Gender and Politics in the media

US: Stunning sexism in work visas. 55% of Female Voters Are Feminists. Obama’s new ambassador-at-large for women’s issues.

Stunning imbalance shown in gender equality in visas Arizona Daily Star As Congress negotiates its biggest immigration overhaul in decades, new numbers obtained by the Contra Costa Times reveal a stunning imbalance in the program that admits highly skilled immigrants to the United States, often for Silicon Valley jobs. More than 70 percent of those special visa holders who entered the country in 2011 were men.

The long-overlooked disparity is beginning to attract attention on Capitol Hill, where activists demanded Monday that the federal government take a closer look at whether U.S. visa policy discriminates against women.

The numbers are especially striking because women now outnumber men in America’s professional workforce, although they continue to lag in the engineering professions that make up a large number of the H-1B program for temporary immigrants.

Women’s issues take immigration reform spotlight Houston Chronicle (blog) Women immigrants find themselves subject to abuse and lack of rights with little recourse, according to testimony from experts and activists who are urging national lawmakers to prioritize women in any comprehensive reform plan. The director for …

Obama picks new ambassador-at-large for women’s issues  Politico (blog) President Obama announced Monday that he has chosen Cathy Russell to lead the State Department’s Office on Global Women’s Issues. Russell, currently the chief of staff to second lady Jill Biden, will succeed Melanne Verveer, who has been the …

Obama Nominates New Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues KMBZ Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has announced that Dr. Jill Biden’s chief of staff, Cathy Russell, will be his nominee for the ambassador at large for global women’s issues. Russell is a longtime Biden staffer and the wife of …

Lisa Miller: It’s not good for feminism if women … current.com Lisa Miller, contributing editor for New York Magazine, joins John Fugelsang on “Viewpoint” to discuss her recent article, “The Retro Wife.” Miller also weighs in on three high-profile women who have sparked controversy surrounding the role of women in modern society: Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of “Lean In,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the controversial article “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” in The Atlantic.

New Study Finds More Than Half Of Female Voters Are Feminists

New Study Finds More Than Half Of Female Voters Are Feminists
PolicyMic According to a poll commissioned by Ms. Magazine, the Communications Consortium Media Center, and the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), there’s a palpable resurgence of feminism amongst female voters in the United States. The number of women who identify as feminists has increased by a full nine points since the last survey was conducted in 2008. As it stands, 55% of female voters call themselves feminist, and the number is even greater amongst young women.  According to Ms. Magazine:

“Speaking of younger women [under the age of 30], a solid majority of them (58 percent) identify as feminists — as did 54 percent of older women, nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of Democratic women and a respectable 38 percent of Republican women. The feminist factor cuts across race and ethnic lines, with a majority of Latina, African American and white women voters considering themselves feminists.”

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