October 20, 2006

Just in case you didn't know, there aren't a lot of women in B-school...

So someone posts this on BusinessWeek boards:

The Yale School of Management has the highest percentage of female students of the top business schools in the U.S. and Europe, according to a recent census of leading M.B.A. programs.

With female enrollment at 38 percent for the class of 2008, SOM reported the highest female-to-male ratio of 27 prestigious institutions, according to a report released last week by the Forte Foundation. SOM was followed by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, which has a female enrollment of 36 percent. The census showed an overall trend of an increasing number of women pursuing business degrees.

"Our mission of educating leaders for business and society cuts across gender lines in a fundamental way that is appealing to any prospective student who hopes to make a positive difference in the world," SOM Dean Joel Podolny said. …..

And then someone else posts this:

I would like to add that I am also very female friendly. I open doors for women, comment when they change hair style, try to refrain from staring at their chests, and I always say excuse me after I belch.

Looks like I have a lot in common with Yale.


October 12, 2006

Cameroonians Fight Breast Ironing

(I cant believe this!!! )
Ms. Magazine - August 4, 2006

Cameroonians Fight Breast Ironing
Breast ironing, a brutal practice meant to slow the development of young women's breasts in order to ward off sexual attention, is inflicted on a quarter of all girls in Cameroon, according to a recent study by GTZ, a German NGO.
An additional 3.8 million girls, nearly one-fourth the population of Cameroon, are at risk of breast ironing. The practice involves wrapping heated bandages around a young girl’s chest, then “massaging” or pounding the breast with stones, wooden pestles or hammers that have been heated over coals.

According to BBC News, many mothers and female relatives support the practice — though practitioners can face a three year prison sentence — because, they say, undeveloped breasts mean increased educational opportunity and protection against “sexual immorality.” GTZ’s research shows that women victims face serious health risks, including cyst formation, cancer, serious infections, and damage to skin and breast tissue.

In an effort to fight breast ironing, the Network of Aunties Association (RENATA), a local NGO composed of teen mothers, has partnered with GTZ to launch a television and radio advertising campaign explaining the dangers of the ritual. It is a personal mission for some members of RENATA, such as the organization’s Executive Director, Bessem Ebanga, who told Agence France-Presse, "The aim of RENATA is to prevent young girls from being subjected to what we were."

October 1, 2006

A 3.41 minute clip about Carrboro..makes me want to live there

It is sort of funny that I went from Austin, Texas to Durham, NC and this town called, 'Carrboro,' is just like 10 minutes from my house and it looks like it is a Austin double.

Check out this funny clip on You Tube.