1. For the first time in 13 years, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) study of 59 economies shows that women are creating businesses at a greater rate than men in three economies and in four others, the rates are nearly equal. In GhanaNigeriaand Thailand the rate of nascent women is higher than men and in BrazilEcuador, Uganda and Switzerland the start-up rates by gender are equal. While in the other 52 economies the rates of women’s start-up are lower than men, sometimes up to 6x lower, this is generally good news, perhaps signaling a positive trend. This equalization follows decades of legislative, policy and socio-cultural changes that have gradually empowered, supported and trained women to perceive opportunities and believe they have the capabilities to start businesses.

     
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     protesting for the win!

     protesting for the win!

     
  4. The Angela Merkels and Dilma Rousseffs get all the attention. But they’re not the only female leaders running the world.

     
  5. 00:10 7th Jul 2012

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    sarahziv:

    Yesterday we visited el pueblo de Teotitlán del Valle. It is a sleepy town about 1 hour from Oaxaca in the foothills of the Sierra Juárez mountains. It is known for its textiles, especially rugs, which are woven by hand and foot operated wooden looms. The wool is obtained from local sheep and dyed by an elaborate process of hand milling “cochineal” small parasites that live in catus, adding color to this base and soaking it with water and other natural pigments. They are woven mainly in traditional designs that represent the Zapotec culture.

    Watching these women work their craft made me think about how patient one has to be to create a masterpiece of one of these rugs. One rug, can take anywhere from 2 months to 2 years to complete! I loved how these women incorporated their Zapotec culture and history into these rugs, it is truly a living history.

    Arguably, my favorite moment of yesterday’s visit was when they explained the process of making the dye. She said many times it is done outside in the sun because the mood of the artist creating it completely affects the color that is produced. If someone is happy the color will be vibrant, if someone is not the color will not be achieved. She said the sun has special energy to it that also influences the final outcome of the color created.

    This is a YouTube video Jennifer created from the visit yesterday.

     
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    whoneedsfeminism:

[Text: I need feminism because male pronouns (his, him, sir) are still considered the default]

    whoneedsfeminism:

    [Text: I need feminism because male pronouns (his, him, sir) are still considered the default]

     
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    Women Have Covered Rick Perry’s Facebook Wall With Questions About Menstruation
     
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    rowchygogo:

Access to Markets
Increasing women’s share of household income has broad benefits to improved rural livelihoods. Improving transportation and infrastructure constraints and encouraging rural women’s participation in farmer organisations and cooperatives can help both to achieve economies of scale in access to markets as well as reducing isolation and building confidence, leadership and security.SOURCE: FAO CFS

    rowchygogo:

    Access to Markets

    Increasing women’s share of household income has broad benefits to improved rural livelihoods. Improving transportation and infrastructure constraints and encouraging rural women’s participation in farmer organisations and cooperatives can help both to achieve economies of scale in access to markets as well as reducing isolation and building confidence, leadership and security.SOURCE: FAO CFS

     
  10. Suck on this, fiscal conservatives:


    "But by far the biggest return on investment would come from expanding access to family planning through Medicaid, something made possibly through the 2010 Affordable Care Act. A $235 million investment there would lower taxpayer costs of $1.32 billion by preventing unintended pregnancies."

     
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    A chart to help you determine whether or not Rush Limbaugh thinks you’re a slut.

    A chart to help you determine whether or not Rush Limbaugh thinks you’re a slut.

     
  12. finally some crazy arizona legislation that i can get behind…

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    Women have wrinkles, pores and curves. And there’s a movement across the world to make sure advertisers can no longer pretend otherwise.

    House Bill 2793, proposed by Rep. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix, would require advertisers who alter or enhance a photo to put a disclaimer on that ad alerting customers that “Postproduction techniques were made to alter the appearance in this advertisement. When using this product, similar results may not be achieved.”

     
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  14. A poster showing a woman attacked by officers was carried by one of several thousand marchers Tuesday in downtown Cairo.

     
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