Grace McMillan, left, and her mother, Saundra Walker, both dropped out when they became pregnant. Now they're taking classes together to get their GED diplomas. Photo courtesy WAMU.
WAMU: American University’s radio station posted an enlightening reflection piece about two women, a mother and daughter, who never graduated from high school, and how that changed the course of their family’s future. Both generations of women had big dreams and career aspirations, but both ended up dropping out of high school when they became pregnant. They struggled through the years to hold jobs and make ends meet without having a diploma, and both had the experience of watching their child walk down the same path. Parents are always a child’s first and most important teacher. When a parent isn’t able to guide his or her child through school, it’s harder for the young person to figure out a path in life. That’s where organizations like Communities In Schools come in. Our site coordinators provide students with the resources they need to succeed in school, and parents with resources that help them support their children’s education.
Washington Post: Stephanie Hill, president of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions-Civil division, is considered by her friends and family to be a “people person.” So when she originally decided to pursue a career in engineering, she was met with incredulous stares. While the need for skilled engineers grows in the United States, it is still a career path rarely tread by women. In April, a study by the Congressional Joint Economic Committee revealed that only 27 percent of individuals working in computer science and math positions in the United States are women. Hill believes that promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects to female students both inside and outside the classroom is the best way to make sure that America continues to have a healthy workforce. Communities In Schools of Seattle works closely with the Danna K. Johnston Foundation, which runs a popular program called “Successful Youth.” A group of people—students, mentors and community leaders—meet regularly to participate in confidence-building activities and discuss the role of women in the fields of science and technology.
The Nonprofit Times: We know that the value of volunteers to a community is immeasurable. But in terms of dollars, how much is their time truly worth? According to Independent Sector, a coalition of nonprofits, foundations and corporate giving programs, the value of an hour of a volunteer’s time in 2011 was worth approximately $21.79. This is up about 2 percent from 2010. During the 2010-2011 school year, nearly 50,000 volunteers across the Communities In Schools network donated 1.7 million hours of service – a dollar value of just over $35 million.
Today’s blog post is from Communities In Schools Human Resources Coordinator Jessica Adams.
Did history-makers like Susan B. Anthony recognize their potential? What women of today will be remembered tomorrow?
As March marks the celebration of Women’s History Month, we take the time to honor women in history who have managed to blaze an individual trail of leadership, change and innovation. Women such as Susan B. Anthony or Harriet Tubman are just a couple who come to mind. As I take time to think of why these pioneers are so noteworthy, I consider the path they may have taken that led them to go down in history … and I wonder: Did these history-makers always recognize their potential? What women of today will be remembered tomorrow? View full article »
When we turn on the TV or go to the movies, it is as a means of escape. It’s a simple way to forget about our problems for a little while and become invested in someone else’s story. Entertainment is meant to make us laugh and cry about the characters we see on the screen. It’s certainly not supposed to make us feel bad about ourselves.
Unfortunately, today’s entertainment industry thrives on projecting unrealistic body and lifestyle standards on young women. Women are supposed to be young, thin, sexy and successfully able to juggle love, work and family.
How many times have you watched this movie? The lead female is unsuccessful or unpopular because she’s considered “dowdy.” Or, she doesn’t want to be alone, but her single-minded passion for her job prevents her from finding love. And so the character changes her body or her attitude, and suddenly she’s able to net the handsome guy. Roll credits.
I can think of several movies off the top of my head. And all of them were marketed to a female audience. There are so many “chick flicks” written with young women in mind…but how many movies actually portray real women? View full article »
Image courtesy Goucher College
Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau give the impression that the achievement gap between the genders is closing; since 2001, the gap between men and women age 25 and older who hold bachelor’s degrees fell to less than one percent. In addition, women make up almost half of the workforce today, up from about 30 percent in 1940. And women hold more than half of middle management jobs.
While all of this is wonderful, empowering news, we need to look past the numbers. Women and men are hardly being treated equally in the United States. Women are still earning less than their male peers, are more often subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, and are having more trouble finding employment after losing jobs during the recent economic downturn. Additionally, the worlds of entertainment, fashion, film and music continue to push unrealistic body image standards on young women. View full article »