Fight for the Safety of Children and Women

Each and every one of us tends to have an innate desire to preserve the innocence of children, regardless of our differences in terms of personal identity. However, there has been a longstanding debate over the exact age at which children should be able to make their own decisions. Although this remains indefinite across the world, nations have had to come to their own conclusions in the process of setting a legal age of sexual consent. The consequence of a lack thereof is apparent in recent cases. Four months ago, the alleged rapist of an eleven-year-old girl was exonerated from rape charges. The absence of elements such as violence, threat, surprise and constraint ultimately led to the thirty-year-old man’s discharge.

With the implementation of France’s new policy towards setting the legal age of sexual consent at fifteen-years-old, sexual contact with anyone under that age will be convicted with rape charges, regardless of context; Children are never in the position to give consent. This move is supported by Marlene Schiappa, the Equality Minister, following the advice of legal professionals. This is an extremely uplifting news seeing as these offenders could only be accused of sexual abuse of a minor instead of rape prior to this. At worst, they could only be forced to serve a five-year sentence, in addition to an $87,000 penalty. That is the same punishment for both minors and legal adults. That leaves room for plenty of alleged rapist to break free. Those who are behind such horrific acts deserve a far more punitive consequence.

 “Setting a legal age of sexual consent would allow a collective awareness and that everyone would see what was legal and illegal,” quoting Agnès Buzyn, the Minister of Solidarity and Health in Le Figaro, the French newspaper reports.

Even the current fixed age seems too young in comparison to Cyprus, who has set their legal age of sexual consent at seventeen-years-old. Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Portugal, on the other hand, have set their age at fourteen-years-old. Furthermore, France had some uncertainty regarding the exact age, be it thirteen or fifteen. In that period of time, many activist organizations that supports the cause of fighting violence against children were pushing for the higher age, reaffirmed by the Equality Minister and President Emmanuel Macron.

All of the aforementioned components concerning sexual assault policies are awaiting the government’s approval in the coming weeks. A separate case that incriminated a twenty-eight-year-old man with sexual assault charges have had some changes recently. The victim was initially described as “not physically forced to have sex” but the change in policy have decided that it is indeed, rape. With varying legal age of consent across the world, ranging from thirteen to eighteen, how do we determine when children have the ability to make the right judgements?

Perhaps we should focus on improving the safety of these women (and men) by eliminating the callous criminals. In the meantime, we can only attempt to do so through the platform of legal proceedings. Children and women should be able to feel safe in their environments as well as everybody else. Legal age or otherwise, children will eventually reach the consented age but that still does not ensure that no harm will come in their way. As a matter of fact, sexual assault is a usual occurrence on the streets of France as well. Findings have revealed that one in every eight French females has been sexually assaulted before. Hence, new plans for anti-street harassment policy are vital to the safety of women in France.

Further updates will be posted when it is announced.

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Google to face lawsuit over gender pay gap

Google is once again making headlines this week due to a familiar issue in Silicon Valley—the gender pay gap. At least 70 current and former female employees are expected to file a class-action lawsuit against the tech giant with the help of a San Francisco employment law firm, Altshuler Berzon LLP.

James Finberg, the civil rights lawyer and Altshuler Berzon LLP partner spearheading the class action suit, told Forbes that several dozen women came forward in just “a matter of weeks” after the firm posted both Facebook and LinkedIn notices “seeking women currently or formerly employed at Google for possible inclusion in a planned class-action lawsuit alleging gender pay discrimination.”

Since this week’s firing of Google employee James Damore, the suit has gained more fire and Finberg expects to go public “a lot earlier than [they’d] hoped or expected.”

This class-action lawsuit follows closely on the heels of a similar suit filed against Google earlier this year by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) citing evidence of an “extreme” gender pay gap within the tech company. Finberg told Forbes the current suit will draw evidence from the DOL analysis, whose evidence was taken from a collection of 21,000 employee salaries at Google’s headquarters.

Some of the concerns women are sharing, according to Finberg, are that women are being channeled into ‘softer’ jobs that are compensated less than, say, coding is and that women’s prior wages were used to create their Google salary.

If the latter were to be true, Finberg comments, “That’s institutionalizing gender discrimination, and it’s against California law.”

Although the year may be 2017, and you can’t seem to walk down a street without bumping into a feminist, women continue to earn less than their male counterparts in the workplace. Despite a certain Google employee’s claim that the gender pay gap is a myth, the data proves otherwise.

According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2015, women earn an average of $0.80 for every $1 men do. The report broke this down by age as well, indicating that younger women have a narrower pay gap than older women do. This gap tends to be wider for older women, as they faced bigger gaps when starting their careers than younger women do, hurting their long-term earnings.

That $0.20 wage gap adds up at the end of the day, costing women a loss of around $10,470 each year, according to a report published by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in March this year. For a white, 20 year-old-woman just starting her career today, that loss over a 40-year period adds up to a grand total of $418,800. If that same woman’s male counterpart were to retire at age 60, it would take her another 10 years (retiring at 70), to close that gap. The same NWLC report notes that this situation is compounded even more for women of color. Depending on the state she lives in, a woman of color might have to work past the age of 100 in order to bridge the gap to her white male counterpart.

Finberg and Altshuler Berzon LLP intend to move forward with the class-action suit “within the next few weeks.” It looks like stories about Google and the gender pay gap will be gracing headlines throughout all of 2017.

Serena Williams Slams in Every Way

Sports Illustrated states that Serena Williams has one of the most sustained careers in the history of athletics. Williams who is not shy in the athletic world she is just as equal to the fashion world.  Not only is she not afraid to get her hands on new projects,  she has proven her abilities in many other ways. Serena can do no wrong in any way as a woman of today’s times.

Williams hit the stands August 10th on the cover of The New York wearing an Elizabeth and James dress. Showing that Serena is no stranger to fashion. Being on many other covers besides the two Vogue covers just shows how good she is at what she does. With having such success at whatever she touches how could anyone not want to work with someone as talented as Williams is.

Williams has always wanted to not only be a Tennis Pro but also always wanted to be a designer, and not just any, a Wedding Dress Designer. Is this the time for Serena to make the switch over? At 33 years of age, should she start feeling the wear and tear of every day of being the ultimate athlete? She has already beat the odds of being the oldest in her field of being able to play still and still win like it was nothing. Paving the ways for all the youngster that wanting to be the next Williams of this new generations.

After 16 years of playing, the Williams sisters feel that they brought fashion back to Tennis.  So even back then fashion was always on the minds of these two young women. Venus has a line called EleVen in active wear. So Serena following in her sister’s footsteps creates her path in the fashion worlds as well. As HSN and Serena take the shopping network head-on with her new line, Serena Williams Signature Line in athletic wear.

Williams always knew that the plan was to go into fashion as a designer once she retired. She has however decided to make athletic wear as she is still playing tennis and may not stop anytime soon. She explains to the New Yorker, she is fully aware that she has all eyes on her. With her Fashion Career on the path to a great start, protecting her title is also her number one priority.

Serena shuts down her haters about the way, she looks as a woman, she pulls off the chatter of haters by just showing what true grace is by doing what she does best and be just herself as is, by just putting on some clothing and stand out with class and instead of responding. Granted, Williams is hot as hot can be at the moment, and proudly showing every curve in her dress.

In The New Yorker, she becomes very blunt about the passion she has for the fashion world and certainly open to what other opportunities her  future may hold. She also talks about the subject of racism of today’s times. So not only  is Serena Williams the ultimate athlete, not only is she beautiful but she has brains to keep her passions alive. Williams understands her role in today’s world and she wears her crown with honor.


It’s Time for Women’s Empowerment!

Empowerment is not only a word that needs to be a part of education, but it also needs to be on mentioned in the War on Sexism. I heard a  man once say to a woman,” You are one of those…” because she spread the word of empowerment to others.

I could not believe what I heard. Later  that night I thought about the words that were said, about how that woman was “one of those.” One of what, may I ask? I think it is time for both of the sexes to talk about women’s empowerment.

Firstly, men need as much empowerment as the girls. It should be “even steven” on both sides, but it is not. If something is not done soon we may not have time to solve the issues at hand. Our economic environment depends on this working out, and we keep pushing the sexes away from each other. If we give attention to one sex, we need to show the other the same amount of attention.

Via Flickr/The Library of Congress
Via Flickr/The Library of Congress

It is imperative to empower women through education. Women do not have to give up their educational goals. They can have it all while taking care of themselves and their family.

Unfortunately, tons of women do not have the drive or the know-how. This is the normal standard of life for some women on a daily basis only because they allow the standard to continue. They let their husbands pay for everything and  they have no clue what is in their bank account. It is time for women to take some initiative. By doing this, it helps break the gap in the workforce between Adam and Eve. When more women work it increases our economy, and that is what is needed to get America off her butt again.

Men also need to change! Why not encourage women? They need to let go of being in charge and let the ladies do what they can do. Women can do the same things men can do. Men can do more than what a ” man” is suppose to do. There is more job growth when everyone plays nice!

Also, why do you need to pass the family business on to someone because they have the same last name? Most of the time family owned businesses that are passed down by generation end up failing. So instead of allowing DNA  to be the factor in giving a job, pass it down to someone that will take your legacy to the highest. If there is not much pressure when passing down the family-owned business then the children can choose to follow their own career paths. When you are doing what you love, it’s not working. There is the possibility of love, life, and labor being in the same sentence.

Men need more options and don’t need to feel the pressure to do what is expected. Men do not need to pay for everything and work alone, and they should be educated. Men have the same issues, but they’re on a different spectrum. Not having an education because you have to work and pay bills should not even be in the thoughts of Americans.

Only 19 % of Congress is made up of women. There are only 26 female CEO’s listed in the Fortune 500. There is a double standard and nothing is being done about this. The main issue is the lack of education in regards to book learning, finances, and health.

So, I think it is time for a change, and maybe it is the time we see how the ladies hold up next to a man. Women have man’s rib so why not give us a shot?  Let’s let Ronda Rousey fight Floyd Mayweather and just see where this goes. Let’s start this empowerment movement with a bang or a pow but most definitely a shot. Alternatively, we should keep it simple and look at what is missing from the bigger picture and see how to improve and not hold each other back. We are all fighting for the same thing in the end.


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Are You a Millennial Mom?

Millennial Moms are knocking it out of the park for what they feel is right. They are doing what is reliable and what meets desires for lifestyles of others and their families as well. That Millennials give out their knowledge to others, and it is showing through with full colors. That’s because their decisions are playing a key part in today’s time. It is becoming a business to be a Millennial.  Independent of the likelihood that it clashes with the Baby Boomers, The Generation X and that being surprising is the primary point of being a Millennial Mom.

In 2012, when our administration asked that we the people fill out the census to get some insights. As certifiable Americans we did, and truth has it that there are 16,223,210 women ranging from ages 18-34. These numbers include women who have had a least one child in the United States. Because they have children in the homes these super moms have pressed the issue, pushing it significantly harder in this world.

Practically 70% wish they could leave their place of business and stay at home. Millennials make up more than 3/4 of the showing and why not put that to use? With this being such a high number, their voice is not being heard.


Millennial Moms have a so much persuasive force that it is not even funny.  Not just with her relatives. These moms leave their words on social stages everywhere throughout the world, but others are listening. In the same manner don’t count out each one of the ladies promoting social change because you may be reading something from them. Or you may be purchasing, or have purchased, products from these Millennial Moms.

People should watch in light of the fact that there is practically 3% development from Millenial Moms who specifically use internet organizing for diverse purposes. Clients of online networking systems are the mothers of today being vocal and persuasive that their words mean something. They are being sought after for advice. Millennial moms are spending an average of 22 hours a day on social media.

Not only did super mothers spread the word a considerable measure, they transformed it into a profession with fruitful followings. Almost 40% of their sales come from social media and that is 65% higher than Generation X. The great part is that nearly 70% receive payment now for helping others, like running errands and helping with standard everyday management.

As a general rule many women work in a business along with being a mother. Oh, how far we have come in using new applications to help with customary tasks, sorting out family events and utilizing modern technology for standard use. Millennials are generally idealistic, flexible and focused too. Many mothers even have the same stresses.

Circumstances are being made for their children to have a more laid-back upbringing. There is less structure and the weight of how they should be as a parent is released. Furthermore, because the mother is of the new period, there is a affirmative view of kid raising. The open box theory is welcomed rather than being closed so now no more arguments over who is right or not. Do the mothers of this time feel they are they more prepared for everything ahead? Well, they will try!

Millennial moms are more centered on themselves and having their own time for themselves and their team. They are sharing information about products and are learning the needs of what is best for their crew. They don’t just have one choice; they are more about hands-on exercises and are ready to juggle every last bit of it without a moment’s delay and with a grin. Now that is a Millennial Mom!


‘Stalled Gender Revolution’ Is Awakening and Gender Equity Is on the Rise

According to a report from the Council on Contemporary Families titled “Gender Revolution Rebound Symposium,” what is known as the “Stalled Gender Revolution” of the 1990s and early 2000s is now over.

This so-called stall in gender equality progression occurred after an active period from about 1970 to 1990 where women increasingly entered the work force and closed in on education and income gaps. Then, in the 1990s and 2000s, progress not only paused but also reversed. Highly educated women “opted out” of high-power, high-paying careers to stay with children over the fear that their kids would be harmed by lack of a substantial maternal relationship. Subsequently, the wage gaps again increased.

Now, according to the report by David Cotter, a sociologist at Union College, and his co-authors, gender equality is again progressing as generations outside of just the Millennials are increasingly accepting and embracing what gender equality entails. Since 2006, all generations, conservatives and liberals alike, have seen an increase in support for gender equality—conservatives, though behind liberals, have demonstrated the greatest growth in support.

According to the survey’s findings, in 1977, 66 percent of Americans surveyed said that male breadwinner-female homemaker families are the ideal, but now less than one-third surveyed agree with that. Additionally, today 65 percent disagreed that preschool children would suffer should their mothers work. Further, over 75 percent said that both genders are equally skilled in politics. According to a report by Christine Schwartz, sociology professor at University Wisconsin-Madison, only 28 percent would assert that the husband should earn a greater salary than his wife.

Professor of history and family studies at Evergreen State College and director of Public Education at the Council of Contemporary Families, Stephanie Coontz alleged that perhaps the Great Recession is responsible for the increase in support for gender equality in the workplace and home, as it was in the Great Depression. She told The Washington Post, “It may be that this time, the recession reminded people of women’s labor, and they respected them for it.”

While perhaps gender equity in the workplace is picking up speed, our world still has a ways to go to obtain full gender equality in all aspects of life.



U.S. Navy Promotes First Female 4-Star Admiral

History was made on Tuesday, July 1, when the U.S. Navy promoted Michelle Howard to a four-star admiral. This is the first time in the history of the U.S. military that a woman has been promoted to the position in the Navy. With the promotion, she has become the vice chief of naval operations, the number-two job in the service. The U.S. Army and Air Force have already promoted women within their ranks to four-star admiral.

Howard became well-known for her leadership position over an anti-piracy task force in the Gulf of Aden. During her time as commander, Howard oversaw the 2009 rescue of Captain Richard Phillips’ tanker, which was recently made into a blockbuster film starring Tom Hanks.

Howard announced at her promotion ceremony, as reported by the Associated Press, “If you don’t believe today was a first, when I called to order four-star shoulder boards for women, they didn’t exist.” This is not the only history Howard has made. In 1999, she became the first African-American woman to command an American Naval Ship, the USS Rushmore, according to News Daily.

Though Howard was one of the few women in her graduation class of 1982 at the Naval Academy, women now make up twenty-five percent of the total graduates. A huge increase from the past few decades. Women have had a history of being demeaned and abused in the U.S. armed forces. This positive trend may help make conditions better and safer for everyone in the service.



Walmart Promotes Women-Owned Businesses with New Label

According to a report from Bloomberg, retail giant Walmart will start selling products marked with a label that indicates a company is owned by a woman this September. The huge company is honoring a pledge made in 2011 that stated they would source $20 billion to start carrying products from women-owned U.S. businesses by 2016. Walmart will begin by selling a lingerie brand named Smart & Sexy and Maggie’s Salsa—both businesses owned by women in the United States.

Like kosher, gluten-free or organically certified labels, the company asserts that a women-owned business label will attract buyers who aim to express and exercise their values through buying decisions.

People purchase things based on the value it reflects. For example, one might buy a certain brand of chicken because its label indicates the chicken was farm-raised, which reflects his or her inclinations toward the environment and toward organic, healthier food. Similarly, a women-owned business label might attract consumers on the premise that the product would reflect their inclinations toward women’s equality.

“People are looking for reasons to feel good about the company they’re buying from,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, chief executive of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She asserts that this stamp of approval will encourage that, according to Bloomberg Business Week. Referring to research from Walmart, which concluded that 90 percent of female buyers would be drawn to products by women-owned businesses, she said, “I think there’s a very strong business case for having the logo on a product.”




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She Started It: A Documentary About Young Female Founders

She Started It – a documentary co-directed by Insiyah Saeed and Nora Poggi – over the course of one year, details the journeys of four young women entrepreneurs who have recently created their own successful startup companies. The message behind the film is to inspire and empower young women to delve into the world of technology and business and to give rise to a new generation of female leaders.

In the Filmmaker’s Statement on their website, the directors quote: “The Kauffman Foundation estimates that women have formed only 3% of tech startups. Only 4% of Fortune 500 companies are run by women. In Silicon Valley, women earn only 49 cents to a man’s dollar and get less than 10% of all VC funding. The numbers are indeed changing, but perhaps not enough.”

The filmmakers decided to profile young female entrepreneurs in the tech business in order to demonstrate just how possible it is for young women to run their own companies and make their ideas come to life. The featured women are 17-year old Brienne Ghafourifar, co-founder of universal messenger startup, Entefy; Stacey Ferreira, Co-Founder of username and password storage service MySocialCloud and Admoar; Agathe Molinar Founder and CEO of lingerie company Lemoncurve; and Thuy Truong, Co-Founder and CEO of the whiteboard application, GreenGar.

Ghafourifar, co-founder of Entefy, who works 14 to 15 hour days says that by being a part of this documentary, she feels she is able to reach out in some way to help young girls and women. She told CNN: “I want to help, mentor, inspire, and guide. I’m not even old enough to do all that. But if there’s anything I can do to help, I will.”

The film’s director-producer told CNN: “You don’t have to be Bill Gates to be the founder of a company. It’s more important to be resourceful, ambitious, and confident. There are girls who say they aren’t good at math so they won’t get into the STEM fields. Men who get C’s don’t second guess their ability. Men may not have the best ideas, but they are more likely to have the confident. We want to break that trend.”

The film is set to release in October on an educational tour throughout middle schools, high schools, and colleges throughout the U.S.