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Don’t Give Up: From Struggling Female Engineer to Wall Street Leader
Suzanne Shank, now the CEO of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C, was once a structural engineer held back by the lack of an advanced degree. After attending Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, Shank began working at a startup until her hard work caught the attention of Muriel Siebert, the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Siebert reached out to Shank and the formation of a new firm, Sibert Brandman Shank, began. Since then, Shank, has used her leadership position to advise young women interested in beginning a career in finance.
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Threats to Afghan Children's Education, Especially Girl's
A recent report stated that nearly half of Afghan children (as many as 3.7 million children) are out of school, and girls comprise 60% of those denied access to education. The study is part of the “Global Initiative on Out of School Children,” aiming to create inclusive and equitable quality education. The report also cites child marriage as the second most reported reason for girls dropping out of school, with the top reason being that “their parents did not send them to school.” Furthermore, the Taliban, which is gaining strength in Afghanistan, opposes girls’ education, and threats from ISIS have forced many schools to close.
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Underemployment in the US Espeically Effects Women
Underemployment is characterized by workers taking jobs for which they are overqualified, companies underutilizing a worker’s skills, or employers assigning tasks that leaves workerers idle. After 10 years, 75% of people who are underemployed as new graduates remain underemployed. For women, the rates of underemployment are even worse, particularly for women in STEM. This is concerning in 2018, a time in which women are more likely to go to college and graduate than men. And yet, the wage gap is still existing and almost 50% of female graduates are overqualified for the jobs they have.
Since The Wing opened in 2016 in Manhattan, it has appealed to a multitude of young women seeking to work in a safe space surrounded by other women working towards the same goal. Complete with beauty and lactation rooms, The Wing represents a place where women can foster their careers free of the discrimination and harassment that comes with working in male dominated spaces. Even with a staggering amount of support from politicians and celebrities alike, The Wing has still been met with challenges including an inquiry from the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
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Nairobi School Responds to Rape
Moi Girls School in Nairobi, Kenya, is closing for one week to allow police to conduct investigations into a reported sexual assault. After the student was allegedly attacked, parents came to the institution and demanded to take their children home. The Education Cabinet Secretary insists that the children will make up for this week of school, and she states the school’s intention to address safety gaps in their security system.
Self-Empowerment for Girls in Mississippi
The nonprofit organization, New Expectations for Women in Mississippi, held a six-hour empowerment workshop for 20 girls ages 12-19 called G.I.R.L. talk. 8 speakers including healthcare and educational professionals as well as business owners discussed a wide range of topics such as self-confidence, financial budgeting, human trafficking, and anti-bullying. One powerful speaker was Shannon Ivy, who discussed the social media campaign called Stand Beside Her, encouraging women and girls to support each other. Ivy acknowledged the significance of targeting these teenage girls, as they are increasingly looking to social media for validation.
It’s been over a year and six months since the Brexit vote, and the UK’s impending breakaway from the European Union is still causing uproar. Fashion companies based around the UK, in particular, are concerned about the deals’ impact on their ability to hire and travel internationally, as well as import high-quality textiles from around the globe. According to a report from the Creative Industries Federation, 74% of small luxury labels—many of whom are run by or provide employment to women-- fear that Brexit will significantly harm business prospects. Adam Mansell, the executive of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, warns that, although it seems unlikely, “it is vital that we get a trade deal with zero tariffs and very simple border controls.”
28-year-old Humza Mian isn’t just a veterinary technician—he’s also a drag queen and social media influencer whose feeds are both a celebration of his South Asian heritage and of his individuality. His drag name, MangHoe Lassi, pays homage to a popular drink in India. Growing up in a religious family, Mian was taught to hide any traces of femininity, and he still isn’t out to his parents. While he wishes he could be, the reality is that coming out still is not a safe option for many people across the world. Even though laws are changing and promoting acceptance of more and more people, the social implications of such a decision can be incredibly dangerous. Mian wishes that media represented those queer folk who are proud of their identity but still have to remain closeted, unlike the many out-loud-and-proud shows like Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Despite this, he is happy his drag, makeup tutorials, and social media presence as a beauty influencer can create a safe space for him to be fully himself, and he hopes he can create that space for others with similar experiences.
Jessamyn Stanley, yoga instructor and body-positive advocate took to Instagram this week to talk about an issue that isn’t discussed nearly enough: chafing and the discomfort—and scars—it can result in. Stanley posted an amazingly real photo of herself on her couch in her underwear, comfortably watching television with her inner thighs bearing the scars many plus-sized women have from chafing. Within her caption, she says “Yes, there are permanent marks on my thighs from chafing, Welcome to being #fat.” What people don’t realize is that this happens to women whose thighs happen to brush together when they walk—it’s not about being what society deems as “fat.” It’s simply friction and nothing to be ashamed of.
Coming out is an important moment for many in the queer community, but what if you never technically have to come out, or you’re not sure you even have anything to come out about? Growing up, Wilson knew she liked boys, but she was confused about the feelings that girls would sometimes provoke in her. She hated herself for being confused. As a supporter of queer rights, she felt that even discussing her confusion would take away from “real queer people,” and she saw her own identity as invalid. After all, she married a man and was incredibly happy with him, so what was the point of exploring her identity even further? But one day during Pride Month, Eleanor wondered why she didn’t think her identity mattered and why she had been unhappily hiding herself. She realized that to finally feel comfortable in her own skin, she had to be honest. After coming out via social media, Eleanor couldn’t stop telling everyone she talked to; it gave her such a rush of love for herself and her unique identity. If there’s one thing Eleanor’s story can teach us, it’s that accepting yourself and showing who you are to the world takes time, bravery, and a whole lot of self-love.