Category: Women

A Black Woman-Owned Company is Solving Flint’s Water Crisis

Replacing over 18,000 water lines to ensure clean drinking water for Flint’s nearly 100,000 residents is no small task. However, Rhonda Grayer and her company, W.T. Stevens Construction, are taking on the challenge. Grayer inspires women and minorities as she takes on Flint’s 90 million dollar project This project is a big win for Grayer and her company, not just because of the importance and impact of the project, but also because it brings national attention to a family-owned business with a black woman serving as vice president. While women are increasingly becoming business owners – they owned 30 percent of all U.S. businesses in...

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How Menstrual Education Can Keep A Girl In School

For many girls in developing countries, getting your period can mean dropping out of school. Offering menstrual education is one way to combat this. WomenStrong International, coinciding with Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) on May 28th, has begun a campaign to bring menstrual education to girls in Ghana, Kenya, Haiti, and India, aiding them in their ability to stay in school and get the education they deserve. WomenStrong has already seen the positive results of adolescent girls offered a reproductive education, including  menstruation, through the GirlsClubs it has established in some impoverished communities. “We call on schools, local governments, multilateral institutions, policymakers,...

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UN Reveals Sexual Violence Increasingly Used As Torture

At a recent U.N. Security Council meeting, officials stated that sexual violence has been increasingly used as a war tactic and urged that it be addressed as a peace and security issue. This form of torture is used by extremist groups in places like Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and Mali to advance their military, economic and ideological ends. According to a recent report, “approximately one in five refugees or displaced women… experienced sexual violence.” Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed brought this pervasive issue forward in a 33-page annual report detailing numerous cases of sexual violence used as terrorist tactics across 19 countries. The Secretary-General told...

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World’s First AI-based Adviser for Female Entrepreneurs

Dell EMC has partnered with Circular Board to create the world’s first AI-based adviser for female entrepreneurs. Alice is on a mission to connect women with the resources needed to scale their startup based on stage, location, industry, revenue, and individual needs. Driven by data analytics, the platform offers a conversational user interface focused on areas such as financing, strategy, marketing, technology, and others. Alice is designed to get smarter the more she is used, using machine learning to predict founders’ needs and offer targeted content independently. In 2016, Circular Board approached Dell with the idea to create a...

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1 in 5 Homeless Youths in America is a Victim of Human Trafficking

In a disturbing study published last week, researchers found that one-fifth of homeless youth in the United States and Canada are victims of human trafficking.  Initiated by Covenant House International, the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania and the Modern Slavery Research Project at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, this is the most comprehensive investigation to date on the occurrence of human trafficking among homeless youth. Between February 2014 and March 2017, 911 homeless youth aged 17-25 were interviewed across 13 major cities in Alaska, Georgia, Michigan, Florida, California, Louisiana, Missouri, Ontario, British Columbia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Washington,...

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This Group Trains Women to Run for Office and Fight Climate Change

If you’re unhappy about the current political climate, it might be time to consider running for office. One advocacy group is encouraging women to do just that – to take politics and decision-making into their own hands. Run to Win empowers women to participate in politics Led by EMILY’S List, Run to Win trains women how to run for office — and most importantly, how to win. “We are not just a training program,” Director of Strategic Communications at EMILY’s List, Vanessa Cardenas, told Lady Freethinker, “in addition to the nuts and bolts on how to run a campaign,...

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Survey: Nearly 80% of Americans Say Women STILL Need to Work Harder than Men to Prove Themselves

Last week Lady Freethinker published an article about the 20 Worst-Paying Jobs for Women in the U.S. and on Friday, March 31, The Harris Poll, a market research firm, released results from a recent study about how well Americans believe women are faring in today’s workplace. Just over 2,000 U.S. adults 18+ were surveyed online between March 3-7, 2017, coincidentally the first week of National Women’s History Month. While a large percentage agreed the country has come a long way towards reaching gender equality, 79% stated female leaders have to work harder than their male counterparts to prove themselves....

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#20PercentCounts Campaign Launched for Equal Pay Day, Targeting Gender Pay Gap

This year, April 4 is Equal Pay Day, which is the day that marks how far into 2017 women needed to work to earn what men were paid in 2016. To highlight the day, LeanIn.Org has launched the #20PercentCounts campaign, bringing together over 80 businesses to bring greater awareness to the gender pay gap. In the United States, a woman is paid an average of 20 percent less than her male counterpart. For women of color, the gap is even larger (for example, Hispanic women are estimated to be paid 46 percent less). Several large companies have teamed up with LeanIn.Org to offer...

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