Alida Black writes at New Deal 2.0 about The Unfinished Business of Making the World’s Women Citizens. Part of that, she says, is enforcement of U.N. Resolution 1325, which urged “Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict.” Countries all over the world, including the United States, still have difficulty treating women as equal citizens. The whole thing is worth reading; it’s fairly brief and manages to work in a quote from Albus Dumbledore.
Then, from Linda Hallman comes Strength in our Histories, where she gives brief bios of Mae Jemison, Lilly Ledbetter, Betty Dukes, Connie Chung and María Otero. I’m sorry to say I’d never heard of Otero or Jemison:
Mae Jemison, the first black woman to enter space, was introduced to science at an early age by her uncle. (Evidence that programs like Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day are important today.) A variety of interests, including astronomy, led her to enroll at Stanford University at the age of 16. She graduated with dual degrees in chemical engineering and African American studies and later went on to earn her doctorate in medicine from Cornell University. After adding the Peace Corps to her resume, Jemison was selected by NASA for astronaut training, and participated in her history-making mission in September 1992. Last year Jemison traveled to New York City and worked alongside AAUW and Bayer to shine a light on the challenges women and minorities face when entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
She sounds pretty amazing.
Finally, from the UK’s Guardian comes “Why feminists are less religious.” It makes sense to me people who identify as feminists are less religious than the general population. Individual synagogues, mosques and churches may see women as the equals of men, but speaking very broadly, most mainstream religions allow women to participate in worship services but not lead them. It would be difficult for me personally to feel safe or comfortable in an institution that regarded me as “less than” simply for being a woman.