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December 13, 2012 |
Girls at the Environmental Charter Middle School in Inglewood looked puzzled when Fahmia Al-Fotih described her former days as a teacher in Yemen. The students weren't curious so much about the visitor's hijab or the fact that she had taught more than 70 pupils in a small room. They were surprised that Al-Fotih still used chalkboards and that her female students don't have much of a voice in school. Al-Fotih and 19 others from a variety of countries were at the school recently to talk to the girls about topics that concern women around the world.
November 29, 2012 |
America is the Wild West of electronic dance music today, and the Swedish house duo Rebecca & Fiona are fascinated by its native fauna. “Coming to America from Sweden, it was so unusual to see that there's an 'EDM crowd' here with the face paint and the boots,” says Fiona FitzPatrick, on a ledge inside the Venice branch of the coffee shop Intelligentsia. “It's so different from Europe. We love the energy and respect it, but we were so startled by the EDM guys here - they're so beefy!
November 9, 2012 |
After just one episode, Bravo's new reality TV series on Silicon Valley has already gotten a lot of grief for how it portrays women in technology. Executive producer Randi Zuckerberg said she was aiming to get young women excited about becoming entrepreneurship and technology. Some people feel the show has missed that mark . But cast member Kim Taylor, 30, seems -- at least at the outset -- to be acting the part of female role model in tech (and less like the Silicon Valley version of "Real Housewives")
October 19, 2012 |
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez was the poster child for the Yankees' collapse in the American League Championship Series, though in terms of futility, he had tons of company. The team, after all, batted only .157 while being swept by the Tigers. Give A-Rod some credit. His .111 batting average in the playoffs was 55 points higher than that of second baseman Robinson Cano, who batted a nifty .056. But A-Rod, with $100 million left on his contract, became the focus of the fall and only increased the spotlight on himself when word leaked out that he had sent a couple of baseballs into the stands to try to get the phone numbers from two young women.
October 7, 2012 |
I was one of 46 women who, in 1970, sued Newsweek magazine for workplace gender discrimination. We were protesting a system in which all but one of the writers and editors were men and the women clipped newspaper stories, checked facts and did research - lower-paying jobs without much opportunity to move up. In our job interviews, we were told: "Women don't write at Newsweek. If you want to be a writer, go someplace else. " Which is exactly what Nora Ephron, Ellen Goodman, Jane Bryant Quinn and Susan Brownmiller did. They left.
September 28, 2012 |
For the growing fan base of period drama, the BBC's "Call the Midwife," which debuts Sunday on PBS, fits in chronologically and somewhat thematically between "Downton Abbey" and "Mad Men. " Set in London's very pre-revitalized East End during the late 1950s and based on the memoir of Jennifer Worth, it chronicles the adventures of a group of midwives working at the Nonnatus House, a nursing convent named for the early cesarean-surviving patron saint...
September 10, 2012 |
Michael Strahan is off to quite a start on "Live!” after officially becoming Kelly Ripa's permanent cohost on Sept. 4. In Strahan's first four days on the job, "Live!"
September 5, 2012 |
Breastaurants begone: Female diners are carving out their own space in the restaurant industry, with actress Eva Longoria's women-focused steakhouse SHe the latest entry. The “Desperate Housewives” star is closing her restaurant Beso and nightclub Eve in Las Vegas and reopening the space as a haven for the ladies, complete with small plates and a catwalk for fashion shows. Though men will still be welcome, SHe's private dining rooms, indoor and outdoor lounges, DJ booths and more will be designed with femmes in mind.
August 26, 2012 |
Sophia Amoruso doesn't care if you're offended by the name of her company. "If it's a big shock when you hear it," she says, "you're probably not our customer anyway. " She's earned the right to be dismissive. Amoruso, 28, is the founder and chief executive of Nasty Gal, a fast-rising e-commerce site that has managed to keep a low profile despite a cult following of young women who can't get enough of the company's edgy and provocative clothing. Sales rocketed 10,160% from 2008 to 2011, making Nasty Gal the fastest-growing company in Los Angeles and the fastest-growing retail company period, at least according to the Inc. 5000 list released this month.
August 21, 2012 |
I recently had coffee with one of my top doctoral students, a woman in her late 20s. After years of slogging through data sets for her dissertation, she told me she would finish her doctorate in public policy but not pursue a career in academia. Stunned, I asked why. She was about to get married and hoped to start a family, she said, and she'd concluded that she couldn't be the mother she aspired to be and a contestant in the pressure-filled tenure-track race at the same time. Colleagues at other universities tell me similar stories of star female students either abandoning career ambitions or "underplacing" themselves -- turning down prestigious fellowships and accepting jobs at less competitive universities -- so they can focus on raising children and enjoying family life.