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India and Women: A Crippled Society

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The horrific and brutal rape of a 23 year old physiotherapy student in the national capital caused a stir. A stir that was seen all across the nation, which enraged people enough to seek a quick justice to the culprits and a world-class treatment. Well, the quick justice came around 2 years later, in 2014.

Newspapers and news channels are full of mishaps of rapes from all across the nation, there are innumerable to be listed here. West Bengal rape case, Sikar rape of a minor, Mumbai twin rape cases, Badaun rape case, rape case of a minor by teacher, Meerut rape and religion conversion are some that top our minds, making the top breaking news in India. There are several others where females of any age between 3 and 89 years are raped and dumped to die. There are several molestation cases being reported everyday. There are several acid attacks. There are several cases of girl kidnappings.

Yet there are several that go unreported, unattended, there still are some people who have accepted such incidences as part of their daily lives. There hardly ever hit the news, being a part of headlines in India is not even expected.

Then there are some who term these incidents not a major incident, some say this is because of chowmien, some say it happens because of scantily clad women though the incidences are reported about women who have been dressed in the most traditional Indian attires, some have rebuked women from pubs and bars, though the 6 year old school girl had never seen a bar till date. Some say its munni bandam hui or fevicol se or similar item numbers that arouse men to rape, wonder why these numbers fail to arouse women to have sex!

Sexual offences are now considered to be a common phenomenon, a part of our nation’s anatomy now. India news in Hindi and English and several other regional languages have been reporting about such incidences, however, these hardly come to notice now. And no, we are not merely talking rapes that are reported, the total number of reported rapes is way less than the actual figures of sexual assault. Here, we are counting eve-teasing, which Indian men consider to be their right, molestation, child sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, marital rape.

The recent reports have claimed that incidences of rapes have increased by many times. We get to know that in every 25 minutes is a woman raped in India. Going back to the year 2004-2005, National Crime Records Bureau, there were 318 women raped in Delhi, while in the year 2005 there were 600 rapes reported. NCRB also says that the bureau had tried around 18,100 for the charges of rape in the year 2003. India news in Hindi informs that there has also been a survey of all the girls of a single school in New Delhi, which said that of the total surveyed, 63% had faced sexual abuse during childhood by someone from their family. “Nearly one-third of the girls said the perpetrator had been a father, grandfather or male friend of the family.”

Didn’t we hear India as being the upcoming global power? Here we wonder how well does globalization of human rights compare with globalization of economic issues!

Breaking online news in India was when Nirbhaya died of the injuries she was left with after being raped; several don’t have the courage to report of rape or abuse because our society fails to accept the victim as a regular part of society, the families are ridiculed. The police also deters from registering the case, wherein quite a few victims of sexual assault say that the police suggests them not to register the complaint, some policemen are known to rape or sexually abuse. Long wait in the police stations, humiliating questions by the male police men in the absence of female police … aren’t we talking indirectly talking of the people in power backing them up? How do we sum up the frustration of a victim the trial of which goes on for years?

The trauma does not leave the victim after several years. Headlines in a particular part of India were hit by a case reported of a child pushed to epilepsy after being raped and severely assaulted by her neighbour. The culprit was arrested, and thus the court said justice was delivered. What happens to the girl 5 years down the lane? The girl is still epileptic. Justice delivered, you say?

Our law makers have now become the most toxic part of our nation. The women now need to get out of their cocoons to bring about a change. The very minute differentiation between the two genders needs to be dispersed. The society needs to accept the rape or sexual assault victims as part of the society and not condemn them. Our men need to realize that it’s not just the males who have the rights, women have equal rights. We need women who are strong enough to keep themselves safe, we need women who can speak for themselves and others. We need women who can face and punch back assaulters. News in India have hardly ever been of those who have fought back their assaulters

This is the time India as a nation, or at least the people who understand the importance of a woman, the educated class, come out of their shell of weakness. The current situation in the country is more like a cancer without a treatment. We need to put this cancer in front of all and rid the nation of this.

If the nation is considered to be a body, men, women, children, aged, etc., all are a part with equal importance. The body should realize that a part is in deep suffering and get it the right treatment.

Women and Social Media

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Women are not weak

A Woman Turned Truck Driver- Courage Speaks It All

Women are not weak

Trucking is portrayed as an industry of men counterparts. With the toughness dripping along the tires of every truck, women truckers were not so welcomed in the industry. They were underestimated for all they were, for what they can do. And today, they have proved it all. The leadership emerged in early 1920s with Lillie Elizabeth Drennan took the charge. She just did not inspire women across the globe, but also introduced methods to survive at the time of need. No profession is gender biased, its all how well you are featuring yourself in it.

Name the industry, you will find women mastering it. They have spread their wings high and wide, astonishing the men with their inner power of mastering trucking as a whole. Those heavy rigs are purely integrated with toughness; however, women have learnt to blend with them. Gender discrimination is something trucking does not transpire so well with, and eventually, the roads of America started accepting women drivers. had conducted a marathon for women truckers to share their on-road stories, experiences and their uphill battle for life behind the wheels. And this is one of the letter we had received from our regular customer, Mrs. Day. This letter will make you love your friends and the profession you are in.

Rendezvous Trucking- The Beautiful Truth

Jane, the women of thrill and adventure, she was utmost up for anything and everything, any hour on the clock. Though she was in her mid 40s, she had the burning fire in her to relish every moment lived.

And I, totally contrastive in nature. I was contented with what life had to offer me. My 15-year-old son and a full time nanny were my only reason to live. I worked at the restaurant, made a living with the tip and wages. Life seemed contended. I had never called life for a serious encounter.

It started this way.

Jane and I were good friends from school. She was from a wealthy background, with the urge to go and look around the world, face the difficulties and learn new things. One day, out of the blues, Jane came to me at the restaurant. As there were not many customers to attend, I asked Mary to handle the chore for a while.

I took my seat next to her; saw a worried look in her eyes. I grew tensed. I asked her, “Is everything OK, darling? She held my hand and shot the very first question “Hey, have you ever thought about trucking?” I went numb, taken aback with her question. I was not sure what were her plans.

It was all too sudden for me. Actually, I was not sure myself about the question she had asked.

I knew what I had to do. Speak.

I explained my thoughts, told her that trucking is a man thing, and we are better off away from it. I tried to show the beautiful side of our lives, establishing ourselves with some food stall or selling art and earn for living.

Silence. Pin drop silence.

One eye contact, it explained me all.

I lost it.

It was her chance to speak. She disclosed her plans, how she got inspired with the thought that trucking would be the apt for us and we should surely try a hand. It was all adventurous to her and she expected me to be a part of this weirdo venture. Her excitement was high up in the sky and denying her offer was totally not me. She assured me if I did not like it, I can back out. Now can someone on earth make her understand I don’t know how to back out?

All I would do that moment is, buy time to think over.

Finally, that night I thought about it. I was all excited about the venture, something different. And Jane was there to support me. Oh, by the way, was I left with any other option other than accepting the offer? Well, no.

I had to inform my manager on a very short notice about my plans and I was sure, reactions were not so welcoming. He was stunned the way I was when I heard the plan for the first time, but he was left with no option than letting me go. Mr. Sam was not a bad person, after all. With final words, I realized that I was leaving my small world behind. Tears, emotions and excitement with a slight touch of happiness were entwined within, leaving me with the hope for better tomorrow.

Soon, we were on our venture towards trucking school, checked on CDL requirements, graphing our obligations and the three major classes of CDL. Everything was set and we got our CLP (Commercial Learners Permit). In another 14 days, we took our skill test and got the formalities done. In no time, we had our CDL in my hand. I was indeed a proud moment for both of us, and thought were exploded within.

And the day finally arrived, we were on our 53 ft trailer, making deliveries and setting our forte in the male dominant industry. We did not prove that we can handle huge rig, but also earned the place on the road with men. Equivalent.

I never felt any different with men drivers. When I was married to Jack, there were weeks without seeing him and there would be time when his time would be all for me. Safety, working conditions, pay and home time are just a few of the issues concerning all drivers. We were no different.

We sensed the independence, missed contentment and sometimes emergencies. We met millions of crooks, giving us a look when they were checking out who is on the driver’s seat. It was not so usual to see a female driver, controlling an 18 wheeled rig. I, for one, consider it a great testimony to the strength and determination of our country’s women to take the demanding career of truck driving. Yes, it is not the easiest way of life, yet, there is no harm in giving a try. When we were on our venture, we just did not come over our fears; fought for a different lifestyle, tailored our requirements and yet, maintained our feminine qualities.

When we return home after long hauling, people tell us, isn’t trucking boring to you?

We laugh our heart out.

Well, we have the reasons to justify. You know, its not just trucking all the time. We are on road 6 days a week and sometimes 10-20 days at a stretch. Our own set of chores is like a tagged along responsibility. If Jane is behind the wheels, I ensure the lunch and dinner is all set before we halt for the night or vise versa.

We go for a walk, sometime ride our foldable bicycle or simply read our fictional, mystery book we carry on our journey. And if we don’t have anything to do, we would simply sleep, snoring loud.

Though the trucking industry is male dominant, we noticed that women were paid more importance, more respect and better opportunities to explore. Though we started as amateur in this field, we did not take much time to master it and showcase women empowerment.

We experienced shade and shine during our journeys. Truck stops were the place where we usually encounter different things. Once near Indiana, we discovered a truck stop and parked our rig. We decided to call it a night. The truck stop honestly, didn’t look too promising. We were greeted by the most friendly mannered woman, Deb, who was engaged in mopping the floor for the umpteenth time that night. Jane asked her if she mind walking across the mopped floor. You know what she replied, “No honey, I just want to make sure you don’t slide down. Just be careful ok?” She completed with a million dollar smile. It was so refreshing to see someone really concerned about you at wee hours.

Ah, I missed the best point. Trucking gave us the opportunity to meet varied people, and say hello to wonderful people like Deb. Working late and going home in a bad weather is just so warming and fruitful.

Our days were mixed with emotions, work and responsibilities carrying on our shoulders with no real own duties to carry out. Of course, we paid our HVUT on time. We don’t like the penalties. They are too heavy on our pockets. With the growing time, we learnt that we have exposed every unlived in moment, did every adventure we thought before tying knots and learnt the new spectacular spirit of living our lives. This was our best accomplishment, ever.

Thanks to Jane.

Its been almost 35 years since we entered the industry and even today, if someone allows me to drive my old big rig I would risk it for a no. But what fun without Jane? Well, I missed telling you about her. Jane died in a truck accident 5 years back and I’m never over it. I dedicate this letter to her. She thought me how to live life. May be she was ought to.

What trucking thought me; I would treasure it for life.

Thanks for providing me the opportunity to speak my heart out.

Learn The Ropes

Always remember, women truckers are no less than men counterparts. Jane always told me:

  • You are a born a women, don’t think you are weak
  • You are professionally strong, prove it to the world
  • You don’t represent women, you represent the whole trucking company.

We would like to take a moment out and thank Mrs. Day for touching our heart with ardor, her hardship and fruitfully sweep the opportunity to experience anew. takes a moment in honor and salutes every woman behind the wheels. This initiation would stand hold as a tribute to women and their will power to do something for the nation. We wish and look forward for more women truckers joining the league and paying respect through taxes.

Dubai business woman

Women in business in Dubai, UAE – misconceptions and realities

Dubai business woman

When people think about Dubai they think about luxury, large-scale business projects and great business opportunities. And this is totally correct – this is what Dubai can provide.

However, when thinking of UAE as the place for women for doing business, there is often a misconception that this country is hostile to women in business life. And this is a clear misunderstanding.

There are a number of women on the very different levels and positions in business life in UAE – from high ranking management in different companies to owners of their own business in very different areas and of the business of very different size.

There are a number of companies in Dubai and other Emirates in nearly every business area which belong to women. Such companies can be, for example, industrial, logistics, service, etc.

A number of woman in Dubai are very successful with their companies providing different education services in UAE – various classes for kids and adults, language schools, arts and music schools, etc.

Clearly, there are some certain business areas where women dominate, for example, beauty industry – shops, beauty salons, spas and similar; boutiques or interior design studios. These are the typical areas where woman generally dominate in most of the countries, and UAE is very similar in this respect.

However it, as already mentioned above, does not exclude a large number for woman in UAE being the owners or managers in companies in other business areas. Such areas can be various types of industries, legal and auditing services, recycling and any practically any other areas.

There is also a great number of women working in different governmental authorities of UAE – starting from minor local authorities all the way to very high ranked ministerial positions.

Who are these woman and where are they from? Practically from any country and with very different business and education background. What makes them common – their willingness to be successful – and UAE gives great opportunities to fulfil this goal.

There is even a special “Dubai Women Business Council” which actively supports women who open companies and start their business in United Arab Emirates.

To find out more on how to set up a business / company in Dubai, UAE – visit very useful information source on Dubai as the place for business –

The 2014 Women In Business & Industry

2014 Women In Business & Industry Out Today!

The 2014 Women In Business & IndustryThe 2014 edition of Women In Business & Industry is live and ready for viewing. Inside we cover Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors; how to recognize gender discrimination in the workplace; women’s vs. men’s investment strategies; and profile Rosiland Triche, the women behind your favorite entertainment venues; and more. Check it out today!

The Perfect Mold

Almost every movie, show and music video displays an unrealistic portrayal of a man or a women. The topic of women in the media is widely discussed around the world, but men also have unrealistic portrayals. Neither one is more great an issue than the other, both are huge problems for our society. Women are typically underrepresented or over sexualized. Men are represented as violent and tough or as “the perfect guy.” Without knowing it, these types of stereotypes affect how people see each other. It induces high expectations for both genders to conform to this perfect mold that is displayed in the media. Women walk around searching for a rugged, handsome “perfect guy”, and men go looking for women with large breasts and a blatantly obvious sex appeal. The media has so much power that it can make or break the image of a person.

When the topic of women in the media comes up people often have a lot to say and with good reason. Women in the media have horribly unrealistic representations. The Representation Project, in their YouTube video, shows a woman in an extremely revealing bikini eating a burger. This is a ridiculous advertisement because a bikini is in no way related to burgers. The woman in this ad has no reason to be wearing a bikini except to bring sex appeal. The video also shows a model posing for a picture and how even this beautiful women is digitally altered to conform to something she is not and could never be. These women put unreasonably high expectation other women and even on themselves. The altered bodies and faces are unacheivable to even the women they belong to. And still, this is the type of thing women see everywhere and then they grow to dislike themselves for not being able to obtain the perfect look. The Representation Project phrased it well when they said, “Women and girls deserve better representation.”

This type of representation is not just subjected to women, it also affects men. This is not as much of a widely discussed topic but is a huge issue. Men in the media are shown in a lot of different ways, like tough and rugged, or charming and handsome. This, like with women, gives men an unacheivable view of themselves. Julia Wood talks about men in movies like Lethal Weapon, and Die Hard that “star men who embody the stereotype of extreme masculinity.” This gives men the idea that they also need to be overly masculine and tough. They are shown with aggression, independence, and fearlessness.

Wood also uses reliable sources to relate ways that men are not represented in the media like men “are typically represented as uninterested in and incompetent at homemaking, cooking, and child care.” When men are represented this way it sends the wrong message, it shows men that they should conform to be just like the characters they see on the screen. Wood goes into detail and uses reliable source and examples to show that men are equally misrepresented in the media.  “Television programming for all ages disproportionately depicts men as serious confident, competent, powerful, and in high-status positions.” This is unrealistic and does not fit every man in the world.

Not only do these expectations make men and women unhappy with their bodies but it may also make some men and women feel out of place or strange. There are so many people in the world that it is impossible for them all to fit into one of two gender stereotypes. Sam Killermann explains that there are many different kinds of people in the world, in his Tedx Talk. He talks about how people assume he is gay because he doesn’t conform to the masculine stereotypes portrayed on television. He is more feminine than is expected, but he is not gay.

The media makes it difficult for people see past those stereotypes and accept that there are an undetermined amount of gender identities in the world. The media is working it’s way towards accepting more, however it is a slow crawl to get where it should be. All people are different and the media does not understand that. Instead the media scrutinizes those that express themselves in unusual ways. People in this world are either trying way too hard to fit themselves into the perfect societal mold, or they are pushing themselves to prove they are different either way, the media makes it difficult for people to truly be themselves.

Gender Discrimination: China’s One-Child Policy

“No society treats its women as well as its men.” That was the conclusion of the United Nation’s Human Development Report in 1997. While the gender gap is wider in some countries than others, it exists everywhere. Unfortunately, the gender gap in China is quite literal as well as societal. Hiding behind the cover of the womb, this inequality may pass unnoticed by many; however, it is an existing problem that requires the attention of all.

The one-child policy of China has resulted in lost opportunity for millions of girls as the rigid traditional preference of male children has consumed the Chinese culture. For the millions of baby girls who never make it past birth or young childhood, all doors are closed. On the bright side, those girls who are able to make it past birth and the first few years of life within a supportive family are able to enjoy mostly equal opportunities to those of their male counterparts. Not only has this quickly reduced the female population in China, but it has led to many negative effects on the country’s society as a whole.

The roots of male-preference lie deep in Chinese culture. For centuries, the bloodline has passed through the male. They are the ones who will take care of their parents in their old age. Women, on the other hand, marry out of the family and will look after their in-laws. For many Chinese parents, a son was, and still is today, confidence in their own future. In the eyes of the parents, a daughter was wasteful; she was just something to be married off and of no benefit to the family. Not only did she provide no return, but a daughter also taxes the family. When married, Chinese tradition mandates a dowry is provided. Many families do not wish to waste their money paying for something that will not provide reciprocated value in the future.

Men, however, spend their lives increasing the “fortune and fame” of the family. From a young age, they work for the family, historically in lush rice paddies all over China, providing another source of income and an extra hand. After spending a youth benefiting the family, an adult man cares for his aging parents, providing a sort of social security that will asset the parents until the day they die. China has long since moved on from the days of elaborate dowries and long hours working in the rice paddies, yet they have held fast to the gender preference of a male child rather than a female child.

Due to the partiality of males over females, China has always had problems with female infanticide. However, after the one-child policy was passed, these rates skyrocketed to an all-time high. Faced with decisions and basing those decisions upon tradition, baby boys quickly won out, resulting in many baby girls that are left unborn or killed quickly after. With the help of ultrasounds, it is very easy for mothers to know the gender of their unborn child. Often, when a mother finds out that she is going to have a girl, she proceeds with an abortion. Those that are not aborted are often killed quickly after birth or left on the street to die.

Horrifying stories of “mothers that are poisoned and given forced abortions, babies that are thrown against walls, smothered or drowned newborns, and infants that are left in the trash to die,” create an emotional shock in viewers and form a sense of urgency that this policy must be changed. Fortunately, some baby girls are found before it is too late and added to the ever increasing supply of orphanages throughout China. While many countries face the challenge of providing living women and men with equality, China struggles with giving women the right to live. When females are not even allowed this simple right, it is impossible for anyone to focus on any bit of gender inequality that exists within life itself.

While initially created to help keep the population under control and improve the quality of life for the Chinese people as a whole, China’s one-child policy has led to an excessive case of gender preference. The discrimination against women in China has created many negative effects of China’s community. Startling statistics shock the public and create awareness of the growing problem: “over 250 million Chinese babies that would have been born never were…and as of now there are 32 million more marriage-age men than women.”

This literal gender gap has created problems throughout society, problems that were not even thought of before the one-child policy was put into action. Kevin Lee begs the mind boggling question: “Imagine living in a society where one out of every four adult men you meet will have never married, and not by choice?” This is a question that causes people to stop and think. How will this change the social and cultural dynamics of China?

If a man has no opportunity to marry a woman from his peer group, then it is possible that he might find someone to marry from a younger generation. At this point, he may have saved up enough money to become more desirable to a young woman and her family. It is already commonplace that men are marrying women that are ten, twenty, or thirty years their junior. Instead of shrinking this imbalance, the one-child policy will only accentuate it as it becomes extremely difficult for men to find a wife within their own age group. The social pressure of a large group of unmarried men may also play into the issue of sexual orientation.

Especially in the world today where “coming out” is finding more acceptance, China might see a rise in the percentage of homosexual people within the country. Large age variation within marriages makes it easy for women to become increasingly seen as “second-hand” to men while in reality it is the huge age difference that is creating a gap, not the issue of gender. The prospect of increased homosexuality can create major shifts in society as tradition moves out and the subculture of the LGBT community is permitted to thrive.

The idea of never being able to find someone to marry can be one of the greatest fears in someone’s life. In China, where society puts great emphasis on progeny, not being able to find a life partner can add to the level of undesirability of males whether at home or at work. Personal anger and frustration may likely accompany these societal pressures. In rural areas, groups of young, uneducated, angry and relatively poor men can cause serious threats to societal stability. With millions of restless bachelors, violence between men when securing brides will increase along with a steep rise in rape. Crime rates will grow, decreasing the safety of the country. Between the violent inclinations of young men and the frustration that can be accompanied with the inability to find a wife, China will become a more dangerous place and society will not be as stable. The one-child policy of China has created a problem that is dragging the community down with it.

Though it might be hard to notice, gender discrimination in China is real and taking place at a time of life when people do not usually think about gender preference. The discrimination against girls before they are even born has created a far greater problem than the initial problem it was intended to solve. As girls are denied the right to even live, the population of China suffers as a whole. Tradition will inevitably change as societal and familial roles differ. The dangers of a large mass of unmarried men will continue to tax China economically and socially until the gender preference of boys over girls ceases to exist. It is only after the Chinese community gives baby girls the chance to live a life that the problems woven throughout society will begin to fade.



Getting a divorce? Don’t leave debts unpaid


When Cindy and her husband decided to get a divorce, they agreed to split their debts 50/50. After the divorce, Cindy diligently worked at paying off her debts. Her ex husband on the other hand did not. Not only did he fail to pay off any of his half of the debt, but he stopped paying the mortgage on the home they had shared and lost it in foreclosure. He also decided to quit his job and stop paying alimony and child support.

Without alimony and child support from her ex husband, Cindy could no longer keep up with all the bills on her own. On top of that, her credit card company contacted her about a maxed out credit card that she had shared with her husband. The balance was 20,000. The credit card company is threatening to sue for the full amount and garnish her wages. Now bankruptcy appears to be her only option. Cindy thought divorce would be a fresh start, but so far things have only gotten worse. This entire situation could have gone differently, if she had followed some simple advice.

Anyone who has ever been through divorce knows that it doesn’t always mean the severing of all ties. This is especially true when you share unpaid debt. While the marriage may be terminated, creditors will still hold both accountable if both names are on the loan or credit card. You are never completely free of an ex spouse until all shared debts are paid off.

In a divorce where the two share unpaid debt, the best approach is to pay off those debts before the divorce is finalized. That way, one isn’t negatively affected by the other’s financial irresponsibility down the road. The couple may need to sell off assets to pay these shared debts. It at all possible however, these shared debts should be paid off.

Worst case scenario

If you’re in a situation similar to Cindy’s, it’s too late to go back and follow this advice. Fortunately there are still other options left. If you’re left to pay off the debts your ex spouse is responsible for, there are a few things you can do. The first is to reach a debt settlement. Because creditors prefer to get some of what is owed them, they’re often willing to settle for a portion of the debt rather than have the borrower file for bankruptcy and get nothing.

If the creditor won’t settle or if the settlement is still more than you can afford, you may want to talk to a bankruptcy attorney. The unpaid debt will continue to follow you and prevent you from having the fresh start you were looking for when you filed for divorce. Bankruptcy can be the means of getting you that fresh start.

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Thoughts out loud: Should Women Still be included in diversity initiatives

Within a mediation there exists a time when brainstorming begins. It is at this time that we encourage the parties to “think out loud” and to say exactly what’s on their minds. The “brainstorming” stage occurs before the negotiations phase of the mediation process, and is essential to creating ownership and to empower parties with respect to the outcome of their case.

In this phase parties are encouraged to give ideas for resolution of their conflicts/disputes; and they are instructed to be creative and to share whatever thoughts they may have for resolution. This process takes place without restriction or limitation, and the parties must exhaust their list of possible remedies before the negotiation phase will commence.

Initially, the parties may be hesitant to engage in the exercise, but after applying a few mediation tactics to initiate their involvement, one side will typically suggest an idea for settlement based on some combination of the monetary figure in dispute, and some form of apology or admission from the other. In response, the second party will usually give a number significantly in the opposite direction of the first party’s and reject any idea of apologizing as premature, and any admission of guilt as unqualified bearing the circumstances.

This moment is key to breaking though the slowly solidifying positions the parties begin to lock into during this stage. One ill-advised tactic could immediately shut down the brainstorming exercise and leave the mediator at the verge of an impasse. It is at this point that the mediator’s conflict resolution prowess receives its first test and his/her’s negotiation strategy its first opportunity for implementation. This is where their skill as a neutral facilitator receives professional qualification and recognition . . . flash forward to now.

Now is the very moment that we the parties of a very serious debate on the traditional definition of diversity, and purpose of its subjectivity, begin to “think out loud”. We begin to brainstorm our ideas, notions and sometimes fact based and other times biased opinions on the issue. It is a large scaled multi-party mediation session with many great interests at stake. Of all parties, the most invested in the outcome may be women. Women in particular because of the combination of progress they have seen as a result of diversity initiatives over the last fifty (50) years in education and in the workplace, as well as the indisputable evidence of the need for more beneficiaries of diversity programs.

Prior to the civil rights era women were often regulated to being housewives and assistants. For those women that were able to break ground amongst their male counterparts in the most esteemed professions, they were often paid salaries well below that of the men they worked alongside. As the times were (1900’s – 1960’s), one would be most curious to wonder if this were so in part because most men were the primary “breadwinners” of the family. In most cases as the only source of income of the “traditional family”; wherein women kept the homes, reared the children and managed the income brought home by their husbands, the men bear the burden of being sole providers.

This traditionally known fact may have actually qualified the inequality in salary as fair and legitimate at the time due to the fact that men had greater financial responsibility than women. Tragically so, this could also be seen as a greater indictment of men uneasy with household income disparities amongst one another than about men’s complex with women in particular. It could be that the idea of dual income and additional wealth within one family made the other feel both financially and socially inferior. It is this simple competition amongst men that could be responsible for the amplification of sexism and harassment of women. Consequently, it is possible that they would then displace the blame on women for what they may have deemed to be unnecessary employment and blind ambitions that offered nothing but an advantage in wages to their neighbor whom they had no interest in seeing share a wealth of living that they themselves could not afford.

The ideas that a woman’s efficiencies belonged only “in the kitchen” and at home with the children could very well have been exaggerated by the eternal dispute of “oneupsmanship” amongst men, and could actually have more to do with the fact that women were the individuals responsible for the leverage one man gained over the other (with respect to wealth and status) and less do with them being women or inept from a professional standpoint. This is merely a thought and not a researched based or proven fact; however, it is a reasonable hypothesis given the times.

Flash forward to the civil rights era, and the seeds of women’s rights as they were embedded in the agenda to bring equality to people of color. Primarily, African Americans having been historically discriminated against, mistreated, under-represented, lynched, murdered, indentured and enslaved were the focal point of this agenda.

With landmark cases such as Plessey v Ferguson and Brown v Board of Education serving as spring boards for movements that would eventually pave the way toward the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act, Affirmative Action programs and the birth of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the focal point of the struggle was not only on the inclusion of African Americans as citizens of the United States of America, but also the protection of the rights of African Americans as the country moved from segregation to integration.

After the assassinations of prominent civil rights leaders and the subsequent breakdown of the civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement began to take center stage with its agenda. Calculating successful demands leading to equal pay rights, protections against sex based discrimination including harassment; and inclusion in programs aimed at increasing college enrollment and job opportunities, women quickly began to increase their numbers in higher education and the workplace. Flash forward to now . . .

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics data shows that as of April of 2013 women now represent 57 percent of the college students throughout the U.S. As per a report on enrollment and degrees awarded in 2011-2012 conducted by the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the bar, in 1964 women represented only 4.2% of students enrolled in law school. As of 2011 they represented about 46.8% percent of students enrolled in law school and at the top 50 schools ranked by U.S News & World Report they represent 42 percent of the leadership positions on Law Review and 29 percent as Editors in Chief.

In medicine, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Enrollment Data for 2012 report, women represent 46.4 percent of first time enrolled medical students, a figure also significantly increased from the 6.1 percent that it was in 1964 according to AAMC Data Warehouse: Student section; Student Records System (SRS); Journal of Medical Education report.

In a closer examination of the U.S. workforce, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Report from March 2013, numbers show that as of 2011 women represented 46.9 percent of Americans employed over the age of 16.

According to data from the U.S Census Bureau in 1967 their representation was roughly 28 percent. Reports also show that as of April 2013 women make up 51.4 percent of the management and professional and related occupations, they represent 33 percent of the professionals in the legal field; 19.9 percent of partners in the field; 15 percent of equity partners in the field; obtain 51 percent of judicial clerkships, 27 percent of federal and state judgeships, and make up one-third of the United States Supreme Court.

In a brief comparison numbers show a different growth trend amongst African Americans within the legal field. According to research conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Diversity in the legal profession, statistics show that in 1975 African Americans represented 2.3 percent of professionals in the legal field and by 2002 they only represented 4.4 percent of total professionals in the field.

This comparison of women that represented only 14.4 percent of the field’s professionals in 1975 and African Americans that represented 2.3 percent in 1975 is astounding because the growth rate experienced by women over the next 27 years dwarfs that of African Americans and Hispanics. Hispanics went from 1.8 percent representation in the field in 1982 to 3.1 percent in 2002. Women went from 14.4 percent representation up to 40 percent in 2002.

In fact the data also shows that between 1982 and 2002 there has been a trending disparity (close to 40 percent) between the number of African Americans that obtain law degrees and the number employed as professionals in legal services in large private firms and as lawyers in the general work force. In addition, according to a recent study conducted by Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic at the Columbia University School of Law,

“African-American and Mexican-American applicants are doing better than ever on the leading indicators used by law schools to determine admissibility: undergraduate grade point average and LSAT scores. During the same 15-year period, the size of law school classes and the total number of law schools have increased, resulting in nearly 3,000 more first-year matriculants. There were 176 ABA-accredited law schools in 1992, as of 2008, that number is 200 schools. The representation of both groups has actually trended downward since 1993. These groups account for a significantly smaller percentage of the 2008 entering class than the 1993 entering class.

Indeed, there was a 7.5% decrease in the proportion of African Americans in the 2008 class as compared with the 1993 class. There was a 11.7% decrease in the proportion of Mexican Americans in the 2008 class as compared with the proportion entering law school 15 years ago. Therefore, over the past 15 years, African American and Mexican American representation in law school has decreased. African Americans and Mexican Americans have captured none of the nearly 3,000 additional seats that became available. Even in real numbers, there are fewer African-American and Mexican-American matriculants in the 2008 class (4,060 combined) than existed in the Fall 1993 class (4,142 combined)”.

This research clearly underlines the continuing issue that people of color are facing in gaining entry into professional programs; and also highlights the fact that they are also losing ground in inclusion. After reviewing these statistics you can see the clear advancements that women have made over the last half century and when you compare these numbers to those of African Americans and Latinos since 1964, you may notice the significant disparity in progress of African Americans and Latinos.

This now leads us to the primary subject of this discussion, where do we go from here with the current results of diversity programming? Do women represent the status quo with respect to diversity fulfillment? Should women still be included as sufficient representatives of diversity measures? If the purpose of diversity programming is to address current inequalities or substantial deficiencies in the representation of historically underrepresented communities then the most important question we must ask is do women still qualify? Furthermore, does the continued inclusion of women in diversity programming create an adverse impact for other communities?

The questions that focus our attention on the progress that has been made in diversity and inclusion efforts can only lead us to a deeper more refined approach to its practice. From a strategic standpoint it forces us to be mindful of the ever growing concept of diversity as even more communities gain qualification under its umbrella.

However savvy it may seem to expand programming; as it stands with the addition of other non-ethnic groups, a workforce or educational setting could actually qualify as diverse although it is totally void of persons of color. In continuing along the current path of expansion without examination and evaluation, there exist greater risks of further isolation, than a reward of inclusion. Consequently, there is a lost voice in the conversation about diversity programs and some may even argue that there are winners and losers.

Brainstorming as a process requires a combination of hypothetical insight and conceivable suggestion. As a neutral practitioner it is important that we utilize opportunities such as these to break through impasse and positional bargaining in order to greater understand our parties and their perspectives.

Throughout the process of brainstorming it is important that we ask open ended questions that allow the swell of blood flow into the brain and spark the movement of ideas. We should also use research as a powerful key to unlock the underlying causes of various issues and use that information as a guide post throughout the process. On the issue of diversity and the continued inclusion of women as sufficient benefactors of diversity initiative we must take in to account both the historical aspect of their inclusion alongside the impact of their exclusion; however we should not preclude the evidence that currently exist before our eyes.

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” Albert Einstein.


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Story of Katharine- The Real Women Trucker

The hottest topic to discuss among women and couples is how to defend themselves and not become a victim. We are living in a country where women are treated equal but then again, the bad eye people are largely spread across and women tend to eliminate the fact that they can never be safe. Women truckers should always be well equipped with self defense tricks and methods as well as weapons.

In America, guns are legal. You can always defend yourself with your gun. However, if situation slips out of your hand or you missed carrying your gun along, here are some ways to defend yourself.

Prove Them; Women Are Not Weak As They Presume!

This is a story of women, trucker women. Trucking does not have timings, nor do they resemble 9-6 job. Trucking is all day-night task. You should have noticed they never crib about their profession nor did this brave lady.

Katharine, Women trucker, 35 yrs old resides in Tennessee, with her 2 daughters. For her, night hauling is very casual. She was always open to work on wee hours.  She says, “I love what I’m, I love what I drive and I love what women truckers can do.” Let be day or night, trucking never halts.

With this spirit, Katharine was behind the wheels one night. She had to halt at the truck stop as her stomach was growling in power and she was not able to resist the hot dogs aroma coming along. She parked her vehicle along the parking lot, which was almost deserted. Without any second thought, she locked her vehicle and rushed in to grab a bite.

With all excitement and power, the lady got in. Everything was in place till she got back to her truck. As she was moving out of the truck stop, she did smell danger, a shadow like figure behind her, but assumed that she is too sleepy for the night. Katharine was a fighter; she knew how to get rid of these stalkers.

Of course, she did have a clear presence of mind, which was an added advantage of being a single mother, lonely women on the deserted land. “I will not say, it is dangerous for women to travel alone or need men to defend but yes, if you can handle the load and protect yourself from stalkers, then you win the battle”, says Katharine.

Katherine did have a fair idea the difficulties faced by women truckers but nevertheless, she did go and achieved her goal, trucking. Of course, women in no land are safe but that does not mean women should never opt for profession owned by men? Well, Katharine simply took out her keys with a cat like face keychain attached and held it tight for self defense.

In no time, she was attacked from behind. Yeah this was sudden, she said.

The talk from years of experience, women have two important and powerful weapons with themselves, their elbows and legs. If you made it, you win it. Katharine made the best out of these weapons. She did not react first as she was busy developing a picture that she is scared. But soon, she smacked off his tummy with her elbow and pinched him hard under the arms. It does work, Katharine said with a broad smile.

Katharine added, when truckers are driving, they need to take good care of their physical attributes, like wearing sports and running shoes. Well, yes says Katharine. It is indeed an advantage. You can run faster than ever, kick harder than ever if you’re pushed on the ground.

Next thing Katharine did was picked her Smartphone and dialed 911 to alert the rescuers, seeking for help. They explained what she needs to do next and how to escape till they arrive to the point.

However, the situations may vary according to the number of people you’re attacked by. If there is no situation where you can dial 911, use your strength to handle them and make your way. You can scream or throw them on the ground, but do defend. Show them you’re not weak, as they presume!

While having a talk with, she mentioned that every women trucker should invest in a Smartphone, as they play an important role in featuring the rescue part. There are apps featured for Android and iOS for the safety of women.

Katharine was saved from the attackers but there are many women who are not so familiar with the art of self defense or tried but did not succeed. Of course, luck does not support you all day; it’s all about how you handle things.

This was Katharine’s story. But, you can also be a victim if you don’t share the same presence of mind and techniques.

Some of the attackers use techniques like playing a song track of a baby crying or a women screaming for help. Katharine mentioned that after hearing this kind of sound track, you tend to immediately move out of your truck and look out from where sound is coming and get prepared to rescue them. But mind you, this is a foul play, a web to trap you and eventually, assaults takes place.

Attacker’s Weak Points To Remember:

Out of experience, Katharine did mention few key points which are helpful for women truckers. Go for his four important weak points: Eyes, Throat, Groin and Knees.

On a conclusive note, respects women truck drivers and wish they have the strength and courage to face the oddities of life. We thank them for e-filing their tax return on time and choosing us as their tax filing partner. Every year we have 1000s of customers coming to our website, filing their return. Women truckers lead the list! is indeed a proud service provider!

Picket Fences and Shiny Glass Ceilings

When I was younger, the story I wrote for myself and my future was dramatically different than it is today. I would be married by twenty-one, have my first baby by twenty-two, live in a little white house with a picket fence by twenty-three, and be the perfect homemaker.

Slowly, over the years, my goals, vision, and ideology changed. Whether it was the competitive environment of high school, the “Feminist Theology” class I took in college, the desire to outperform the men in my MBA class (where the male to female ratio was 4 to 1), or the impact of the “Lean In Movement,” my life plan today couldn’t be further from that of my twelve-year-old self.

Instead of getting married at twenty-one, I earned my MBA. Instead of having a baby at twenty-two, I’ve put all of my love and energy into a challenging, but exhilarating, career. Instead of buying a little white house with a picket fence, I bought my first condo in a high-rise downtown, my own version of a “bachelor pad,” clad with Vogue magazine posters and “I Love My Dog” pillows. And while I do love cooking, crafting, and decorating – I am far from being the perfect homemaker.

The thing is – this is my generation. The majority of women I know have the same feelings and goals as I do…and some are happy to forgo child-rearing altogether. My grandma got married at nineteen and had my mom one year later. My mom got married at twenty-one and had me one year later. My generation, on average, won’t start having children until we are well into our 30s. And we still lead very full lives.

Instead of starting families in our 20s, we view this stage in our life as career-intensive, travel-intensive, and personal fulfillment-intensive. Many of us aren’t ready to “balance it all” yet – but rather are preparing for it by balancing our many interests in the meantime.

Career-Intensive: For those of us lucky enough to find exactly what we want to do early on in life, this is the time for it. After graduating from college and finishing my MBA, I knew that I wanted to join my family’s business – and I am so grateful that I knew early on. Whether other women are like me and know what they want to do, or they are excited to experiment and discover their passion, there is no better time than our early years.

We are still in school-mode – we are used to thinking outside of the box, striving for excellence, and pulling all-nighters to meet deadlines. We have more than enough energy to put in 70-plus hour weeks, which will help us stand out from the pack and outperform our coworkers. We don’t have the same responsibilities we would if we had a spouse and children…instead, our pets are our children. Personally, the responsibility of taking care of my two Maltese dogs, Riley and Cami, is more than enough! What better time than now to work harder than anyone else, climb the ranks, save money, and break down that shiny glass ceiling.

Travel-Intensive: For me, and many of my colleagues committed to very challenging careers, our careers are not marathons. They are never-ending sprints. And every water station is a vacation. Travel is my de-stressor. I enjoy working really hard and then rewarding myself with some kind of an adventure. I’m fortunate that my family loves to travel – so at age twenty-two, I’ve been to over forty countries.

Studying abroad during school has helped many women overcome the fear and obstacles associated with traveling alone. Before my MBA program, I had never traveled on my own outside of California. At age 20, mid-way through the MBA program, I made the decision to travel outside of the U.S…and one month later I was on a plane to Singapore and Hong Kong solo to study with my cohort. It was the gateway to feeling comfortable in foreign places on my own, without my parents’ help, without access to my cell phone, and without the comforts of living in an English-speaking country.

Personal Fulfillment-Intensive: Personal fulfillment can mean many different things – but it all comes down to being happy and taking time for oneself. For me, personal fulfillment comes in the form of furthering my education, whether it is earning a Master’s degree, taking cooking classes for fun, or getting involved with the Symphony. There are so many outlets for continuing education – from painting to photography to language to architecture. It’s exciting that, as of 2011, more U.S. women have master’s degrees or higher than men (10.6 million women vs 10.5 million men2). Personal fulfillment can come from buying homes on our own (more than 1 in 5 home buyers is a single woman1), becoming financially independent, buying Louboutins and Louis Vuittons, and taking care of our health and fitness.

While it certainly doesn’t mean this is the right way – or the best way – of living, it is an exciting time for women who don’t think of their lives as Disney movies, and instead aspire to parade down the streets of New York City in their Louboutins a la Devil Wears Prada.

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