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Davos 2009: Where Are the Women?

January 26, 2009

A glance at the attendance list shows that women are not being allowed to take their rightful place in attacking 21st century economic problems.
By Morice Mendoza

Afghan Girls Return to School After Acid Attacks

Students defy insurgents but remain frightened in wake of horrific assaults
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Teenage girls in blue and green burqas pour into the schoolyard, where they pull off their coverings, stuff them in their book bags and head to class. It almost seems as if the acid attacks never happened.

Women’s College Alumnae in Obama Administration


Obama’s People » Photographs by Nadav Kander

In December and early January, photographer Nadav Kander shot 52 portraits of Barack Obama’s top advisors, aides, and members of his incoming administration. Kander and the Times Magazine’s director of photography, discuss putting those portrait sessions together and what happened behind the scenes.

Caught in the Economic Crisis: the RA

La-Keya Williams
Spelman '10

In a Dorm Hit Hard by Families' Financial Ills, a Resident Assistant Offers a Hand

It was "divine intervention," says La-Keya Williams, a junior at Spelman College. Shortly after classes ended last summer at the historically black college in Atlanta, Ms. Williams realized she would have a hard time coming up with the roughly $36,000 needed to pay for her junior year. She took a summer job and spent her lunch breaks pestering loan companies, but credit was tight and nobody was biting.

In ‘Geek Chic’ and Obama, New Hope for Lifting Women in Science

With the inauguration of an administration avowedly committed to Science as the grand elixir for the nation’s economic, environmental and psycho-reputational woes, a number of scientists say that now is the time to tackle a chronic conundrum of their beloved enterprise: how to attract more women into the fold, and keep them once they are there.

Trinity Washington University Hosts H.O.P.E. Inaugural Ball

Inaugural Ball

Trinity Washington University was the site of the H.O.P.E. [Honoring Our President-Elect] Youth Inaugural Ball, an event designed for young people and families on Saturday, January 17, 2009, immediately preceding the inauguration of President Barack Obama. National Network for Youth was chosen as the sole beneficiary of the first ever H.O.P.E. Inaugural Youth Ball.

More Michelle Obama Staff Appointments

By LYNN SWEETON, January 16, 2009

Mrs. Michelle Obama announces more key staff for First Lady's Office including Spelman alumna, Kristin Jarvis.

Albright Receives Theodore Roosevelt Award

Madeleine K. Albright, Wellesley, Class of 1959, former United States Secretary of State, best-selling author and principal of The Albright Group LLC and chair and principal of Albright Capital Management LLC, has been named recipient of the 2009 Theodore Roosevelt Award, the highest honor the NCAA bestows.

Women's College Alumna in Obama Administration

From Wellesley to Organizer in Chief
By Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff | January 14, 2009

When Katie Johnson visits the West Wing on Friday, she won't be a tourist. Outside the Oval Office, the 27-year-old daughter of a Brookline couple will stop to check out the desk she will take Tuesday when she becomes the personal secretary to the 44th president of the United States.


What Women Want: A National Survey of Priorities and Concerns

Generation Y is Unique
January, 2009
The YWCA USA released the findings of a national survey of priorities and concerns among women in different age and racial/ethic groups, What Women Want.

Peace Corps Announces Top Volunteer Producing Schools for 2009

Smith College and Mount Holyoke College are among the top volunteer producing schools, with 21 and 15 alumnae volunteers, respectively. Mount Holyoke was also among the top volunteer producing schools in 2008.

The Senator Track

By LISA BELKIN, January 4, 2009

“It’s not that I don’t have experience,” she says, “but I worry that I’ll sit across the desk at an interview, and they’ll say, ‘What are you experienced for?’ ” - Whitney Hoffman

Two Women’s College Students Appointed to AAUW Student Advisory Council

With its focus on breaking down the economic and educational barriers that women and girls face, members of the Association of American University Women's Student Advisory Council (AAUW SAC) advise AAUW on key national issues that might confront college students. Two women’s college students – Meg Beyer of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, and Ashlee T. Oliver of Hollins University in Roanoke, VA – are among the ten students recently appointed to the Council.

Afghan Schoolgirls Defy Taliban

By Jim Maceda
NBC Nightly News » December 22, 2008

Defiant School Girls To Taliban: “You Can Spray Us [With Acid] A Thousand Times; We Will Not Stop Going To School” Students Who Were Injured In A Recent Acid Attack In Southern Afghanistan Are Now “The Faces Of Defiance”

Carnegie Foundation Recognizes 2 Women's Colleges for Community Engagement

Dec. 19, 2008 -- Mount St. Mary’s College and Judson College have been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for their distinguished records of service to their communities. The Foundation announced this week that both women's colleges were among the 119 U.S. colleges and universities selected for its 2008 Community Engagement Classification.

College is Still Affordable

By Nancy Oliver Gray, President of Hollins University
Dec. 18, 2008
For families with children in college now or planning to attend college next fall, the national recession is making the challenge of paying for a college education even more daunting. In a recent survey of more than 2,500 high school students by, almost 50 percent indicated they are more apprehensive than ever about affording college at all.

President's Blog: This is the Destiny of Girls

From the Trinity University President Patricia A. McGuire's December 14, 2008 Blog

Trinity President Patricia A. McGuire's blog takes up the global challenge of women's education:

"...beyond traditional educational elites, both here in the U.S. and around the world, women continue to suffer intellectual impoverishment along with material poverty, gross discrimination and frequent physical oppression."

This is the Destiny of Girls


Sat., December 13, 2008
by Mary Jordan

Across Much of South Asia, a Daughter's Life Is Circumscribed By Tradition and Poverty. But for Some, the Dreams Die Slower.

Rooming with Your Child

by David Moltz
Walsh Hall is the center of activity at the College of Saint Mary, a Roman Catholic women’s institution in Omaha, Neb. Among its many uses, the building houses faculty and administration offices, computer labs, a chapel and an art gallery. Its upstairs residents, however, are what makes Walsh Hall unusual: it is home to 31 single mothers and their children.

The Mothers Living and Learning program, now in its ninth year, is an on-campus residential option for single mothers who wish to pursue their bachelor’s degree while raising their children. The top two floors of Walsh Hall are open to women who have up to two children who will be no older than ten by the year of their mother’s graduation.

Post-Election: What's Next for Women and the Media

From coffee shops and dinner tables to Saturday Night Live, the media’s treatment of women has been scrutinized and dissected throughout the election cycle. From Senator Hillary Clinton’s run for the Democratic nomination to John McCain’s selection of Governor Sarah Palin as his VP candidate, women have been in the news. Our media panel - some of America's most listened-to journalists - will consider the ways women have been portrayed.

Madeleine Albright on Women and Leadership

Nov. 9, 2008

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks with Kelsey Hubbard about her path to the White House and the current state of women leaders. (Nov. 9)

Secretary Albright is a 1959 graduate of Wellesley College.

The Envy of the World

- by Elisabeth Muhlenfeld
Anyone who reads the New York Times "Education" section, USA Today's editorial page, or U.S. News and World Report's annual college issue might reasonably conclude that there are five pressing issues in higher education: three for policy wonks (Spiraling Costs, Accountability, and Campus Safety-including everything from terrorism to binge drinking); and two for everyone else (Getting into Harvard and Gaming the Financial Aid System).

Sebelius Goes to the Polls

Gov. Sebelius is a 1970 graduate of Trinity Washington University

by Scott Rothschild
Topeka — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has spent months campaigning for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, cast her vote Tuesday and talked about Obama’s Kansas ties.

“I like to remind people that Barack Obama may have been raised in some exotic locations, but he was raised by Kansas women,” Sebelius said to reporters outside her polling place at Presbyterian Manor.

The Advantages of Women's Colleges - Jennifer Desjarlais

Wellesley College Dean of Admission Jennifer Desjarlais discusses the advantages for students who choose to attend an all-women's college, and reviews the disproportionate number of women's college graduates who run Fortune 1000 companies and sit at the highest levels of government.

A Culture of Family and College

As Hispanic women balance family values and responsibilities with the ambition to attend college, admissions counselors are providing them with culturally sensitive retention tools.