Gender equality, women’s rights and women in academia (thx ‏@DrVCardo)

US

Mikulski plan for women’s pay gets new push Baltimore Sun (with video clip) WASHINGTON —— A proposal to expand equal-pay protections for women, long championed by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, was thrust into the national political spotlight Wednesday in a Democratic effort to court female voters — a crucial demographic in this year’s election.

Dems push ‘paycheck fairness’ bill Politico Get ready for a new front in what Democrats call the GOP’s “war on women.” Five female Democratic senators pressed for legislation Wednesday aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women.

Promote Gender Equality, Sheryl Sandberg Urges HBS Grads Harvard Magazine Sandberg devoted much of her speaking time to urging her listeners to do whatever they can to move the business world toward gender equality.

Opinion KNIGHT: ACLU declares new war on single-sex education Washington Times Boys and girls have the same needs, desires and temperaments, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Intersectionality

Media coverage of reproductive rights lacks the voices of women of color The Grio Conservative attacks on reproductive rights repeatedly make headlines. But women of color and low-income women who disproportionately depend on the services of Planned Parenthood and face challenges accessing reproductive care have not figured prominently in mainstream news coverage of the reproductive rights debate.

Australia

Gender pay gap widens despite big effort Herald Sun THE gap between Australian men and women’s pay has increased over the past two decades. A new Federal Government report has found the pay gap increased by 1.5 per cent over the past 18 years, despite efforts by governments, unions and private sector…

Asia

Turkey needs to ensure gender equality: EU Hurriyet Daily News (press release) EU candidate Turkey needs to attain gender equality before it can enter the 27-nation bloc, according to a recent report from a Dutch European Parliament member of Turkish origin.

Will Women Ever Gain Ground in Russian Politics? Care2.com (blog) The Moscow Times notes that the number of female ministers dropped from three to two in Putin’s new government Cabinet this week, serving as a reminder that women are often shunned frompolitical activity.

Barriers in India for women’s role in the work force Globe and Mail India’s female work force participation rate is one of the lowest in the world – just 13 per cent of women do waged work, according to the World Bank.

WDD to formulate women empowerment policy: official Pakistan Daily Times KARACHI: Sindh Women Development Department is in process of a comprehensive policy formulation for women empowerment, with major focus on mainstreaming gender issues in the law and their subsequent implementation mechanisms, said Musarrat Jabeen, a senior official of the department.

Needed: Alliance to protect rights of widows and single women The News International Women’s rights activists and gender experts of South Asian countries stressed on the need for forming a regional alliance to protect rights of widows and single women.

Africa 

INEC Urges Women To Participate More In Politics Osun Defender The Director in charge of Gender for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs. Margret Ikwunja-Ejeh, has launched aggressive sensitization campaign to attract more women into mainstream politics.

Women in Academia

@DrVCardo Women as speakers at conferences: reaching gender equality in academia (well, almost)

UK 

@DrVCardo UK government’s human rights record on gender up for review http://shar.es/qqtU3 via @sharethis

@fawcettsociety Fawcett’s Anna Bird on @daily_politics today, considering lack of women in public life e.g men outnumber women 4 to 1 in parliament.Tune in!

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The UK Political Studies Association Women and Politics Specialist Group. Resource for researchers working on women and/or gender and for women in the PSA. The 2014 Specialist Group of the Year.
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