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Can Human Rights Abuses Mean Better Jobs for Women?

Is there a correlation between human rights abuses and women succeeding in the workplace?  One would think not, but consider the recent Newsweek article, The Women Who Want to Run the World.   What do we know about China?  It’s ruled by the Communist Party of China, censors radio and television, kills protesters, has an ongoing dispute with the Dalai Lama (perhaps the most peaceful man on the planet) and just a few years ago the Paramilitary police fired on monks and nuns who were marching in support of the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet.

But…they promote women in the workplace.  In fact, according to the article 31 percent of women in China are executives compared to 20 percent in America.  And,  “half of the 14 female billionaires on Forbes’s 2010 list of the world’s wealthiest people were from mainland China.”

The story cites a study done by the Center for Work-Life Policy that found only 33 percent of college educated American women consider themselves ambitious compared to 66 percent of Chinese women.   In the work place, more than 75 percent of Chinese women are corporate executives compared to just over 50 percent of American women.

How is this possible?  In America, we are free to speak, organize, and even challenge the government.  But, in the U.S. only about 17 percent of Congress is made up of women compared to China’s 21 percent.

How can human rights abuses go on in a country with so many women leaders?  Do I need to rethink my theory on what would happen if women ruled the world?

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Fistfight in the Delivery Room: No it isn’t the Mother

“Operating Room Fistfight Leads to Botched Delivery,” – When I first read this AP headline I thought for sure the woman in labor had to be involved.  Delivering a child is definitely not for the faint of heart (I’m mostly referring for the father).  As we women create a life over 40 weeks, letting our body take on a shape of its own and then enduring excruciating pain for our baby to to emerge out of an opening that is only 10 centimeters (just under four inches), a fistfight is sure to break out, but between doctors?!

“Health officials and Salpietro’s husband, Matteo Molonia, say the two doctors disagreed about whether to perform a Caesarean section and came to blows while Salpietro was in labor. Molonia says the fight delayed the C-section by over an hour, leading to complications for mother and son.” – AP Story

It seems the private doctor (the woman’s physician) had a disagreement with the public doctor (attending at the hospital) causing a delay of more than an hour and the baby suffered.  Perhaps it just came down to money and nothing good ever comes from that.

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FROM THE VAULT: April 19, 1967 Woman Uses Chicanery to Register in All Male Boston Marathon

“Get the hell out of my race and give me that number.”- Jock Semple, Boston Marathon race director as he tried to run down Kathrine Switzer in 1967 to rip off her official number. Switzer became the first women to enter the Boston Marathon. For several years, another woman, Roberta Gibb, ran in the race, but did not dare register. For Kathrine’s part, she registered only as K. Switzer and had a male friend pick up her number.

Photo credit: Harry Trask for AP Images

When Semple was notified of the woman in the race, he jumped from the truck he was riding in and ran after her to get the number off her back. Switzer’s boyfriend knocked him down and the two finished the race.

“I’m not o’poozed t’ women’s athletics,” says Jock, whose burr remains almost as thick as it was the day in 1923 when he left Clydebank for America. Indeed, he has donated trophies to women’s races. “But we’re taught t’ respect laws—t’ respect rules. The amateur rules here say a woman can’t run more th’n a mile and a half. I’m in favor of makin’ their races longer, but they doon’t belong with men. They doon’t belong runnin’ with Jim Ryun. You wouldn’t like to see a woman runnin’ with Jim Ryun, wouldya?” source: Sports Illustrated April 22, 1968

The Associated Press photo was seen around the world. And yet, it would take another FIVE years to officially allow women to participate. Today, more than 40 percent of the runners are women.

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[We're]"not suggesting in any way that Sen. Murkowski is prostituting herself."

I’m great at riddles. Let’s see, “What’s the difference between selling out your party’s values and the oldest profession?” Hmmm…this tricky tweet was posted on Joe Miller’s Twitter page (Senate hopeful from Alaska)  and then linked to an article written by Caroline May in the The Daily Caller entitled “Libertarians Weigh Murkowski Run.”

Ok, “oldest profession,” “selling out,” and then a link to a story about Murkowski jumping over to the Libertarian camp if she fails to win the Republican primary. Let’s see, OMG, I think they are suggesting, WE ARE NOT SUGGESTING IN ANY WAY THAT SENATOR MURKOWSKI IS PROSTITUTING HERSELF,” – Miller spokesperson Randy DeSoto. Wow, now I’m stumped.

“A spokesman for Miller’s campaign said a staffer had written the message, but the reference to prostitution was aimed at the Libertarian Party and not Murkowski.” – CNN article

Women always hear things the wrong way – “Mr. Miller owes all Alaskans, women and my family an apology.” – Senator Lisa Murkowski.

The “staffer,” who apparently has been given the authority to speak on Miller’s behalf through tweets sent to Miller’s more than 2600 followers, has been misunderstood.  How many times does Miller’s office have to say that the tweet had nothing to do with Murkowski.  Just forget the link for a second, now where in the tweet does it say Murkowski.  Case closed.  Just kidding.  The case is so wide open Miller can stick his foot in it.

Thankfully, Miller’s camp has a highly technical IT person who deleted the tweet.  Whew!  Good thing.  Now no one will ever be able to find it.

source: CNN - Political Ticker Blog - Jeff Simon

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[We’re]”not suggesting in any way that Sen. Murkowski is prostituting herself.”

I’m great at riddles. Let’s see, “What’s the difference between selling out your party’s values and the oldest profession?” Hmmm…this tricky tweet was posted on Joe Miller’s Twitter page (Senate hopeful from Alaska)  and then linked to an article written by Caroline May in the The Daily Caller entitled “Libertarians Weigh Murkowski Run.”

Ok, “oldest profession,” “selling out,” and then a link to a story about Murkowski jumping over to the Libertarian camp if she fails to win the Republican primary. Let’s see, OMG, I think they are suggesting, WE ARE NOT SUGGESTING IN ANY WAY THAT SENATOR MURKOWSKI IS PROSTITUTING HERSELF,” – Miller spokesperson Randy DeSoto. Wow, now I’m stumped.

“A spokesman for Miller’s campaign said a staffer had written the message, but the reference to prostitution was aimed at the Libertarian Party and not Murkowski.” – CNN article

Women always hear things the wrong way – “Mr. Miller owes all Alaskans, women and my family an apology.” – Senator Lisa Murkowski.

The “staffer,” who apparently has been given the authority to speak on Miller’s behalf through tweets sent to Miller’s more than 2600 followers, has been misunderstood.  How many times does Miller’s office have to say that the tweet had nothing to do with Murkowski.  Just forget the link for a second, now where in the tweet does it say Murkowski.  Case closed.  Just kidding.  The case is so wide open Miller can stick his foot in it.

Thankfully, Miller’s camp has a highly technical IT person who deleted the tweet.  Whew!  Good thing.  Now no one will ever be able to find it.

source: CNN - Political Ticker Blog - Jeff Simon

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Levi to Palin: I lied when I said I lied about you and I'm not sorry!

Talk about a bad penny, just when you think Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin’s grandson, was out of the picture (all except for that reality show with him running for Mayor of Wasilla), he turns up again.  This time the CBS Early Show interviewed him for…..(crickets)……..something…..I’ll think of it……  Johnston is definitely the gift that keeps on giving, at least for the news media looking for viewers.

This looks like nothing more than a way to diminish Sarah’s reputation of…having…a…daughter…with…a good head on her shoulders.  What’s her reputation again.  Anyway, it just smells of rotten Alaskan Salmon.

Dear CBS, you’re supposed to do the interview and then air it.  People then watch and make up their own mind.  When you get in touch with the Associated Press before it airs and they report if first, then you don’t have the scoop and you look dumb.

This is from the AP Story: “I don’t really regret anything,” Johnston said, who has appeared nude on the cover of Playgirl. “But the only thing I wish I wouldn’t have done is put out that apology ’cause it kind of makes me sound like a liar. And I’ve never lied about anything. So that’s probably the only thing. The rest of the stuff I can live with.”

I guess I don’t have to watch the CBS Early Show now.

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Levi to Palin: I lied when I said I lied about you and I’m not sorry!

Talk about a bad penny, just when you think Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin’s grandson, was out of the picture (all except for that reality show with him running for Mayor of Wasilla), he turns up again.  This time the CBS Early Show interviewed him for…..(crickets)……..something…..I’ll think of it……  Johnston is definitely the gift that keeps on giving, at least for the news media looking for viewers.

This looks like nothing more than a way to diminish Sarah’s reputation of…having…a…daughter…with…a good head on her shoulders.  What’s her reputation again.  Anyway, it just smells of rotten Alaskan Salmon.

Dear CBS, you’re supposed to do the interview and then air it.  People then watch and make up their own mind.  When you get in touch with the Associated Press before it airs and they report if first, then you don’t have the scoop and you look dumb.

This is from the AP Story: “I don’t really regret anything,” Johnston said, who has appeared nude on the cover of Playgirl. “But the only thing I wish I wouldn’t have done is put out that apology ’cause it kind of makes me sound like a liar. And I’ve never lied about anything. So that’s probably the only thing. The rest of the stuff I can live with.”

I guess I don’t have to watch the CBS Early Show now.

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