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8-11-17 Google cancels all-staff diversity meeting
Google cancels all-staff diversity meeting
Google has cancelled an all-staff meeting to discuss a controversial memo about diversity written by former engineer James Damore. It is reported that some staff members were concerned about being singled out online if they were identified while they spoke out during the meeting. The firm said it would "find a better way" to help employees discuss the issues raised by the memo. Mr Damore was fired for breaking Google's code of conduct. He had suggested in his internal note that there were fewer women in tech and leadership positions because of biological differences. According to Google's most recent diversity figures, 80% of its tech workforce and 75% of its leaders are men. "We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism," Mr Damore wrote in his note, which was widely criticised.

8-11-17 Contentious Google memo hits a nerve
Contentious Google memo hits a nerve
“It started as an anti-diversity memo on Google’s internal mailing list,” said Ellen McGirt in Written by one of the search giant’s software engineers, the 10-page manifesto dismissed Google’s diversity initiatives as a waste of time and accused the company of being an “ideological echo chamber.” The fact that women are less likely to be hired for engineering and leadership positions, the author wrote, could be because men and women tend to have different abilities. Women have a “stronger interest in people rather than things,” the memo read, which could explain why fewer of them are coders. “I’m not saying that diversity is bad,” the author continued, but deciding whether to hire or promote people based on their gender or race is “unfair, divisive, and bad for business.” The document went viral inside Google and was soon leaked to the media, “setting off a firestorm of outrage,” said Aja Romano in Vox?.com. Within days, the author was outed as James Damore and fired, and Google, which has long been criticized for having an engineering workforce that is 80 percent male and majority white, was left to grapple with its persistent “diversity problem.”

8-9-17 Was Google wrong to fire James Damore after memo controversy?
Was Google wrong to fire James Damore after memo controversy?
Google has fired an employee who wrote a controversial memo opposed to diversity programmes and hiring practices. The company's chief executive said the "offensive" text advanced "harmful gender stereotypes". Did Google do the right thing? A senior Google employee, named in US media as James Damore, argued in an internal memo that perhaps tech companies that try diversity programmes to get more women in to the industry are looking at things the wrong way. It's not just because of recruitment practices or education or discrimination that more men than women work in the tech industry, he argued, but because of biological differences. Women are "on average more interested in people" as opposed to things, he said, "more co-operative" and "more prone to anxiety" - all things that stop them going in to the tech industry or rising to the top of it. And he said this couldn't usually be said by people who worked for Google, because of an "ideological echo chamber" and a "shaming culture and the possibility of being fired". After the memo received a few days of international attention, Mr Damore was fired. He is reported to be considering legal action. The memo and now his sacking have been much discussed on social media, with some agreeing with him, some offering him jobs, and others aghast at his views. (Webmaster's comment: Another man that hates women and will say anything to prevent women's equality in the workplace.)

8-9-17 Google and the case for messy, maddening workplace democracy
Google and the case for messy, maddening workplace democracy
Why companies shouldn't be allowed to fire employees for holding toxic views. Last week, a Google software engineer named James Damore shot off a 10-page memo criticizing the company's internal politics and diversity efforts. Then on Monday, Google fired Damore. But this isn't just a story about Google's institutional culture. It's not even just a story about larger national efforts to increase diversity and the ensuing backlash. It also cuts right to the heart of one of the American workplace's defining traits: its anti-democratic nature. Damore's memo was civil and measured in tone, and frankly more complex than a lot of the coverage allowed — it begins, for instance, with Damore saying, "I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes." But it also suffered from plenty of faulty logic, short-sightedness, and, indeed, poisonous evolutionary-psychology-style stereotyping. Damore claimed that men have a higher drive for status; that women are more prone to "neuroticism" and "higher anxiety" and have "lower stress tolerance"; that pay and hiring gaps between men and women can be explained by "biological causes"; and that Google's diversity programs can therefore be discriminatory and destructive. Damore then proposed diversity programs of his own. (Webmaster's comment: We don't allow drug addicts in our work places and there is no reason we need to allow those who openly advocate against workplace equality for women.)

8-8-17 Memo to all tech bros: Sexism, not biology, holds women back
Memo to all tech bros: Sexism, not biology, holds women back
Women are not biologically predestined to be bit players in tech firms no matter what one (ex) Google engineer thinks of diversity programmes, says Lara Williams. Sexism in the tech sector has been a long-standing problem. The latest manifestation of an industry in which machismo reigns and women are grossly underrepresented came as an internal memo written by James Damore – an engineer employed by Google (Google has since fired Damore). The essay, which has been described as an “anti-diversity manifesto”, is titled Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber. It comprises 10 pages of bad science and biological determinism. Damore outlines research that he says supports his view that women are intrinsically different to men, broadly less likely (and capable) of working in the same careers and industries. “Women, on average, have more:” he begins, before listing various attributes as innate to women: openness, interest in people over things, preference for social and artistic work, neuroticism and anxiety, extraversion expressed as gregariousness and a harder time negotiating salaries. “Philosophically,” he reasons, “I don’t think we should do arbitrary social engineering of tech just to make it appealing to equal portions of both men and women.” Some of the science Damore uses to prop up his argument, as Angela Saini points out in The Guardian, is valid; but only insofar as there is a school of neuroscientific thought venturing theories of anatomical differences in men and women’s brains. Equally, there is a school of thought dismissing this idea. “There are published scientific papers out there to support every possible opinion,” Saini states. “Science is a slow process, not a growing string of truths.”

8-8-17 Google fires diversity memo author
Google fires diversity memo author
A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm. The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees. The memo, shared widely at the weekend, suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences. Mr Pichai said the text crossed the line due to it "advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace”. Entitled Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber, the paper argued that "the abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership”. The author wrote: "We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism." Google has not confirmed who the employee is, but media reports name him as James Damore. "[I was fired for] perpetuating gender stereotypes," he told Reuters. He also claimed to have received "many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude" for speaking out. (Webmaster's comment: Many men are terrified of the fact that women are their equals. It's the same fear those same men have for non-whites and non-christians.)

8-3-17 Female politicians and babies: a lose-lose situation?
Female politicians and babies: a lose-lose situation?
A new political party leader in New Zealand has reacted angrily to repeated questions about whether she plans to have children. It is "unacceptable" to be getting those questions in 2017, the politician, Jacinda Ardern, said. So what added scrutiny are female politicians under, and, conversely, can mothers sometimes use their family lives to their political advantage? Some politicians have faced serious political attacks for not having children. New Zealanders just need to look across the water to Australia for one example: former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In an editorial, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote: "Her media persona does not fit the expectations of some voters: a single woman, childless, whose life is dedicated to her career." This was one of the kinder comments. While leading Australia, Ms Gillard was called "deliberately barren" (by a senator from another party) and a "childless, atheist ex-communist" (by a rival from her own party). She fought back against personal attacks against her, most notably with a searing tirade against the leader of the opposition, in which she said: "If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia ... he needs a mirror." (Webmaster's comment: Damned if you do and damned if you don't! A woman is never right no matter what she does! Unless she's obeying a man!)

8-2-17 Jacinda Ardern: NZ opposition leader hits back over baby questions
Jacinda Ardern: NZ opposition leader hits back over baby questions
New Zealand's new opposition leader has said it is unacceptable for women in the workplace to be asked about their motherhood plans, after she was quizzed on TV about whether she wanted a child. Jacinda Ardern, 37, was elected leader of the Labour party on Tuesday after Andrew Little stepped down. Ms Ardern is the youngest person to lead the party and the second woman. The questions have sparked a fierce sexism debate in the country, which is due to hold an election in September. Prime Minister Bill English said the questioning was not acceptable and that while "some degree of personal intrusion" could be expected in politics, Ms Ardern's plans were "her private business".

8-1-17 Serena Williams essay calls for equal pay for black women
Serena Williams essay calls for equal pay for black women
Serena Williams has written a powerful essay calling for equal pay for black women. To mark Black Women's Equal Pay Day in the US, the tennis star posted an article titled How Black Women Can Close the Pay Gap. "The gender pay gap hits women of color the hardest," she writes. "Growing up, I was told I couldn't accomplish my dreams because I was a woman and, more so, because of the color of my skin." Writing in Fortune Magazine, the 35-year-old speaks about the systematic imbalance of pay for black women in all types of jobs. "The issue isn't just that black women hold lower-paying jobs. They earn less even in fields of technology, finance, entertainment, law, and medicine." She adds: "Even black women who have earned graduate degrees get paid less at every level. "This is as true in inner cities as it is in Silicon Valley." Serena does recognise her position of privilege as one of the most successful sportspeople of all time, writing: "I am in the rare position to be financially successful beyond my imagination." "But today isn't about me. It's about the other 24 million black women in America. "If I never picked up a tennis racket, I would be one of them." (Webmaster's comment: White male supremacists will never let equal pay happen, especially for black women. To them white women are for impregnating and black women are for raping!)

7-30-17 Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: 'Pay women well'
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: 'Pay women well'
Fairer pay for women must be backed up by stronger policies at work, according to Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. But the firm's chief operating officer, in an interview for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, said the first step is to "start paying women well". She chose Beyonce's empowering Run The World (Girls) as her first song. She said: "We start telling little girls not to lead at a really young age and we start to tell boys [to] lead at a very young age. That is a mistake." "I believe everyone has inside them the ability to lead and we should let people choose that not based on their gender but on who they are and who they want to be."Ms Sandberg made headlines in 2013 with her book "Lean in" about female empowerment in the workplace. It became a worldwide bestseller, but was criticised by some for being elitist and unrealistic for many women not in her privileged position.In the interview, she also called for more to be done around the gender pay gap between men and women. Ms Sandberg admitted she had struggled with self-doubt at Harvard and recognised that women more than men underestimated their own worth, preventing them from putting themselves forward or asking for a pay rise. "We need to start paying women well and we need the public and the corporate policy to get there," she said. "Certainly, women applying for jobs at the same rate as men, women running for office at the same rate as men, that has got to be part of the answer."

7-30-17 Is this short workshop the key to getting more women hired in STEM fields?
Is this short workshop the key to getting more women hired in STEM fields?
There's an unfortunate divide when it comes to the diversity trainings many companies, schools, and other institutions adopt to try to make themselves more welcoming to underrepresented and marginalized groups. While they may be well-intentioned, there's precious little evidence any of them work. Over and over, researchers have noted that few diversity trainings are backed by any empirical evidence they meaningfully improve outcomes — meaning hiring ratios, office climate as reported by employees, and so on — whatsoever. But some researchers are trying to do better by building more carefully designed approaches that incorporate accepted theories about how prejudice and bias operate. One promising example is called the "prejudice habit-breaking intervention," and according to a new paper, it may have had an exciting impact on the way some traditionally male-dominated academic departments in the University of Wisconsin system hired faculty. The paper, lead-authored by Patricia G. Devine, a psychologist at UW-Madison, and set to appear in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, focused on a group of science, technology, engineering, math, and medical (STEMM) departments at UW-Madison (she co-conceived of the study ideas with Patrick Forscher, a University of Arkansas psychologist who has contributed to some important work highlighting problems with the implicit association test). These areas of academia are fairly infamous for their gender-equity problems, and in some STEMM departments, sexual harassment and gender-based exclusion are rampant.

7-22-17 Norway: The country where no salaries are secret
Norway: The country where no salaries are secret
This week the British papers revelled in news about how much the BBC's on-air stars get paid, though the salaries of their counterparts in commercial TV remain under wraps. In Norway, there are no such secrets. Anyone can find out how much anyone else is paid - and it rarely causes problems. In the past, your salary was published in a book. A list of everyone's income, assets and the tax they had paid, could be found on a shelf in the public library. These days, the information is online, just a few keystrokes away. The change happened in 2001, and it had an instant impact. "It became pure entertainment for many," says Tom Staavi, a former economics editor at the national daily, VG. "At one stage you would automatically be told what your Facebook friends had earned, simply by logging on to Facebook. It was getting ridiculous." Transparency is important, Staavi says, partly because Norwegians pay high levels of income tax - an average of 40.2% compared to 33.3% in the UK, according to Eurostat, while the EU average is just 30.1%. "When you pay that much you have to know that everyone else is doing it, and you have to know that the money goes to something reasonable," he says. "We [need to] have trust and confidence in both the tax system and in the social security system." This is considered to far outweigh any problems that may be caused by envy. In fact, in most workplaces, people have a fairly good idea how much their colleagues are earning, without having to look it up. Wages in many sectors are set through collective agreements, and pay gaps are relatively narrow. The gender pay gap is also narrow, by international standards. The World Economic Forum ranks Norway third out of 144 countries in terms of wage equality for similar work.

7-21-17 Lagging behind India on women’s rights
Lagging behind India on women’s rights
India’s Muslim community has taken a bold step forward on women’s rights, said Rafia Zakaria. Islamic leaders there have begun allowing women to train and to serve as qadis, or Islamic judges. Qadis are not clerics, but they can perform marriage ceremonies and settle disputes over Islamic law relating to personal matters, including divorce. One of the first Indian women to train for the role, Jehanara Begum, decided to become a judge after she left her abusive husband and her local qadi refused to help her secure alimony and child visitation rights. The idea that Muslim women have the right to a divorce and to various marital assets if a union dissolves is a basic tenet of Islam, but in practice many qadis instantly side with the husband. The new female qadis have pledged to “never tell an abused woman to ‘bear it’ when she comes to them for help.” It’s a welcome development that forces the question, Why hasn’t Pakistan done something similar? Muslims are a minority in India but a majority here, and “the problems of Indian Muslim women are all too familiar to Pakistani women.” Female qadis could “transform the way women see their rights and options within the marital relationship”—an evolution Pakistan desperately needs.

7-20-17 Gallup Vault: A Sea Change in Support for Working Women
Gallup Vault: A Sea Change in Support for Working Women
Reporting on a 1969 update of Americans' views about women in the workplace, George Gallup commented, "Rarely has the Gallup poll shown such a remarkable change in viewpoint." The change in question was a shift from 72% of Americans in 1936 saying they disapproved of a married woman working in business or industry "if she has a husband capable of supporting her" to 55% approving in 1969. George Gallup also noted that the timing of the 1936 poll, during the Great Depression when women would have been competing with men for scarce jobs, may have dampened Americans' support for women working who didn't need to. Regardless of the reason, 33 years later, the country had undergone a sea change in this aspect of gender equality. The 1969 Gallup news article discusses survey respondents' reasons for their views. Some of those against married women working for pay said, "A woman's place is in the home." Others thought that a rise in juvenile delinquency (which many at the time blamed on parents) could be traced to mothers working, and thus that women needed to be at home with their children.

7-15-17 Right to bare arms: US Congresswomen protest against dress code
Right to bare arms: US Congresswomen protest against dress code
US Congresswomen have protested for the right to bare arms in parts of Washington DC's Capitol building. The National Rifle Association may be disappointed to learn that this is not a typo. They are not campaigning to bear weapons, but to stand against the Congressional dress code. The long-standing code bans sleeveless tops, among other things. The protest comes after a number of women have recently reported being told their outfits violated the rules. Female reporters have said they had been prevented from entering the lobby area, where the press meets to ask questions of US politicians. On Friday, Representative Jackie Speier tweeted to encourage colleagues to dress in clothes that showed their arms, calling the protest "Sleeveless Friday". A group of around 25 women gathered on the steps of Congress, wearing sleeveless shirts and dresses. "It's 2017 and women vote, hold office, and choose their own style. Time to update House Rules to reflect the times!" tweeted Congress member Chellie Pingree.

7-14-17 Women's salarys under Trump
Women's salarys under Trump
The salary gap between male and female White House staffers has more than tripled in the first year of the Trump administration, according to the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. The median salary for a female White House employee is now $72,650, compared with the median male salary of $115,000. That 37 percent gender pay gap is more than double the 17 percent national gender pay gap.

7-10-17 The American housewives who sought freedom in Soviet Russia
The American housewives who sought freedom in Soviet Russia
A look back at the Russian chapter in U.S. feminism. In the summer of 1922, Ruth Epperson Kennell, a children's librarian, left New York City for the far reaches of Siberia. She travelled with her husband Frank and 132 other "pioneers." In Siberia, they joined the Kuzbas colony, a utopian commune in the coal-mining town of Kemerovo, founded by "Big Bill" Haywood, a leading Wobbly (Industrial Worker of the World) who had jumped bail in the United States and escaped to Russia. Haywood and hundreds of other foreigners were eagerly establishing industrial and agricultural communes to aid the "new Russia." Kennell claimed that the Kuzbas pioneers — re-enacting American settlement of the West and industrial development on a new frontier — were building, not a new Atlantis, but a "new Pennsylvania." In signing a two-year contract with the Society for Technical Aid to Soviet Russia, and leaving the comforts of middle-class life in the U.S., Kennell made a decision that was surprisingly popular. An article in the radical Liberator by the proletarian bard Mike Gold, headlined "Wanted: Pioneers for Siberia," provided the spark that set the Kennells' life in a new direction. It also gestured toward the attractions of a broader exodus that was not just about escaping the U.S.: These pioneers wanted a part in the building of something new. This was especially the case for U.S. women at a moment in which they'd gained the vote but otherwise nothing had really changed for them. Appealing to "the Young Intellectuals who have not fled to the boulevard cafés of Paris, there to sip cocktails in a sort of noble protest against American Puritanism," Gold's article convinced the Kennells to pack up their worldly goods and leave their 18-month-old son in California with his paternal grandmother.

7-9-17 Japan's Okinoshima island gains Unesco World Heritage status
Japan's Okinoshima island gains Unesco World Heritage status
Japan's Okinoshima island, an ancient religious site where women are banned, has been declared a World Heritage site by the UN's cultural body Unesco. Okinoshima is home to the Okitsu shrine, built in the 17th century to pray for the safety of sailors. Before stepping foot on the island, men must take off their clothes and undergo a cleansing ritual. When they leave they are not allowed to take away any souvenirs, or disclose details of their visit. Long before the shrine was built, Okinoshima was used for rituals involving prayers for oceangoing ships and trade ties with Korean and Chinese people, the Japan Times reports. Thousands of artefacts brought as gifts from overseas have been found on the island, including gold rings from the Korean Peninsula, it says. The island now welcomes visitors on a single day every year, 27 May, and ancient rules are still observed. The number of visitors is restricted to 200. They must perform ablution rites in the sea, and - most controversially - be male. (Webmaster's comment: Keeping the hatred of women alive in Japan and supported by the United Nations.)

7-7-17 Emma Stone: Male co-stars took pay cut so they were paid the same as me
Emma Stone: Male co-stars took pay cut so they were paid the same as me
Emma Stone has revealed some of her male co-stars have taken pay cuts to make sure they're paid the same. Speaking to OUT magazine, the La La Land star said her male colleagues have reduced their fee so she can "have parity with them". Emma is currently promoting her latest film, Battle of the Sexes. It's based on the male v female tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King in 1973. It was watched by an estimated 90 million people worldwide. In the magazine interview, Emma talks to Billie Jean about fighting for equality back then - and what it's like now. Speaking about her co-stars taking a pay cut, she said: "They do it for me because they feel it's what right and what's fair. "If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life.

7-7-17 Makes no sense
Makes no sense
Women who refused to disclose their current salary while interviewing for a job received final offers that were 1.8 percent lower than for women who shared their salary history, according to a recent survey. By contrast, men who refused to share their salary history ended up receiving bigger offers than those who divulged their earnings.

7-7-17 Ms Sheila Michaels: Feminist who popularised 'Ms', dies aged 78
Ms Sheila Michaels: Feminist who popularised 'Ms', dies aged 78
Sheila Michaels, an American feminist who brought the honorific "Ms" into mainstream use, has died aged 78. Ms Michaels did not invent the term, but is credited with rescuing it from obscurity after she saw it used in an address, thinking it was a typo. "Ms" did not convey a woman's marital status, unlike the traditional options "Mrs" or "Miss". "I had never seen it before: It was kind of arcane knowledge," she said. Speaking to the New York Times in an interview last year for her own obituary, she said the honorific resonated with her, both as a feminist and as the child of unmarried parents. "[I] was looking for a title for a woman who did not 'belong' to a man. There was no place for me," she told The Guardian newspaper in 2007. "I didn't belong to my father and I didn't want to belong to a husband - someone who could tell me what to do."

7-6-17 AI photo check exposes scale of diversity problem at top firms
AI photo check exposes scale of diversity problem at top firms
Neural networks automatically detected the age, race and sex of the board members of the world’s 500 largest companies to quantify biases. Bias in boardrooms is tricky to assess. Many companies don’t publish diversity reports, making useful information difficult to come by and hampering efforts to tackle institutional biases. Now artificially intelligent algorithms have been used to dig down into the data, confirming that there is a lack of diversity at the top of the world’s corporate ladder. To evaluate the situation, researchers from biotech firm Insilico Medicine compiled pictures of the top executives taken from the websites of nearly 500 of the largest companies in the world. The final dataset comprised over 7200 photographs from companies spanning 38 countries. They trained image recognition algorithms to automatically detect the age, race and sex of the board members, and compared the results to the age, race and gender profile of each firm’s country to see if they reflected the general population. AI is far from perfect at interpreting images and Insilico Medicine doesn’t specialise in this particular area, so the results should be taken with a pinch of salt. But, nonetheless, they do give an impression of the current state of play. Evidence from other studies suggests that boardroom diversity is increasing year on year, but it is clear there is still a long way to go. Overall, the team found that only 21.2 per cent of the corporate executives in the study were female. And in every single company, the percentage of female board members was lower than the percentage of women capable of work in that country. Twenty-two companies had no women on their boards, with the majority of those firms being in Asia.

7-5-17 Afghan girl roboticists denied US visas
Afghan girl roboticists denied US visas
An all-girl team of roboticists from Afghanistan will watch their creations compete in a US competition via Skype after being denied entry visas. President Trump recently ordered a ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries, but Afghanistan was not included on the list. Teams from Iran, Sudan and Syria - which are on the list - did manage to enter the country. The girls said they did not know why they had not been given visas. A US State Department official said it could not discuss individual cases. A team from The Gambia also failed to gain visas. The six-member team will watch their ball-sorting robot compete in Washington DC via a video link from their hometown of Herat, in western Afghanistan. "We still don't know the reason why we were not granted visas, because other countries participating in the competition have been given visas," Fatemah Qaderyan, 14, told Reuters. She was one of the team members who made two journeys to the US embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to apply for their papers. Team-mate Lida Azizi, 17, said: "All of the countries can participate in the competitions, but we can't. So it's a clear insult for the people of Afghanistan." (Webmaster's comment: The best and the brightest are denied entry to the United States. Why? The women would show how stupid and ignorant white male supremacists really are!)

7-5-17 Manchester International Festival: Putting women in control of the world
Manchester International Festival: Putting women in control of the world
What If Women Ruled The World? That's the title of a show bringing together actresses and experts to explore whether women can come up with better solutions to the planet's problems than men. "I absolutely do think the world would be a better place if women ruled it." That's Vicky Featherstone, who is the artistic director of the Royal Court, London's leading theatre for new plays. "I absolutely do," she continues. "I think there would be different conversations." She's directing What If Women Ruled The World?, a live performance-discussion event being staged at the Manchester International Festival. "I think there would be a different sense of care. Definitely." We're talking during a break in rehearsals, and I've asked Featherstone for her view on the show's title, and whether she thinks the world would be a better place. She ends her answer with a question."But your question to me was, do you think the world would be a better place if women did [rule it]? "At the moment, it isn't equal. It is men ruling the world. And I think it would be a better place if, in place of those men, if we can't have proper equality, if women were doing that. It would be better. Definitely. "There would be less war. There would be less arms being sold. There would be less of all those sorts of things. We'd be more nuanced and layered. Things would be able to co-exist in a more nuanced way rather than being so compartmentalised. Definitely." (Webmaster's comment: Women care more about including others, helping others. Too many men only care about power and sex! How many women politicians do you see in money or sex scandals?)

7-4-17 Uganda civil servants face strict dress code in new government rules
Uganda civil servants face strict dress code in new government rules
Public servants in Uganda are facing a strict dress code after the government issued a circular warning them to "dress decently". Female staff have been told not to show any cleavage, wear brightly coloured braids or hair extensions, sleeveless blouses or any clothing made out of see-through material. Men must wear long-sleeved shirts, jackets and ties, and loose trousers. Staff failing to comply will be disciplined. The guidelines, issued by the Ministry of Public Service apply to all non-uniformed civil servants. But there is a feeling that female staff are the main focus on the new rules. While women will be allowed to wear pant-suits, they have been warned not to wear any tight-fitting clothing. Dresses and skirts must at least be knee-length.The circular further states that accessories should be modest, and women should not have bright hair colour, braids or extensions. Flat, open shoes are also ruled out, except in cases where one can prove that it is for medical reasons.

7-2-17 Grimes: 'Not enough bourbon' in Kentucky to make commission's voter data request seem sensible
Grimes: 'Not enough bourbon' in Kentucky to make commission's voter data request seem sensible
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she will not send "sensitive personal data" of Kentucky voters to a commission created by President Donald Trump to investigate voter fraud. Grimes, a Democrat, said in a statement late Thursday that her office had received a request from the commission for Kentucky records that includes names, personal information and voting history of 3.2 million Kentucky voters. "As the commonwealth's secretary of state and chief election official, I do not intend to release Kentuckians' sensitive personal data to the federal government," Grimes said in a statement. "The president created his election commission based on the false notion that 'voter fraud' is a widespread issue. It is not." In an interview with MSNBC on Friday, Grimes said there is "not enough bourbon here in Kentucky to make this request seem sensible. ... NOT ON MY WATCH are we going to be releasing sensitive information that relate to the privacy of individuals." Trump, a Republican, established the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in May to investigate his claims that millions of illegal voters participated in last November's elections. The commission is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. Grimes also said in her statement, "The president has repeatedly spread the lie that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the last election. Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country." (Webmaster's comment: On CNN I heard her statement. It was most powerful condemnation of trump's attacks on our privacy and liberty by anyone! If this person wanted to run for President I'd support her in an instant! We need more women like her in government!)

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