Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes today’s announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices.
"The children of Gaza and Israel must be able to start the school year without the sound of rocket alarms and airstrikes. After 50 days of profound human suffering and devastating physical destruction, any violations of the cease-fire would be utterly irresponsible," he said.
Full statement is here: http://bit.ly/1qfi5XI
Photo of a family in Gaza from UNRWA.
Women have been doing some serious glass-ceiling cracking since the 1960’s. Young women are increasingly working in fields traditionally dominated by men.
Today, female college graduates ages 30 to 34 are just as likely to be employed as doctors, dentists, lawyers, professors, managers and scientists as they are to be employed as teachers, nurses, librarians, secretaries or social workers.
This is a big deal, and reflects the closing of a substantial gap. Women in the 1960’s were 7 times more likely to work in traditionally female occupations. Studies estimate that 15% to 20% of wage growth in the last 50 years was due to a decline in barriers to occupational choice.
So we’ve made a lot of progress, but clearly there’s more work to be done to get more women into predominately male-dominated fields and more men into female-dominated fields. For example, less than 20% of graduates in computer science and engineering are women, down from 37% in 1985. Reducing barriers to female occupational choice, including gender discrimination, would not only raise women’s earnings, but would also increase overall productivity by better matching workers’ skills to jobs.
til I leave to go camping, hiking, clamming, and exploring with a boy on the other side of the country.
And he called me. He picked up a phone and called me like a man. And it was like we never stopped hanging out, back to the same dynamic.
And he’s excited for me to come. He told me that. I don’t remember the last time a boy said he was excited to see me.
I DON’T KNOW HOW I’M GONNA GET THROUGH THE NEXT TWO DAYS AND SURVIVE THREE FLIGHTS TO GET THERE.
I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love - and it being more important and special than anything and everything else.
Gone fishing in Paros, Greece. #dispatchfrom senior editor @lindsay_talbot. #greece #myweekendescape #boating