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Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Laura Chinchilla

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Laura Chinchilla

Women In Film: Women Are Underrepresented, Oversexualized In Top Films: Study

Women In Film: Women Are Underrepresented, Oversexualized In Top Films: Study

Women And Politics: Female voters say Romney ‘out of step’ on women’s health issues

Women And Politics: Female voters say Romney ‘out of step’ on women’s health issues

Women And Politics: Female voters say Romney ‘out of step’ on women’s health issues

By Sam Baker

Female voters in swing states see Mitt Romney as “out of step” on issues of women’s health, according to a new poll commissioned by Planned Parenthood’s advocacy arm.

The survey, conducted by Hart Research Associates, lends credence to Democrats’ argument that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is on the wrong end of a steep gender gap, largely because of his opposition to abortion rights and his positions on issues such as contraception.

By a 20-point margin, women surveyed in the Planned Parenthood Action Fund poll said Romney is “out of step” on women’s issues. That number increased as women heard “specific information about Romney’s on-the-record statements about women’s preventive and reproductive health,” the Hart polling memo says.


After hearing those descriptions, 64 percent of respondents said Romney is out of step.

President Obama had a 13-point advantage over Romney, which grew to 22 points after women heard a description of Romney’s positions.

“It comes as no surprise that the more women learn about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s record and positions on women’s health, the more appalled they are. Politics has no place in a woman’s personal medical decisions. Women voters believe that, and in November their votes will reflect it,” said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Planned Parenthood and other groups have said the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as the GOP’s vice presidential candidate would further erode Romney’s standing with female voters. Ryan opposes abortion rights even in cases of rape and incest, and he took the lead on GOP proposals to eliminate Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.

In the latest Planned Parenthood survey, half of the women polled after Ryan’s selection said the choice made them less likely to vote for Romney, according to the polling memo.

Read More: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/politics-elections/244981-poll-female-voters-say-romney-out-of-step

Women In Film: Women Are Underrepresented, Oversexualized In Top Films: Study

The Huffington Post   

Like a broken record that continues to stick and sputter, a new study shows that women are still underrepresented when it comes to the top movies in the country.

study released by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism took a survey of the 4,342 speaking characters in the top 100 grossing films of 2009 and compared it to results from the top 100 films of 2007 and 2008. For women, nothing much has changed — in these top films, 32.8 percent of actors are female and 67.2 are male — 2.05 males to every one female. This means that less than 17 percent of films are gender balanced, even though females make up half of the ticket-buying population.

Perhaps more disturbing is the finding that women are much more frequently sexualized when they appear on screen. They’re more likely to be seen in sexy clothing (25.8 percent to men at 4.7 percent) and more likely to be partially naked (23.6 percent to 7.4 percent).

Women are also more likely to feel the effect of their age on their career. Though teen girls (12-20 year olds) are more likely than adult women, 21-39, to be shown as sexy, or partially naked — 21.5 percent to 13.8. But older women, aged 40-64, are not only less likely to be shown as attractive (3.8 percent), but less likely to be shown at all. Only 24 percent of all characters aged 40 to 64 are female.

Though New York Magazine recently suggested that we’re living in the “golden age” of male objectification, for women, the golden age never ended. The ratings controversy over films like “Blue Valentine” and “Shame” have also indicated the possibility that people are more likely to find issue with full frontal male nudity, and depictions of female sexual pleasure — though full frontal female nudity rarely guarantees an NC-17 rating.

Part of the problem may be the serious gender gap that exists in the movie business as a whole. “Gender equality does not exist behind the camera,” the study wrote, looking at 1,240 positions to reach the conclusion. Only 3.6 percent of directors are female, only 13.5 percent of writers are female and only 21.6 percent of producers are female. No change has occurred in these figures over the past three years. The study also found that films with one more female screenwriters shows a 10.2 percent increase in female presence in films — a suggestion that if things were to change behind the camera, they could also change in front.

“It’s hard to know why women have fared so badly in Hollywood in the last few decades, though any business that refers to its creations as product cannot, by definition, have much imagination,” New York Times critic Manohla Dargis wrote, last year.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/22/women-film-study-annenberg_n_1107899.html?utm_hp_ref=women-in-film

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Laura Chinchilla

Laura Chinchilla Miranda (born 28 March 1959;Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlawɾa tʃinˈtʃiʎa miˈɾanda]) is a Costa Rican politician and the first female President of Costa Rica. She was one of Óscar Arias Sánchez‘s two Vice-Presidents and his administration’s Minister of Justice. She was the governing PLN candidate for President in the 2010 general election, where she won with 46.76% of the vote. She is the sixth woman to be elected president of a Latin American country and the first woman to become president of Costa Rica. She was sworn in as president of Costa Rica on May 8, 2010.

Chinchilla was born in Carmen Central, San José in 1959. Her father was Rafael Ángel Chinchilla Fallas (a former comptroller of Costa Rica) and her mother was Emilce Miranda Castillo. She married Mario Alberto Madrigal Díaz on 23 January 1982 and divorced on 22 May 1985. She had a son in 1996 with José María Rico Cueto, a Spanish lawyer who also holdsCanadian citizenship; Chinchilla married him on 26 March 2000.

Chinchilla graduated from the University of Costa Rica and received her master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. Prior to entering politics, Chinchilla worked as an NGO consultant in Latin America and Africa, specializing in judicial reform and public security issues. She went on to serve in the José María Figueres Olsen administration as vice-minister for public security (1994–1996) and minister of public security (1996–1998). From 2002 to 2006, she served in the National Assembly as a deputy for the province of San José.[8]

Chinchilla was one of two vice-presidents elected under the second Arias administration (2006–2010). She resigned the vice-presidency in 2008 in order to prepare her run for the presidency in 2010. On 7 June 2009 she won the Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) primary with a 15% margin over her nearest rival, and was thus endorsed as the party’s presidential candidate.

On 28 November 2009, Chinchilla became Costa Rica’s only mainstream party candidate to participate and voice support for a march dubbed “March for Life and Family”. Organized by a coalition of church leaders, its stated mission conflated opposition to the legalization of abortionand granting recognition for civil unions to same-sex couples. Laura Chinchilla Miranda’s participation raised concerns among several Costa Rican civil and human rights leaders who have regarded the event as pandering to fundamentalism and homophobia. Chinchilla stated that the march was not “against any group”.

Chinchilla’s Partido Liberación Nacional is a member of the Socialist International,[12] whose motto is the promotion of “progressive politics for a better world.”

The British Foreign and Commonwealth minister with responsibility for Central AmericaBaroness Kinnock, applauded Chinchilla’s election as the first female President of Costa Rica. Kinnock also praised Chinchilla for stating her continued support for the forward thinking approach by the previous government in working to combat climate change and said that the UK would continue to work with Costa Rica on this important issue in 2010.

Laura Chinchilla’s political platform emphasized anti-crime legislation in response to Costa Rica’s growing concerns over safety. She is also expected to give continuity to the current government’s pro-free trade policies. She is considered a social conservative. She opposes gay marriage, but has stated publicly the need for a legal frame to provide fundamental rights to same-sex couples. She supports maintaining the country’s prohibition of abortion under most circumstances.

Chinchilla opposes any amendment of the constitution aimed at separation of church and state in Costa Rica. The constitution currently defines the Republic of Costa Rica as a Roman Catholic nation. Her position contrasts with that of former President Óscar Arias Sánchez, who supports establishing a secular state.

She is against legalizing the morning after pill, which is banned in Costa Rica. Many pro-life supporters in Latin American countries oppose the morning after pill because they believe it to be an abortifacient. This position contradicts the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) statement that emergency contraception cannot be an abortifacient, because it will not work in cases when the woman is already pregnant.

Environmental protection and sustainability is very important for the President, and she continues Costa Rica’s level of leadership in these areas, for example, in May 2011 she declared Odyssey 2050 The Movie of ‘Public and Cultural Interest’.

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