What if in the 2012 Election…?


Despite all of the ‘Get out the Vote’ campaigns, celebrity pronouncements that voting is hip, and hype that surrounded this tight presidential race, voter turn-out for this election declined compared to the 2008 election. In 2008, 131 million people voted, while this year so far 126 million voters are estimated to have turned out. For many of us the right to vote is fairly new for our gender, age group and/or race. The theories on why people fail to exercise their right to vote are as many as the numerous ‘what if?’ scenarios proposed after the election.

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The Price of Education

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was doing what she did every day; coming home from school, when two men stopped the bus she was riding in and shot her in the head and neck. Two other girls were also shot. Yousafzai remains in critical condition but has luckily not suffered any lasting brain damage.

The man responsible for the attack on the Peshwar native is one of the Taliban’s most feared commanders, Maulana Fazlullah.

The young girl and the dangerous leader have a long history. In 2009, the then 11-year-old Malala went toe-to-toe with the man nicknamed “Radio …read more

Google How to Attract, Retain and Promote Women

Photo by Myles Grant

After analyzing why they were losing female employees once they gave birth (twice the attrition rate of other employees), Google leadership has taken action and changed its maternity leave policy. The previous policy was 3 months of partially paid maternity leave, and is now 5 months of fully paid maternity leave. The result? The attrition rate was cut in half. Shocking? Probably not, but this does create a compelling case study for other companies to model.

Google has also been implementing other changes in an effort to attract and retain women to their …read more