March 2, 2008 |
Women have secured more places in parliaments and governments worldwide in the last three years, a new study showed Friday, but officials said progress was slow and only quota systems would speed it up. Nearly 18% of the world's lawmakers are women and 16.1% of ministerial posts are held by women, according to a "World Map of Women in Politics 2008," released at the United Nations. Both figures are 2 percentage points higher than a 2005 study. "Women continue to gain ground in politics," Anders Johnsson, secretary general of the Geneva-based Inter-parliamentary Union, told a news conference.
June 28, 2007 |
They have endured religious police, political repression and international isolation. But a quota imposed Wednesday on the purchase of subsidized gasoline sent Iranians to the streets, where they set fire to at least 12 gas stations, damaged government-owned banks and department stores and shouted slogans against the president, according to Iranian news agencies and witnesses.
September 2, 2005 |
The Bush administration reimposed limits on Chinese-made synthetic fabric, brassieres and other undergarments Thursday after U.S. and Chinese negotiators in Beijing failed to agree on how to rein in apparel and textile exports to the United States . The two countries had hoped to resolve the textile dispute in time for Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington next week. The steep rise in textile imports has been a major contributor to the soaring U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2000
Re "Asian Group Backs Gore for President," Aug. 28: I am very insulted by the 80-20 Initiative's explicitly stated goal of delivering 80% of Asian Americans' votes and financial contributions to the Democrats. This is another example of special-interest groups claiming to represent a segment of the population and thus reinforcing the stereotypes of that population. It is also a tool for the perpetuation of a selfish agenda that doesn't serve the best interests of the whole American citizenry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1998 |
Our literary heritage has been greatly enriched by the recovery and rediscovery in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s of previously marginalized voices from the past, and by the productivity of an increasingly diverse range of writers in the present. Many of these books and writers are earning a place for themselves on the high school literature syllabus. That's a development I applaud. But the proposed quota for nonwhite writers in San Francisco schools would be a step backward.
October 20, 1996 |
Three arguments are being offered against Proposition 209, the California Civil Rights Initiative. All are misleading. The first is that the advantage now being given to some people based on their race, sex, color or ethnicity does not amount to a quota, which is already (largely) illegal. It is merely one factor, not a decisive one. The only systematic data bearing on this issue comes from college and graduate-school admissions.