Laquinda Wilson

Angela D. Merkel is a German research scientist and politician who has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005, and the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000. She is the first woman to hold either office.

Having initially trained as a physical chemist, Merkel entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989, briefly serving as the deputy spokesperson for the East German Government. Following reunification in 1990, she was elected to the Bundestag for Stralsund-Nordvorpommern-Rügen in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a position she has held since. She was later appointed as the Federal Minister for Women and Youth in 1991 under Chancellor Helmut Kohl, being promoted to become Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in 1994. After the CDU/CSU coalition was defeated in 1998, she was elected Secretary-General of the CDU, before being elected the party’s first ever female Leader in 2000.

In today’s news (USA Today) Angela Merkel the “Teflon chancellor” is said to hane found a sweet spot in German Politics. “Known to many as ‘Mommy Merkel,’ she has been straddling lefist and conservative political platforms to keep her adversaries off balance. She has adopted as her own traditionally center-left positions, introducing a right to place in day care for all childrend under three, spending on infrastructure as part of her election campaign.” saysJennifer Collins, Special for USA Today

Merkel is still balancing life at home as well as life in the political eye during this new election although she has been in this arena for some time now.


Brittany Murray

Cathy Lanier: from teen to D.C.’s top cop/When the top cop is a woman

Chief Cathy Lanier has a unique background. While she may be an officer of the law, she is a female that represents thousands of women. Centuries prior to the 21st, women were not given any type of rights or even allowed to step outside of the home. However, I find this particular story interesting in part to the recent Navy Yard shooting that occurred earlier this week. In matters like these, it’s usually a man that handles affairs and takes on the traditional heroic character. But in this case, Ms. Lainer whom was a teenage mom, married, separated, and relied on government assistance handled this matter. She is carrying on the task of investigating this bloody shooting and taking time out to visit subordinates that she cares for. While most men can do her job, she brings something unique to the table. 

As stated earlier, she received an early life experiences but nevertheless she obtained her GED, two graduate degrees, certification, and became an officer of the law. But not only did she stop there, she uses her life story to inspire, motivate, and Mentor Washington youth. Instead of just building a foundation upon police tactics and jargon she uses a different method to reach to the youth. 

In all the while, Ms. Lanier is one of many women who responded to the Navy Yard shooting. 

The gender of these women so prominent in handling the unfolding crisis has gone unmentioned — and this alone is worthy of note, considering the history of women in law enforcement, long a male-dominated profession. These women are simply law enforcement leaders doing the jobs they were hired to do. And there are more: Women also head the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Amtrak Police Department.

This kind of representation is relatively new.

I find this very interesting that more women are in top positions and handling situations as the one that occurred earlier this week. Centuries ago, women couldn’t do many things but in today’s society, women are seen as superwoman. The rise to top for women is increasing every year.  But there are still parts of the world that haven’t caught up with the realistic view of women being as equal to men. 

D.C. Chief Lanier agreed that the march to the top still has pitfalls. She told USAToday last month: “There is a segment of the population that is still watching, waiting and hoping that we don’t do well.”

Harry Gregory

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“Democrat Stokes to challenge Deal for Ga. governor” Savannah Morning News, August 31, 2013 by The Associated Press

          Connie Stokes is a former Georgia State Senator from Lithonia, a small town near Stone Mountain.  She plans to run against current Governor Nathan Deal or whoever wins the Republican primary.  She told AP in Newman, GA that a formal announcement will follow in a few weeks.  Georgia’s Democratic Party was meeting in Newman to elect a new chair.  Exposure at this meeting would give her a chance to test Party support for her campaign.  She will need to draw on her experience as floor leader when former Governor Roy Barnes was in office.

         Stokes generalized that her political agenda will be creating jobs, improving education and government transparency.  Her opponent will also claim these issues.  She can’t win in a she-said-he-said campaign.  I want to see her shake things…

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Harry Gregory

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Comm 2107 “Women by the Numbers” Shows Roles Slow to Evolve

Women’s Role Number 1:  Stay at home mom.

          Paleolithic Period – Women’s roles were not so much demeaning as they were critical to survival of the group.  It was the ice age.  It was cold.  Pregnancy and breast feeding kept women at home in the cave nurturing the children.  Men braved the elements to bring home the bacon.  It seems like a fair distribution of labor.

          Classical Greece – Women are not confined to the home by necessity but by a male dominated culture.  High infant mortality required frequent pregnancies.  Male heirs were the responsibility of the woman or her daughter to ensure continuation of the family name.  Childbirth resulted in a high death rate for young women. 

          Roman Empire – Domestic duties paralleled the role of women in Classical Greece.  Arranged marriages were used to…

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Noble Holt

“Tiny N.D. town fights white supremacist takeover”

On September 19,2013 an article was posted on the “USA Today” website that brought great attention to me and my friends as we browsed through past and current events. I stumbled upon an article that talked about town council member is taking legal action against, what seems to be, a white supremacist group in North Dakota. Councilman Lee Cook stated that Leith, North Dakota “was targeted by 61-year-old Craig Cobb as the site of a white supremacist community that would buy enough land to take over local government.” The small town of Leith, North Dakota has a population 16 and it is located 51 miles southwest of Bismarck.  A reporter from “The Tribune” by the name of Lauren Donovan has county records that show Mr. Cobb’s past activities of buying largely vacant property for a few hundred dollars per lot, but the owners of these properties are absentee owners. Cobb has told workers during an interview that he plans on renaming the town to “Cobbsville,” and also says that he’s hoping to build a park and/or maybe a swimming pool dedicated to a neo-Nazi or white supremacist activist. Cook has been trying to rally up supporters but says he has not received any support from county or state officials for his attempts to stop Cobb.

I will be gathering more information on this article as more information is provided but if interested here is a link to the news article

Harry Gregory

“Harvard Business School Case Study:  Gender Equity” by Jodi Kantor, New York Times, Sept. 8, 2013, Brent McDonald and Hannah Fairfield contributed reporting.

          “Someone made the decision for me that I’m not pretty or wealthy enough to be in Section X, she told her classmates, her voice breaking…The discussion broke the ice, just not on the topic the deans had intended.  Until then, no one else had publicly said ‘Section X’…The room jumped to life…Maybe it was because class was easier to talk about than gender, or maybe it was because class was the bigger divide — at the school and in the country.” 

          Historically women entered HBS with the same academic achievement as men and then fell behind.  “You weren’t supposed to talk about it in open company,” said Kathleen L. McGinn, a professor who supervised a student study that revealed the grade gap. “It was a dirty secret that wasn’t discussed.” 

          The school’s first female President decided to do something about it.  As a result of changes implemented in 2010 an administrator said, “We made progress on the first-level things, but what it’s permitting us to do is see, holy cow, how deep-seated the rest of this is.”  New issues and “unintended consequences” emerged.  Women caught up and excelled academically faster than expected, “but they were not ‘touching the money,’ as Nori Gerardo Lietz, a real estate private equity investor and faculty member, put it.”  One student related, “that she and some other women never heard about many of the most lucrative jobs because the men traded contacts and tips among themselves.”

          It is not my intention to write a ‘CliffsNotes’ version of this article.  I want to make you curious enough to read it for yourself.  Some of the insights in the case study are revealing; others are surprising; they are all timely for our study of women in the media.  Here is the link to the full article:

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          The article named Sheryl Sandberg as an example of a female student who “sailed through” Harvard Business School.  She is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, an author, and a TED Talk veteran.  She seems to be the exception to gender inequality.  How relevant can her experience be?  She is exceptional but she is not immune to gender stereotypes.  Her book, Lean In, is full of “aha” moments.  Here is one from page 40:

          “Our stereotype of men holds that they are providers, decisive, and driven.  Our stereotype of women holds that they are caregivers, sensitive, and communal.  Because we characterize men and women in opposition to each other, professional achievement and all traits associated with it get placed in the male column.  By focusing on her career and taking a calculated approach to amassing power, Heidi violated our stereotypical expectations of women.  Yet by behaving in the exact same manner, Howard lived up to our stereotypical expectations of men.  The end result?  Liked him, disliked her.

          I believe this bias is at the very core of why women are held back.  It is also at the very core of why women hold themselves back.  For men professional success comes with positive reinforcement at every step of the way.  For women, even when they’re recognized for their achievements, they’re often regarded unfavorably.”

          And on page 49, to illustrate her point that successful women are seen as having male characteristics, she uses a story in San Francisco magazine that superimposed the heads of female entrepreneurs on male bodies.

You can see Sheryl Sandberg’s Ted Talk at this link:

Jasmine Davis

The Evolution of “Stereotypical Women”
Women from the beginning of time have been forced to a limited lifestyle. They’ve often had to live under the strict rules of society, because of male dominance. Only after time progressed did women begin having more opportunities unleashed. To implement ideas about women and stereotypes, logos will reinforce the changes that occurred from then and until now, pathos to support ideas of extreme limitations. In 2012 there are 50.8% female persons in the United States (Census Bureau).
During the Palaeolithic Period women were kept in the caves breast-feeding children, because of the extreme physical difference between the men and women. Women could not hunt and gather food for the family simply for their pregnancy it was not safe nor feasible. There is a stereotype of women stating that back in the ice age, because they were pregnant that was their main responsibility. In comparison to women today, they are often put on bed rest from work and instructed not to do any strenuous activity. Women were put in a box with only one role and that was being a mother; the nurturer or “Mother Earth, head of the household. There are 5.1 million stay-at-home mothers in the United States since 2012 (44%), according to United States Census Bureau. Most women even today are known to have the baby sitter jobs, and even more is the father is absent from the child’s life its left up to the mother to take care of the children.
In the European Renaissance Era rules began to span a little for women they were still limited to domestic roles, but they began to work outside of the home as well. Although, their options weren’t the same as men, women were either to get married, become a nun, works as a maid, or participate in prostitution. If and when women were employed they made fifty percent less than men. Women today are still making less than men even if the positions they hold are the same. According to Census Bureau, $37,118 earnings for females compared to the $48,202 earnings for a male. Inequality is still a huge factor in comparison to women and men opportunities. Only 28.2% of Blacks sixteen and older work in management since 2011 (Census Bureau.) Women still categorized as ‘home-makers” not considered professionals because their main occupation is to take care of the children in the homes and be submissive to their husbands.
Limited education was another stereotype of women not being able to have knowledge, because they were not meant to have any” power.” Women were made not to speak but to listen. The “uneducated woman” kept plenty of women from receiving degrees of any kind. 80% of Blacks received a high school diploma, even more 3.9 million attended college, and 1.6 million earned college degrees with 18.7% earning a bachelor’s degree or more (Black Demographics in 2011). In comparison to women back in the day, they dominate men on education percentages in the black community.
Women in China, Europe and Classical Greece were expected to marry at a very young age. This yields to the “submissive woman” stereotype. They did not have any say on whom they could marry, but when they did their job was to obey their husbands. They were ruled by their husbands and even in some cases if the father died, by their own sons. Women today are not as submissive, because they now have careers of their own and they co-exist with one another to raise the children. According to Black Demographics in 2011, Blacks marriage percentage was 32%. In addition, married women at 28.7% and married men being at 35.8% in 2011. Marriage now is important but not as crucial and demanding back in those periods.
Women and Men roles have gradually changed over time. Women are still climbing up that latter to further their existing roles in society. Although, many stereotypes of women being nothing but; homemakers, submissive, and uneducated still exist to an extent, because of this male-dominated world in which we live. It is good to see the progression that has been made, for example women in management are 41.7% compared to 35.7% males (United States Census Bureau). The competition for women to have the same rights and respect as men is still underway, but we shall not give up and will not give up until equality is met in all aspects of life.