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HuffPo today featured articles by our Homegirl, Lady Lynn and Cherie Blair marking International Women’s Day 2012.

CEO of EL Rothschild

Women at the Very Top

Posted: 8/03/2012 00:00

As I join my colleagues to celebrate International Women’s Day at this year’s WIE Symposium in London, I laud the advancement of women over the past few decades, but know that we have much to do in order to achieve gender equality in our societies in the UK and the US.

Over the past four decades, society has broadly accepted and integrated women in the workplace. But, this has not yet reached the highest political offices, the boardrooms and the CEO offices of the corporate world. Women are still largely absent from leadership positions and are too often perceived to be incompatible with positions of power and leadership. This absence of women in positions of power is a painful reminder that gender equality is still an aspiration, not a reality.

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Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Behind Every Successful Man is a Woman? Let’s Reverse That Saying

Posted: 8/03/2012 00:00

It used to be said that behind every successful man was a woman. They meant, of course, a wife. It was a clumsy way of recognising women’s contribution within marriage and the part this sacrifice played in helping husbands advance in their careers.

But as we celebrate International Women’s Day, I wonder if it’s not time to reverse the saying. Let’s, in fact, celebrate the role men are now playing in helping women’s rise to the top.

This is not to suggest that the fight for equality has been won. Any glance at the continuing gender pay gap or lack of women in the boardroom or parliament shows how hollow that claim would be.

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Happy International Women’s Day to all the awesome Homegirls here!

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Sorry. You will just have to bear with me on the baseball allusions now that Spring Training is in full swing (couldn’t resist  that pun -sorry).

John Conyers stepped up to the plate on this federal judge for his racist and misogynist “joke” about Barack Obama.  As you all know, I am no Obama fan, but my issues with him have to do with primary campaign activities, as well as policy moves (and lack of same) since he took office.  Racism has no role,  should not,  in ANY American discussion,  campaign,  or courthouse.

John Conyers is one of those people with whom I would trust my life without ever having been fortunate enough to meet him.  Bottom line, I guess, is that I would trust him to be POTUS.   He is not running for that, but he is rightfully calling out Richard F. Cebull for his racist remarks.

Here is a clip from tonight’s  The Ed Show on the issue.   Value added:  our homegirl,  Karen Finney comments.  She happens to have some experience in this racist arena.  I love her.  “He’s old enough to know.”  (The  judge).  Yes, Karen.  He’s  also old enough to be removed from the bench since he lives in a different century from the rest of us.  I hope Rep. Conyers extracts some payment  I hope it is the max.

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If this is beginning to look like a Karen Finney fan site, it might have something to do with Karen being an awesome Homegirl Warrior.

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As I was listening to Karen Finney explain Mitt Romney’s strategic error by not reacting far more vehemently to Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on Sandra Fluke, it suddenly stuck me. This was Romney’s “Buckner Moment.”  Karen was saying he had a golden opportunity.  Yes, and like Bill Buckner, in the tenth inning against the Mets in 1986, he let the ball roll right between his feet. No one who saw that will ever forget it.  I think, if he is the nominee, women in Massachusetts, men too – those with daughters especially, are going to show Romney as much love as the Red Sox fans showed Buckner.

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1986 World Series

Buckner watches his misplayed ground ball as Wilson goes to first.

Main article: 1986 World Series

Boston was leading the heavily favored New York Mets three games to two in the 1986 World Series when Game Six of the series went into extra innings. For his part, Buckner was batting just .143 against Mets pitching, and was 0-for-5 in Game 6. When the Sox scored two runs in the top of the tenth, Boston manager John McNamara chose to have Buckner take the field in the bottom of the inning instead of bringing Stapleton in as a defensive replacement for the ailing Buckner as he had in games one, two and five.[10]

New York came back to tie the game with three straight two out singles off Calvin Schiraldi and a wild pitch by Bob Stanley. Mookie Wilson fouled off several pitches before hitting a slow roller to Buckner at first base. Aware of Wilson’s speed, Buckner tried to rush the play. As a result, the ball rolled past his glove,[11] through his legs and into right field, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run.[12]

So the winning run is at second base, with two outs, three and two to Mookie Wilson. Little roller up along first; Behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!
NBC-TV’s Vin Scully.
Here’s the pitch to Mookie Wilson. Winning run at second. Ground ball to first, it is a run, an error! An error by Buckner! The winning run scores!
…and a ground ball, trickling, it’s a fair ball..gets by Buckner!! Rounding third, Knight! The Mets will win the ball game! The Mets win! They win! Unbelievable, the Red Sox in stunned disbelief!

So here is Karen having the “very last word,” after The Last Word last night,  explaining why Republicans need to stand up against Rush and say “This isn’t OK.” That includes you, Mitt. Guess you never learned in Little League “Mitt to the ground!”  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

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Karen shared this on Twitter in case you missed Martin Bashir today.  What Limbaugh offered was a Greek “apologia” not an apology, but an explanation.  It was not even a good one.  Socrates would have given him an”F.”  Here’s what Martin’s outstanding panel had to say.

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Here is the link to the website Krystal started: BoycottRush.org.  Share!  Spread the word!
P.S.    This is NOT the kind of posting I was expecting to be doing here during Women’s History Month!

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This is a “must read.”  Tina Brown has penned a masterpiece here. From Hillary Clinton, to Aung San Suu Kyi, to Marie Colvin, these are the women of history as we witness it being made today, they, and those more obscure to us upon whom Tina shines a spotlight in her annual Women in the World event.  Thank you, Tina, for this great post and for bringing our sisters in the battles to our attention every year!

In Newsweek Magazine

Symbols and Strength: Women in the World

Author

Tina Brown

When Hillary Clinton travels around the world as secretary of state, she is a global celebrity of the first rank. But that’s not how she felt when she went to Burma for the first time in 2011 to meet with the heroic Aung San Suu Kyi. One of the greatest living human-rights campaigners, Suu Kyi had chosen to endure—for the sake of the Burmese people—the daily threat of death and 15 years of house arrest, cut off from her husband and children. “It was, ‘Oh, my God, I cannot believe I am with Aung San Suu Kyi,” Ambassador Melanne Verveer told me of Clinton’s emotion on her two-hour talk with Suu Kyi in the house of her long captivity.


 

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This week many were outraged by the unfair, mean-spirited attacks by Rush Limbaugh on law student Sandra Fluke, whose testimony Darrell Issa refused to hear among his committee of men regarding the importance of women’s access to insurance coverage for contraceptives.  Limbaugh’s tirades and inappropriate characterization of Ms. Fluke’s testimony made clear the fact that he had not bothered to listen to the story she had to tell.  It was also obvious that Mr. Limbaugh has no idea how contraceptives work or what purposes beyond contraception “the pill” serves. Here is Sandra Fluke on The Ed Show telling her story.

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Last night Rush offered, online at his blog, his version of an apology for the language he chose to use in attacking Ms. Fluke. The fact is that a boycott of his sponsors, begun by Krystal Ball of MSNBC probably had a great deal to do with his sudden “change of heart.”  Krystal along with Karen Finney, both commented on The Ed Show  Friday night.  No fewer than three times, (I think it might have been four)  Ms. Finney called the Republican candidates for President cowards for not condemning Limbaugh’s attack in the strongest possible terms.  If you agree that these candidates, indeed all Republican candidates for office,  should denounce Limbaugh and his outrageous statements, please sign the petition below.

Many thanks to MSNBC and The Ed Show  for addressing this in prime time and for employing strong, fearless women leaders to comment.  The misogyny and sexism that we saw and heard against Hillary Clinton and other female candidates for public office continues in the MSM.  While The Ed Show was in progress, Bill O’Reilly came out in support of Limbaugh and his statements. Krystal Ball and Karen Finney stood firm and did a tremendous job Friday night.  As far as I am concerned, they knocked it out of the park!  Thank you Ed, Karen and Krystal!

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What a great way to kick off Women’s History Month!  If you possess the required skills set and the time, you can help change the world by helping another women who has  a good idea!

We all know that improving conditions, power, and representation for women and girls is the signature issue of our Homegirl-in-Chief.  So if you can qualify, go for it!  You just might make a few new friends and even learn some interesting things yourself!

U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen Initiative Now Accepting Applications for American Mentors

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 1, 2012

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that TechWomen – an international exchange that uses technology as a means to empower women and girls worldwide – is now accepting applications from American women in the technology sector to serve as professional and cultural mentors. Candidates may apply at http://www.techwomen.org/get-involved/ beginning today.

In September 2012, these American “TechWomen” will mentor 42 women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen during a five-week program at U.S.-based technology companies in Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Click here to learn more about serving as a TechWomen mentor.

Following the U.S. portion of the exchange, U.S. mentors will travel to Jordan and Tunisia to conduct workshops and follow-on training for women in the technology sector and young girls who have expressed an interest in pursuing a tech-based career.

Launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011, TechWomen builds on her vision of “smart power” diplomacy. It embraces the full range of diplomatic tools, in this case technology, to bring people together for greater understanding and empower women and girls worldwide.

The U.S. Department of State partners with the Institute of International Education and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. It is a public-private partnership in which more than 20 leading U.S. companies participated by hosting international TechWomen during the 2011 inaugural program.

Stay tuned for updates on Twitter @TechWomen.

Media contact: Talley Sergent U.S. Department of State at SergentRT@state.gov.

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