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Meghan Markle On Why She Doesn’t Do Social Media…Or any Media!

Last week was International Women’s Day and also an important week for the former Meghan Markle who was appointed by Queen Elizabeth, the Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trus t on Friday.

The organization supports young leaders promoting social change, bettering their communities and providing work opportunities and hope for others across the globe.

Prince Harry is the president.

As part of her new role, the Duchess of Sussex will spotlight the work of the Trust with young leaders across the Commonwealth, in particular, the work of those supporting women and girls.

Perfect for this Women’s History Month!

To celebrate the new appointment and International Women’s Day, the duchess also spoke on a panel of female thought-leaders and activists at King’s College London.

“If things are wrong and there is a lack of justice, and there is an inequality, then someone needs to say something” she stated on the panel while wearing the Azzura Swirl Printed Shift dress by Reiss ($345) under a black Alexander McQueen Leaf Crepe blazer ( $1995), black Manolo Blahnik suede ‘BB’ Pointy Toe Pumps ($625) while carrying a leather with gold accent Stella McCartney Shaggy Deer Faux Leather Crossbody Bag and diamond pearl drop earrings by Caroline Parr with her hair in a messy bun.

Among several things she revealed during that panel is that she has canceled social media, explaining that she doesn’t engage with social media much as a personal choice, in an effort to avoid “getting muddled” by the “noise,” the UK’s Press Association (PA) news agency reports.

The response came after the former Suits TV star was asked how she felt about headlines that called her feminism “trendy.”

She replied: “I don’t read anything, it’s much safer that way, but equally that’s just my own personal preference, because I think positive or negative, it can all sort of just feel like noise to a certain extent these days, as opposed to getting muddled with that to focus on the real cause.”

She cotinued: “So for me, “I think the idea of making the word ‘feminism’ trendy, that doesn’t make any sense to me personally, right? This is something that is going to be part of the conversation forever.”

When asked later if she looked at Twitter, she replied: “No, sorry, no. For me that’s my personal preference.”

Good for her!

International Women’s Day: New Sheros and Inspiring Women’s Dolls From Mattel

Just in time for today’s International Women’s Day, Mattel has announced that it will soon release a series of brand new Barbie dolls bearing the likeness of women pioneers like artist Frida Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earhart and mathematician Katherine Johnson. 

The three women made herstory in different industries: Earhart was the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean; Mexican artist Kahlo was known for her unique painting style and feminist activism; and Johnson, who was highlighted in the 2016 film Hidden Figures, broke boundaries for black women in mathematics and calculated dozens of trajectories for NASA, including the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the moon, an article in HuffPost on this news summarized.

The dolls are part of Mattel’s new series called “Inspiring Women,”  and will be mass produced and sold in stores.

No exact date was announced. The toy company did say that when released, each doll will come with educational information about the woman who inspired it.

“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day, because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” Lisa McKnight, the senior vice president and general manager of Barbie, said Tuesday in a press release. “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”

Also in honor of International Women’s Day, on Thursday, Mattel is presenting again its popular Barbie’s “Shero” line  honoring 14 modern-day role models from around the world.

These dolls are not for sale though a few have wound up on store shelves, HuffPo adds.

The 14 new women Barbie is celebrating with its Shero line includes Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and Australian wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin. The line already honors women including director Ava DuVernay, actress Emmy Rossum, ballerina Misty Copeland and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas. 

International Women’s Day and A Day Without Women become A Day Without School too


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Today is International Women’s Day, a day created by the United Nations set aside to call attention to the need for equality, education and rights for women worldwide.

This year, a movement has decided to host “A Day Without A Woman” on today in order to call attention to the importance of women to the economy.

Women were encouraged by organizers to wear red, not go to work or spend any money and to engage in solidarity activities.

In some schools systems nationwide, so many teachers and bus drivers called off that school had to be called off for all students today.

Several schools in at least four states were closed Wednesday so teachers can participate in gender equality demonstration.

Although the Day was planned before the US election and the school systems insist that the days off aren’t political, some are equating the movement to a protest against the Trump administration.

It is not without reason because the organizers of the historic Women’s March on Washington in January, which drew hundreds of thousands in protest of Trump, are supporting the strike.

Among the groups supporting Wednesday’s demonstration are Planned Parenthood, MoveOn.org and Amnesty International, according to the Women’s March website.

On Monday, school officials in Alexandria, Va., North Carolina’s Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District and New York announced they are canceling classes in anticipation of staff shortages due to the event.

 

In a last minute decision, school officials  in Prince George’s County in Maryland closed school for today, Wednesday, after 1,700 teachers asked for the day off to participate in the protest. About 30 percent of the transportation staff also requested an absense.

In Virginia, Alexandria City Public Schools  after more than 300 staff members requested a leave.

“This is not a decision that was made lightly,” Alexandria Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley said in an email Monday to parents.

“We have been closely monitoring requests for leave on March 8, including communicating with school leaders and our education association,” Crawley said. “The decision is based solely on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms, and the impact of high staff absenteeism on student safety and delivery of instruction. It is not based on a political stance or position.”

The announcement had many parents scrambling to make child care arrangements, or, in some cases, request a leave of absence from work to stay home with their children.

The Alexandria City Public School district’s Facebook page has become a forum for parents to share their opinions over the cancellation of classes.

#IWD2016: Here Are 25 Empowerment Videos By Women For Women



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In honor of International Women’s Day today and in celebration of women, including the many moms out there, here are 25 empowerment songs with music videos we are sharing in hopes they uplift the spirits of our readers, most of whom are women worldwide and who all rock!

 
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International Women’s Day: 15 Quotes from Women Worldwide Historically

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

is Today, Sunday, March 8

In honor of this day celebrating and honoring women, worldwide, we are re posting our feature from last year which is a compilation of  15 inspirational quotes from women along history and across the globe:

1. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. 

– Eleanor Roosevelt, former US First Lady

2. There are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. 

 Indira Ghandi, Former Prime Minister of India

3. Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won’t get run over – Miriam Makeba, South African musician and singer

4.  It doesn’t matter who you are, (or) where you came from, the ability to triumph begins with you. ALWAYS. – Oprah Winfrey, American Media Conglomerate head, Philanthropist

5.  You got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable. – Cathy FreemanAboriginal Australian Olympian 

6.  Tremendous amounts of talent are being lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.    – Shirley Chisholm, Unbought and Unbossed, First Caribbean American and First Black woman elected to the US Congress

7.  There is an old and very wise Native American saying: Every time you point a finger in scorn—there are three remaining fingers pointing right back at you. ― Alyson Noel, Native American author 

8.  If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing– Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom

9.  Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Theresa, humanitarian, Indian

10.   I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions. – Lillian Hellman, American author and playwright

11. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough. – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,  Africa’s First Woman President (Liberia)

12. A woman obsessed with her body is also obsessed with the limitations of her emotional life.  – Kim Chernin, The Obsession, American author

13. The grim possibility is that she who “hides her brains” will, more than likely, end up with a mate who is only equal to a woman with “hidden brains” or none at all.  – Lorraine Hansberry, “In Defense of the Equality of Men” in The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, Playwright and Author

14. I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. ― Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter

15.  I am not afraid… I was born to do this. – Joan of Arc, Revolutionary and Martyr from France

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International Women’s Day: The Truth About Worldwide Inequity & Bias for Women

Yesterday, we shared an infographic that attempted to debunk statistics that say there is gender inequality in pay in the United States. Today, on International Women’s Day, we report statistics from a new World Bank which points out significant inequality and inequity that remain in ever sector of life for women world wide.
We spotted some of these numbers noting out that “even in countries where women have advanced, gender economic inequality remains a serious problem,” summarized in a recent report in The Nation .
For example, as The Nation summarized:
  • Women continue to trail behind men by every economic measure.
  • Their labor force participation of women worldwide has stagnated over the past two decades, declining slightly from 57 percent to 55 percent today. Female labor force participation has sunk as low as 25 percent in the Middle East and North Africa.


  • According to an ILO analysis of eighty-three countries, on average, women earn between 10 and 30 percent less than comparable men. There is no country in the earth where women have reached wage parity.
  • Sexist bias and social norms continue to impose an enormous penalty on women’s economic well-being. Women worldwide spend at least twice as much time as men do on unpaid housework and care work. According to the report’s authors, close to 40 percent of people worldwide “agree that, when jobs are scarce, men should have more right to jobs than women.”
  • Women’s lack of access to credit, land, and education remains serious obstacles. Though girls’ access to education is improving in many areas of the world, in sixteen countries in 2010–12, female-to-male enrollment ratios in primary education were less than 90 percent, and millions of children in those countries were not enrolled at all.
  • Various forms of sex-based economic discrimination are perfectly in the vast majority of countries in the world. 128 of 143 countries had some sort of sex-based legal differentiation in 2013. In some countries, women still need their husbands’ consent to work.

This month, Essence magazine has an article “Money & Power: Earn What You’re Worth”,  about pay inequality that challenges claims that pay inequity is an outcome of statistical manipulation. It quotes DC lawyer Debbie Hines who shared that after a male colleague with nearly identical credentials got offered a job he couldn’t take, she interviewed for it at his suggestion, got the job but was offered $30,000 less. 
“I can’t see this huge disparity being caused by anything other than discrimination against me for being a woman and an African-American, because it wasn’t my resume,” said Hines who authors the blog LegalSpeaks.com and who ultimately took the job at the now-defunct law firm. She said that accepting the lower salary made it tough for her to negotiate her next position having to start at a lower salary. “It follows you,” she stated.
It is an anecdotal reminder that pay inequity is real as is unconscious bias. 
This International Women’s History Month, we, women, all should acknowledge our greatness and power, but also make sure we spread awareness to others about how far yet we have to go and if, possible, do something to move the world towards greater parity. 
Do it for our sisters. Do it for Sisterhood!
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International Women’s Day: 7 Pregnancy Magazines from around the World

In honor of today’s International Women’s Day, we are re-sharing our post of international pregnancy magazines

In 2009, after I noticed a dearth of diverse models that covered Pregnancy and Fit Pregnancy magazine, I wrote a critical post asking them both to do a better job at ensuring their covers reflect the racial diversity of their audience and readership.

Although I am not certain if much as changed since then, I have since then took note of the fact that internationally, many nations, especially those that have an active movie and film industry like Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and Korea, have pregnancy magazines. Others have affiliate or franchise relationships with American magazines that publish in their countries. And of course, their covers would naturally feature those who make up their population. 
Here is a snapshot of pregnancy magazines that are thriving and doing well in sales internationally:


NIGERIA

Dancer and TV personality Kafayat Oluwatosin Shafau graces the cover of  Pregnancy and You magazine in 2011.
KOREA
In 2006, celebrity mother Byun Jung-soo posed bare bellied inside  변정수 magazine.
BRAZIL
Although not a pregnancy magazine, Brazilian mag Hola! features pregnant celebrities like singer/actress Thalia, often.
CHINA 
Former world diving champion Tian Liang and his singer wife Ye Yiqian were featured on an online e-magazine.
PHILIPPINES
Actress Kristine Hermoso was featured inside Working Mom magazine with with husband Oyo Sotto.
Phillipines’ Smart Parenting does a Smart Pregnancy feature once in a while too.
SOUTH AFRICA
The thriving economy and movie industry in South Africa allows for its to do well. 

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