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Thursday
Aug232012

Women Lose Power at Google | Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women | Dominionism, Todd Akin & Paul Ryan

An 1886 base-relief figure of Dike Astraea in the Old Supreme Court Chamber at the Vermont State House.

Dice ((Dikê), the personification of justice in ancient Greece, was according to Hesiod, a daughter of Zeus and Themis, one of GlamTribale’s 12 goddesses. In the ancient world, women represented the moral force in judicial systems.

Wiki writes:

One of her epithets was Astraea, referring to her appearance as the constellation Virgo. According to Aratus’ account of the constellation’s origin, Dike lived upon Earth during the Golden and Silver ages, when there were no wars or diseases, men did not yet know how to sail, and men raised fine crops.[7] They grew greedy, however, and Dike was sickened. She proclaimed:

Behold what manner of race the fathers of the Golden Age left behind them! Far meaner than themselves! but you will breed a viler progeny! Verily wars and cruel bloodshed shall be unto men and grievous woe shall be laid upon them.
—Aratus, Phaenomena 123

Dike left Earth for the sky, whence, as the constellation, she watched the despicable human race. After her departure, the human race declined into the Brazen Age, when diseases arose and they learned how to sail.

Since the 15th century, Lady Justice statues are often depiected wearing a blindfold, to connote objectivity and neutrality regardless of identity, money, power or weakness. Then again, she might be nearly nude, as depicted in this painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder “Justice as a Naked Woman with Sword and Scales”. Sometimes also referred to as “An Allegory of Justice”, the painting

Lucas Cranach the Elder was best known for his paintings of his close friend Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant Reformation.

Global Survey of Evangelical Protestant Leaders The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

In June 2011 we published the findings of Pew Researches study on evangelical beliefs worldwide. With the advent of Christianity, Lady Justice has moved to a place of obscurity in public life and most definitely in America. Truthfully, women never had significant power in America. Just ask Abigail Adams, wife of America’s second president John Adams.

Findings in the Pew survey of evangelical protestant leaders include:

  • Most say that men should be the religious leaders in the marriage and family (79%) and the main financial providers for the family (53%). But most do not think that women must stay home and raise children (63%). And a solid majority favors allowing women to serve as pastors (75%).
  • The global evangelical leaders are strongly inclined to participate in politics; 84% say religious leaders should express their views on political matters, and 56% say that to be a good evangelical, it is essential to take a public stand on social and political issues when they conflict with moral and biblical principles.

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Forbes Female Powerhouses

Forbes Woman has released its 2012 list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. German chancellor Angela Merkel tops the list, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in second place. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff retains third place. Also in the top five were Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Jill Abramson, who became executive editor of The New York Times in September 2011.

Fewer Google Women

Senior women at Google are out of Larry Page’s inner circle, reports Claire Cain Miller in The New York Times.

Newly appointed Yahoo president Marissa Mayer, who ran Google’s most profitable search division for years was given a new assignment under Page that many cpnsidered a demotion. The new CEO shran his inner circle from 15 under Eric Schmidt to 11. Three of the four cutbacks were women.

Also removed from the L Team, for Larry Page, were Rachel Whetstone, who oversees communications, and Shona Brown, who oversaw business operations and now leads Google.org, the company’s philanthropic arm, a lower-profile job. Only one woman remains — Susan Wojcicki, who oversees advertising.

Some men were also reshuffled in the changes but were replaced by other men. Some commenters say that Page relates best to product engineers and women aren’t strongly represented there.

Todd Akin Update

American Vision is a Christian nonprofit whose mission if to “restore America to its biblical foundation”. The group’s research director Joel McDurmon writes about pressure from Republicans for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to drop out of the race “political gang rape”.

Akin did not drop out of his race against Claire and launched a new website called akin.org/still-standing that apologized for his mistake in using phony science to deny that 32,000 American women a year get pregnant from being raped. US News writes that the photo of a fetus in the womb has since been taken down.

The candidate announced this morning that he has raised $100,000 even though big money Republican donors are treating him like a pariah.

Dominionists like Akin — embracing fundamentalism of the most conservative kind — have a vision of America that is now the sum and substance of the Republican political platform. Addicting Info wrote an article earlier this year that sounds harsh and subjective and yet, the article rings very true to us as dominionism researchers.

Paul Ryan Abortion Record

In the aftermath of the Todd Akin brouhaha over “legitimate rape”, Paul Ryan found his own extreme record on women’s health issues under scrutiny. Ryan opposes abortion under any circumstances, with no exceptions. This most exteme position has earned the vice presidential candidate a 100 percent lifetime score from the National Right to Life, writes Bloomberg.

“He’s certainly a reliable pro-life vote,” Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League, said in a telephone interview. “Everyone in the pro-life movement is really excited about Paul Ryan’s vice presidential candidacy. We can expect a Romney administration to reverse many of the anti-life, pro-abortion policies that have been implemented by President Obama.”

Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill launched a website listing Akin’s most extreme conservative record. Besides his now notorious claims about rape victims not becoming pregnant, Akin supports abandoning minimum wage restrictions for Americans and he refers federal student loan programs to stage III cancer.

Writing for Huff Po, Malika Saada Saar, Executive Director of Human Rights for Girls, cites CDC research that says 60.4% of female victims were first raped before age 18 and 25.% were raped before age 12. We can’t conclude that 85% of the females who become pregnant by rape each year are 18 or under. As the age of onset of fertility drops in the US, the math does take us to the probable conclusion that well over half of rape-related pregnancies are women 18 and under.

J’Adore

Nicole Kidman | Mario Testino | V Magazine September 2012 | ‘Truth or DareAOC Private Studio

If Victoria’s Secret was smart, they would make 45-year-old Nicole Kidman an honorary Angel and contribute $25,000 to her favorite philanthropy. Kidman delivers a jaw-dropping ‘eyes wide open’ performance in Mario Testino’s fabulous editorial for V Magazine’s September Travel issue, and she wears Victoria’s Secret all the way. 

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.

Saturday
Mar172012

40% of Working Wives Outearn Husbands | 75% Americans Reject Birth Control Compromise As Anti-Religion | Vatican & Komen

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Anne is reading …

Reuters shares the first major article written about the Catholic bishops putting pressure on the Susan G Komen Foundation. Komen founder Nancy Brinker shared her love of Pope Benedict XVI writing about his papal blessing of a box of silver ribbon-shaped pins for her breast cancer charity.

“He took my hands and blessed me for my work. I couldn’t help myself. I burst into tears,” she recalls in her memoir, “Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer.”

Komen’s relationship with the Catholic Church has been complicated in a mutual exchange of funds between the two groups. Reuters writes that Komen has allocated at least $17.6 million of its donations to US Catholic universities, hospitals and charities — none of which provide reproductive health care services to women.

Catholic bishops of Ohio flexed major muscle with Komen in 2011, with 11 bishops announcing a statewide policy banning church and parochial school donations to Komen. As Catholic bishops today investigate Girl Scouts, a similar position could happen in the coming years.

After Ohio, North Dakota bishops forbade Catholic support of Komen.

Observers say the local bishops’ focus on Komen and other social issues reflects a larger conservative shift within the American church since New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan became chairman of the Conference in November 2010.

Arizona Lawmakers Target Planned Parenthood Funding AzCapitol Times

Arizona is poised to follow Texas in banning any federal government funding of Planned Parenthood under a bill that received preliminary approval from the state House on Friday.

More DFR

Is Silence Going extinct? NYTimes Magazine

‘50 Shades of Grey,’ a Self-Published E-Book, Is the Future of Publishing The Daily Beast

Moms Judge Other Moms, But One Says She’s Sorry TIME

Extra Girly Genes Boost Male Sex Drive Live Science

Texas Sues Federal Agency Over Women’s Health Program Austin American Statesman

More DFR

With all the aggressive noise against women in America these days — including talk of banning contraception in many states and making it legal for doctors to lie to pregnant patients about ultrasound results — almost 40% of working wives out-earn their husbands, notes Liza Mundy, author of “The Richer Sex” this week’s TIME cover story and a new book.

Mundy shared her research at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women breakfast, an audience of women with seven-figure salaries and househusbands. Mundy’s research shows women are out-earning men in most U.S. metro areas. In Dallas and Atlanta, the average young woman earns $1.18 and $1.14, respectively, for every dollar earned by a male.

Unless Republicans, Catholic bishops and evangelical leaders succeed in returning women to homemaker status with no access to birth control, the trend will escalate. Today, women make up 60% of US college classes, earning more advanced degrees then men. In professions like veterinary medicine, law and medicine, women will dominate these fields.

Can men, bred to be providers, live happily in a world where women may not need them for support? An optimist, Mundy believes that many men will cede control as breadwinners.(One bit of evidence: Marriage rates for high-income women are rising, as overall marriage rates decline.) Moreover, society will adapt by “broadening the definition of masculinity,” she contends. Masculinity will include cooking as well as hunting, and child care as well as golf. via Fortune

Republicans Losing on Birth Control as 77% in Poll Spurn Debate Bloomberg

Both genders overwhelming reject the argument that the Obama Administration’s policy on employer-provided contraceptive coverage violates religious freedom, with more than 75% saying the topic shouldn’t even be part of the national political debate.

While President Obama continues to lead Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney among women voters in the Bloomberg National Poll, his margins aren’t large.

The poll also indicated that most Americans aren’t comfortable mixing religion and policy. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed — including almost half of Republicans — say a president’s religious beliefs should never influence his policy decisions compared with a quarter who say they should sometimes, and 14 percent who say they should most or all of the time.