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Women look to Hillary for leadership

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Clinton has the chance to ditch the ‘male values’ surrounding equality, for good.

It’s official: Hillary Clinton is running for president. She’ll need the enthusiastic support of female voters if she is to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling and become America’s first female president. Expect to hear more from her on Tuesday, the day feminists have dubbed “Equal Pay Day” to mark when American women finally earn enough to make up for last year’s pay gap.

Typically, Equal Pay Day is used to call for more government action to protect women from what is characterized as widespread discrimination. But if Clinton wants to reach beyond her base, she should take a different tact.

Wage gaps exist in every developed country and in the most committed, liberal workplaces, including Barack Obama’s White House and in Hillary Clinton’s own former Senate office. That’s not because Clinton and Obama are secretly virulent sexists, but because women and men tend to make different choices when it comes to work life, which led to women taken on position with lower pay.
Discrimination does occur, of course, and women certainly face unfair obstacles in some workplaces. Old-boy networks, such as those in banking and tech industries, can unfairly discount women’s contributions; biases against women, particularly working mothers, may contribute to the stubborn dearth of women at the top of corporate America. Women and men alike should reject discrimination, expose lingering sexist attitudes and strive to create work environments that respect women and fully value their contributions.
Female leaders like Hillary Clinton, however, do women no favors by implying that American women are doomed to be consistently and significantly shortchanged throughout their careers. Far better for women to understand that the choices they make — about what to study, what fields to enter, how much time to take off from their careers — will primarily determine their earning potential. After all, our goal shouldn’t be for everyone to all work and earn exactly the same, but for men and women to make informed choices about how to use their time and talents.

And women’s contributions to society, not just their earnings, deserve our respect. The feminist obsession with eradicating the wage gap ironically embraces what a women’s studies professor might otherwise describe as a male values framework. Women have long understood that there is more to life than the all-mighty dollar. Women aren’t necessarily making a mistake when they decide not to “lean in” in pursuit of the corner office. They may find that their greatest satisfaction comes from personal successes, rather than professional ones. And even as we celebrate women’s increased participation in the economy, we ought to also acknowledge the critical, if often overlooked, role that women outside of the workforce play in our communities. Women are our school volunteers, just-in-time family care for friends and first line of defense in neighborhood security. Too often we only see the importance of these women when we note their growing absence.

American women have made tremendous progress. More needs to be done. Mrs. Clinton can help us down that path by moving beyond ’60s-style, women-as-victim feminism and becoming a strong voice for true equality.

Hillary Clinton’s challenge

Monday, April 13th, 2015

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After a quarter-century in the limelight, Hillary Clinton has 99% name recognition and leads potential contenders for the Democratic nomination by 40 percentage points or more — an extraordinary position in a party accustomed to fractious nominating fights.
Clinton’s familiarity, however, represents both her biggest advantage and her biggest vulnerability.
On the plus side, she brings more top-level experience — in the White House, Congress and foreign policy — than her rivals put together. She has a devoted fan base that likes her and wants to see her become the first female president. And she has demonstrated an admirable persistence in decades-long fights for women’s rights and guaranteed health care.
She cast herself as a “champion” for everyday Americans when many see her as a creature of Washington and Wall Street. Her challenge, to paraphrase another trailblazing Democrat, is to explain what she can do for the country, not what the country can do for her.

A 65-year-old mother of 13 is pregnant with quadruplets

Monday, April 13th, 2015

The last time Annegret Raunigk gave birth, to her 13th child, she was 55 years old.

Now, the 65-year-old teacher from Germany is pregnant once again — this time with quadruplets conceived through in vitro fertilization, a German newspaper reported.

Critics have voiced concern that Raunigk purposefully sought out a high-risk pregnancy. “The 65-year-old body is definitely not designed to carry a pregnancy, not of one child and certainly not of quadruplets,” said Holger Stepan, head of obstetrics at the University of Leipzig

Pregnancies of women over the age of 45 are deemed high risk while “over 60 is naturally extreme.”

epa04701273 An archive picture made available on 12 April 2015 of then 55-year-old Annegret Raunigk (L) posing with her daughter Leila in Berlin, Germany, 03 November 2005. According to a German TV report to be aired on 13 April 2015, 65-year-old Raunigk is pregant again - now with quadruplets. She is already a mother of 13 and a grandmother of seven. EPA/PATRICK LUX

Raunigk could become the world’s oldest woman to give birth to quadruplets, but she wouldn’t be the oldest known woman to give birth.

Raunigk had her 13th child, Leila, in 2005. “I was surprised myself as the last baby wasn’t planned,” she said at the time, AFP reported. “I was told about it when I was 11 weeks pregnant.”

“At first, I only wanted one child,” she told Bild in 2005. “Not all were planned. But then things happen. I’m not a planner but rather spontaneous. And children keep me young.”

Raunigk, a Russian and English teacher nearing retirement, has children ranging in age from 9 to 44. She also has 7 garndchildren. She is expected to give birth to the quadruplets in two months, and AFP reports her pregnancy has been without any major complications so far.

Hillary Clinton in her own words

Monday, April 13th, 2015
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Hillary Clinton has probably the best chance in history of becoming the first female U.S. president. That potential is woven throughout her emerging platform, with an emphasis on the advocacy for women and girls that has been the backbone of her professional life.

“Don’t you someday want to see a woman president of the United States?” Clinton teasingly asked an audience of Democratic women last month.

Hillary Clinton announces she will run for presidency

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the presidential race Sunday, saying she wants to fight for the economic futures of regular people and ending years of speculation about whether she would redeem the disappointment of her failed 2008 attempt to become the country’s first female commander in chief.

“I’m running for president. Every­day Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion,” Clinton said in a Twitter message.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton officially launched her presidential campaign on Sunday. The announcement began with a video and a tweet.
Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the presidential race Sunday, saying she wants to fight for the economic futures of regular people and ending years of speculation about whether she would redeem the disappointment of her failed 2008 attempt to become the country’s first female commander in chief.An accompanying video features a diverse assortment of Americans talking about their hopes and aspirations as they under­take a new challenge. Clinton does not even show up until the video has run for well more than a minute. When she does, it’s with a folksy declaration that she, too, is “getting ready to do something.”
The video features real people, as opposed to actors, and includes an obvious appeal to both the Democratic working-class base and groups that formed the core of President Obama’s coalition — the young, minorities and gays, among others. Women outnumber men, men hold hands, and one Clinton supporter speaks in Spanish.

One person it does not feature: former president Bill Clinton. He is neither shown nor mentioned. He appears in photos on the campaign Web site, but it was clear that his presence and role were taking a back seat to his wife’s aspirations.

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bac is coming !

Monday, April 13th, 2015

bac is coming