Friday, January 24, 2014

What We've Been Reading...

Stay informed while keeping warm! Here are some stories that we have been talking about this week.

Janet Yellen, the Fed’s first female leader, is making a small but symbolic change when she becomes Federal Reserve Chair on February 1st. She decided to use a gender-neutral title rather than Chairman or Chairwoman. Her title of preference will be Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Read more here.  

The Senate’s 20 women, driven by the success they have had politically and legislatively, are helping other female senate hopefuls through public support and fundraising to swell their rankings. They are providing campaign help to female candidates from West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, and Oregon.
"Women are now seen as the ones in the Senate who are getting the job done," said Baldwin, who heads the Women's Senate Network, a division of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that helps female candidates.

Four female members of the Senate are running for reelection this year: Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). In all, 29 women (13 Democrats and 16 Republicans) currently are running for Senate.  “The women Senators are wielding power and getting things done.”

Mike Huckabee stated yesterday that Democrats are pushing women to believe “they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government.” Huckabee dismissed the notion that the GOP is engaged in a "War on Women," as Democratic rivals allege.

Nancy Pelosi commented on her view of the gender gap in the U.S. politics, stating that she sees our disparities largely as a product of our culture. The article points of that out of 100 senators, 20 are female; out of 435 representatives, there are 78 women. According to the World Economic Forum, that puts the United States at 60th in the world for political equality between the sexes.

Sunday’s cover of New York Times Magazine will feature Hillary Clinton’s face as “The Woman on the Moon.” Entitled “Planet Hillary,” the New York Times explains their motivation behind the cover here. Hillary’s face is closely surrounded by other celestial bodies on the cover, one being “Huma’s Dark Matter.”

Enjoy the weekend!