Category Archives: Gender equality

The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women (According to Forbes)

By Samantha White

Forbes unveiled their annual list of the world’s most powerful women last month including seven categories of females: billionaires, business, lifestyle (both entertainment and fashion), media, nonprofits, politics, and technology.

Staying at the number one slot from last year is Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, 58, of Berlin. She stays with the current technological times by uploading videos to her own Youtube site answering questions German citizens ask.

Also for the second year in a row, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ranks second on the list. The former First Lady and Presidential candidate was recently photographed watching her husband’s speech at the Democratic National Convention from across the world.

(Nick Merrill/State Department)

Other repeat women from lists past include Michelle Obama (7th), Oprah Winfrey (11th),  and Ellen DeGeneres (47th). The oldest on the list is 73-year-old President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (82nd), who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. The youngest woman to make the list is 24-year-old Lady Gaga (14th)  for her music and philanthropy. Other young up-and-comers making the list include Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (21st), philanthropist and supermodel Gisele Bundchen (83rd), and entertainment mogul Beyonce Knowles (32nd).

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Women in the 2012 London Olympics

Mariel Zagunis carries the US flag during Opening Ceremonies

By Samantha White

The Olympics are in full swing and we can’t get enough! It is a major topic of conversation here in our office and we’ve all been keeping an eye on our favorite athletes and events.

The 2012 games mark a big year for female athletes, so enjoy these facts about the ladies currently competing in London.

  • For the first time in Team USA history, the female athletes outnumber the males. The team is made up of 268 women and 261 men.
  • Women’s boxing is an official Olympic sport for the first time this year, with 3 Americans competing.
  • The oldest American athlete and the youngest competing this year are both females. Karen O’Connor, 54, is an equestrian while Katie Ledecky, 15, is a swimmer.
  • While 54 American athletes are fathers, a mere 13 are mothers.
  • There have now been 45 flag bearers for the US during Opening Ceremonies. The honor went to fencer Mariel Zagunis this year, who became the 11th female to carry the flag.

The 2012 Olympic Games go through August 12th, so you’ve still got plenty of time to catch some events and cheer for Team USA!

A Modern World Means Smarter Women

By Samantha WImagehite

We recently discovered this article discussing the change in IQ testing trends and found it very interesting. Apparently, for the first time since IQ test records began, women are scoring higher than men.

The IQ testing expert who made the discovery has a few theories he thinks might explain the change in scores between genders. These include women’s dual responsibilities with home life and a career, or the idea that women have always had the capacity to score higher and are just now achieving it.

Do you have any theories of your own on the subject? We would love to hear from you! Have a great weekend!