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Advising Future Female Financiers + More
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.
Author Vivian Yang writes about her experience returning to China after five years. She notices blatant sexism and a lack of feminism when there. She discusses the problem, the reaction in both America and China, and offers a solution to create change.
Author Kelly Friday had always felt a bond between herself and her late Aunt Sal. Though she never met her Aunt Sal, Kelly goes in depth in this heart-written poem on what it is like to be feminist in her family. Her grandmother always did say that her, “heart was broken when the Lord took Sally from [her] - then He gave [her] you and [her] heart was whole again.”
Author and CEO of MissHeard Media Lindsey Turnbell had an aha moment when she decided to create a planner that introduces teen girls to the girls and young women to those who shaped (and shape) our nation. In the midst of her Kickstarter campaign to make this a reality, she describes the birth of the idea.