the president is a woman in 2015

Shirley Chisholm:

November 30th, 1924 - January 1st, 2005

Chisholm, was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress, and she represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first black candidate for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

In 2015, Chisholm was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Lucasfilm's Force: Kathleen Kennedy Reveals an Executive Team More Than 50 Percent Female
"When you have a balance of men and women, there are all sorts of things that enter into the discussion," says the president of the company behind the female-led 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and upcoming 'Rogue One.'

“How did Hollywood’s most storied franchise also become its most prominent champion of female empowerment? For the second year in a row, Lucasfilm is releasing a Star Wars movie with a woman as the lead -Felicity Jones’ reformed thief Jyn Erso in Rogue One, following 2015’s Rey (Daisy Ridley) in The Force Awakens.

Consider it a natural outgrowth of a company whose executive team, led by Kathleen Kennedy as president, is more than 50 percent female. “When you have a balance of men and women, there are all sorts of things that enter into the discussion,” she says, calling the Rey-Jyn doubleheader a “coincidence” that the studio (and parent Disney) embraced. “Because women are always in story meetings, [no one has] to go, ‘Hey, what would a woman think?’ ” says creative executive Rayne Roberts. “The reason Rey is strong and technically capable and compassionate and driven is that the women who were in that room, including Kathy, reflect those qualities.” Adds Jones, “Kathy has given women the kind of roles they’ve always dreamed of.”

“You have to cast a broader net when you’re interviewing and looking at possible prospects,” says Kennedy of the trick to achieving gender balance. “In the creative community, there’s no excuse for not making a more equitable environment. It literally comes down to companies that just aren’t trying hard enough.”

Read the full piece here

Note to readers: recently Kennedy justified Hollywood not hiring women directors for the Star Wars series by implying that a director needs experience with big budget franchises or else they’re not “set up for success.”

That’s simply not true with male directors. Gareth Edwards directed Monsters, an indie sci-fi film with about 3-5 minutes of effects. Hollywood gave him GODZILLA. And what’s he doing now? STAR WARS ROGUE ONE. 

So what do women directors need? The same shot that male directors are given on their way up.

Female Directors Don’t Need 'Experience’ – They Just Need To Get Hired

17 disgusting things Trump has said about women:

1. “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women, I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ‘em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

2. “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” (About Carly Fiorina, his one-time Republican rival, 2015)

3. “(Arianna Huffington) is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man, he made a good decision.” (Twitter, 2012)

4. “Now, somebody who a lot of people don’t give credit to but in actuality is really beautiful is Paris Hilton. I’ve known Paris Hilton from the time she’s 12, her parents are friends of mine, and the first time I saw her she walked into the room and I said, 'Who the hell is that?’” (An interview with Howard Stern, 2016)

5. (About a 10-year-old girl) “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?” (A leaked recording, 1992)

6. “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me, consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.” (How to Get Rich, 2004)

7. “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” (Twitter, April 16, 2015)

8. (About his daughter Ivanka) “she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” (ABC’s “The View,” March 6, 2006)

9. (About his wife) “She’s not giving me 100 percent. She’s giving me 84 percent, and 16 percent is going towards taking care of children.” (TIME, May 23, 2011)

10 . After Fox News presenter Megyn Kelly confronted Trump about his disparaging comments about women on live TV he called her “a bimbo” (Fox News, August 2015)

11. “Often when I was sleeping with one of the top women in the world I would say to myself, thinking about me as a boy from Queens, 'Can you believe what I am getting?’” (Think Big: Make it Happen in Business and Life, 2008)

12. “I have really given a lot of women great opportunity. Unfortunately, after they are a star, the fun is over for me.” (ABC’s “Primetime Live,” March 10, 1994)

13. (On women) “You have to treat 'em like shit.” (New York magazine, Nov. 9, 1992)

14. “Rosie’s a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie.” He has also called Rosie rude, obnoxious, dumb, a pig, and pretty much every other insult you can think of. (About TV host Rosie O'Donnell who blasted Trump for having an affair and leaving his wife)

15. Trump blamed sexual assaults on women in the army on the fact that men and women were working together. “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military, only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” (Twitter, May 7, 2013)

16. “Women are really a lot different than portrayed. They are far worse than men, far more aggressive ” (The Art of the Comeback, 1997)

17. “You know who’s one of the great beauties of the world, according to everybody? And I helped create her. Ivanka. My daughter, Ivanka. She’s 6 feet tall, she’s got the best body. She made a lot money as a model, a tremendous amount.” (The Howard Stern Show, 2003)

and I’m sure this cunt has said much more

Ameenah Gurib

(born 1959) Biodiversity scientist and president

Ameenah Gurib studied biodiversity science and received a PhD from Exeter University in the United Kingdom. She returned home to Surinam to teach at the University of Mauritius. Engaging in public and community affairs led in 2015 to her becoming the first woman elected President of the Republic of Mauritius.

Number 157 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Asked and Answered: “Rural communities are the backbone of our Nation”

President Obama responds to a young woman from Illinois who shared concerns about the challenges still facing her rural hometown.

As President Obama has said, “The values that drive our small towns and rural communities are the same ones that drive America as a whole…At the same time, what’s also true is that when our country is tested, our rural communities are tested as well.”

A young woman from one such rural community, Chloe Carson, wrote to the President about the challenges that still plague her hometown —like falling crop prices, unemployment, and poor education. Today, the President responded to her.

In 2011, the President established the White House Rural Council, and over the course of the Administration — significant progress has been made across rural America: Household income climbed 3.4 percent in 2015, while poverty and food insecurity fell dramatically. Non-metro areas have added more than 250,000 jobs since 2014, while the share of rural Americans without health insurance is now at an all-time low.

But there is more work to do, and these topics, along with new actions, were all discussed at the White House Rural Forum, a convening of rural policy, business, and nonprofit leaders at Penn State University.

You can read both letters below:

Dear Mr. President,

I admire you. The decision to become the president and take responsibility for an entire country requires courage far greater than I could muster. However, I have a few questions as to some of the problems in our country. I live in a rural community where half of the town’s population are farmers and the other half commutes to a city half an hour away or more. Our community offers many pros, but also many cons such as unemployment and poor education. How do you plan to fix these problems?

My family has been in farming for years. When I was young, I watched my father and grandfather work from before the sun came up to after I went to bed in order to provide our family with an income. Now, grain prices are dropping so low that farmers across the nation are beginning to question whether they will be able to make a profit. America produces food and products to be shipped around the world, yet often in our own small towns, many cannot even make a proper living without federal assistance.

As in many rural areas, the school system could be described as less than stellar. Our teachers are all dedicated to bringing us an education, but lack of funding continually diminishes their numbers and the classes available. When students in an area with few opportunities do not receive a proper education, they are unprepared for college. Students that do poorly in college or are unable to attend often have dilemmas when applying for jobs. Thus, the cycle of unemployment continues.

During your presidency you have been busy with controversial topics such as gun control, refugees, and health insurance, but what do you plan to do about the above addressed issues? The problems that affect the average men and women who form the backbone of America and work hard every day in our struggling workforce. What can we do to help the children who will grow up and take the place of their parents? We must fix these problems first Mr. President if we wish to maintain the United States of America.

Respectfully,

Chloe Carson

The President’s response to Chloe:

Dear Chloe,

Thank you for writing. Your note reached my desk, and I recognize the struggles your community is going through.

You’re right that rural communities are the backbone of our Nation, and I assure you I will continue to fight for investment in places like . I agree that a brighter future for rural America means guaranteeing every child has access to a world-class education. It also means creating more jobs, empowering workers with the skills they need to do those jobs, and building more ladders of opportunity into the middle class for anyone who is willing to work hard to climb them — no matter where they live. I hope you know that voices like yours are critical to this conversation because there is a lot more to do.

My Administration is pushing for rural schools to get the funding they need to support education worthy of their students. We are working to fight rural poverty, expand broadband access, and empower local businesses and communities so rural economies can more easily get back on their feet. We have also implemented the 2014 Farm Bill in record time so that we could expand and strengthen the farm safety net. At a time when our economy is growing, we need to make sure every American shares in that growth. And as long I hold this Office, I’ll keep doing everything I can to make that vision real.

Thank you for speaking out — it’s clear you care deeply for your community, and your passion for these issues will remain on my mind as I strive to ensure all Americans have a fair shot at the American dream.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

IDEAS TO CONTINUE CLONE HIGH

-they could continue it in modern day because all the clones were frozen and didn’t age and what not. They just thaw them out in 2015 and continue their high school studies.

- all the clones are dead. The president hires a new board of shadowey figures to create new clones. These new clones include
1. Charlie Chaplin (annoying theatre geek)
2. Amelia Earhart (friendly jock girl)
3. Mozart (flirty womanizer who woos ladies with music)
4. Black Beard the Pirate (chill bro pothead)
5. Harriet Tubman (intellectual and confident class president)

Cognitive science suggests Trump makes us more accepting of the morally outrageous
In December, marchers in Washington, DC, protested Donald Trump idea for a registry of Muslim citizens — one of numerous proposals by the President-elect that once seemed unthinkable. In October 2015, a college student named Lauren Batchelder stood up at a campaign forum in Manchester, New Hampshire, and challenged Donald Trump’s record on women’s issues. Trump attacked Batchelder personally on Twitter, describing her as “nasty” and an “arrogant young woman,” and even suggesting she was secretly working for Jeb Bush’s campaign. Read more
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Woman wins seat in Saudi election
Officials say Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi has been elected to Mecca council, with votes still being counted in first ever poll open to female voters and candidates

A Saudi woman has won a seat on Mecca’s municipal council in Saudi Arabia’s first ever elections open to female voters and candidates, the country’s election commission has announced.

Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi was elected to the council of Madrakah, a region in the holy city of Mecca, the official SPA news agency reported, citing election commission president Osama al-Bar.

She was running against seven men and two women, he said.

Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy with some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women, including a ban on driving.

It was the last country to allow only men to vote, and polling stations were segregated for Saturday’s election.

Among the 6,440 candidates were more than 900 women, who overcame a number of obstacles to participate in the landmark poll.

Female candidates could not directly meet any male voters during their campaigns.

Female voters said registration was hindered by factors including bureaucratic obstacles and a lack of transport.

As a result women accounted for fewer than 10% of registered voters. Few female candidates were expected to be elected.

U MAKE STEVE FEEL LIKE A NATURAL WOMAN ;)

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September 12, 2015~62nd Wedding Anniversary of John F. Kennedy & Jackie Kennedy

“It was extremely exciting for us, in the wedding party. This glamorous young senator and this beautiful girl. For her to be the bride that day, however, she had to almost act it out. And, I do think she was really worried about her life and future in politics. She was a woman of great determination, and spirit. In politics, she needed that.” ~Alieen Bowdoin Train

“She’s poetic, whimsical, provocative, independent, and yet very feminine. Jackie has always kept her own identity and been different. That’s important in a woman. What husband would want to come home at night and talk to another version of himself? Jack knows she’ll never greet him with “What’s new in Laos?” ~Robert F. Kennedy

“Mrs. Saltonstall took Mrs. Kennedy to a meeting of the ladies of the Senate Red Cross. Mrs. Kennedy, putting on her white Red Cross veil, whispered to Mrs.Saltonstall: "I must go up and show Jack this veil.” She did, and then returned to making bandages.“ ~Senator Leverett Saltonstall

"In the course of the conversation, I said [to Jackie], "you’re marrying quite a guy.” And as I think about what happened and her remarks–and I’ve got it right in the back of my head exactly how she said it, and everytime it gives me goose pimples–she says, “Yes, I’m the luckiest girl in the world.” ~Edward Berube

HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Are More Ready Than Ever To Elect A Female President

Americans of all parties are more ready for a female president than they were four years ago. In New Hampshire, more Republicans are pro-choice than pro-life. And opinion research on Facebook is daunting, despite its broad reach. This is HuffPollster for Friday, March 27, 2015.


TWO THIRDS READY FOR A WOMAN PRESIDENT -

Kathy Frankovic: “Seven years ago, Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination; she is expected to try again next year. Is America ready for a woman? According to the latest Economist/YouGov Poll it is – that is, two in three Americans think the country is ready to elect a woman as President. Eight years ago, not quite as many Americans thought that was the case: just over half said the country was ready to elect a woman.The change seems to have come from women themselves. In several previous polls, men were more likely than women to answer “yes” when asked if America was ready to elect a woman president. Now there is almost no difference: 66% of men and 67% of women think the country is ready. Hillary Clinton currently holds a sizable lead with Democratic voters: in this poll she is more than 50 points ahead of her nearest rival. As before, the partisan differences on the question about readiness for a woman remain. But Republicans, Democrats and Independents are all more likely than they were eight years ago to say America is ready to elect a woman.”  

Read on for all the reasons why here. 

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France president Francois Hollande adds resistance heroines to Pantheon
Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz and Germaine Tillion become third and fourth women interred among 74 men in France’s mausoleum of honour
By Angelique Chrisafis

The French president honoured four wartime resistance figures in total on Wednesday: Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz and Germaine Tillion, who survived capture and deportation, and two men, Pierre Brossolette and Jean Zay, who died in terrible circumstances before the end of the war.

The only other woman to have been honoured in the Panthéon, over whose door is written “The nation thanks its great men”, is the Nobel prize-winning scientist Marie Curie, whose ashes were moved there in 1995. Another woman was buried there, Sophie Berthelot, but only to be close to her husband, the chemist and politician Marcellin Berthelot. There are 72 men in the mausoleum in Paris’s Latin quarter.

Witches of the North

It is 2015 and the woman has come a long way from being almost solely considered as just “the container for the child.” In the United States, a woman is running alongside men in the current presidential elections. The German head of government is, as we all already know, a woman. In Morocco, the lawyer and politician, Fatima-Zahra Mansouri is the mayor of the city of Marakesh; Nigeria’s Amy Jadesimi is the managing director of a top offshore logistics company; Amira Elmissiry is the special assistant to the president of the African Development Bank, and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour might well be one of the bravest women to walk the face of the earth, venturing into, sometimes unstable and war-torn countries to present to her audience the true situation of a region. In the movie industry in Ghana, Shirley Frimpong-Manso is a much respected household name and Hannah Tetteh is Ghana’s minister for foreign affairs. These are women that worked hard to attain their respective positions and are excelling at what they do.

One look at these women as well as others in the same right and you might be tempted to agree with Beyoncé; maybe the “girls really do run the world” as we know it, but hold on to that thought as I take you to the Northern region of Ghana…

Northern Ghana is characterized by a poverty level higher than in the South; low education, traditional religion and superstition is rampant. Amina Wumbala, Awaba Damba, Mariama Adam, Kasua Kaligri, Mariama Iddrisu, Sanatu Kojo, and Ashetu Chonfo are only a few of the women that have to live in these circumstances, and their stories, even when narrated differently, are essentially the same; torture at the hands of brothers; beaten without mercy by neighbors and other members of their communities, sometimes to the point of death; exiled, months spent on the run, because someone, somewhere, and without proof, accused them of practicing witch craft. Their only safe haven? The six witch camps in Gambaga, Nabuli, Gnani, Kukuo, Bonyase, and Kpatinga, set up solely to house them. These are the lucky ones. The others are dead! 


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