when they have lagged behind men’s — up to 5 points in the past.

James Flynn, author of the latest studies and founder of the “Flynn Effect” IQ analysis, which states that IQs are not static and rise as nations develop, said:

“In the last 100 years the IQ scores of both men and women have risen but women’s have risen faster,” said Flynn. “This is a consequence of modernity. The complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ.” He adds that the “improvement is more marked for women than for men because they were disadvantaged in the past.”

ForbesWoman picks up the story asking if other factors are more important in a successful career than IQ, taking up the topic of motivation as studied by Angela Lee Duckworth at UPenn. Her team found a strong correlation between financial rewards for taking IQ tests and results. IQ results vacillated as much as 20 points, when the financial reward was greater than $10.

Rex Jung, PhD,, who studies the intersection of intelligence and creativity, says he’s not surprised that women’s IQs are surpassing men’s. “Women are entering the workforce in droves these days – in much greater numbers than ever before. If it’s true that IQ is associated with higher exposure to more cognitively engaging activities, like coursework and professional work, it makes total sense.” Read on at ForbesWoman

Related: Women, Math & Science Do Get Along Well, Mr. Summers AOC Spittin’ Sisters

Another survey of 1,286,350 people young people and adults confirms identically of an earlier analysis of about 500,000 sets of test scores. Girls are as good in math as boys. Period. The examination of 242 existing articles that assessed the math skills of 1,286,350 people, led by chief author Janet Hyde.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEONewly-appointed Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer told Fortune’s Patricia Sellers that Yahoo! executives “showed their evolved thinking” in hiring the 37-year-old, high-ranking Google executive to one of the top tech jobs in the industry — knowing that she was pregnant.

Mayer, who was Google’s 20th employee and first female engineer, is expecting a boy in early October. As Tech Crunch points out, female CEOs at public tech firms are very rare. A 30-something CEO is even rarer. A pregnant, 30-something, female tech CEO? Forgetta bout it!

Mayer, photographed above by Brigette Lacombe in her Google office, was Glamour magazine’s 2009 Woman of the Year.

Nurturing a Baby and a Start-Up

Last month, the NYTimes focused on the small group of women proving they can launch a high-growth technology company and be a mother at the same time.

Writing that the average age of a first-time founder of a company is 39, parenting or the decision to have children is an almost unavoidable conflict for would be female start-up visionaries.

Female entrepreneurs are less numerous and raise less money than their male counterparts. Women make up 10 percent of the founders at high-growth tech companies, “and they raise 70 percent less money than men do because of their lack of access to capital,” says Lesa Mitchell of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she is vice president for initiatives on advancing innovation.

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Jul162012

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Thursday
Jul122012

Can a Politician Criticize America Without Being A Traitor? | Planned Parenthood Ads Against Romney Working 

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The Atlantic writes a provocative piece asserting that other countries of the world used to chuckle at America’s claims of a God-granted preeminence and predestination to lead the world, but they respected us. 

Today, our claims of God-granted exceptionalism and claims to leadership are scoffed at, when countless key indicators about nations of the world, put America in a state of decline. Anne of Carversville always points those surveys and wonders why politicians of both parties hit the TV airwaves making statements that are clearly false and a source of misinformation to the general public.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett will tell you that America has big problems that go far beyond the federal deficit. Politicians will not. American business benchmarks the business practices of competitors, wherever they are located. Politicians do not.

America does not have the best health care system in the world. We repeat: America does not have the best health care system in the world by every measure of a nation’s health. Yet, politicians — especially Republican politicians state that we do. This is a total falsehood. America is known for having the best advanced health care system in the world for critically ill patients. Period.

The United States spend more on medical care per person than any country in the world, yet our life expectancy is among the lowest of the developed nations. Lack of health insurance is a major factor, contributing to an estimated 45,000 deaths each year, writes National Geographic. (View graph larger)


Why do our politicians not address the nation, with charts like this in back of them? How can any self-respecting politician of either party utter the statement that America has the best health care system in the world? This is laughable, were the results not so tragic for our country.

America spends 18% of GDP on health, compared to 9% for the rest of the developed world. Imagine what we could do with the trillion dollar difference of USGDP to invest in American infrastructure, the education of our children, and other critical needs of American citizens.

Planned Parenthood Ads Working

Planned Parenthood & The Mitt

Planned Parenthood’s anti-Romney ads are considered to be effective, based on new results from Hart Research surveys conducted in West Palm Beach, Fla and Des Moines Iowa, writes Huff Po’s Laura Bassett. Over half of women surveyed in both states remembered the ads (50% in Florida and 55% in Iowa), responding affirmatively to the statement that Mitt Romney is “out of step with my opinions on issues affecting women” by an increase of 11 percent. 

The campaign (view video) launched on May 31, targeted Romney’s record on two key issues: abortion and equal pay. 

Romney, who previously supported Planned Parenthood, is on record saying he will close down the organization. 

In a reality that’s an ad makers dream, women in both states quoted facts and criticisms of Romney from the ad, without referencing Planned Parenthood’s ads.

Three out of five of the most frequently volunteered criticisms of Romney were points specifically highlighted by the ads: his desire to overturn Roe v. Wade, his plan to eliminate Planned Parenthood funding and his stance (or lack thereof) on equal pay.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois Medicaid Investigation

Crain’s reports that the Illinois Medicaid inspector general is investigating the billing practices of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

he investigation is focused on Dr. Caroline Hoke, who was reimbursed more than $3 million by Medicaid during the state’s 2009 fiscal year. Payments fell to zero by 2011. Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite calls the inquiry a “routine review” but admits that the organization will have to repay the state.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois was formed by the March 2008 merger of five regional chapters. It now has 18 offices, including nine downstate.

After the merger, Dr. Hoke’s reimbursements rose because DHFS instructed the organization to bill services at all locations under her name, Ms. Brite says. But the agency changed its position, effective February 2009, advising the organization to bill providers separately, she says. The inspector general’s examination began in April 2010, she adds.

“There’s no fraud, no wrongdoing,” Ms. Brite says. “We came to an agreement long ago—we’re just waiting for the final paperwork.”

As Dr. Hoke’s billings have faded, payments have grown to the other providers who use Planned Parenthood’s Chicago headquarters address. In fiscal 2009, those 52 providers were paid $2.8 million, records show. By 2011, the number of providers rose to 62 while payments shot up to $7 million.