Category: Women

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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Nevada Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment 35 Years Later

On March 22, just 35 years after Congress enacted the deadline, both Houses of the Nevada Legislature voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the last hurdle before state Senate approval—a decision long overdue for Nevadans. The state’s Assembly voted 28-14. “It was overwhelming, but we did it. It shows that it’s never too late to support equality,” said Sen. Pat Spearman, a Las Vegas Democrat who tried to push the measure through the legislature two years prior. The state’s Senators approved the ERA earlier this month, a successful victory that assures “equality of rights under the law shall...

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These are the 20 Worst-Paying Jobs for Women in the U.S.

The role of women in America’s workplace has changed drastically over the last several decades.  In the late 60’s, women made up about one-third of the country’s workforce, compared to present day where women make up nearly half. Yet on the heels of the 100-year-anniversary of the women’s right to vote, females in this country still do not receive equal pay as men. The current political climate has once again pushed the gender wage gap issue into the spotlight. Recently 24/7 Wall St. conducted a review and identified the top 20 worst paying jobs for women, garnering information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics about...

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