Study: Best State to be Female? Vermont.

According to the University of Connecticut, Vermont is the best place in the United States to be female. Using The Economist magazine’s  worldwide women’s economic opportunity (WEO) index as a guide, the University of Connecticut looked at labor market conditions for women including state data  on the gender pay gap, the prevalence of women in […]

WWI Began 100 Years Ago Today

One hundred years ago today, the Emperor of Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia in retaliation for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The world’s first global conflict, the “Great War” pitted the Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire against the Allied forces of Serbia, Great Britain, the United States, France, Russia, Italy […]

Premium Increases and Limited Access to Preferred Doctors Continues to Haunt Obamacare

From our friends at the Morning Buzz: The Obama Administration is “setting people up for large and avoidable premium increases,” said Avalare Health researcher Caroline Pearson to the Associated Press. For those enrolled in Obamacare, automatically renewing coverage next year “could lead to costly surprises,” according to the AP. Specifically, consumers “could get sticker shock […]

States Fight to Keep School Bake Sales

National Journal’s Marina Koren reports that states are pushing back on the federal regulations for public school cafeterias. Specifically, they’re fighting nutrition standards that would considerably alter one of the most sacred rituals of the American public school system: bake sales. Twelve states have established their own policies to circumvent regulations in the Healthy, Hunger-Free […]

GAO: Obamacare Premiums Easy to Fake

Eleven out of 12 fake applications for government-subsidized health insurance got through a verification process and the bogus beneficiaries are still covered, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday as reported by NBC News. The GAO launched the sting to check to see how well the Obamacare process checks for counterfeit applications. The results were messy, […]

UNICEF: 700 Million Women Were Child Brides

UNICEF released disturbing data today on female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. More than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of FGM in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the harmful practice is most common. Beyond extreme physical and psychological pain, girls who undergo FGM are at […]

Putin Approval Soars to 83% in Russia While Obama Stagnates in Low 40s in US

Gallup reports that President Vladimir Putin’s popularity in Russia is now at its highest level in years.  The 83% of Russians saying they approve of Putin’s leadership in late April/early June ties his previous high rating in 2008 when he left office the first time. In comparison, the latest Gallup numbers on Obama show 44% […]

China: Larger parking spaces introduced because ‘women can’t drive’

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted “Respectfully reserved for women”, and around a foot wider than normal. The slots at the “World Metropolis” centre have sparked debate in China, which officially embraces gender equality but where old-fashioned sexism remains rampant. The 10 spaces outside the main […]

Modern Day Amelia Earhart Completes Voyage

A modern-day Amelia Earhart this weekend completed the journey that her namesake never did.  And yes, that’s her real name, reports NBC. Earhart, 31, isn’t related to the female pilot who disappeared more than seven decades ago, but she was given the famous moniker at birth and an around-the-world flight has been an aspiration of […]

Today in Women’s History: First Women’s Rights Convention

166 years ago (1848) – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott launched the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York.