Women Comprise Almost Half of Time Magazine’s 100 List

Time Magazine’s annual list of the Top 100 Most Influential People for 2019 is almost half women for the first time ever. There are 48 women gracing the list, an increase from 45 last year. When the list was first established in 2004, only 24 women were included, so the representation of women has also doubled in the last 15 years.

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Number of Females as Admirals and Generals Doubles Since 2000

A recent report by the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) shows that more women are in senior enlisted and officer ranks as more are pursuing careers in the military. There were 30 female admirals and generals on active duty in the five services in fiscal 2000. In 2018, there were 63 females occupying senior positions in the military. The increase of female representation is credited to more women staying in the military and more opportunities being made available, such as military occupational specialties.

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Equal Pay Day 2019

Today, April 2nd, marks Equal Pay Day, a day representing how far into the new year women have to work to earn the same amount of money men did the previous year. About four months into 2019 women finally equaled men’s 2018 earnings, due to the pervasive gender pay gap that results in women earning approximately 80 cents to every man’s dollar.

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Which U.S. Cities Have the Most Women Breadwinners?

Men typically outearn women, with women making roughly 82 cents for every dollar a man earns, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The reasons for this are highly debated, though evidence tends to point to lack of female representation in higher-paying jobs and a persistent gender wage gap. However, there are instances in which women make more than their significant others. A report by LendingTree lists the top cities where women tend to outearn their partners.

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Historically Diverse 116th Congress Convenes Today

On January 3rd at noon at Washington, D.C., the sworn in 116th Congress has officially convened. This historical congress has a Democratic majority, the first time in eight years, and comprises a record number of women and minorities. Nancy Pelosi, who was re-elected as House Speaker  and remains the first woman to serve in the position, remarked that this Congress “will be transparent, bipartisan and unifying.”

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Facebook Invests $1 Million in Computer Science Program for Women & Minorities

Facebook has recently invested $1 million in CodePath.org, an organization that teaches computer science to women and minorities in universities across the nation. This investment is projected to help the organization quadruple the number of students accepted each semester in the program. Facebook hopes that this will help the underrepresentation of minority groups in computer science by giving minorities a chance to be more competitive candidates in the industry.

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NWBC Addresses Opportunities and Challenges for Millennial Women Entrepreneurs

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) has released a new report profiling millennial women entrepreneurs, and the opportunities and challenges they face. The profile includes informative qualitative and quantitative data and research focus groups for a comprehensive look at how the millennial generation, those born between 1982 and 2000, view entrepreneurship and how obstacles such as student debt inhibit millennial women from pursuing running their own businesses.

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Women Make History in the 2018 Midterm Elections

Yesterday, Tuesday, Nov. 6th, Americans took to the polls to cast their votes in the 2018 Midterm Elections to elect candidates for Senate, the House of Representatives, State Governors and other local appointments and propositions. Not only did we see a surge of women and minority voters this year, but over 100 women were elected into Congress—at least 98 women in the House and 13 in the Senate—the highest representation of women in U.S. history.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign dedicated to increasing awareness of the disease, helping those affected through early detection, education and support, and fundraising for breast cancer research. Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Industries in an effort to advocate mammography as the most effective course of action when fighting breast cancer. Although the month is coming to a close, it’s not too late to participate in spreading awareness of breast cancer and helping those in need.

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