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Weekly News Wrap Up

Posted by Arielle at 23rd July, 2010

Weekly News Wrap Up — July 23, 2010


FEATURED STORY: “The End of Men”?

Writer Hanna Rosin argues in The Atlantic, that the ‘age of men’ is coming to an end, that it is no longer more desirable to have male children or even to be a man.  It seems, from her analysis, that it is more pragmatic to be a woman in today’s economy and in the future of the global community.  Although there continue to be alarming gaps and favoritism for the male sex, itcan be argued that society is changing, being a woman is a powerful. Rosin’s article is at the very least, incredibly thought provoking.  Read Article Here
In a critique of Rosin’s article, an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times agrees that there is a definite change in the role of women and composition of the American economy and society.  However, the article asks us to not to see this change as the ‘end of men,’ but as the beginning of a time where there is true equality between the sexes.  Read Article Here
Read more on Women & Racism, the Economy, the Military, the Supreme Court & Global Women’s Rights…

“Reverse Racism” ?


  • Recently it has been hard to miss the extensive coverage of the Shirley Sherrod scandal in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Sherrod, a woman who is married to a founding member of SNCC, and whose father was lynched when she was young, has dedicated her life to helping poor, rural farmers. She was recently accused of “reverse racism” (which conservatives claim is racism aimed at Caucasians) and asked to step down when an edited version of a speech she made to the NAACP was cut to imply that a white family was given less help because of their skin color.  In fact, Sherrod’s speech explains her journey to overcome deep rooted resentment and help this white family save their farm.  Read An Article About The Sherrod Scandal

Women in the Economy

  • Harvard Law Professor and advocate for consumers, Elizabeth Warren, (who can been seen on shows such as The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, The Colbert Report) is being considered for the head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but faces an uphill battle against Secretary of Treasury, Timothy Geithner’s apparent dislike for her opinions.  Warren has become a public figure and is a popular favorite for the position, Geithner’s inferred opposition and other recent resistances to change have caused more negative press to surround him.  Read Article and Watch Video Here


Women in the Millitary

  • The New York Times’ Series: Women at Arms, is an in depth analysis from 2009 of the changing role of women in the military, the struggles they face both at home and when deployed. Explore Series Here

The Supreme Court

  • Republican Lindsey Graham’s position on Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court is a refreshing approach to the confirmation process.  He refuses to play party politics on the issue and announces he will vote for Kagan to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Read Article Here
Women’s Rights Around the World:


  • A New York Times article chronicles the amazing journey of Kakuben Lalabhai Parmar, a woman from the Untouchable caste of India, to merchant, ambassador and world traveler with the help of the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).  She now has cast aside the traditional constraints of her class and sex in an inspiring story that displays the success of women’s groups and micro-financing. Read Article Here
  • Hilary Clinton visited Hanoi, Vietnam this week and made calls for the country to reevaluate its stances on censorship and other human rights.  There has been some controversy over why the Obama administration chooses to focus on these important issues in only certain Asian countries, like Vietnam, while leaving the issue virtually untouched in China. Secretary Clinton also discusses balancing her role as mother (now, mother of the bride) and Secretary of State.  Read Article Here

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