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“If there’s 17 percent women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50.” January 9, 2014

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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“Next year, if we’re in the mood, we can celebrate the 40th anniversary of the day that Kathryn Kirschbaum, then the mayor of Davenport, Iowa, was told she could not have a Bank of America card without her husband’s signature.

“Then I took a deep breath, and wrote back to the proofer requesting that they do a find/replace on the .doc, and plug in the name ‘Harry Dresden’ for every instance of ‘October Daye.’

“I made one change that day. I put Mr in front of my name on my CV. It looked a little too formal for my liking but I got an interview for the very next job I applied for.

Gender in the Paleolithic: men did the important hunting while women stayed home, right? Not so much. Researchers have a problem with projecting their contemporary gender roles onto non-gender-related evidence.

A conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, countering activists who are trying to end the Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules.” Sexist religious conservatives really do end up sounding the same no matter where you are…

“What would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy – namely women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in one country in the world, Rwanda. […] Malawi and Liberia have female heads of state, and earlier this month Senegal elected its first female prime minister, Aminata Touré. Also, the African Union chair is female for the first time in its history. Africa’s strong legacy of female leaders is a hugely positive statement about the continent’s direction.

In spite of the record 20% of Congress being women, a group generally needs to be at least half female before the women stop being talked over.

“And let’s think about – in different segments of society, 17 percent of cardiac surgeons are women; 17 percent of tenured professors are women. It just goes on and on. And isn’t that strange that that’s also the percentage of women in crowd scenes in movies? What if we’re actually training people to see that ratio as normal so that when you’re an adult, you don’t notice? […] We just heard a fascinating and disturbing study, where they looked at the ratio of men and women in groups. And they found that if there’s 17 percent women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33 percent women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.

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