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After-school programs are a cost-effective way to boost student achievement, reduce juvenile crime and help overstressed working parents

October 20, 2009

After-school programs are a cost-effective way to boost student achievement, reduce juvenile crime and help overstressed working parents. Yet a new study finds that the number of after-school slots continues to lag far behind parents’ demand. Even in these hard economic times, it should be possible to narrow the gap.

There is good news in the study — “America After 3” — by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group. It reports a big increase in the number of schoolchildren participating in after-school programs: 8.4 million youngsters compared with 6.5 million in 2004. Parents say they are generally satisfied with the programs their children attend.

But the most striking and disturbing finding is the large number of latchkey children — children left alone and unsupervised at the end of the regular school day: 15.1 million — more than a quarter of America’s schoolchildren and an 800,000 increase from 2004. That number includes 4 percent of elementary school students and 30 percent of middle school students who are on their own until their parents return home.

Parents of 18.5 million students say they would enroll their children in an after-school program if one were available. These numbers represent a huge missed opportunity. A majority of publicly financed after-school programs serve low-income students. They offer help with schoolwork, sports activities and other enrichment known to translate into improved school attendance and higher graduation rates and lower rates of teenage pregnancy, drinking, delinquency and drug use.

During the 2008 campaign, then-Senator Barack Obama promised that he would double the financing for after-school programs under the No Child Left Behind Act. His budget plan unveiled in February called for no increase in the current $1.1 billion appropriation. The House has approved a spending bill that adds another $50 million for after-school programs. The Senate should at least agree to that.

President Obama, his education secretary, Arne Duncan, and Congress must all acknowledge that a lot more is needed — and quickly come up with a plan to increase financing for quality after-school programs.


Why do many women execs leave?

October 19, 2009

Xavier University business professor tries to find out

The turnover rate for women in top positions was 33 percent, but for men it was 19 percent. And it was even higher in functions such as law, marketing, research and development, and operations.

… women in these positions were actually getting better positions in different organizations and perhaps becoming CEOs. Women became very sought-after in government and private business. Some became deans in big universities.

And many women started their own companies. Their family was the reason they left the workforce, but they did not want to just take care of their families. They used the opportunities and flexibility to start their own organizations.

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Woman wins Nobel Prize in Economics for first time ever

October 15, 2009

For the first time ever, a woman has won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Elinor Ostrom, a seventy-six year old professor of political science at Indiana University won the $1.4 million dollar prize for her research into how natural resources or “common property can be successfully managed by user associations”.  She shares the prize with fellow American, Oliver Williamson, of the University of California, Berkeley.

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Women use social media more than men: what’s news orgs’ response?

October 6, 2009

News organizations, take note: More women than men are using social media, a new study says.

The study, from Information is Beautiful, uses Google Ad Planner numbers to come up with its conclusion that more women than men use many popular social networks. Digg stands out because 64 percent of users are men. LinkedIn and YouTube are tied, genderwise.

You can view that data yourself, but here are some findings I found interesting:

Twitter: 57 percent women users.

Facebook: 57 percent women users.

Flickr: 55 percent women users.

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Science, math in vogue at Hughes

October 2, 2009

“(STEM) is really a shift in what you value,” Johnson said. “Do you value making sure kids can answer multiple-choice questions about vocabulary, or do you want to develop the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers who are going to do the critical things we need?”

The old Hughes Center is no longer accepting new students, although current 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders will be able to finish their studies. As those classes graduate, the new STEM program will grow one grade per year. By 2013, the transformation will be complete.

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Women gain in historic job shift

September 8, 2009

Women are on the verge of outnumbering men in the workforce for the first time, a historic reversal caused by long-term changes in women’s roles and massive job losses for men during this recession.


Women held 49.83 percent of the nation’s 132 million jobs in June and they’re gaining the vast majority of jobs in the few sectors of the economy that are growing, according to the most recent numbers available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Women, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Law

August 21, 2009

From Emile Loza, please contact her directly: 

I am writing a book on how women in technology and other fields of innovation plan for and engage in entrepreneurship and how the law and economic policy initatives in the United States foster or should foster women in their leadership roles in innovation-driven entrepreneurial ventures, large and small.

I have also been invited to publish an article on this critical subject in the Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law. Both projects are well underway.

I welcome invitations to connect with women and men who share my passion for promoting women in innovation and entrepreneurship and for raising the visibility, study, and discussion of this vital topic.

When Women Lead

August 19, 2009

Why are women-owned businesses predominant in certain industries? And what can we learn from their successes? 

What do women bring to the leadership table? That’s a thorny question, fraught with broad generalizations, outmoded assumptions and scattered data. But given the fact that companies with a majority female ownership regularly outpace the pack in terms of sales growth—often by as much as 100 percent, according to studies by the Center for Women’s Business Research—the question isn’t merely academic. 

One way of looking at the issue is to peer into those industries where women-owned businesses occur in higher-than-average proportion. According to data from the Small Business Administration, these include professional, scientific and technical services as well as healthcare and social assistance.

But what does that mean for women in male-dominated industries—particularly those, such as financial services, that offer significantly higher wages than other sectors? The Center for Women’s Business Research found these commonalities among women-owned businesses that might offer some clues:

• The vast majority of women business owners are personally involved in selecting and purchasing technology for their businesses.
• Women owners of firms with revenues of $1 million or more produce financial reports more often than smaller firms.
• More than two-thirds of women business owners choose financial products and services based on their relationship and experience with a lender.
In broad terms, these points indicate a strategy of hands-on management, careful research and analysis in the decision-making process, and an emphasis on building personal relationships.
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Women Business Owners Embrace Internet-Based Social Media

August 18, 2009

Social media is no longer just for tweens and college students. Women business owners consider social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter as key business tools to build their business.

The survey of 92 WBCS members, conducted in July, showed that 64 percent of the business owners use social media for business networking, with 57 percent relying on it to research customers, suppliers, and others. Fifty-four percent count on social media when it comes to interacting with their customers, prospects, suppliers, and others; and 52 percent use it to sell and market their products and services.

The business social media site LinkedIn was the top choice among women business owners. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents said they use LinkedIn, 52 percent use Facebook, and 37 percent user Twitter, with other media outlets such as Plaxo and MySpace mentioned by small percentages of respondents. When asked which one media outlet was most important to them, 61 percent cited LinkedIn, with 22 percent favoring Facebook.

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Girls encouraged to enter technology field

August 13, 2009

The number of women earning undergraduate degrees in computer science has plunged nearly 50 percent since 1985, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. In 1985, women represented 37 percent of computer science undergraduate degree recipients.

By 2008, women represented a mere 18 percent of computer and information sciences undergraduate degree recipients, representing a significant drop in degrees awarded. 

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