Wednesday, March 08, 2017

International Woman's Day, it is time for

March 8, 2017
by Tierney McAfee

The former first lady (click here) marked International Women’s Day with a surprise visit to 12 female students at a combined middle and high school in Washington, D.C.

Obama had a roundtable talk with the girls at Cardozo Education Campus, several of whom are from the school’s international program for recent immigrants, including some girls from Africa and Latin America.

She announced the visit on Snapchat Wednesday morning, saying: “We’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a group of amazing young women. We’re going to talk about education — the importance of it in their lives and in mine.”

Another snap showed the moment Obama walked into a classroom and surprised the stunned young women, who responded with a chorus of “Oh my Gods!”

“Did you know?” the former first lady said with a smile. “You didn’t know.”

“This school is amazing,” she added as she greeted the girls.

We really do need for a woman to break that last, hardest ceiling.

March 8, 2017
By Peter Walker

Wall Street firm (click here) has fitted a statue of a girl in Lower Manhattan to stare down the well-known bronze charging bull on International Women’s Day.

State Street Global Advisors placed the primary school-aged child squarely in the path of the rampaging beast in a plea to fellow companies for more gender diversity.

More than 85 per cent of financial advisors on Wall Street are said to be men, and State Street says 25 per cent of Russell 3,000 Index companies have no women on their boards.

However, a Morgan Stanley report found that since 2011, more diverse companies outperform less gender-diverse counterparts by an average of 1.5 per cent....

From Mozilla:

March 8, 2017
By Michaela Smiley

On International Women’s Day each year, (click here) we celebrate women in our own lives who we respect and admire, and we remember with gratitude women of history who have championed gender equality. We’re also reminded that there is so much more work to be done. Closing the wage gender gap will take 177 years if we don’t pick up the pace; only 14.6% of CEOs are women; women’s leadership in government is strikingly low; and education access and enrollment continues to lag for girls around the world.

Every gender disparity demands laser focus. And, the internet is a building block on which many solutions can be built. Therefore, digital inclusion — the idea that the Internet is accessible, welcoming and safe for all — is essential so that all people, women included, can both contribute to and also reap the benefits of the open Web....

March 8, 2017
By Kaitlan Collins

Melania Trump (click here) hosted a luncheon in the State Dining Room at the White House Wednesday in honor of International Women’s Day.

The first lady received a standing ovation from the 50 or so guests when she entered the room, according to the pool report. Vice President Mike Pence’s wife Karen Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Sen. Susan Collins, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and Ivanka Trump were all in attendance....