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Women’s News: National Women’s Political Caucus is asking why Santa Clara County has so few women in elected office

By Carol Rosen, Correspondent

When Charlotte Powers sat on San Jose’s city council, that body included eight women and three men, as well as women filling the positions of city manager and city attorney.

This year only two women sit on the council, and one of them will be termed out at the end of this year. And there’s only one woman on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. She was elected last year to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of George Shirakawa Jr.

Some women in the area find this situation distasteful and have restarted the National Women’s Political Caucus, which has been dormant for years, and begun a chapter of Democratic Activists for Women Now. The two groups are encouraging women to run for office.

Read More: http://www.mercurynews.com/san-jose-neighborhoods/ci_25331660/national-womens-political-caucus-is-asking-why-santa

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Women’s News: Maria Shriver Is Trying To Teach Her Daughters To Be ‘Providers’

Sasha Bronner

sasha.bronner@huffingtonpost.com

What does it take to get to the top — without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standouts in their fields, peeling back the “hows” of their work and their life, taking away lessons we can all apply to our own.

Maria Shriver met the Dalai Lama in Los Angeles last week and took to her blog to write about it. One sentence that stands out in particular is, “You must calm yourself and your world from the inside. If we can get that right we can right the world.”

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/maria-shriver-making-it-work_n_4937001.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s News: Omani women’s role in financial sector lauded

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By Elham Pourmohammadi

Muscat: Oman has been a pioneer in training women in the finance sector and women’s participation in finance positions in the Sultanate is very high, according to Helen Brand, chief executive of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountants.

“In terms of ACCA, both men and women, Oman has been pioneering in training Omanis to become qualified finance professionals through the ACCA qualification,” Helen told Times of Oman in an interview.

The participation of women in finance positions in Oman has been “very high” compared to other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, she said, adding that around 40 per cent of ACCA’s members in Oman are locals.

Read More: http://www.timesofoman.com/News/Article-30917.aspx

Women’s News: 8 Women Who Already Made The World A Better Place In 2014

Jamila Bayaz

1. Afghanistan’s first female police chief showed the world what courage looks like.

Col. Jamila Bayaz was appointed to run security in the Kabul’s District 1 in January, becoming the first woman in such a senior frontline role. The mother-of-5 is responsible for policing an area of the Afghan capital that includes the presidential palace, government ministries and the central bank. “This is a chance not just for me, but for the women of Afghanistan,” she told NBC. “I will not waste it. I will prove that we can handle this burden.”

Women in Afghanistan have faced a steep battle to reenter the workforce and public life after the end of the Taliban’s restrictive rule. They still face considerable obstacles including discrimination from an ultraconservative society and the threat of militant attacks. Afghan policewomen have been targeted by insurgents and several women in public office were assassinated in 2013, according to the Associated Press. Bayaz is undaunted: “I am ready to serve, I am not scared nor am I afraid,” she told AP.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/08/inspirational-women-2014_n_4919500.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s News: 5 Reasons Why Every Woman Needs a Girls Weekend

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Abby Draper

Publicist in Beverly Hills

You know when Big stands Carrie up at the altar and it’s just the worst, so the girls take her to Mexico (and Charlotte sh*ts her pants)? While spending time with your significant other, children if applicable, colleagues and acquaintances is wonderful and important, every woman needs a good “girls weekend” every so often, at any age. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or elaborate, but a simple few days away from the norm with some women you trust is a special kind of cleanse, especially when you’re going through a tough time. Why?

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/abby-draper/5-reasons-why-every-woman-needs-a-girls-weekend_b_4876468.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women News: 9 ‘Perfect’ Female Bodies That Prove There’s No Such Thing

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By Renee Jacques

In 2013, we started to hear rumblings of an unusual fashion comeback: the corset. Yes, the garment worn in the 1800s that cinched in women’s stomachs and left them in pain is being revamped and rebranded as a modern form of dieting. Even Jessica Alba was reported to have tried this bizarre diet, wearing a corset for 12 hours a day for an experience she called “sweaty, but worth it.”

If you already think that’s insane, consider the fact that doctors said that wearing a corset in order to lose weight is extremely damaging. According to bariatric physician Jyotindra Shah, M.D, it could cause bruising to internal organs, damage skin and restrict breathing.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/perfect-female-bodies-no-such-thing_n_4726196.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Women’s News: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie On The TEDx Talk Beyonce Sampled And Why We Should Forget Feminism’s ‘Baggage’

By Emma Gray

What does it take to get to the top — without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standouts in their fields, peeling back the “hows” of their work and their life, taking away lessons we can all apply to our own.

“Feminist: A person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

Women’s News: Reese Witherspoon Talks ‘Weak’ Female Characters And One Thing Women Should Focus On In 2014

What does it take to get to the top — without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standouts in their fields, peeling back the “hows” of their work and their life, taking away lessons we can all apply to our own.

Reese Witherspoon attended a young women’s conference at her teenaged-daughter’s school in Los Angeles, Calif. last month and was in good company: she brought along her own mother, her good friend Mindy Kaling and joined notable women like Maria Shriver and Lisa Leslie for a day of events and discussions.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/reese-witherspoon-women-making-it-work_n_4832527.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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Women’s News: 5 Friends Every Woman Should Have

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Raluca State

Friendships evolve a lot over time. People’s lives take different routes, our tastes change, our priorities shift, our personal morals and values become deeply rooted and we end up more passionate about them than we may have been in the past. But there are a few key friendships that every woman should have. The ones that will lift her up and help her fall and be there for a laugh when nothing else seems to work. They may evolve and you may see different people step into each role for a different chapter of your life… but as long as they are there, in some context, they will help you write a truly memorable story:

1. The male friend. The guy you have no interest in sleeping with. The guy you have never had any interest in sleeping with. The platonic male friend. He’s out there. Mine curbs my crazy, gives me much-needed perspective into my husband’s mind when I need it (and I like to hope I offer the same in return on his wife’s behalf) and offers a point of view on life and all its troubles that my girlfriends simply can’t offer up. One that is typically a little less stressed, a little more positive and certainly simplified.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raluca-state/5-friends-every-woman-should-have_b_4731283.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s News: 9 Things To Put On Your Happiness To-Do List

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Jen Giantz

Author (All My Friends are Engaged) & Blogger (The Things I Learned From)

“I heard a definition once. Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true.” –Audrey Hepburn

1. Hug more people because you absolutely adore them, and since time changes everything, make sure to hug them now — make sure to hug them more often. It’s a universally free way to tell them that you care. That you’re sorry; that your heart aches and craves and desires them. Hug them because it’s Wednesday. Because you don’t want to say goodbye. Because after three months of silence, you finally have the courage to forgive them. Hug them for no reason at all.

Read More:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jen-glantz/my-happiness-to-do-list_b_4815605.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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