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June 13, 2012 | By Shan Li
This post has been corrected, see below. Mattel Inc. is teaming with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to promote its Monster High dolls line with a message of girl empowerment. Starting July 13, the El Segundo toy giant will place signs in toy aisles of Wal-Mart stores nationwide urging girls to go online to read and watch videos and other material related to self-esteem. Such a campaign is a natural fit with a franchise centered on dolls fashioned as the teenage offspring of famous monsters such as Dracula and Frankenstein, said Lori Pantel, Mattel's vice president of global girls marketing.
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BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Gill Plimmer
When Madonna was on tour in Spain a few years ago, teenage girls turned up at her final performance wearing the very outfit she had worn for her first show. They had bought it from Zara, the Spanish retailer. While most fashion retailers take months to introduce new product lines, Zara's supply chain can design and deliver new clothes to its 1,500 stores in more than 70 countries within days. In her book "The Good Jobs Strategy," published by New Harvest, Zeynep Ton argues that Zara's investment in staff is crucial to this speed, together with its ability to collect information from employees on what is popular.
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NATIONAL
September 17, 2009 | Robin Abcarian and Kate Linthicum and Richard Fausset
Last weekend, Cindy Wilkerson, a 44-year-old former social worker, helped organize three busloads of protesters who rode from Mississippi to Washington for the big protest targeting President Obama and his policies. The passengers, all white, wore T-shirts identifying themselves without irony as "Freedom Riders." Decades ago, that phrase evoked something quite different. It was bestowed on the predominantly black and white activists who traveled to the Deep South to challenge segregation -- and were sometimes met with hostility and violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Composer Robert Lopez was surfing YouTube recently when he came across a video of a music box playing "Let It Go," a stirring, radio-friendly empowerment anthem that he and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, wrote for the upcoming Walt Disney Animation movie "Frozen. " This is the second Disney feature film for the couple, who also helped write the music for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh. " But it's the first time their work has ended up in a pink box with twirling princesses - and in the lofty realm of Disney tunes that people can't seem to stop humming.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
The state Women's Conference, when it began almost two decades ago, was all about women changing the world. The speakers tended toward the practical. The frills were nonexistent. Under the direction of First Lady Maria Shriver, last week's conference was a two-day extravaganza, a Technicolor version of the event of old. Much of the focus was "The Shriver Report," a collaboration between Shriver and a Washington think-tank, which declared two weeks ago that we have become "a woman's nation."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1996
As we celebrate the July 4th holiday, I know we will be reflecting on our country's history. I hope we also focus on how to keep democracy alive in this great country. Democracy occurs when people are informed and empowered. As we approach the beginning of the 21st century, one of our nationwide agendas should be human empowerment. Through freedom of information, libraries create hope and possibility for people. Hope and possibility create empowerment. What stand we take or don't take for libraries in Ventura County influences empowerment everywhere.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2000
I read that the director [Steven Soderbergh] of "Erin Brockovich" "was not interested in a woman-empowerment movie" [" 'Brockovich' Sales Leave Universal Only Half-Thrilled," March 21]. I am so sorry! Perhaps when he takes his checks to the bank, as the result of women attending the movie, the commercial appeal will make the subject matter less abhorrent to him. He must have learned to fake it someplace along the line--he certainly did make a woman-empowerment movie and a human-being-empowerment movie, and can't they be the same thing?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1990
Voter registration drives and political empowerment talks serve to catalyze ethnic minorities toward more active participation in broader concerns but the sooner the rest of society gets "re-educated" out of its Eurocentric biases, the closer we can set the stage for a better world for all. CORAZON RIEL-ALEJANDRO Los Angeles
NEWS
September 7, 2006
Quote from Cindy Chang's "Just Consider Her the Girl Next Door," Aug. 17: " 'Do you speak Mandarin or Cantonese?' 'I just went to Japan and I loved it!' These men are lucky to escape with a cold shoulder and not a gin and tonic in their faces." It seems to me that her dating arena has only non-Asian men in it, because it is improbable that Asian men would ask such stupid questions. If she had bothered to date Asian guys, do you think that she would face these offensive questions? But, of course, Asian guys are beneath her. She is just another Joy Luck Club feminist: fighting hard to remove the unhealthy factors in Asian female/white male relationships and ignoring the existence of Asian men. The Joy Luck Club feminist movement has nothing to do with Asian American unity/empowerment and everything to do with personal empowerment at the expense of Asian men. ALEX YEE Monterey Park
SPORTS
November 15, 2003
Thanks for your excellent piece on Shirley Muldowney [Nov. 6]. I first became aware of her through the movie, "Heart Like a Wheel." That follows her rise from upstate New York housewife to NHRA champion. Long before feminism was fashionable, long before the concept of female empowerment got mixed up with being a boy toy, this working-class woman discovered her creativity, courage and power by driving the quarter-mile faster than anyone else. She is a true American hero. Maria Fredriksson Los Feliz
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Ever since "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," tales of the supernatural have provided a bridge between demographics, offering a way to showcase female empowerment while still keeping the guys interested. So it was only a matter of time before Lifetime got in the game. Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz's bestselling novel and starring such heavy hitters as Emmy-winning Julia Ormond and Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen, "Witches of East End," premiering Sunday, moves the network one step further away from its sob-sister niche roots and closer to the mainstream.
HEALTH
August 3, 2013 | Rene Lynch
There's a good reason why half-marathons have become the most popular distance in America and why more women are showing up on the starting lines. Actually, it's a "half" good reason: "The half-marathon is a whole lot less wear and tear and a whole lot less time," says Jeff Galloway, a 1972 Olympian and pioneer of the so-called run/walk training program that has helped more than 200,000 people finish marathons and half-marathons. A record number of women -- just more than 1.1 million making up 60% of the finishers -- completed half-marathons in 2012, according to Running USA. Galloway says the half-marathon, 13.1 miles, is especially attractive to women because training doesn't require fancy equipment and is focused on results.
TRAVEL
May 19, 2013 | By Jen Leo
There's an adventuress in every woman just waiting to come out. Name: GlobalAdventuress.com What it does: Inspires women to travel with firsthand cultural experiences from other women. What's hot: The website speaks to many destinations and cultures, such as a five-day trip in Bhutan visiting the Dzong fortresses or drinking fruity rakia in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The approach is simple and therefore approachable for a wide variety of women looking for travel inspiration and empowerment.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2013 | By Taffy Brodesser-Akner
On Valentine's Day, a young woman wearing a button-down shirt, bicycle shorts and a Soviet-era Budenovka hat, along with an adhesive mustache, stood on the stage of the Bootleg Theater. Her name was Russky Business. Her father's Fabergé egg had been stolen, so she was doing arm-wrestling bouts to make money for the repurchase of the egg, always hoping that the right people would see her skills and she would earn that arm-wrestling scholarship to the prestigious Moscow State University.
OPINION
March 12, 2013 | By Nelson Lichtenstein
If it is done right, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) may well promise uninsured Americans a lot more than cheap, reliable medical care. It can also open the door to the democratic empowerment of millions of poor people, who are often alienated from much of the nation's civic life, by strengthening the organizations that give them a voice. This year more than 30 million uninsured Americans are to begin signing up for Obamacare, but the vast majority of those eligible for either the expanded Medicaid program, or for subsidized private health insurance through state health exchanges, have no idea how to enroll.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Hiram Johnson, the revered reformer and father of the California "citizens" initiative, must be either crying or laughing. Maybe both. It was 101 years ago that Gov. Johnson, a former San Francisco graft prosecutor, teamed with other do-gooder Progressives to create California's system of direct democracy: the initiative, referendum and recall. That allowed citizens to bypass the special interest-controlled state Capitol and exercise power themselves at the ballot box. Over the last century, 354 initiatives have qualified for the ballot through signature collecting, and 120 have been passed by voters.
TRAVEL
May 19, 2013 | By Jen Leo
There's an adventuress in every woman just waiting to come out. Name: GlobalAdventuress.com What it does: Inspires women to travel with firsthand cultural experiences from other women. What's hot: The website speaks to many destinations and cultures, such as a five-day trip in Bhutan visiting the Dzong fortresses or drinking fruity rakia in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The approach is simple and therefore approachable for a wide variety of women looking for travel inspiration and empowerment.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 1995
I've just read that the upcoming movie "White Man's Burden" will depict a hypothetical world where whites are second-class citizens in a black-dominated America ("Turnabout of Foul Play," by Chris Willman, March 19). The film's makers hope that it will help white audiences empathize with what African Americans experience on a day-to-day basis. I hope the filmmakers are right and "White Man's Burden" will lead to more interracial understanding, but given the current backlash against minority empowerment, I'm not optimistic.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2012 | By Shan Li
This post has been corrected, see below. Mattel Inc. is teaming with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to promote its Monster High dolls line with a message of girl empowerment. Starting July 13, the El Segundo toy giant will place signs in toy aisles of Wal-Mart stores nationwide urging girls to go online to read and watch videos and other material related to self-esteem. Such a campaign is a natural fit with a franchise centered on dolls fashioned as the teenage offspring of famous monsters such as Dracula and Frankenstein, said Lori Pantel, Mattel's vice president of global girls marketing.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2012 | By John Clark, Special to the Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Director-choreographer Susan Stroman is standing with arms folded, watching a group of dancers run through a number. They have the great athleticism and some serious lung power, all of which is way too big for the rehearsal room. But it won't feel that way once they're onstage. "Make it a small step," Stroman says. "Make it nice and easy. Don't make a big deal out of it. " Facing a mirror, she demonstrates the Charleston. She doesn't make a big deal out of it, even though most 57-year-olds can't move that way. In fact, as she stops the dancers to tweak a position or deliver direction, she doesn't make a big deal out of anything.
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