Gender and Politics in the media

Science: Female brains 8 percent smaller, but more efficient than male brains. US: Should National Mall include women’s history museum?

Women Working for Working Women Huffington Post Women are 47 percent of the workforce. A full 59 percent of families have two breadwinners. Four in 10 American households with children under age 18 are headed by a mother who is the primary — or only — breadwinner for the family.

With those kind of stats what I’m about to say should be obvious. Women’s issues are American economic issues. Especially when we are talking about women’s actual economic issues. Which exist in droves.

Considering that over 70 percent of mothers with children under 18 are in the workforce, we should start with the issue of making it possible to work and raise a family — at the same time. Granted, there is no perfect solution that will fit every woman and every family. But a good place to start the conversation is making sure women can take time off when their family members are ill. Right now, just 11 percent of American workers have access to paid family leave through their employers.

A statue of suffragettes Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in the U.S. Capitol. (Courtesy of National Women’s History Museum).

Should National Mall include women’s history museum? Washington Post (blog) A House panel on Wednesday plans to consider development of a women’s history museum at the National Mall, a concept that has languished for 17 years due to lack of funding and setbacks in Congress.

The House Administration Committee is scheduled to hear testimony from Joan Bradley Wages, president and CEO of a nonprofit group that has raised money and lobbied for the project since the late 1990s.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) has sponsored legislation that would create a commission to recommend plans for the museum and report on questions related to including costs, potential sites, a governing structure and whether the facility should be part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Stephen Colbert Tells Female Voters to Dig the GOP ‘Sausage Fest’ (Video) From Yahoo TV  Colbert went on to cite reports that Republican leaders are getting coached on how to better relate to female voters.

“And it only makes sense that one of our top two political parties would need lessons on how to talk to the majority of the human race,” Colbert note.

Among the advice Republicans have received is to steer clear of referring to non-consensual sex as “legitimate rape,” such as Akin did at the expense of a possible Senate seat during the last election cycle.

Colbert weighed in with some advice of his own — avoid words like rape, legitimate and panties — and congregate in well-known female hangout spots such as women’s bathrooms. Above all, keep a cool head when approaching a female voter, the Comedy Central host cautioned.

“This is important, if she inflates her neck frill — run,” Colbert advised.

‘Mind’ the gap: Science says men, women wired … Fox News Female brains 8 percent smaller, but more efficient than male brains.

Democrats build the numbers for women in office Commons BRATTLEBORO—Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin says she is tired of being the sole member of an exclusive club.

She remains the only woman to be elected as governor in this state. And although Vermont has the nation’s greatest number of female members in its Legislature — 41 percent — it remains one of four states that has never elected a female U.S. Senator or member of Congress.

Kunin says she’s “a little tired of hearing people brag about New Hampshire,” which has an all-female Congressional delegation (Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster), a female governor (Maggie Hassan, the state’s second), and a female speaker of the house (Terie Norelli).

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