Movies Starring Women Earn More Than Male-Led Films, Study Finds

The research, covering 2014 to 2017, also showed the power of films that pass the Bechdel test, in which two female characters discuss something other than a man.
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How Long Must Incarcerated Women Wait for Dignity?

It’s been fits and starts for the FIRST STEP Act, the prison reform bill that’s been resurrected in the news after the Senate drafted its own version including modest sentencing reform. In a matter of five days, the President signaled his approval of the bill, the Majority Leader rejected the notion and the incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chair said to press that he would push it forward. The religious right and the ACLU, in a unique partnership, have been lobbying for the legislation for the past two weeks.

What will happen now with the FIRST STEP Act is anyone’s guess. But even if it stumbles, meaningful prison reform is imminently achievable in this Congress. Protecting women, the fastest-growing prison population, should be a priority—but instead, The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act has been stalled in Congress since it was introduced in 2017.

Women in U.S. prisons are routinely denied free tampons and sanitary pads, and pregnant women are shackled and housed in solitary confinement. About 80 percent of women in prison are mothers, and their incarceration—through distance, high phone rates and suboptimal visiting policies—separates them from their children in multiple ways; about 94 percent have a history of physical or sexual abuse, and can’t get the appropriate treatment they need on the inside.

The Dignity Act, introduced in July 2017 to much fanfare by Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Richard Durbin, would remedy these maladies, giving women in prison the lives they’re already entitled to under the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners.

Within just a week of its introduction alone, the bill spurred the Bureau of Prisons to implement new procedures. In Congress, it was quickly referred to the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Chuck Grassley, a relatively recent convert to belief that our prisons are in crisis who likely would have wrangled the Republicans on the committee to getting it to the floor—and its passage was never likely to be a partisan war.

When similar “dignity acts” were presented this year in the state legislatures of California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana and Virginia, not one opposing vote was cast. That’s not surprising: The various “dignity acts” are each a referendum on human rights, and voting against them is hard. Who would vote to shackle pregnant women? Hopefully no one.

Yet, despite its momentum, there’s been no significant movement for the Act. Instead, drafters of the FIRST STEP Act borrowed its ban on shackling, as well as the mandate for access to personal hygiene supplies. In September, a House bill that would ban the shackling of pregnant women also popped up.

Altogether, it seems like someone simply gave up on the Dignity Act long ago and didn’t bother to tell anyone—which is rather undignified. In its place, the FIRST STEP Act has become the sole focus of reform efforts, eclipsing holistic dignity without good reason, since we know from similar successes that the provisions in the Dignity Act have broad support from lawmakers of all persuasions.

Undoubtedly, there will be people who think the Dignity Act shouldn’t have priority in the midst of prison reform efforts in Congress, precisely because of its focus on women. But the reality is that the Dignity Act would be impactful across the system—and might even achieve more than the FIRST STEP Act even could.

The Vera Institute of Justice released a report last month calling for grounding correctional practice on human dignity and fostering respect for incarcerated persons within the prison system, and urged officials to “elevate and support personal relationships” and “respect a person’s capacity to grow and change.”

The recommendations from the Vera Institute are only partially enshrined in the FIRST STEP Act. FIRST STEP contains carve-outs that prevent people convicted of certain crimes from participating in certain programs—exceptions that don’t respect a person’s capacity to rehabilitate themselves. Close reading of the bill also reveals that there are specific populations which lawmakers don’t think deserve the dignity of inclusion and investment of government resources.

The Dignity Act, on the other hand, would establish an ombudsman and a mentoring program by formerly incarcerated people for all people held in federal custody—recognizing the standing that any inmate has to demand human treatment and rehabilitation. And because it addresses the rights of primary caregivers, it uplifts men and women serving time with family waiting on the outside.

This isn’t to say that the FiRST STEP Act isn’t a good bill. (It is.) And the approximately 4,000 people who will feel relief immediately if it passes into law will also include some female federal prisoners, including changes to mandatory minimum sentencing laws that could impact the more than half of women in prisons charged with non-violent property and drug crimes that carried grotesque mandatory sentences, sometimes for life in prison. Alice Marie Johnson, whose life sentence was commuted by President Trump this summer, was one of those women—sentenced to life without parole for selling drugs to make ends meet, her first offense.

It doesn’t matter which statute prevents men from snapping metal clasps and chains around the ankles of a pregnant woman or denying them a maxi-pad during a heavy flow day. As long as it gets done in this country, it’s a win. But we can’t let would-be victories siphon our attention away from the revised prioritization of the Dignity Act.

How women’s dignity got downgraded is just a replay of what happens routinely when we focus on the needs of incarcerated women. We hail efforts to help women in prison when they’re announced, but if our interest in this change doesn’t endure, the energy behind them inevitably gets redirected the needs of male prisoners.

The FIRST STEP Act doesn’t need to be the first step. There’s no good reason why the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act hasn’t already been made law or been brought to the floor for the vote it deserves.

If we don’t center women, they often get left behind. If we don’t continue fighting for them, there will be no victories for them. The well-being of women in prison should not need to be sacrificed for the “greater good” of the men serving time alongside them—men whose needs are entirely different than theirs.

Dignity for women is reform for all.

Every year, Ms. sends thousands of magazines to women in prisons and domestic violence shelters. To support our efforts and help us expand our reach—and to show women in prisons that they aren’t alone—please give to our Women in Prisons and Domestic Violence Shelters program today.

Chandra Bozelko writes the award-winning blog Prison Diaries  She’s a 2018 “Leading with Conviction” Fellow with JustLeadership USA and a 2018 Pretrial Innovation Leader with the Pretrial Justice Institute. You can follow her on Twitter at @aprisondiary.

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New study finds bias against women and girls when intellectual ability is sought

A new study finds bias against both women and girls for jobs or activities requiring intellectual ability. The research underscores the pervasiveness of gender bias, held even among females, in both adults and young children.
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There have been 18 more cases of illness and five more deaths reported in just two days in the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Ministry of Health. Since the outbreak began, the total number of probable cases is now 471, including 273 deaths, the ministry reported Thursday.


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War on Women Report #27

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching.

This is the War on Women Report.

The Department of Education opened a comment period this week on new proposed rules that attack survivors and weaken the protections of Title IX. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been working to dismantle Obama-era Title IX guidance which bolstered survivors’ rights, and also took aim earlier in her tenure at trans students. (Ted Eytan / Creative Commons)

Since Our Last Report

+ The Department of Education is now accepting public comments about Secretary Betsy DeVos’ newly proposed Title IX policies—which narrow the definition of what counts as sexual assault and harassment, allow colleges and universities to ignore and dismiss some allegations of assault altogether and deny survivors their right to due process in order to protect alleged rapists. Anyone can submit a comment for the next two months. You can submit your response here.

+Early in the week, President Trump took to Twitter to make big claims about his meeting with leaders from China. What he didn’t tweet was this photo of the all-male panel he met with.

+ The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently published a report revealing that there was a 17 percent rise in reported hate crimes in 2016—which is likely fueled, at least in part, by the rhetoric of the president and his supporters.

Monday, 12/3

+ Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has unfairly earned a reputation for being a supporter of women’s rights—but in this year alone, he has jailed 18 women’s rights activists, many of whom who were campaigning against a ban on women drivers which he lifted. These women have reportedly been tortured, with at least one trying to commit suicide in custody and another being sexually assaulted while imprisoned. Despite bin Salman’s record on women’s rights—and Saudi Arabia’s alleged role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi—on Monday, The Mercury News published an article calling attention to Trump’s intention to continue forging a friendship with Saudi leaders.

Tuesday, 12/4

+On Tuesday, President Trump tweeted that a border wall would “pay for itself” because we lose so much money on “illegal immigration.” This claim is at odds with economic data, and also obscures the fact that much of the border crisis unfolding now regards the actions of asylum-seekers who have the legal right to enter and apply for safe haven in the U.S. Trump’s rhetoric around immigration has put women and children from Latin American countries in real danger—and his administration has continued to fail to reunite the thousands of children who were taken from their parents forcibly by immigration officers earlier this year under his direction, despite court orders mandating that they do so.

Wednesday, 12/5

+On Wednesday, The Washington Post explored the Trump administration’s false claims that they are fighting human trafficking. Ivanka Trump has stated that she believes “every government in the world has a moral obligation to do all in its power to stop” human trafficking—and yet, there is little to show that this administration actually wants to protect victims, most of whom are women. Trump’s nomination of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who is under fire for protecting serial child abusers, is only the most recent failure by his administration to protect survivors.

Thursday, 12/6

+ 150 doctors and other healthcare workers rallied this week against a proposed federal “public charge” rule—which would let immigration officials consider whether or not an immigrant would be using government services before granting legal status. Doctors who spoke to the crowd declared that the policy would force immigrants to ditch critical care services they truly need to look less dependent.

Friday, 12/7

+ President Trump Today announced his nomination of William Barr for Attorney General, and opposition to his appointment is already fomenting. Barr likely caught Trump’s eye because of his stance that Hillary Clinton’s emails should still should be investigated by federal agents, and his stances on other issues show concern for his level of bias as well. Some say Barr cannot be impartial, given his past leanings towards Trump.

Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.

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Say What Now? Two Texas Women Accused of Sex with 14-Year-Old Boy They Met at Pool Party

Two women are being accused of having sex with raping a 14-year-old boy they met at a pool party back in July.

One of the women allegedly warned the teen to keep quiet after their encounter.

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Local reports state the party in Temple, Texas, was attended by both minors and adults.

The suspects — Desiree Cherie Hovatter, 19, of Houston, and Austin resident Savanna Nicole Spurlock, 21 — allegedly met the teen at the party, and later, Hovatter is accused of returning with the boy to his home and having sex with him in his sister’s bed. The Temple Daily Telegram reports the alleged victim’s parents were out of town at the time of the incident attending to a family emergency.

Spurlock is accused of having sex with the boy in mid-August, according to KWTX.

Hovatter and Spurlock were charged with second-degree felony sexual assault of a child. Both remain in custody on $ 100,000 bond, but it was unclear if either had appeared before a judge to enter a plea.

PEOPLE was unable to determine if they had lawyers who could comment on the allegations for them.

According to the Daily Telegram, a relative of the teen said he admitted to her that he’d had sex with Hovatter.

The boy allegedly told a forensic examiner he had sex with both Hovatter and Spurlock, according to KWTX, and that Spurlock allegedly told him in August not to tell anyone about what happened or “she would have to go to jail for 10 years.”

The two women face 20 years in prison if convicted

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She Says Michelle Obama’s Right, ‘Lean In’ Doesn’t Work All The Time, Especially For Black Women

Recently, Michelle Obama criticized Sheryl Sandberg’s “lean in” approach for women to advance in the workplace, saying “that s–t doesn’t work all the time.” But the former first lady isn’t the only one who has challenged Sandberg’s commonly referenced business motto, which puts the responsibility solely on women to take ownership of their career without mentioning the systemic barriers for women of color in the workplace.

Earlier this year, during an interview with Fast Company, Minda Harts, the founder of The Memo, dismantled a few career strategies from Sandberg’s New York Times best-seller.

“Lean In was well-intentioned and opened up the conversation, but, you cannot effectively talk about leaning in for black or brown women without discussing the role that race plays and the barriers to even enter the room for a seat at the table,” said Harts. “Lean In didn’t talk about race and it was written from a white-privileged women’s perspective for predominately other white women. One size doesn’t fit all.”

Black and Brown Women Still Vie for Equal Footing 

For over three years, Harts has lead the charge to help women of color secure the seat while challenging companies to acknowledge their systemic racism and how that plays into career advancement opportunities. “Many black and brown women are still trying to earn equal pay, access to good education and healthcare,” she said. “There are so many barriers in place. Lean In once again affirms that it’s up to us to change societal norms. Black and brown women have always been leaning in, so, what do you do when you lean into a system that doesn’t recognize you? That is where we are now. For women of color to get ahead, it will require intentional solutions from our employers.”

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Minda Harts, Founder of The Memo

Beyond highlighting problems, Harts is a solutions-driven career revolutionary who is using every possible platform to help women prepare for their seat at the table. Earlier this year, she endowed a scholarship at her undergraduate institution for first-generation women of color students and put it in her mother’s name to honor her. Along with her co-founder Lauren Broussard, she created The Memo, a career development platform that provides access to career boot camps, resources, and real-world career advice. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure “The Seat.”

To help drive real change within companies and organizations that want to invest in women of color, Harts recently created The Women of Color Equity Initiative. “I am tired of us consistently falling below 10% in most of those workplace statistics,” says Hart. “Hundreds of women of color want access to leadership opportunities and they’ve added their name to the WOC equity career-sourcing database. I’m also partnering with companies and organizations who want to intentionally hire women of color to fill open leadership roles.”

“Part of The WOC Equity Initiative is making sure a cultural shift takes place from the top down. This will require real systems change,” she continues. “This isn’t a ‘binder full of women,’ this is a partnership to create equity once they are hired and a roadmap to the C-suite. I don’t want a woman to get hired and she’s miserable because she’s the only one or dealing with microaggressions. We are too educated and experienced to let our expertise go dormant. I don’t want my sisters to lean out because companies won’t lean into them. We have worked too hard to lean out now.”

 

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Michelle Obama got painfully real about women “having it all” during the New York stop of her Becoming book tour

Michelle Obama got painfully real about women “having it all” during the New York stop of her Becoming book tour


Michelle Obama got painfully real about women “having it all” during the New York stop of her <em>Becoming</em> book tour

Michelle Obama is currently touring the U.S. to talk about her new memoir, Becoming. In the book, she writes openly and honestly about everything from her struggles with fertility to attending marriage counseling to how to find a Barack Obama of your own. So it’s no surprise that when I attended the first New York stop of her Becoming book tour, I was completely blown away by her words and stories.

On Saturday, December 1st, our forever First Lady stopped by the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The event was moderated by Elizabeth Alexander, a poet, essayist, playwright, and longtime friend of Obama’s. You may recognize Alexander as the woman who recited the poem “Praise Song for the Day” (which she wrote) at President Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

Throughout the night, Obama also dropped a lot of wisdom about parenting, vulnerability, and the importance of female friendships. She also opened up about the struggles of being a working mom, saying that years ago, there was a time when she was balancing a full-time job as a lawyer with raising her daughters Sasha and Malia. And during that time, her husband was often out of town in Washington, D.C., campaigning, or traveling for work.

In a very candid moment, Obama got super real about how women still can’t “have it all.”

“Marriage still ain’t equal, y’all. It ain’t equal. And I tell women that it’s not equal—that whole ‘so you can have it all’? Nope, not at the same time. That’s a lie. And it’s not always enough to lean in, because that shit doesn’t work all the time. … I’m back. I thought we were at home, y’all. I was gettin’ real comfortable up in here. But I’m back now. But sometimes, that STUFF doesn’t work. So oftentimes, it’s not equal, and you feel a bit resentful about it. And so then it’s time to go to marriage counseling.”

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Obama also spoke at length about her parents, Marian and the late Fraser Robinson, and the values they instilled in her at a young age.

“I had a childhood with parents who didn’t have a lot in the way of money, but they had a lot in the way of value and character and love and stability and consistency. And I want parents to understand that I became who I am not because my parents were networked or college educated or had a lot of money or knew a lot of stuff about things that they thought we needed to know. They gave us absolutely what we needed, which was love and trust and the values that they came here with. And THAT’S what kids need. That will get them through.”

In a more serious moment, Obama spoke about the dangers of being a woman in today’s world.

“The world is dangerous, sadly, for women. I want us to just kinda sit with that for a minute, because it’s usually men who make it dangerous for us. And it doesn’t always look like physical abuse. It doesn’t always look the same. It’s those little cuts. Those little negative comments. It’s somebody, when you’re walking down the street and some man looks at you and makes a comment about you, as if you wanted…that’s a cut. That’s a slice into a woman’s self-esteem, when somebody talks down to them. If you talk down to women at all, and a woman is in earshot of what you’re saying, that’s a cut to her. And then the cuts get deeper, because there’s abuse and there’s rape. There’s sexual assault. There’s all this that we’re hearing. The world is unsafe for women, and I want our men to understand that about what role they’re playing to make us feel safe or unsafe. But I grew up in safety and security. I grew up where I trusted men to take care of me. And I think that that gave me a level of strength that carries me through to this day.”

Obama also spoke about attending marriage counseling with her husband.

“What I learned in counseling was that I was responsible for my own happiness. And that was part of my frustration. I expected my husband now to not only just be my partner, but to fill me up in ways that were my responsibility. Counseling helped me to sort of take a step back and look at, ‘How do I take control of my own happiness within our marriage?’ And how to prioritize myself. Because that’s what we do as women. We’re so busy puttin’ everyone else before us. And then we burn out. We’re like, fourth on our list, or fifth on our list.”

Obama thanked her girlfriends for their friendship and reminded women to lean on each other, not turn against each other.

“Sometimes we can’t do this alone, and we shouldn’t have to. I relied on my girlfriends to get me through one of the hardest eight years of my life. … We have to remember to be that for each other. We have to be each other’s light. We cannot get into that catty stuff. We have to find a way to continue to lift other women up in our worlds and in our lives as much as possible, you all. It is the only reason why I’m breathing. I couldn’t have gotten through raising my kids with a husband traveling without my girls.”

Above all else, Obama hoped to inspire everyone to become who they’re meant to be.

She reminded the audience that it’s okay to be open up and be vulnerable.

“My hope is that this book will inspire everyone to tap into their own journeys of becoming and to share those stories with one another.”

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The women of Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther, Cardi B, Darren Criss, and more are this year’s entertainment MVPs.

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Home is the Most Dangerous Place for Women Around the World

For a majority of women around the world, home isn’t where the heart is. Instead, it’s where danger lives.

In 2017, activists marched in Montevideo to end violence against women with UN Women and decried femicide. A new report by the UN shows that female homicides are increasing—and that for a majority of victims, those closest to them put them at the most risk. (UN Women / Creative Commons)

According to new findings from the UN, 58 percent of 87,000 recorded female homicides from 2017 were committed by intimate partners or family members—and that rates of such crimes have increased since 2012. The most common motives men gave for such killings were jealousy and fear of abandonment, whereas women who murdered their own male partners often said that they did so in the wake of long-term patterns of physical violence in their relationship.

“Women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes,” Yury Fedotov, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime Executive Director, told Agence France-Presse. “The fact that women continue to be affected by this type of violence to a greater degree than men is indicative of an imbalance in power relations between women and men inside the domestic sphere.”

The UN report found that Africa had the highest rate of women killed by intimate partners in 2017—such violence claimed about 1.7 percent of women in the region. The Americas had the second-highest rate, 1.2 percent; Oceania was ranked third at 0.9 percent; Europe was fourth with 0.6 percent; and Asia, which had the highest number of female homicides in 2017—a total of 20,000 recorded cases—was fifth, with 0.5 percent of those deaths resulting from intimate partner violence.

Data collection practices vary from country to country, and the report did not mention if transgender women were included in the statistics—but despite shortcomings, the findings still paint a stark and urgent picture for advocates worldwide. “There’s limitations to the data,” Jodie Roure, a professor at John Jay College in New York who has done extensive research on violence against women, told the New York Times. “Are we getting a perfect picture? No. But the important part is that we’re talking about it, because we weren’t talking about it not too long ago.”

This study, which was released during the UN’s annual 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, also laid out recommendations for law enforcement officers, criminal justice agencies and health and social service sector leaders in order to reduce female homicides—and called on men to become allies to the women in their lives and communities.

“In order to prevent and tackle gender-related killing of women and girls,” it declared, “men need to be involved in efforts to combat intimate partner violence/family-related homicide and in changing cultural norms that move away from violent masculinity and gender stereotypes.”

Kohinur Khyum Tithila is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from Syracuse University, first master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University, and bachelor’s degree in English from East West University. Kohinur writes about LGBTQ and women’s issues, feminism, crime, secularism, social justice and human rights. She is also addicted to anything caffeinated.

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Women are posting photos of their underwear online in response to this shocking Irish rape trial

#ThisIsNotConsent

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Activists in Ireland have taken to social media to post photos of their underwear after attention was drawn to a female complainant’s thong during a rape trial in Cork, Ireland.

In the female defence barrister’s closing speech, she asked the jury to consider the 17 year old’s choice of underwear during their final determination. She stated: ‘You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.’

The accused was subsequently acquitted.

The events of this trial have led to outcry across Ireland, with many women engaging in a viral social media campaign, surfacing on Twitter and Instagram.

Under the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent, women have been posting photographs of their own underwear in all shapes, colours and materials.

The campaign is to protest the use of such a technique in court, which allows for victims’ underwear to be passed around as evidence.

Here are some of the most powerful images we’ve seen from this vibrant campaign…

The hashtag was created by a Facebook group called Mna na hEireann (Women of Ireland).

Attention was also drawn to the issue by Irish politician Ruth Coppinger, who held up a lace thong in the Irish Parliament during Leader’s Questions yesterday.

While holding the blue lacy underwear, she said: ‘It might seem embarrassing to show a pair of thongs here…how do you think a rape victim or a woman feels at the incongruous setting of her underwear being shown in a court?’

Since when did the shape or material of a woman’s underwear determine the issue of consent?!

Fiery females of Ireland, roar louder!

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Black Girl Travel Movement Takes Black Women Abroad to Heal

Black Girl Travel Movement was created as a Facebook group to serve black women looking to go aboard, and quickly turned into a full-fledged business. The group was started in 2014, and has amassed a total of 22,476 members.

“I wanted to empower women to connect and explore the healing power of travel,” said founder Shay Sane. It did more than that. Not only did women feel the satisfaction of traveling, they received information, tips, and tools to engage in safe traveling, and deal with any traumas they’ve experienced.

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Sane was dealing with deep depression herself when she decided to create the community. “Sharing my story of dealing with grief, depression, and how travel is helping me to heal,” Sane told BLACK ENTERPRISE. “I used the Facebook group to share my travel experiences, and eventually started using Facebook ads to promote TTraVsperience,” and that’s how she built the company.

She then added the second layer of building relationships with mental health professionals to combat the issues she had originally been dealing with. This proved to be extremely helpful to the ladies, allowing them to have very transparent conversations within the community that they have grown to know and trust.

So how do they make sure a person is in the right frame of mind before joining? “We have always done a screening process to ensure that prospective members fully understood that BGTM was not just another travel group that hosts group trips,” said Sane. “Our TTraVsperience is focused on travel with the intention to heal from past trauma and pain.”

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Sane describes TTraVsperience as a unique one of a kind transformational travel experience curated to allow its members to experience the healing power of travel. They select the most sought-after destinations to serve as the backdrop for a once in a lifetime opportunity to reconnect with the most important person in your life — you.

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‘Sisters in Loss’ Helps Black Women Cope With Miscarriage and Infertility

In November 2012, when Virginia native Erica M. McAfee lost her son at birth, she felt the loneliness, shame, and isolation that comes after the death of a child.

“I was broken and empty and my immediate family couldn’t console me,” said McAfee. “No one in my circle of friends was pregnant yet, or had an infant loss experience. I turned to the Internet to find stories and I found many women online who had experienced pregnancy loss, but they didn’t look like me. In 2014, I had Maxwell, my rainbow baby (a baby that is born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or loss of an infant). I started to share more of our story about how we almost lost our lives during birth due to a placenta abruption. My son was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy so we moved closer to our family to have support. During my 4-hour commute to work, I fell in love with listening to podcasts. My husband and I knew we wanted to grow our family, and I wanted to hear more stories black women struggling through grief, loss, and infertility.”

On a mission to turn her pain into purpose, McAfee became a Pregnancy Loss Grief Coach, and Birth & Bereavement Doula. In 2017, she launched Sisters in Loss L.L.C.—a coaching program, podcast community of 10,000 and series of resources, and retreats to help black women heal, gain clarity, and find an empowering path forward after loss.

“At first it was difficult to get black women to share their experiences,” said McAfee. Then, as more celebrities and influencers like Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Remy Ma, and Kandi, and Eudoxie began sharing their journeys, black women started saying yes I experienced that as well. Can I share my story? Since March 2018, the podcast is 6 months booked out because of the many women willing to share their stories and journey’s to motherhood.” 

Hiding in Plain Sight

Here’s a harsh reality. More than 6 million women and couples suffer from infertility, and black women are 3-4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications and infant death than white women according to the CDC. Yet, every day millions of black women show up for work suffering in silence, dealing with cultural shame and age-related pressures of society.

Recently, during an interview with Good Morning America, former first lady Michelle Obama revealed 20 years ago she suffered a miscarriage before having daughters Malia and Sasha. “I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” Obama said. “We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken. I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.” Ultimately, she and her husband, former President Barack Obama used IVF to conceive their daughters.

Black Women Cope With Miscarriage and Infertility

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“Not many black women are sharing their stories and journey’s good or bad about motherhood,” said McAfee. In our community, we keep these “secrets” to ourselves, versus sharing it to free others from the shame.” McAfee also shared a few misconceptions she often hears:

-Black women are very fertile and can get pregnant as soon as we stop birth control or contraceptives.

-If you already have a child that you shouldn’t experience infertility.

Turning Pain into Purpose

Beyond creating safe and supportive spaces for black women, Sisters and Loss are working to see legislative changes, for more research around black women mortality and infant outcomes.

“I’m working on this by using my podcast programming and platform to highlight specific issues that will affect us from a legislative perspective,” said McAfee. This includes advocacy at the state level and federal level to pass bills to provide more substantial testing for fertility and universal health care for all, paid in full IVF treatments and midwives and Doula services covered by insurance. Also, out of pocket expenses for fertility treatments is why many black women and couples do not pursue this path to motherhood. We simply don’t have tens of thousands of dollars in disposable income to spend on one treatment of IVF ($ 30K), and if that treatment isn’t successful it can be discouraging and depressing.”

Watching Michele Obama share her story gave McAfee more fuel to turn her message into a movement.

“Our Forever FLOTUS freed us with her voice by saying she felt alone, felt unworthy, and was in pain,” said McAfee. “When black women share their stories, they invite others to share and shatter the stigma around miscarriage and infertility and they will change the world. I’m proud to be a bridge and connect women in a sisterhood that is rooted in our faith in God and faith in ourselves to push past grief to achieve their dreams and career goals.  I love coaching clients on their journey’s to motherhood and helping them bring a happy and healthy baby home from the hospital. This work continues to inspire me because of the messages I receive daily thanking me for giving black women a voice and a platform to share their stories. “

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Mindy Kaling says people have trouble with “women who don’t hate themselves,” and it’s a sad truth


Mindy Kaling says people have trouble with “women who don’t hate themselves,” and it’s a sad truth

There’s no denying that Mindy Kaling is goals—she’s a show runner, actress, and best-selling author, and she seems to genuinely love the skin she’s in. Which—as she noted in a recent speech—isn’t always easy, or even encouraged, among women. During Glamour’s 2018 Women of the Year Summit on November 11th, the Mindy Project star noted that some people are “turned off” by her confidence.

“It’s not that I’m into myself,” she said. “It’s that I don’t hate myself. In my career, a lot of people have a problem with being around women who don’t hate themselves. Never hate yourself.”

We are so here for Kaling’s observation. Women are still socialized to downplay their accomplishments, to apologize before contributing in meetings, and to generally take up as little space in a room or situation as possible. And when they don’t? They’re hit with labels like “conceited,” “arrogant,” and, yes, “bitchy.” And it has got to stop.

Kaling’s advice for women looking to build their confidence and make their dreams come true is to always feel prepared. “I always just did the legwork, and it meant I never came to anything unprepared. The only reason I was able to be confident was because I literally couldn’t not be confident with the amount of research and preparation I did.”

Thank you for your wisdom, Mindy. We’re taking note.

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Black Women Led the Way on Election Day—Now They’re Leading the Charge for Voting Rights

Black women voters turned out in unprecedented numbers on Election Day, delivering groundbreaking wins to a multitude of Black women candidates. Leticia James will be the first Black woman to serve as attorney general in New York; newcomers Lauren Underwood and Juliana Stratton from Illinois, Jahana Haynes from Connecticut and Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts will join the U.S. House of Representatives as the first Black women to represent their states in Congress, and Ilhan Omar will be the first Muslim refugee elected to the chamber.

The strength of their wins is the direct result of high turnout by Black women—and men—at the polls. Black women’s leadership and GOTV efforts led Black women candidates to victory, and the Black women we elected will lead the country on a new path toward equality and justice for all.

But we had to overcome monumental hurdles to get to these victories—with some voters still fighting today to ensure their ballots from Tuesday are counted.

Stacey Abrams’ campaign turned out a record number of voters—in spite of severe attacks on the voting rights of people of color, and particularly Black communities, in her state. (via Stacey Abrams on Facebook)

This election was as much about the attacks on voting rights as it was about voter turnout. White conservatives have been systematically dismantling voting rights and erecting giant barriers to voters of color—especially Black voters.

Gerrymandering, unfair voter ID laws and the illegal purging of people of color from the voting rolls was the norm in too many states. Voters waited in long lines across the country—as long as four-and-a-half hours. Students from Prairie A&M in Texas, a historically Black college, had to drive to other towns to cast ballots during early voting because county officials refused to set up a polling place in the campus town. In North Dakota, members of the Spirit Lake Tribe filed a federal complaint against the implementation of a voter ID law requiring a street address. Many voters live on tribal lands without residential addresses.

While we rallied to overcome many barriers, we also saw the negative results of voter suppression in races across the nation. Stacey Abrams battled in her race for Georgia governor against its then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who used the power of his post to purge thousands of voters from the voter rolls, hold 53,000 voter registrations hostage and throw out absentee ballots from a predominantly Black county. Even though Abrams turned out unprecedented numbers of voters, many showed up to polls and could not vote, and the outcome of that election is yet to be determined.

The lesson is clear: Conservative lawmakers will go to any length to stop voters of color from voting, and we cannot stop pushing back against oppressive laws that pose barriers to our right to be heard at the ballot box.

This Fall, In Our Own Voice launched a two-year initiative to educate Black women voters about reproductive justice issues throughout the year. Through the #IAMAVOTER campaign, we were able to raise the issues that must be addressed in our communities on a daily basis by our elected officials and engage with voters.

We’re keeping that initiative through 2019 to ensure that Black women voters continue to hold those we elected accountable to our issues—including demanding that they protect our right to vote.

We must continue to knock down the barriers and push for equal voting rights. We didn’t march and die fighting for our right to vote only to have that right denied us by a president who didn’t even win the popular vote. We must continue to reject the new Jim Crow era and the attempt by politicians to turn the clock backward. Voting rights must be accessible to all.

We must remember that these victories happened despite the impact of nearly two years of the Trump administration’s racist and sexist policies. We must fight not only to stop losing ground—we have win back full access to our fundamental right to vote. With this election behind us, we are determined to continue to fight. We will not rest until our country lives up to the constitutional promise of liberty and justice for all.

Black women are leading the way—and we invite you all to follow!

Marcela Howell is the founder and executive director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. You can follow her on Twitter at @BlackWomensRJ.

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5 ‘Women and Money’ Lessons From Suze Orman at The Apollo

Suze Orman has sustained an enduring career as a speaker, author and pioneer in financial leadership. Orman appeared at the world-famous Apollo theater to discuss the topic ‘Women and Money,’ which is also the title of her relaunched New York Times bestselling book first published in 2007.

The sold out event was a predecessor for the exclusive premier on Oprah Winfrey’s television network, OWN. Orman has partnered with OWN to launch a financial show on the same topic: woman and money.

Orman’s ‘TED Talk’ style discussion touched on topics that included credit budgeting and retirement. While she answered specific questions from the audience, there were five important lessons to take away from her session:

The Five Women and Money Lessons from Suze Orman at the Apollo 

Power Attracts Money

Orman describes the law of attraction when it relates to money and power. Think about your network and social circles; many times we are attracted to people of power, and most times those who hold power are considered to have money. When you are in a position of power, society places you on a pedestal; opening doors to new opportunities which may lead to further financial gains. Orman says “being powerless repels money.”  If we put this in perspective, think about how many times the person who gives off the presence of not having money, loses out on opportunities. “When you are powerless, no one wants to be around you,” she says.

Money Will Teach You About Yourself

There’s that old saying ‘money is the root of all evil.” Some people believe money is everything while others have learned it is not everything. Orman wants everyone to know “money is not more important than life.” While the world revolves around money, some people will put their life on the line for more cash. Think about your purchases; are you buying things of high value that you can’t afford? Are you saving? The financial decisions you make from purchases to savings says a lot about you in regards to money

Debt Makes You Powerless

When you are in debt, you may feel as though you are sinking, Orman says. Having debt doesn’t allow you “financial freedom.” If we take this principle and break it down, the lack of money you have can make you miserable. Think about how many times you were unhappy when your finances weren’t right. Orman says “When you have debt, you don’t have a financial voice”. This applies to those whose debt payments force them to live paycheck to paycheck. While debt may make you powerless, Orman wants you to know “The debt you have, does not define you”.

Who Will Teach Your Children About Money?

Orman asks, if you are not financially literate, how can you as a parent speak and teach money lessons to your children?

Lastly, Orman Advises: “Your Money Will Never Define You, You Define Your Money”

Suze Orman at The Apollo: Women and Money premiers on OWN on Monday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

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By wearing these jeans, Meghan changed the life of 30 women

While some people might think the cost of Meghan Markle’s Australian wardrobe might have been high, you can’t deny that the Duchess is great at showing her support for emerging brands and designers.

Plus, Meghan is an advocate of sustainable and ethical fashion, which she proved by wearing one particular pair of jeans more than five times on the tour.

Said jeans are by Australian brand Outland Denim, who use organic cotton and natural vegetable dyes to make their jeans.

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But more importantly, by wearing them, Meghan changed the life of 30 women. You see Outland Denim employ women in Cambodia who have been enslaved or sexually exploited.

Once the Duchess was spotted wearing the black Harriet jeans, these sold out within 48 hours, resulting in a massive 640% increase in sales.

Outland Denim has said that as a result, it can employ up to 30 more women.

In an Instagram post, it said, ‘Thanks to the Duchess’ choice in denim, we’re pleased to announce that it will be possible to employ a further 15 to 30 seamstresses in our Cambodian production house in the coming weeks, and the recruitment process has already begun’.

Another one read, ‘This quiet, dignified, but determined support for our brand – and the humanitarian cause it represents – means the world to us, to our beautiful seamstresses, and to the 15 young women who are now feeling the empowerment of employment.’

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Supreme is selling a T-shirt dedicated to women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct


Supreme is selling a T-shirt dedicated to women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct

There is officially less than a week until the 2018 midterm elections on November 6th.  And the clothing brand Supreme is urging people to vote—by reminding followers of Donald Trump’s alleged sexual misconduct. The company’s new “18 & Stormy” T-shirt honors both Stormy Daniels and Trump’s accusers while raising money to get out the vote.

Today, November 1st, Supreme shared the shirt design on its Instagram page. In the post, the brand noted that the tee, designed by Richard Prince, depicts all 18 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault, as well as Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who he has repeatedly attempted to silence.

Supreme added that all proceeds from the “18 & Stormy” shirt will benefit Downtown for Democracy, a political action committee that works to engage artists in the democratic process. The shirt was released on Supreme’s web store today, but it is currently sold out. Once the design is back in stock, purchasing the “18 & Stormy” tee will cost you $ 40.

Supreme isn’t the first brand to fight back against the Trump administration. In June, Lipslut released a pink matte “F*ck Trump” lipstick to help families affected by the federal government’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. And Ben & Jerry’s recently created a flavor called Pecan Resist and donated money to four social justice groups in honor of its release.

Remember: The best way to resist the current administration is by voting, so make sure to cast your ballot in the 2018 midterms.

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Will #MeToo Spark Backlash Against Women in the Workplace?

These are interesting times for Google. Last week, The New York Times spilled the beans about a $ 90 million “exit package” Android creator Andy Rubin was purportedly paid to leave quietly after a sexual harassment allegation in 2014. Then came the news that Google has fired 48 other people over the past couple of years, including 13 managers, for the same reason (but sans exit packages).

Of course, it’s not just Google. In the 12 months since the ouster of Harvey Weinstein brought awareness of the anti-sexual-harassment movement MeToo into sharp focus, hundreds of other U.S. executives–some famous, many less so–have gotten the boot. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that allegations of misconduct rose 12%, the first increase in five years. The EEOC’s lawyers filed 41 separate sexual harassment suits, a jump of more than 50% from 2017. Between litigation and other proceedings, the agency required a total of nearly $ 70 million to be paid to plaintiffs, up 22% from the year before. And none of that even begins to count what’s happening at the state level, or what employers are paying in private settlements behind closed doors.

It’s a long way from over, and all the possible ripple effects aren’t yet clear. For now, some observers wonder what impact #MeToo might have on the gains that women have struggled to make in business. “What worries me is that we’re starting to see a backlash,” says Michelle Lee Flores. “Unfortunately, it’s based on misinformation.”

A partner in employment law at Akerman in Los Angeles, Flores works with corporate clients nationwide on crafting anti-harassment policies and training. As she sees it, a juicy TV news sound bite or sensational Internet headline rarely tells the whole story–yet leaves people with the impression that they know all about it. So, she and her fellow lawyers meet many (mostly male) managers these days who are panicking unnecessarily.

“You hear people say things like, ‘Look what happened to So-and-So at Such-and-Such Company! He was fired after just one accusation!’” Flores says. “That’s not an accurate understanding, because the public almost never sees the whole history of someone’s behavior.” What happens behind the scenes is what counts, she adds: “Someone can be accused of one specific instance of harassment, and truthfully deny it, while still admitting to a whole pattern of other incidents which violated company policy”–and which no one outside the company ever gets wind of.

Knowing almost nothing about the real reasons someone was fired may not, alas, stop some people from deciding that the way to stay “safe” is to avoid working alongside women. Or traveling with them. Or sending them out on plum assignments. Or promoting them. Is this starting to sound way too familiar from decades ago? What year are we in again? “It might sound extreme,” Flores notes. “But I’ve heard male executives express a real concern that having female colleagues ‘could come back to bite me’.”

New research from the Society for Human Resource Management suggests she has a point. In a survey of 18,000 U.S. employees, at all levels across 15 industries, about one-third (32%) of executives say they’ve “changed their behavior” in the past year because of a greater awareness of the hazards of sexual misconduct at work, including risks to morale (23%) and employee engagement (also 23%). Only 21% said harassment “has never been an issue” in their companies.

Some of the steps managers told SHRM they’ve taken: Male mentors can no longer be assigned to women less senior then themselves. Working in the office after hours is no longer allowed “for groups of fewer than three employees, and must include a manager.” No touching ever, and “asking permission to enter a 3-foot space, and NEVER [caps theirs] closer than 3 feet.” One manager told SHRM he “scared to say anything” to or about women, ever.

It’s not hard to imagine all kinds of subtle consequences–and, ultimately, damage to women’s careers–from so much caution. And what happens to office romance? Is it dead, or just a lot more fraught than ever? Ideally, we could keep what was great about male-female diversity and just get rid of what wasn’t.

Some leaders seem willing to try. Consider, for instance, that almost 40% of the executives in the SHRM study said their own reaction to #MeToo has mainly been to be more “careful” or “mindful” about locker-room humor and sexist jokes. “That may not be a bad thing,” especially in tech, says Sarah Cooper, a former designer and manager at Yahoo! and Google, where there’s a long tradition of “men saying things that make women uncomfortable, and the women just having to ‘be cool’ and laugh it off.”

Cooper, who wrote a tongue-in-cheek new career guide for women called How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings, quit Silicon Valley to chase a lifelong dream of doing stand-up comedy, but over the years she saw plenty of other women flee IT for less happy reasons. “People need to have fun at work,” she says. “But having the kind of toxic culture that drives talent away isn’t just a loss to women–it’s a loss to companies, too.” Too true.

Anne Fisher is a career expert and advice columnist who writes “Work It Out,” Fortune’s guide to working and living in the 21st century. Each week, she’ll answer your most challenging career questions. Have one? Ask her on Twitter or email her at workitout@fortune.com.

 

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Are You The Breadwinner? Have You Seen Issues When Women Out Earn Their Partners?

When women out earn their partnerWomen breadwinners are more common than ever, and there have been several recent(ish) articles and studies about the issues that crop up when women outearn their male partners. So let’s discuss, ladies — are YOU the breadwinner in your relationship? What issues have you noticed when you out earn your male partner? (For those of you in same-sex relationships, have you noticed conflict or just general noise over who earns more, maybe where chores or parenting duties are concerned?) We haven’t talked about breadwinners in a few years, so let’s discuss!

To jump-start our discussion, here’s an overview of those recent articles and studies about the issues that come up when women out earn their male partners:

  • A 2018 study by the U.S. Census Bureau reported that women who out-earn their male partners are likely to downplay their salaries, or their male partners are over-reporting their own incomes, or both. The paper about the study described this as “manning up and womaning down.”
  • The New York Times recently reported on this study: “Women are now much more likely to have an education and a career. Yet across most marriages, they still do much more child care and housework than their husbands, and men still feel strong pressure to be the family breadwinner. Today, women earn more than men in almost a quarter of couples, according to the new study and previous research, up from 18 percent in the 1980s. Yet 71 percent of people say that to be a good husband, men should be able to financially support a family, a Pew Research Center survey found last year. Only one-third said that about women.”
  • Reporting on the same study, Slate added: “This study echoes others that show women earning more has far-reaching societal costs. In 2013, researchers at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, also using census data, found that marriage rates decline when a woman has the potential to out-earn her husband. When a woman makes more than her husband, the likelihood of divorce increases by 50 percent.

The rise in woman breadwinners is partly because we are are more likely than men to extend our education into graduate school and beyond in many subject areas, including more women than ever enrolling in law school — and a higher level of education often means a higher salary. However, whether women with the same education and experience make the same as their male counterparts is a different matter. Also, since the early 1980s, women have had a lower unemployment rate than men, so even if the husband is capable and qualified to earn more, the jobs might not be there, or they might pay less than before.

To readers in relationships: Are you the breadwinner, or does your partner earn more? Either way, has it affected how you relate to each other? Have you ever felt the need to bend the truth about your salary, whether to a potential date or even friends and family members who may think your partner is earning more than you? Or would you proudly say you earned your high salary, and too bad if anyone doesn’t like it? With regard to chores — is there any link in your relationship to who does more chores and who earns more money? 

Psst: in the past we shared an excerpt from the book When She Makes More, as well as offered advice for dating a guy who makes significantly less money, as well as talked about different married money management strategies.

Further reading:

  • When Women Earn More Than Men [Psych Central]
  • Millennial Women Are ‘Worried,’ ‘Ashamed’ Of Out-Earning Boyfriends And Husbands [CNBC Money]
  • 7 Ways To Make It Work If Your Spouse Earns Less Than You [Huffington Post]
  • Women Earned Majority Of Doctoral Degrees In 2016 For 8th Straight Year And Outnumber Men In Grad School 135 To 100 [American Enterprise Institute]

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When women out earn their partners or husbands, YES, there can be relationship issues and power struggles, even in 2018. We took a look at some fun studies (including one called "manning up and womaning down") and asked the readers if THEY'RE the breadwinners in their relationship -- and if so, how their earning power has affected their marriage or partnership...

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“The fit isn’t the same all the way around,” she said. “That makes it difficult to remove a sweaty sports bra. I have to ask people to help me take it off, which is very awkward.”

In divisive times, it seems like women can agree on one thing: Sports bras leave much to be desired. Buying statement heels or a party dress? Cue shopping montage. Need a new sports bra? Take deep breaths and channel your inner contortionist.

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Four Key Facts About Women Voters

With the 2018 election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you content presented in conjunction with Gender Watch 2018, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly!


After the conclusion of the Senate Confirmation Hearings, which featured powerful testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, 70 percent of Republican women continued to support his confirmation. This show of support came as a surprise to many people who expected Ford’s accusations of sexual assault to further polarize women voters—consistent with speculation that we will see a historic gender gap in the impending 2018 midterms.

We’ve been studying the gender gap in American politics for 10 years, and our research suggests that Republican women’s continued support for Kavanaugh, and continued enthusiasm for the party generally, should come as no surprise. There is a tendency to associate women with the Democratic party, but liberalism isn’t the full story when it comes to women voters. In this era of heightened party polarization—where party identities are so strong and so distinct from one another —party loyalties play an outsized role in determining who people vote for on election day, for both men and women.

Democratic women are loyal to Democratic candidates. Republican women are loyal to Republican candidates. This is true even in situations where these party loyalties might be challenged, like races where gender issues are at the forefront because of sexual misconduct or because women are running in historic candidacies.

This isn’t the story the media is telling. Instead, they’ve suggested that the gender gap is becoming a gender chasm. 

Women prefer Democratic candidates by a record margin. Women are abandoning the Republican Party. GOP women are growing dissatisfied with their party. And GOP women are less motivated about voting. Some Democrats are likely feeling pretty optimistic about this news, but this optimism is often misplaced. Just because there are more women candidates running than ever before and gender has emerged as a common theme in the 2018 midterms doesn’t mean that women are becoming more politically united.

Here are four things that you need to know to truly understand the gender gap.

Many women voters and candidates are motivated by the sexism they see in Washington—but Republican women remain loyal to their party, and an upset due to the gender gap isn’t necessarily a certainty looking ahead to the midterm elections. (Charles Edward Miller / Creative Commons)

#1: Party identification trumps gender when it comes to voting.

Party identification is the most important factor for determining voting patterns. Both women and men rarely cross party lines to vote for opposition candidates. Yes, our research shows there has been a persistent and growing gender gap between the parties since the 1970s, with women more likely to identify as Democrats and men as Republicans. But once men and women choose to identify with a party, they stay pretty loyal to that party’s candidates.

There was a lot of speculation that 2016 would be an exception to this rule and that Republican women would vote for Hillary Clinton because of Donald Trump’s “woman problem.” But women largely remained loyal to their party. Exit polls show that 89 percent of Republican women voted for Trump. Similarly, 90 percent of Democratic women voted for Clinton.

Reporters are suggesting that Republican women may abandon their party in 2018. Consistent with past results, an October 2nd poll that found 55 percent of women said they would vote for a Democratic candidate for Congress compared to 43 percent of men, if the midterm elections were held today.

But this comparison isn’t very useful, because it doesn’t account for party affiliation.

If you use this same poll, but compare men and women from the same party, a different picture emerges. Ninety-three percent of Republican women and 91 percent of Republican men reported that they would vote for a Republican candidate for Congress if the election were held today. Just like in 2016, registered Republicans, whether male or female, plan to turn out for Republican candidates.

#2: Party isn’t the only factor that divides women.

In addition to party, race, education, and class create sharp divisions among women. African-American women, Latinas, and college-educated women overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates. By contrast, a majority of white women typically vote Republican. In 2016, for example, 90 percent of women who voted for Trump were white. But, as our research shows, there are divisions among white women too. White women with a college degree were about twice as likely to support Clinton over Trump in 2016. On the other hand, low-income white women were much more supportive of Trump than middle- and upper-income women.

For the most part, these patterns are nothing new – they reflect long-standing trends in American political behavior. White women have long supported Republican presidential candidates, with the notable exception of Bill Clinton’s presidential bids in 1992 and 1996. The education gap among white women opened up in the 1990s, when a majority of college-educated white women started to support Democratic candidates. Taking race, education, and class into account like this quickly clears up the picture of the gender gap.

#3: Women won’t automatically vote for a candidate just because she is also a woman.

A big part of the story about gender in the 2018 midterms is that there are more women running for office than ever before. Most of these female candidates are Democrats, and there is little to suggest that Republican women will cross party lines to vote for a female Democratic candidate. It’s not just a matter of party, but also a matter of policy.

In our research, we analyzed opinion in 10 different policy areas, and found that Republican women hold attitudes that are much more similar to Republican men than to Democrats of either gender. While Republican women have slightly more moderate views than Republican men on “women’s issues”—including education, child care and healthcare—the gaps between parties are much bigger than differences between men and women within either party. Because Republican women have such conservative policy preferences, the spate of new female Democratic candidates is not likely to appeal to them.

Beyond this, many Republican women are perfectly happy being represented by men. In a poll conducted by CBS news, only 19 percent of Republican women think it is very important to elect more women or even that more women in political office would make the country better.

#4: The gender gap doesn’t automatically benefit Democrats. Turnout matters.

On average, women are more supportive of the Democratic party. Women are also more likely to turn out to vote compared to men. While this seems like it might automatically translate into a Democratic Party advantage, this isn’t necessarily the case. In 2016, white women turned out at higher than average rates, and the majority of them voted for Donald Trump. In the 2017 Special Election for Alabama Senate, African- American women turned out at unusually high rates, solidifying a victory for Democrat Doug Jones over Republican candidate Roy Moore.

What can we expect in terms of turnout in the 2018 midterms? Although a July 2nd poll of registered voters found that Democratic women were 10 percentage points more likely than Republican women to say the November elections are “very important,” this enthusiasm gap has disappeared in the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings. An October 1st poll of registered voters showed that 79 percent of Democratic women and 83 percent of Republican women now believe that the upcoming midterm is “very important”—a statistical tie.

Ultimately, women are not a unified group politically, and we should be skeptical of reporting on the gender gap that suggests they are. Partisanship plays a powerful role in shaping women’s voting behavior—and any one particular event or candidate is unlikely to override the power of party loyalty and create a major electoral upheaval.

Erin C. Cassese is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Delaware and an expert contributor at Gender Watch 2018.

Tiffany D. Barnes is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky.

Heather L. Ondercin is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wichita State University.

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Millennial Moves: Danielle Jeter is Building a Tribe of Women in Media in Philly

Unable to find a job after graduating from Spelman College was discouraging for Danielle P. Jeter, especially because she had done everything right. Not only was she accepted into the prestigious HBCU, but she also became a standout student and excelled during her academic career. “I had a whole résumé of experience. I studied abroad. I interned every summer. I got jobs. I worked while I was in college. I was a student leader. I was on the dance team,” Jeter, 29, told BLACK ENTERPRISE, adding that she often traveled off campus to network with working professionals. And, on top of that, the double major launched her own events planning business during her senior year. “So for me, I was like, ‘why can’t I get a job?’ I prepared. I did what was told of me to do,” she said.

Change of Plans

The reality of being jobless when she graduated from the Atlanta-based institution in Spring 2010 forced her to recalculate her post-college plans. “My vision for my life was to go from Atlanta to Los Angeles.” When that didn’t happen, she reluctantly returned to her hometown of Philadelphia and focused on growing her own business. “I always had a vision of being an entrepreneur. I knew that I was going to be a business owner, [but] I didn’t know I was going to do it so young.”

Jeter worked to expand her company, AOI Events & PR, into a full-service communications firm that executes creative marketing campaigns for clients. “When I came back home to Philly, I added on different services, including public relations, community relations, digital marketing, and strategic development.” Under AOI, she also started an internship and mentoring program called Pipeline that has helped dozens of high school students gain hands-on experience in the media field.

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Danielle P. Jeter at the WIM 6th Annual Conference

Representation Matters

Jeter’s career trajectory, however, took another change of course in 2013 when she attended a documentary film screening about Philadelphia’s local art scene. The lack of representation in the film was so glaring that it compelled her to take action to better represent women creatives in her community. “There was only one woman represented in the film,” which profiled Philadelphia-based artists, she told BE. “I, personally, was offended by that because I’m an artist and I know plenty of artists in the city. Philadelphia [has a] large art and culture scene.” The disappointing film motivated her to create an event to showcase the work of female artists and professionals in media and entertainment. “That sparked something in me to go ahead and create something to remind women to own their voices.”

She reached out to other women working in media within her network, student organizations, and local media outlets and organized a workshop at Temple University within 60 days. Although small, the women’s empowerment event made a great impact on its attendees and inspired her to expand the half-day workshop into an annual conference for women working in media, entertainment, and the arts. “That was so powerful. People really loved their experiences and they started to ask me ‘what’s next?’”

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Jeter also launched Women in Media Global Network (WIM Global), an organization that serves to empower and equip women who work or aspire to work in the media industry through year-round meetups and networking events. Today, the organization operates chapters in Philadelphia and Atlanta.

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Angela Yee, Danielle Jeter, and members of WIM Global (Photo Credit: Rejean Wilson) Photography

Last month, the org held its sixth annual Women in Media conference at the International House in Philadelphia, which was centered on the theme, “limitless: beyond the glass ceiling.” It was co-emceed by diversity and inclusion expert Kimberly S. Reed and included a diverse mix of women making waves in the industry such as radio personality Roxy Romeo. Jeter says her favorite highlight was her fireside chat with The Breakfast Club co-host Angela Yee. “Angela Yee telling her story reminded me that there are no overnight success stories and you have to consistently work extremely hard to be great,” she said.

Day one of the conference ended with a “Women In Sports VIP Dinner” and panel held at the Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, and featured female executives who work for the MLB team. That inspiration seemed to seep onto the field as the Phillies beat the Miami Marlins in an exciting home game later that night.

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Angela Yee and Danielle Jeter at the 2018 WIM Global Conference (Courtesy of WIM)

Day two of the conferenced featured a panel session, sponsored by BLACK ENTERPRISE, of millennial women working in corporate media outlets like BET Networks and ABC’s local news affiliate. That was followed by breakout sessions. The day ended with a reception and informal session featuring male media professionals who support women in media.

Jeter thanked members of WIM for the success of the two-day summit, noting that it’s a testament of how well women can work together. “Working behind the scenes with the Women In Media Leadership Council Team Members [kept] me inspired and motivated especially during times of difficulty. To see a dedicated team of 15 women selflessly give of their time, treasure, talents, and resources to invest in other women proved many negative stereotypes of women in general wrong.”

Another rewarding moment from the event was seeing how it encouraged and impacted others. “To learn that attendees walked away with valuable jewels, tangible resources, new relationships, education, and inspiration made all of our hard work over the last year worth it,” said Jeter. “It also proved that our WIM Global platform is needed.”

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Women in Kenya Want Access to Quality Maternal Health Care

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In April 2018, hundreds of partners joined forces to launch What Women Want, a global campaign to hear directly from one million women and girls about their top request for quality reproductive and maternal healthcare services. Through an exclusive blog series, Ms. is sharing their demands and their stories. 

The What Women Want campaign aims to amplify women’s demands for quality reproductive and maternal health care around the world. Translated into more than 14 languages, the campaign strives to hear from women from all backgrounds, cultures and locations—and has partnered with over 300 global organizations that support and empower women with HIV, women with disabilities and health professionals in over 100 countries to make that possible.

Recently, What Women Want heard from thousands of women in Kenya about their top request for quality reproductive and maternal health care. Here’s what they have to say.

According to the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health, the maternal mortality rate in Kenya remains high, at 488 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. (For reference, the maternal mortality rate in the United States is 26.4 per 100,000 live births, which is still lacking when compared to peer nations.)

We know that nearly all maternal deaths are preventable. Significant disparities in maternal mortality rates tell us that programming efforts and advocacy work must be adjusted to reach women everywhere—not just in the world’s richest countries, and not just in major cities.

Accessibility to quality health care centers is a major issue that contributes to high maternal mortality rates in Kenya. Around half of Kenyan women are delivering in health care facilities, and only 44 percent are assisted by a skilled medical professional.

Since 1990, the global maternal death rate has decreased by 44 percent, and more women than ever are using maternal healthcare services—but much of this progress was achieved in high-income areas, leaving some countries with little or no improvement. Today, 99 percent of maternal deaths take place in developing countries—with just 13 countries accounting for two-thirds of these deaths.

Within countries with high maternal mortality rates, there are significant disparities in maternal mortality and maternal healthcare utilization. In Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the utilization of prenatal, delivery and postnatal care varies greatly with personal characteristics such as geographic region, race, income level, employment and marital status.

Progress is being made, and we should be encouraged by the monumental decreases in maternal mortality and increased access to reproductive health care, but it isn’t enoughWe need to strive for more.

We must listen to the voices of those who are too often left behind. When we can raise the voices of women in every part the world, we will be closer to a time in which every woman, everywhere, is empowered to speak out and closer to receiving quality, equitable maternal and reproductive health care.

Join the one million women mobilizing for global change by adding your voice at www.whatwomanwant.org.

Claire McGee is a sophomore at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio studying Public Health and Spanish. She spent this past summer as a Communications, Fundraising and Respectful Maternity Care Intern for the White Ribbon Alliance in Washington, D.C.

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Timothée Chalamet began appearing on the big screen with brief roles in Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar before snaring larger roles in indie dramas like One and Two. He caught fire in Hollywood thanks to his trio of acclaimed performances last year in Call Me By Your Name (for which he received a well-deserved Academy Award nomination), Lady Bird and Hostiles.

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Reel Sisters Dedicates Film Festival to Self-Care and Spotlights Films by Women of Color

Twenty years ago, Carolyn Butts founded the Reel Sisters Film Festival to showcase films directed, produced, and written by women of color. Now, the Brooklyn-based film festival is celebrating two decades of job creation and access for women of color behind the camera. “We have played a pivotal role in creating spaces for us to share our stories,” said Butts. Over the last 21 years, the festival has screened over 3,000 films, distributed more than $ 25,000 in scholarship money to women of color filmmakers and helped filmmakers get their films distributed to institutions like Third World Newsreel, Black Public Media, and Centric/BET TV.”

The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is an annual two-day film festival founded by African Voices magazine and Long Island University’s Media Arts Dept. The Reel Sisters 21st-anniversary event will take place from Oct. 20-21, 2018, in Brooklyn, New York. “After 21 years, we’re very proud to be among a select group of film festivals that can recommend short narratives for Oscar consideration,” said Butts. “Our new status means Black, Latino, Asian, Indian, African and Caribbean women now have another path to earning an Oscar, which can open the doors for getting paid producing and directing jobs.”

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Although we’re making strides in representation and film, Butts wants to make it clear: “We still need to see Hollywood hiring more women directors in general,” she said. The door is cracked open but our job is to keep fighting until the top of the credit line reflects the ticketholders that made Black Panther a $ 1.344 billion box office success this summer. We need more women and people of color producing and directing films. According to a study on diversity in film conducted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, 28 women have worked as directors across the 700 top films from 2007 to 2014. Only three were African American. We still have work to do despite the PR campaign for equity and the success of films like Black Panther, Mudbound, Get Out and A Wrinkle In Time. I’m working on a project similar to Sundance TV where the films from Reel Sisters can connect with a global audience via a streaming platform like Netflix or Hulu. The Reel Sisters Tea & Cinema TV would give women of color a chance to get paid for creating, developing, and distributing their stories.”

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The theme for this year’s festival is #time4self which will showcase films dedicated to self-care, wellness, and healing. When asked about a simple way we can exercise self-care daily, Butts responded, “Breathing. We’re so busy pushing that we rarely slow down a moment to deeply inhale and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. I have to remind myself to breathe deeply and release. My personal self-care practices are yoga, writing, meditation, and prayer,” she said.

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Google says it doesn’t plan to comply with a proposed subpoena that would ask the tech giant to hand over names, email addresses, and IP addresses of women who anonymously contributed to a Google Docs spreadsheet highlighting men in the media industry accused of sexual misconduct and other inappropriate professional behavior. 

The planned subpoena is outlined in a lawsuit filed this week by one of the accused on the Google doc, known as the Shitty Media Men list. Stephen Elliott filed the federal lawsuit against writer Moira Donegan, who came out as the document’s creator earlier this year. Elliott’s asking Google for the personal information of the list’s anonymous contributors ostensibly so he could sue them, too. Read more…

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Hair Accessories for Grown Women: What’s Appropriate for Work, Play, and Beyond?

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Because everything old is new again, scrunchies, headbands, and claws are back in style and being offered as hair accessories for grown women, and I can’t wait to hear readers’ thoughts on them. I know some people have always been Team Scrunchie; I myself have always been Team Claw (and of course, the old black Ouchless elastic I wear on my wrist pretty much every waking hour). But there are strong opinions about this! Are you going to give headbands a whirl in 2018? Are some of the more decorative options (like the goldish star claw) just not appropriate for most women over a certain age (like 16)? For those of you who have strong opinions FOR hair accessories, which stores make the best hair accessories in terms of comfort, durability, price, look, etc?

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For my $ .02, I probably will give headbands a whirl again — but only with ones I already own. I’ll probably skip the scrunchies just because I don’t think my round face shape looks particularly great with a low ponytail, and I feel like that’s where scrunchies excel. I’ve always like claws for comfort and an easy half-up-do or (with a huge claw) a French twist — but those tend to be bad hair days for me so I probably don’t want to try more attention to my hair with something really decorative.

Looking for more sedate options for hair accessories for grown women? Ann Taylor, J.Crew, and Nordstrom (particularly from these two drool-worthy brands) have a ton of similar styles.

Ladies, let’s hear from you — what are your thoughts on hair accessories for grown women? What looks do you wear the most for work and play — what products are you excited about to be back in style?

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With the Flu Season Underway, New Study Shows Vaccine Benefits for Pregnant Women

The 2018­-2019 flu season is here, and Kaiser Permanente is once again urging its employees and members to get vaccinated. While the effectiveness of the flu vaccine varies from year to year, the message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has remained the same: to prevent flu, the best thing you can do is get a flu shot every year.

Flu vaccine is especially important for people at higher risk of developing severe flu, including pregnant women, young children, health care workers, the elderly, and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A new CDC-led study, published on October 11 in Clinical Infectious Diseases, found that for pregnant women in particular, getting a flu shot reduced their risk of being hospitalized for flu-related reasons by an average of 40 percent.

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The study was a partnership among CDC and other public health agencies and health care systems in Australia, Canada, Israel and the United States. Allison Naleway, PhD, an epidemiologist and vaccine researcher at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, is a study co-author.

“Expecting mothers face a number of risks to their health and the health of their baby during pregnancy, and getting the flu is one of them,” Naleway explained. “This study’s findings underscore the fact that there is a simple, yet impactful way to reduce the possibility of complications from flu during pregnancy: get a flu shot.”

Naleway is a site principal investigator for the Vaccine Safety Datalink, a national project funded by the CDC that links automated medical records data from several integrated health care delivery organizations to monitor vaccine safety. As a scientist on the front lines of vaccine research and surveillance, she often fields questions about the flu vaccine. Below, Naleway answers some of the most common questions she hears.

Why is the flu vaccine important?

Many people think of the flu as an inconvenience that causes a few days of misery at its worst, but the truth is that influenza can kill. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people end up in the hospital from the flu, and thousands of people die from flu-related causes. The flu vaccine isn’t perfect, but it’s our best defense. I encourage people to learn all they can about the flu vaccine, and the CDC’s “Key Facts About Season Flu Vaccine” is a great place to start.

Are there people who shouldn’t get the vaccine?

Many formulations of the flu vaccine are grown in chicken eggs, so people with egg allergies should talk to their health care provider before deciding whether to be vaccinated. Also, people who have had severe reactions to the flu vaccine in the past should talk to their health care provider before they decide whether to be vaccinated again. That said, severe reactions to the vaccine are very rare. Perhaps one in a million people vaccinated might have an allergic reaction or develop a rare paralytic illness. More common reactions include redness at the injection site, soreness, or a slight fever — mild symptoms that are outweighed by the vaccine’s benefits.

Is there a chance that I will still get the flu even if I do get the vaccine?

The flu vaccine is reformulated every year, so its effectiveness varies from year to year. It depends on how well the vaccine is matched to the particular viruses that are causing the flu. Scientists usually do a pretty good job of predicting which flu viruses are going to move from the Southern hemisphere into the Northern hemisphere, but sometimes they miss the mark. That’s what happened in the spring of 2009, when H1N1 spread up through Mexico into the United States. Experts didn’t see that coming, so we already had a large wave of illness before we had a vaccine to prevent it.

If the vaccine isn’t always effective, why should I get it?

The vaccine has been studied extensively and it’s very safe, so there’s very little downside to getting it. The flu can be quite serious and can cause severe symptoms including cough, sore throat, high fever, body aches, chills, fatigue and headaches. Again, while most people recover after a few days, many people end up in the hospital, and there are still thousands of people who die each year from complications of the flu.

Can the flu vaccine cause the flu?

Let me say emphatically that the flu vaccine does not cause the flu. The injectable vaccine contains a killed virus, so there’s no chance that it can give you the flu. We usually give the flu shot in September or October when a lot of other viruses are circulating, so when someone gets sick after getting the flu vaccine, it’s just a coincidence that they caught some other bug about the same time they were vaccinated.

Do you get the flu vaccine?

Yes! I get the vaccine every year — and so does my family.

 

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3 Women Who Bet on Their Weight-Loss Goals — and Won a Collective $8,900

Could money motivate you to lose weight?

Honestly, you might be surprised. (The human brain is such a weird, mystical organ.)

We’ve talked to dozens of people who’ve bet on their weight-loss goals through a wellness company called HealthyWage.

Here’s how it works: You place a bet on your weight-loss goals. If you meet your goal within the designated time frame, you’ll get a cash prize. If not, you’ll lose the amount you bet.

Now the question is: Is this too good to be true?

3 Women Who Won Up to $ 5,300 Each Through HealthyWage

We talked to three women who signed up for HealthyWage. Each one hoped putting money on the line would be enough to motivate them to reach their goals.

Spoiler: It worked.

1. Jaclyn Brown: Lost 132 Pounds, Won $ 5,294.12

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Diets. Calorie-counting. Weight Watchers check-ins.

Jaclyn Brown thought she’d tried it all. This was 2015, and she weighed 272 pounds.

“Being that big is extremely uncomfortable,” she says. “It’s a struggle finding something to wear in the morning [which] kind of sets your whole day up to be a bad day.”

But nothing seemed to work. On a whim, she Googled “ways to make money by losing weight.” Maybe money could keep her motivated.

That’s when she landed on HealthyWage. She bet $ 100 a month that she could lose 132 pounds in 18 months.

She was left with two choices: Lose the weight and win nearly $ 5,300 or lose $ 1,800.

This was enough motivation. Brown completely changed her lifestyle and guess what? She dropped 132 pounds — nearly half her body weight — and pocketed her winnings.

2. Teresa Suarez: Lost 60 Pounds, Won $ 2,415.28

“It was traumatic to see the scale say 266,” Teresa Suarez recalls. “I was depressed and constantly getting hurt.”

If she didn’t change her lifestyle soon, she knew she’d hit 300 pounds within a few months.

One day, while scrolling through Facebook, she stumbled upon HealthyWage. She placed a bet: If she could lose 60 pounds in six months — 10 pounds a month — she could pocket $ 2,415.28. If she didn’t? She’d have to forfeit $ 750.

That was enough to get her to turn her bad habits around. She began exercising and changed her diet. When she weighed in after six months, she’d done it — she’d lost the weight and won the money.

Because she set her own diet and exercise plan — no extreme diets or exercise regimens — Suarez was able to sustain her new healthy lifestyle.

“When I was on vacation in Cancun, I was doing lunges, crunches and burpees in my hotel room,” she says. “I can’t stand burpees, but now I do them.”

3. Christina Castro: Lost 84 pounds, Won $ 1,191

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“You hear the stories about the plane seats, but you never think it’s going to be you,” Christina Castro says.

On her international flight home from her honeymoon, when she couldn’t buckle her seatbelt, Castro realized something had to change. She weighed close to 300 pounds. She wasn’t happy.

The 28-year-old researched ways to lose weight — “even though I’d failed so many times,” she admits.

That’s when she found HealthyWage. “I was like, ‘Wait, people will pay me to get healthy? I don’t have to lose thousands of dollars? I get thousands of dollars?’” she recalls thinking.

She bet $ 50 a month for six months that she’d lose 80 pounds. It took a lot of hard work and diligence, but Castro succeeded — and won $ 1,191.

“I was pulling shirts out of my closet that I hadn’t worn in years, just running around my house screaming to my husband, ‘Look what I’m wearing!’” she says.

How Much Money Could You Win?

It’s important to know that HealthyWage isn’t a magical fix. Nor is it a diet or exercise plan. It simply holds you accountable.

If you want to get paid to lose weight, here’s how to get started:

  1. Start at the HealthyWage prize calculator.
  2. Define a goal weight and the amount of time you’ll give yourself to achieve it.
  3. Place a bet on yourself ranging from $ 20 to $ 500 a month.
  4. Depending on how much you have to lose, how long you give yourself to do it and how much money you put on the table, you could win up to $ 10,000!

If you think money might motivate you to hit your goals, check out the HealthyWage prize calculator to see how much you could win.

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Bette Midler apologizes after calling women the ‘N-word of the world’ in controversial tweet

Not even hocus pocus can erase this choice of words.

Bette Midler expressed regret Thursday after calling women the “N-word of the world” in a controversial tweet — and prompting social media backlash.

“Angrily I tweeted w/o thinking my choice of words would be enraging to black women who doubly…

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Oh No Ma’am! Bette Midler Says ‘Women are the N-Word of the World’

Bette Midler tried to make a point in the fight for gender equality and misfired — horribly.

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Bette tweeted Thursday — in the midst of protests in D.C. by women who strongly oppose the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh — “Women, are the n-word of the world.”

She added to her point by saying women are … “Raped, beaten, enslaved, married off, worked like dumb animals; denied education and inheritance; enduring the pain and danger of childbirth and life IN SILENCE for THOUSANDS of years.”

Midler ends her tweet by saying women “are the most disrespected creatures on earth.”

In 2 hours, her tweet has elicited almost 7 thousand replies, many of which are blasting her for minimizing racism while at the same time hurting the feminist movement. 

Others are pissed that Midler, a rich white woman, is comparing the plight of women to the history of mistreatment of black people.

We hope Bette issues a clarification and an apology rather quickly [apology below] — it’s October and we already planned on watching ‘Hocus Pocus’ at least twice before Halloween. We can’t have Bette out here getting canceled.

 

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Women Supporting Other Women: 4 Simple Ways

At the United State of Women Summit earlier this year, Michelle Obama said, “So many of us have gotten ourselves at the table, but we’re still too grateful to be at the table to really shake it up. It’d be nice to have a collective of black women who are opening up spaces for each other, or making strategic moves to raise the visibility of black women within the industry, and not just who’s on the cover of the magazine but behind the scenes too. I don’t think it’s solely white people’s job to do that. There needs to be more of a push from us to stand together.” I couldn’t agree more.  Whether you’re a CEO, engineer, scientist, chef, or teacher, you have the power to support and create spaces for women of color.

Supporting other women means you’re being intentional about how you show up in life and business. Showing up means you’re mentally present while listening and speaking up for yourself as well as others. Ready to take the lead? Try the tips below.

1. Bring another woman’s projects, products, services, or accomplishments into a discussion when they’re not in the room. Here are a few examples:

  • If you realize a woman wasn’t given proper credit for an idea that she shared during a meeting, speak up for her. For example, during an interview with Politico Magazine, Wendy Sherman, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, recalled an unspoken rule she and her female colleagues demonstrated during meetings. “When any man commented by repeating something that had been said earlier by a woman, one of the other women at the table would jump in. “I’m glad you agree with what _________just said,” or “That builds nicely on the point ______made just before.”
  • If you’re attending a high profile event like an awards show or conference, wear an outfit by an up and coming fashion brand or designer. The number of influencers and celebrities who speak about women’s empowerment, but fail to demonstrate their support for other women who are underestimated or underrepresented in an industry always amazes me. Simply put, talk less, act more, and lead by example.
  • If you’re in a meeting with someone who’s looking for a new team member, recommend another woman for a project by sharing her accomplishments or experiences.

2. Look beyond numbers. When looking to hire a speaker, business coach, or new employee, there’s still a lot of pressure to have a massive social media following. Unfortunately, follower count often equates to trust and traffic, but this misconception often leads to confusion and missed opportunity. Your number of followers don’t always equate to sales, engagement, or new customers. Instead of focusing on their number of followers on social media, assess their engagement. What’s the value they deliver to their audience? What are their perspectives on challenges and trends in the field?

3. Keep it real by sharing your setbacks, resources, and connections. Go beyond dolling out fluffy advice like “just do it, never give up, or believe in yourself.” Describe the sacrifices that helped you become successful. What are the names of the tools and resources that helped you succeed? As more women keep it real about how they worked through their challenges, it helps to uplift and equip other women with the resources they need to bridge the gender gap in leadership, business, etc.

4. Choose collaboration over competition. Regardless of your role, it starts with you. Bury your ego and insecurities about sharing the spotlight because the truth is we are stronger in numbers. Plus, no one wins in life or business solely by their own efforts.

In the workplace, you can promote an environment of collaboration by asking for another person’s viewpoints. In business, a successful leader recognizes the power of identifying the gaps in their skill set, operating in their zone of genius, and confidently hiring people who can close the gap.

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A Podcast Network Putting the Spotlight on Women Who Amassed Millions

After two years of hosting Switch, Pivot or Quit, a widely popular podcast, Ahyiana Angel gained two valuable insights that inspired her to launch Mayzie Media, a podcast network for women.

I realized male-led shows dominated the podcast charts and the news headlines,” said Angel. “I also noticed a trend on social media with women asking their communities for podcast recommendations with a female lead or host. They were very vocal about being tired of the same dude style talk and content dominating the space and as a result controlling our narratives. Oftentimes, new podcasts have a hard time breaking through to the masses because the discovery of new programs is challenging. My logic was to create a hub where those who want podcasts produced with their interests in mind can have a sole location for discovery and entertainment.”

With a focus on providing podcasts in the categories of inspiration and self-care; society and culture; and business, Mayzie Maydie has a refreshing line-up of programming.

A Milli, the first podcast to launch under the network, takes listeners behind the scenes with women who have amassed a minimum of 1 million in funding, sales, subscribers, net worth, etc. in business. These are dynamic women who collectively have more than $ 60 million in annual revenue, 5 million in social followers, and have amassed more than $ 116 million in funding. Special guests include Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO of The ACT-1 Group with a reported net worth of $ 420 million; Lindsey Andrews, co-founder of Minibar Delivery, the direct-to-consumer wine, beer, and liquor delivery service with $ 5 million in funding; Myleik Teele, founder and chief experience officer of beauty subscription brand curlBOX; and Sabena Suri, co-founder and CSO of BOXFOX a premier gift-giving company.

Book’d is the next show set to launch. This podcast features authors of new releases in self-help, personal development, and more. The authors are not only talking about their book projects but also sharing their writing process and personal stories as well.

Beyond spotlighting the entrepreneurial process, sales. and success metrics, Mayzie Media is looking to make an impact from having uncomfortable conversations. “I want to make it easy for women to explore programming which speaks to the issues they are discussing on ladies night like: “how the hell did I get ghosted” or “how do I navigate being a new mom after maternity leave,” says Angel. “I also want to highlight the stories that need to be told like the accounts of women who have suffered due to the disturbing practice of sex trafficking, and addressing common themes that come up as professionals: managing money, getting the promotion you deserve, or navigating a micro-manager. I like to say Mayzie Media is a digital brunch date with your girls: fun, fulfilling, and empowering.”

Even major networks such as Spotify are embracing the power of women as podcast listeners and consumers. Recently, the music streaming service announced an initiative to amplify female voices of color through the power of podcast.

“With 18,000 women applying to the Spotify Sound Up Bootcamp I think it was a clear message that we can show up in large numbers, we want to be heard, we have ideas, and we are ready to make our presence felt in podcasting. The response to the boot camp also showed that if you speak to us we will show up,  shine, and glow up. It also proves my gut feeling that the interest is there but the mainstream opportunities are not plentiful. Spotify also launched a very similar program in the UK and I would like to think that it was in response to the overwhelming interest that women showed in the States. I’m excited at the idea of all 18,000 aspiring creators having a network to rally behind them like Mayzie Media,” said Angel.

Advertising spending in podcasting is forecast to grow from $ 326 million in 2018 to $ 534 million in 2020. With 61% of podcast listeners reportedly buying something they heard about on a podcast ad, it’s no mystery that major players in the podcast industry are cutting larger checks for female talent and signing breakout talent to other media related deals as a result of podcasting. Ultimately, there is significant revenue potential in pairing the influence of women with podcasting.

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Black Women Face High Risk, Dangers And Death Rates With Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October presents another opportunity to spread information about the disease and how it affects Black women. The disease is responsible for a high death rate in women of color, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Black women are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer despite doctors diagnosing the disease in African-American and white women at about the same rate, the CDC reported. Also, Black women are more often found to have triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive type that frequently returns after treatment.

Age is also a big factor: breast cancer incidence rates were higher among African-American women younger than 60 years old but lower among those who are 60 or older.

One reason for this statistic could be that medical professionals tend to find this cancer at an earlier stage in white women.  Also, Black women may have inadequate medical care, including limited access to cancer screening technology.

Doctors encourage women, especially those at high risk due to a family history or having BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, to get out ahead of the disease. Early detection measures such as mammograms and screenings are strongly recommended. Women can visit local hospitals that offer low-cost mammograms or call their local American Cancer Society chapter for help with screenings or doctor referrals.

In addition, researchers continue to look into why some women are more susceptible to triple-negative breast cancer, in order to find better treatment options.

Women can also choose a healthier lifestyle for a better chance of lowering risks for the disease. BreastCancer.org recommends exercise, a nutritious diet and avoiding smoking and alcohol as important in the battle against breast cancer — one that many women can win regardless of race.

Many women are speaking out to spread awareness about breast cancer and helping women to fight it. Serena Williams posted a powerful message about the disease recently.

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German company TUV Rheinland filed an appeal to receive money back from more than 5,000 British women who sued the company for failing to test the safety of breast implants made by French manufacturer, Poly Implant Prothèse. The women were given defunct implants, and in some cases, they ruptured and had to be removed.
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Reproductive rights advocacy organization A is For once again brought together stars of stage and screen with Broadway Acts for Women A Star-Studded Night of Karaoke and Comedy on September 30, 2018. The night feature performances from Broadway stars, actors, and comedians who support access to reproductive health care. Broadway Acts for Women is the only benefit that brings the Broadway community out in force for abortion rights and reproductive health care.
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