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US: The Gender Battlefield 2013: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. India: Seeing Issues Through a Woman’s Eyes.

The Gender Battlefield in 2013: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly RealClearPolitics 2013 was something of an anniversary year for the modern women’s movement, marking fifty years since Betty Friedan’s best-seller “The Feminine Mystique”—which, while hardly without flaws, offered a bracingly positive vision of embracing female achievement and strength without demonizing men or sacrificing family.  Some of this year’s events reflect the remarkable progress women have made in those decades.  Women claimed leadership at General Motors and Lloyd’s of London, the world’s top insurance market; Angela Merkel was reelected to a third term as German chancellor while widely recognized as Europe’s leader.  The Pew Research Center reported that women made up 40 percent of America’s breadwinners in families with children—and nearly 40 percent of those were married mothers with median household incomes of about $80,000 a year.

Top 6 Reasons Women Should Be Thankful Conservative Media … Media Matters for America (blog) 2013 was an epic year of right-wing media misinforming the public on the health care debate, particularly on women’s health issues. Ignoring women’s health experts, conservative media spent this year stoking fears about everything from birth control to maternity care, ignoring science, distorting state and federal regulations, and demonizing women’s health care options in the process. These are the top six scare tactics from 2013.

GOP, Dems try to repackage arguments for 2014 WREX-TV Democrats say they’ll run as the party of average Americans and paint Republicans as out-of-touch allies of the wealthy, with a stubborn streak that forced a partial government shutdown and still prevents practical solutions for national problems. They’re advocating populist positions like a minimum wage increase and an end to tax breaks for energy companies, and they’re already reminding voters of Republicans’ struggle to connect with women, non-whites and younger Americans. They’re also looking to exploit the rift between tea party conservatives and establishment Republicans.

The Five Most Important Issues, Events, and Causes for Women in …Glamour (blog) I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that 2013 is over—that went by fast!—but with tonight being New Year’s Eve, it’s time to look ahead at 2014. What issues should we be watching out for? What exciting things are already in the works? And what important events should we already have on our calendars? Before you open that bottle of champagne, here’s my list of who and what will matter mostfor women in the year to come.

Conference in Madinah focuses on women rights Arab News Taibah University President Adnan Mazrou in a conference organized as part of the celebration of Madinah being declared as the cultural capital of Islam for the year 2013, said that women’s rights in Islam are bestowed on mankind by Allah the Almighty.

“Islam guarantees women their rights and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah implements those rights endowing women with pride and honor,” Mazrou said while addressing the opening of the two-day conference on Tuesday.

In her speech Iman Azzam, vice-president of the College of Law, said that society needed to be reminded of the rights Islam has granted to women while outlining the goals and major topics to be discussed in the conference.

Indian banks lead the world on gender equality Money Supply (Subscription) In some ways, 2013 was a grim year for women in India as a spate of gang rapes and sexualassaults tarnished the country’s reputation. But in one …

Seeing Issues Through a Woman’s Eyes The New Indian Express Women want respect, not just rights. This is a feeling that resonates among all women. And if this is taken care, half the problems we face today will be solved, said dancer Padma Subrahmanyam, at the website launch of the Swami Vivekananda 150 Womens Initiative (SV150WI).

The website, as part of Swami Vivekanandas 150th Birth Anniversery was launched with the aim to carry forward and make Indian women aware of their capabilities and duties towards the country.


While parties are likely to renominate women after previous electoral success, many feel adequate representation for women in government is still a long way off. Photo: S. Subramanium

Women leave the door open for other women The Hindu A woman winning a close election against a man results in an increase in the ratio of female candidates fielded by major parties in the next election, according to a study

A body of new data, including original analysis by The Hindu, is showing for the first time that women politicians are slowly but surely opening the door for other women politicians.

The Hindu’s analysis of data from the 2013 Assembly elections has shown that women are significantly more likely to contest and win from a constituency previously held by women. Women were twice as likely to contest election in a constituency held by a woman than one held by a man in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,The Hindu’s analysis of 2008 and 2013 election results found. In Delhi, meanwhile, women were three times more likely to contest in a constituency held by a woman than that held by a man. (Mizoram had no women MLAs in its outgoing Assembly and so could not be considered for this analysis.)

Women – the Sky As the Real Limit …This said, political representation for women is also an important issue and the increase in the number of those holding decision-making positions cannot go unnoticed or unappreciated. Cameroon has not been known to be in the upper rungs of African countries promoting women’s political emancipation. 2013 brought along good news; The level of representation at the National Assembly rose from 25 in the outgoing House to what can be called in the current situation, to a whopping 56 in the current House . Although at 31.12 percent, it is still far from the target of one-third of the House as desired by the public authorities, it is a considerable leap from the awkward representation of the previous legislative period.

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