America is on the verge of an unprecedented improvement in how we live and work and the Filipina women community of business owners and professionals are impacted.
The importance of the internet in empowering women and minorities cannot be overstated. High-speed internet helps women connect with each other, access invaluable educational and employment opportunities, foster the growth of minority- and women-run small businesses, share in each other’s successes, and so much more.
Keeping our far-flung members informed on issues that affect us, our families and our kids is not always easy, with some living in places that do not enjoy the same internet freedoms that we in the United States do. Networks like FWN that lean so heavily on social media and messaging applications to organize, resist and empower rely heavily on a stable, fair and innovative internet — without one, we’d have no means by which to engage our Filipina sisters in the diaspora about women’s rights and educational programs.
Earlier this month, memorial stories started running which honored the passing of the purported first Asian American Olympic gold medalist. Sammy Lee of California was revered for his feats in diving. When in fact, the first Asian American Olympic gold medalist was a Filipina American woman. From The Seattle Globalist.
"For most women around the world, the odds are stacked against us. Seventy percent of people living in extreme poverty worldwide are women. Poverty affects women the most and through them, their children. Two thirds of the world's illiterate adults are women, and only one percent of the world's women own land. In a world where women hold up half the sky by doing two thirds of the world's work, we receive only ten percent of the world's salaries. Melinda Gates was right in saying that poverty is sexist."
ePahayagan Editor's Note: There's been a lot of interest in Loida Nicolas Lewis lately. We think it's important on reading once again a very well researched 2007 article on the leadership qualities of Ms. Nicolas Lewis and how she has developed into becoming a strong community leader. How One Filipina Woman Steered the Course of One of the Most Successful Business Enterprises in America. "From Cheerleader to Coach" By Regina Balane, Manila, December 2007. Story from Munting Nayon.
"We’re more than half of the electorate, earn more than half of advanced degrees and comprise roughly half of the workforce, but women in government make up just 20 percent of U.S. Congress and women in business occupy less than 17 percent of the C-suite. As I’ve written before, women are leading at every level of society, but they’re very much still the outliers." More from Sheila after the jump.
"To be a woman and occupy public office is to have one’s body parts ogled at by the other men in the room, or be dismissed as a joke. To be a woman in public service is to risk having one’s private life being trotted out and discussed salaciously if you say something out of line. The message is: put up or shut up." News story from Esquire Magazine Philippines.