Hello there! I’ve added a new section titled “Inspiring Women”. In this section I am just going to be posting about successful women whom I feel are truly awesome, courageous and inspire me, (disclosure; many singer/songwriters will fill this list. I LOVE music).
So I just uploaded my first “Inspiring Women” post! Check it out here!
I’ll give you a hint… it may have something to do with a modern day cowgirl trio.
I don’t have very much time at the moment, but I just wanted to call attention to an incident that happened to an Egyptian woman a few days ago.
For those who don’t know, one woman was brutally beaten by what appears to be military forces (CNN says security forces), stripped of her clothing exposing her blue bra, beaten some more, while appearing to be unconscious and then carelessly dragged away.
You can see the video here.
And on Tuesday, thousands of women came out to march against abuse by soldiers, according to an article from msnbc.com. And if you want to read more about it I would definitely suggest the NYTimes article here.
Anyway, I’m not going to waste your time and preach that this is so great, (even though I do feel that way) I don’t think that’s going to have much of an impact -so instead I decided to link to images and footage of the protests that happened on Dec 20.
I challenge you to take a minute and SEE what is going on over there. So I piled up some sources that I felt had good photos and videos of the protest.
Photos ->This one is mildly graphic if you scroll to the bottom, and doesn’t have too many photos but it looks like the ones he has were from the Dec. 20 protest. http://www.flickr.com/photos/47245230@N03/
Video ->Al Jazeera ->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y814TGKdQE
Footage from the AP -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Cnt06dwiVc
The Daily News Egypt ->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyWigJwqTds&feature=related
This story is yet another reminder about how different life is for women around the world, take a second, and look beyond your own backyard.
Once again veering off from my “women-are-amazing” theme, we had yet another video assignment -to put together a video sequence and I decided to do it on the Occupy Movement at our school.
I think that the Occupy Movement is incredibly important I decided I would give all of you a taste of what Occupy SFSU is shaping up to be. This was filmed on 12/12/11 -The same day of the “West Coast Strike” where protesters were going to shut down ports in San Diego, LA, Oakland, Portland, Tacoma & Seattle.
What do you think about it? Both criticisms and approvals are welcomed.
Jessica thought: Can I just say that I love that the kitty has it’s own little tent? And I don’t even like cats.
Using Google Charts, I put in data from the American Census Bureau to better see the disturbing trend of median average earnings between males & females in different job industries.
Unfortunately I could not get the chart to label every single job industry listed -it decided to label every other one, however men had higher a higher number in every single category.
One issue I did have with this data though is that it is giving the median earning amount, and I think the average earning would be more accurate. I tried looking for an average salary, but this data set was a pretty good comparison despite the fact it uses the median amount.
See the data table here.
“Unlocking the potential of women by narrowing the gender gap could lead to a 14 percent rise in per capita incomes by the year 2020 in several APEC economies, including China, Russia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Korea.”
-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton spoke about increasing women’s participation in the economy at the Asia-Pacific Economics Cooperation Women & the Economy summit last week here in San Francisco.
Although I did not attend this meeting in person I did review the entire speech *Ms. Clinton gave, at the Westin St. Francis on Sept. 16, (the speech is provided by the U.S. Department of State Web site).
Overall I thought her speech was composed very well, as she was clear, direct and succinct when presenting her ideas and research.
I decided to outline some, (of what I thought), were major points and quotes in her speech.
All quotes are taken from her speech, in written form on this Web site from the U.S. Department of State; Remarks at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Women and the Economic Summit .
After the opening and introduction she informs the audience that, for the first time in its history, APEC will adopt a declaration that will ultimately:
-improve women’s access to capital & markets
-build women’s capacity and skills
-support the rise of women leaders in both the public and private sector
What do you think?
“In fact, the APEC Summit, which brings you all here is a celebration of that important occasion and a recognition that history is made right here in San Francisco. Because San Francisco is an appropriate venue for this economic discussion. Because this is a community that is renowned for its spirit of inclusion and opportunity for all.”
She reminds the audience, and other potential observers (reporters and writers) that although it may seem that the purpose is “chiefly to advance the rights of women…” the goal is broader, and “extends beyond women to all humankind.”
“The big challenge we face in these early years of 21st century is how to grow our economies and ensure shared prosperity for all nations and all people.”
She goes on to say (and I’m paraphrasing) that we cannot afford to keep women out of the work force and that the nation will become richer when we can all contribute to the economy.
“…by increasing women’s participation in the economy…we can bring about a dramatic impact on the competitiveness and growth of our economies.”
She said that in order to increase women’s participation in the economy “we must remove structural and social impediments that stack the deck against them.”
She also comes at it from the other side and does acknowledge that women already have been and continue to make big strides “and contributions” to the economy.
She directly asks and answers the question “Why do we need to issue a declaration from this summit?”
Answer: “Well, because evidence of progress is not evidence of success, and to be sure, the rate of progress for women in the economies of our region varies widely.”
She says millions of women are still “sidelined” in the U.S. and other APEC countries’ economies.
A few Statistics from her speech:
-Only 11 or less then 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
-Cites a Goldman Sachs report – “a reduction in barriers to female labor force participation would increase America’s GDP by 9 percent.”
-According to the Food & Agriculture Organization, closing the gap between men and women in developing economies 150 million more people could be fed worldwide.
In closing she restates the goals in the declaration, and acknowledges it will be difficult.
I didn’t want to break up her ideas in this last paragraph, it sounded perfect the way it was so I decided to leave it all together word for word.
“Legal changes require political will. Cultural and behavioral changes require social will. All of this requires leadership by governments, civil society, and by the private sector. And even when countries pursue aggressive structural reforms to get more women into their economy and enhance their productivity, they don’t always produce the results that we would like to see. So we have to stay with this. Persistence is part of our long-term plan.”
There is a little bit more to her speech after this, and I did leave out quite a bit, so I encourage anyone who is interested to just read it, or watch the video of her speech –it’s all on the same page. I think she makes some amazing points. I know there are more quotes than paraphrasing, but I did that because I didn’t think I could say it any better.
My questions to you:
Did anyone attend this conference? If so, what other speakers caught your attention? What other amazing women did I miss?
Any other comments? Let’s get the conversation started!
*Note I moved this from my other blog -it was written back in September.
*Jessica thought: Wish I was there!! I’m thinking Mrs. Clinton had some pretty astounding points.
Looking for good spots to eat in San Francisco? …See what students have to say in this quick video.
*Jessica thought: Um, I LOVE Brenda’s French Soul Food, I think it’s on Polk? (it’s 1:30 a.m. I’m too lazy to look up the address…later).
Jessica thought: hmm…I wonder if she’d give me some cooking lessons. It’s a sad fact that I fail@cooking, it’s a wonder I haven’t gained 20 pounds in college.