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April 22 Is Earth Day 2014 - One Billion People Will Participate

Tuesday April 15, 2014

On April 22, 2014, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2014 in some way. Starting at home is a great way to help the environment, but why stop there?

Women Are Greener Than Men When it Comes to Running Their Businesses. When it comes to "going green" women are doing their fair share when making purchases that are better for the environment. But they are also more likely to promote their own products and services as being environmentally friendly than are men.

Places Where You Can Donate Office Supplies, Furniture, Equipment. Here is a list of places where you can donate office equipment, furniture, and office supplies. You or your business can get a tax receipt for most in-kind donations, plus you can promote your business as a "green" business doing its part to help the environment.

10 Places to Donate Used Computers, Monitors and TVs. Here is a list of places where you can donate used computers, monitors, and TV sets. Get a tax receipt for most donations, plus you can promote your business as a "green" business doing its part to help the environment.

Paycheck Fairness Act Fails To Move Forward

Wednesday April 9, 2014

US SenateWith 53 votes for and 44 votes against, the Paycheck Fairness Act was blocked from moving forward in the Senate.

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2199 )
Vote Number: 103 Vote Date: April 9, 2014, 11:02 AM
Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Rejected
Measure Number: S. 2199 (Paycheck Fairness Act )
Measure Title: A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.
Vote Counts: YEAs 53

NAYs 44

Not Voting 3

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Meet Suman Sharma, Respected Author, Advocate. Oh, And She Flies MiG-35 Fighter Planes, Too

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Suman Sharma

On February 13, 2009, Suman Sharma became the first woman to co-pilot a Russian MiG-35 fighter plane in Bangalore, India.  According to the Limca Book of Records (2010), "The 42-minute sortie with Russian pilot Mikhail Belyaev touched elevations up to 20,000 ft., performed side rolls and made a 360 degree vertical dive, experiencing a maximum of 7G-force pull."

She is also the recipient of countless awards for journalism and has taken an active role in standing up for rape victims.

In a recent interview with writer, Joe Hefferon, Suman states that she is currently focused on the elections and a major aerospace contract. "I am closely tracking the MMRCA story-- which is the single largest defense deal in the world-for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft for the Indian air force, the deal is not yet sealed, plus India will have general elections next month. There will be change in government, which means change in policies, so its a crucial time for the country."

Read Joe's latest article in his series on inspiring women: Profile Of Suman Sharma, First Women To Co-Pilot Mig-35 Fighter Plane

Read Joe's Articles Published On WIB:

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About Joe Hefferon

Joe Hefferon is a writer, speaker and blogger living in Toms River, New Jersey. He is the author of the noir crime novel, "The Sixth Session" and a personal development book inspired by the principles of architecture called "The 7th Level."

Hefferon was in law enforcement for 25 years before he retired as captain, and is a single dad and father of two (a daughter and son.) Despite his busy life, Joe has been gracious enough to contribute wonderful stories - interviews of extraordinary and inspiring women - to the Women In Business site.

How to Downsize Your Business Without Guilt

Monday April 7, 2014

The goal of any business owner should be to achieve long-term success and sometimes that best way to ensure longevity is to scale back. If you need to reduce the number of employees on your payroll (downsize), do so thoughtfully, but without guilt.

How to Downsize Without Guilt

New Grant Available For Women's Small Business Centers

Sunday April 6, 2014

Sam's Club LogoWomen's Business Centers recognized by the SBA is women-owned, can apply to receive WE Lend Initiative training, capital and support at WE-LendInitiative.org. Considerations for acceptance include need and capacity, and will be influenced by grant research that will identify and rank U.S. lending desert communities, defined as U.S. counties where small businesses receive a percentage of loans far below the national median. Qualifying Women's Business Centers will be selected and notified by June 2014 and enrolled in WE Lend Initiative's Microloan Institute training program on a rolling calendar through 2015. Visit WE-LendInitiative.org for more information.

The $2.5 million grant is being made possible thanks to the Sam's Club Giving Program to grow U.S. women-owned businesses and jumpstart job creation. Awarded to three leading non-profit organizations, the grant creates the WE Lend Initiative, a two-year investment in strengthening SBA-recognized Women's Business Centers (WBCs), which will increase access to affordable loans and innovative training to hundreds of women entrepreneurs.

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New Bus Ad Campaign Targets Street Sexual Harassment

Sunday April 6, 2014

Street Harassment Awareness Poster by Feminist Public Works

 

Thumbs up to Feminist Public Works for a new mass-transit ad campaign that brings awareness to sexual harassment on the street.  Beginning April 1, 2014, thanks to a generous grant from the Valentine Foundation, HollabackPHILLY, a project of Feminist Public Works, launched an expansive transit ad campaign in the interior of subway cars, and includes bus shelters and subway station platform ads throughout the city.

Submit A Recipe And Earn $10 To $20

Sunday April 6, 2014

Cooking For Engineers is a fun website dedicated to the culinary arts. I am not sure if the site's owner/writer is an engineer, hence the name, or, because of the clear, but comprehensive steps that are laid out so clearly.

The site itself is relatively lack-luster, but performs well in search engines, and has the best step-by-step pictures for even the simplest of recipes. If you cannot cook. this is a great website that assumes you know nothing (one recipe I looked at for shepherd's pie even had a picture showing how to drain fat from ground beef.)

Aside from being a nice little place to browse for recipes, the site also accepts a limited number of new recipes each month. They pay $10 to $20 per recipe. While this certainly will not pay your bills, you get to write a custom byline to promote yourself, your website, etc. When you consider how much some people pay for link development, actually getting paid for a link to your own website makes great business sense.

Anita Hill; Still Standing Tall After 20 Years, And Now There's A Movie...

Sunday April 6, 2014

Anita Hill Movie Poster

"People misunderstand that harassment is about the sex. It's really about control and power. And abusing it." Anita Hill stood for what she knew to be true. Honor that ongoing legacy by seeing the new documentary about her story - "ANITA: Speaking Truth to Power." http://bit.ly/1i8BT8a

A compelling new documentary film about Anita Hill from Academy Award-winning director Freida Mock and Samuel Goldwyn Films is now in theaters.  Anita Faye Hill is an American attorney and academic, currently a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management.  Twenty years ago, Hill accused Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas, who was then a circuit judge, of sexual harassment on multiple occasions.  Her accusations described long-term harassment and many called her own integrity into question.

According to Susana Morris, columnist for About.com's site for Women's Issues, "After hours of lurid and often asinine questioning by the men of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Hill was alternated dismissed, insulted, and even accused of perjury, the Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court by a narrow vote of 52-48. Hill was alternately vilified, in the words of David Brock as "a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty," and praised for her fortitude and in bringing the issue of sexual harassment to the national stage."

Movie Description (From Official Facebook Page)

"An entire country watched transfixed as a poised, beautiful African-American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated, and divisive figure.

Anita Hill's graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that resonates still today. She has become an American icon, empowering millions of women and men around the world to stand up for equality and justice.

Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. Directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film is both a celebration of Anita Hill's legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side that fateful day 20 years ago."

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Women In TV May Have It Better Than Women In Film

Sunday April 6, 2014

Sandra Bullock, Photo by Richard GoldschmidtA great New York Times op-ed was written by film and television editor, ReBecca Theodore-Vachon.  The points she makes in her article, "Make Moves By Women For Women" are hard to ignore:

"Disney's "Frozen" recently became the highest grossing animated feature of all time. The sci-fi thriller "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock, has raked in over $700 million, and "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has banked about $864 million in box office sales. These movies all starred women, and yet the opportunities for women in film both in front of and behind the camera remains an uphill battle. According to a 2013 report, women made up 52 percent of the moviegoing population, yet only about 15 percent of current movies feature female protagonists."

She also brings up for discussion the fact that the movie roles for women allow them to speak less than men, and, women also wear less clothing.  The (not so silent) message being sent is women are for looking at and still being exploited as eye candy -- even in top roles -- more frequently than men are on the big screen.  Television, however, seems to be evolving a little faster for women, especially for women of color.

Theodore-Vachon states, "Because of the high caliber of writing for female characters on the small screen, Hollywood is experiencing an exodus of sorts as accomplished movie actresses make the jump to television."

I guess "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and "Houseswives Of...." don't quite fit into the genre of better roles (or role models) for women, but at least it is easier to flip the channel than it is to walk out of a disappointing movie.

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Emma Watson: Excited About Aging Process; Not Happy About Pressures On Young Women

Sunday April 6, 2014

Emma Watson at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. Photo by Georges BiardWomen's Media Center on Facebook:  "The actress said she is better at taking criticism these days than she once was. "As a younger woman, that pressure got me down, but I've made my peace with it. With airbrushing and digital manipulation, fashion can project an unobtainable image that's dangerously unhealthy. I'm excited about the aging process. I'm more interested in women who aren't perfect. They're more compelling."

Emma Watson became famous playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies.

Emma Watson criticises 'dangerously unhealthy' pressure on young women:  Harry Potter actor also describes trying to integrate at Brown University in the US, followed by British photographers.

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