Hillary Clinton: Partisanship taking US backwards

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday night that excessive partisanship flowing through the nation's political system is causing thae U.S. to march "backwards instead of forward" and pointed to f…

  • Michelle Obama: 'Don't Be Afraid to Fail or Make Mistakes'

    Not many people can imagine interviewing First Lady Michelle Obama, but a lucky high school senior recently got that opportunity. Nene Sy, an 18-year-old student at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, sat down with Mrs. Obama to discuss failure, success, and how young women and girls can be more confident.

    Their interview was broadcast during the third day of the 5th annual Women of the World Summit. Sy was joined onstage to discuss the interview with Ann Tisch, founder and president of The Young Women’s Leadership Schools, and ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters.

    Sy asked Obama if she had any advice for a first-generation college student such as herself. “Know that you can do this,” said Obama. “You can’t do this alone, nor should you...Don't be afraid to ask for help. ... And call your mom and your dad once a week at least. ... For me, I’ve learned to turn doubt into energy ... I know it’s my obligation to show up big. … Put in the work and don’t be afraid to fail

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  • Rashida Jones: 'Girls Can't Invest In Their Looks'

    Actress Rashida Jones caused controversy last fall when she tweeted her frustration about the over-sexualization of young pop stars. She was immediately bombarded online for “slut shaming.” In response, the actress penned an article for Glamour magazine called “Why Is Everyone Getting Naked?” on what she called the “pornification” of pop culture. In her essay, Jones wrote that she was fed up with overly sexual images of artists such as Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. “Every star interprets 'sexy' the same way: lots of skin, lots of licking of teeth, lots of bending over. I find this oddly ... boring," she wrote." Can't I just like a song without having to take an ultrasound tour of some pop star's privates?"

    On Saturday, the third day of the 5th annual Women In the World Summit, Jones revisited the topic of sexual exploitation with 16-year-old high school junior Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart, actress in the encore series Slut: The Play and psychologist Tomi-Ann Roberts. Their

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  • Photo: Getty ImagesWomen account for only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 company CEOs. And although theories abound as to why the number remains stubbornly low, a new study has gotten to a possible, if surprising, root cause: job ads worded in such a way as to seem “male-sounding,” thus discouraging women to apply from the start.

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    “I was surprised that such a small difference in the wording has a significant impact on women's willingness to apply,” lead researcher Claudia Peus, of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), tells Yahoo Shine.

    For the study, which was presented this week at a business-leader conference in Munich, the scientists showed fictional employment ads, including those for management training programs, to 260 men and women. The women were less inclined to respond to that ads included the words “determined,” “assertive,” “aggressive,” “independent” and “analytical" because those words are linked to male stereotypes. But they were

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  • The second day of the 5th Annual Women in the World Summit brought more women's issues to the forefront, including the lack of female representation in Congress and the need to raise the minimum wage, topics touched on by U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)  and Susan M. Collins (R-Maine). The senators shared the stage to chat with moderator Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments.

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    When asked about the difference between the attitudes of men and women who are running for office, Collins shared this example: “I always hear women say, 'I’m not ready,' ... If a woman is running for office, she feels she has to have a PhD in international economics to talk about trade policy. A man just feels he needs to drive a Honda.”
    When Hobson asked, “Kirsten, did you ever feel you weren’t ready?” Gillibrand quickly answered, “Not me! Women are made differently [than men], and because of those differences, we can offer

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  • Double standards in the workplace, advice for young women starting their careers, and whether or not Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016 all sound like pretty typical topics for a women's conference. The difference at the 5th Annual Women in the World Summit, which kicked off in New York City on Thursday, however, was that it was Clinton herself discussing them. She and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde both sat for an interview with Thomas L. Friedman, a columnist at The New York Times and didn't hesitate to share stories about the sexism they've both seen and experienced over their careers.

    When asked whether female politicians experience public life differently than men, Clinton shared a memory of when she was a young lawyer, reading an advice column in an Arkansas newspaper. One of the questions was, "I got a promotion and will have my own office and don’t know how to decorate it. Any advice?" The columnist responded with the advice

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  • Meryl Streep and Tina Brown at the Women in the World Summit 2013. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty ImagesThe Women in the World Summit, currently underway in New York City, is a female-powered gathering like no other, inspiring global change through an impressive lineup of speakers including Meryl Streep, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Katie Couric, and Diane Von Furstenberg this year. Founded in 2010 by Tina Brown, who recently left the Daily Beast to found Tina Brown Live Media, the summit has a focus on live storytelling and interviews about courage and resilience. By the time it wraps up at the end of Saturday, it will have covered topics from Rwandan women and Uganda’s persecution of gay citizens to environmental activism and Pussy Riot’s legal struggles.

    As Clinton noted in her powerful address to the summit last year, “There is a powerful new current of grassroots activism stirring, galvanized by events too outrageous to ignore, and enabled by new technologies that give women and girls voices like never before. That’s why we need to seize the moment.” This year, the former Secretary of

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  • Toyota and Women in the World honor Tricia Compas-Markman, CEO of Day One Response and co-inventor of the DayOne Waterbag, as a Mother of Invention.

    In times of disaster, clean drinking water becomes a rarity, but a necessity. Engineer and designer Patricia Compas-Markman dedicates her work to addressing this need, innovating technology that will give disaster victims, soldiers, or anyone in distress with purified water. As a part of with Engineers Without Borders, she worked on creating water treatment system for a rural village in Thailand.

    It was 2005, a tsunami had struck South Asia and Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. “Just to know that within minutes, within seconds basic needs can be taken away,” Compas-Markman recalls. “Our professor said we have an opportunity working on water and sanitation solutions to change the course on how people are living and to actually prevent diseases and saves live.”

    A year later, she created the prototype for the DayOne Response Waterbag—a portable

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  • undefinedDedicated to spurring global change through sharing stories of courage, survival, and triumph, this year's Women in the World Summit is taking place in New York City on April 4th and 5th. The impressive lineup of speakers and performers includes Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Oprah Winfrey, and many more inspiring women and men from around the world. Topics range from fighting the scourge of human trafficking to inspiring girls to become world leaders to celebrating female pioneers in the tech sector. Tom Hanks is presenting a tribute to Nora Ephron.

    Yahoo! Shine is livestreaming video from the conference on our special Women in the World events page and also presenting highlights.

    The Women in the World Summit was launched by Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, in 2010 and is sponsored by The Daily Beast and Newsweek. "Pushing up against the glass ceiling is a luxury," Brown said in her opening speech on Thursday. "Try being a woman in Congo or Pakistan or

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  • "Nora’s writing was about the world witnessed by her,” Tom Hanks said on Friday at the Women in the World Summit 2013. The actor, who is currently starring in Ephron’s posthumously produced Broadway play, “Lucky Guy,” delivered a loving tribute to his friend and colleague who died of cancer on June 26, 2012.

    Hanks explained that to Ephron--who was trained as a journalist--“everything was copy,” meaning that she used every bit of her experience to imbue her fictional work with tender, funny, and fierce reality. Many of her favorite haunts around Manhattan, such as the shop where she bought bagels on the weekends, ended up as locations in her films.

    Hanks described her rich career and her uncanny intuition. “She covered the Beatles and ‘thought they were adorable,’” he said. “She invested in Starbucks when there were only 100 Starbucks.”

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  • Speaking on a panel on "Latina Power" at the Women in the World Summit 2013, actress and education activist Eva Longoria took on xenophobia in the United States. "They are scared we're going to have a Taco Bell on every corner," she quipped. More seriously, she pointed out that by 2050, the population of Latinos in the United States will have doubled. "If you look at the numbers, that’s our future workforce. If we don’t educate them, we are in trouble.” Longoria also pointed out that the United States is the only country that "promotes monolingualism." She encouraged teaching children "French…Russian…Chinese—we need to be worldly." Longoria also discussed her non-profit foundation which aims to combat the high dropout rates for Latina teens by giving them tools to get into, and stay in, college.


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