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Women candidates and the two parties

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 10/25/14

On 9/8/14 the Daily Local News published a letter from me under the title “More women would be good for state and country.”

Though I don’t doubt that that title is literally true, what I really said is that “a record number of women and supporters of women’s rights elected to office in Harrisburg and Washington this year would be good for Pennsylvania and the country.”

As it happens, it would be good for Democrats too, as they have more women running. I’m going to say more here.

On August 26, Women’s Equality Day, people across the country celebrated the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote.

As president Obama’s August 25 proclamation began by saying:

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was certified, securing for women the fundamental right to vote. The product of decades spent organizing, protesting, and agitating, it was a turning point on the long march toward equality for all, and it inspired generations of courageous women who took up this unfinished struggle in their own time. On the anniversary of this civil rights milestone, we honor the character and perseverance of America’s women and all those who work to make the same rights and opportunities possible for our daughters and sons….

As the president goes on to say, women deserve equal rights, treatment, pay, and opportunities. Shouldn’t that be obvious to every one of us?…

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Can You Guess the 10 Best Countries For Women? Hint: the U.S. Isn’t One of Them

by Julie Gammow, AlterNet, 10/25/13

United States ranked 23rd in newly released Gender Gap Report – a step worse than last year!

The World Economic Forum released its annual Global Gender Gap Reportfor 2013 measuring gender disparity between men and women around the world…and disappointingly the United States didn’t even make it in the top 20!

The report, which ranks 136 countries, determines its findings across four primary areas including economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political empowerment and health and survival, ranking the United States 23 rd on the list for 2013, HuffPost reported.

Each country out of the 136 is assigned a score between 1 representing total gender equality and 0 depicting inequality, the total score representing the percentage of the gap that has been closed between women and men. This year, the United States received a score of 0.7392, which is actually worse than the score it received the year before when it was ranked 22 nd.

According to the report, despite having a near-perfect gender gap in terms of education, we have a serious gender disparity when it comes to politics, with women constituting only 18.3 per cent of the 113 th Congress.

So which countries ranked above the United States? …

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Whither the Workforce?

by DocJess, Democratic Convention Watch, 4/8/13

The workforce participation rate has fallen to 63.3%. It hasn’t been this low since the late 1970’s. Let’s look at some numbers. Below is a chart of the labor participation rate from 2003 to the present. (All data from BLS.)

Labor participation rate 2000

…Here’s the really scary part, which comprises the labor participation rate since 1948, when the BLS started keeping statistics.

Labor participation rate all

The rise over time is understandable. The 60’s, 70’s and 80’s saw a lot of women entering the workforce who would not have worked in prior times. In the 60’s and 70’s, this was primarily women who wanted to work, especially at vocations that weren’t traditionally “pink collar”. By the 80’s, as wages stagnated and manufacturing moved overseas, there became a need for two incomes to support a family. And then came the drop.

It’s not just the 2007-09 crash, it’s something more insidious. The labor participation rate peaked for the first four months of 2000 at 67.3%, and has been falling ever since. There are several explanations for some of the decrease, but not enough to explain all of it….

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Obama needs some binders of women

By Ruth Marcus, The Washington Post,  January 9 2013.

About all those white guys: What a shame.

Not an outrage, but a shame. The face of power that President Obama has chosen to present to the country and the world with his second-term Cabinet picks is striking — except for the African American president at the top of the pyramid — for its retro look, white and male. It’s “Mad Men” Goes to Washington, except Peggy’s leaving.

On the foreign policy team, white guy for secretary of state, white guy for defense secretary, white guy for CIA. For Treasury secretary, white guy. Obama’s replacement as chief of staff — as yet unnamed, but the rumor mill names no one but . . . white guys.

To be clear: I’ve got nothing against white guys. Some of my best husbands are white guys. White guys get to be secretary of state, too, and John Kerry will be the first in 16 years. But to look at the most important jobs in the government, in 2013, and see such lack of diversity is just so drearily disappointing….

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