Women of color—particularly Black women—are being left behind in the increasingly important fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, according a new study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
President Obama in 2008 announced his administration’s goal of making the United States a world leader in STEM fields.
Monday, December 2, 2013
(Charlotte Observer) Two things happened to DeVondia Roseborough as she lay in a Carolinas Medical Center bed in January 2004, battling an AIDS-related infection that threatened to take her life.
“The main thing I wanted to do was survive to see the Panthers in the Super Bowl,” says Roseborough, a self-described “huge, huge” fan of Charlotte’s NFL team.
After three weeks in a hospital, she recovered enough to return home for the Panthers’ only Super Bowl game – a narrow loss in February 2004 to New England.
Roseborough says she also heard God talk to her while she was in that hospital bed. “He told me to help others,” she says.
On this observance of World AIDS Day, Roseborough, 42, stands as an example of how the virus can be fought.
She has spent the past decade improving her health and trying to help other women avoid infection by reducing risky behavior. She has self-published two books, started a foundation and given talks everywhere from the Duke University campus to people’s living rooms.
Roseborough has raised two daughters and now attends classes full time at Johnson C. Smith University.
“I live life to the fullest,” she says. “Every day, I expect something good to happen.”
Roseborough thought she was helping others in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when she worked as a YWCA counselor. She already was a mother of two at the time, having packed a lot into the first three decades of her life – graduation from Garinger High in 1991; a brief stay in cosmetology school; giving birth to her first daughter and living in public housing; getting a Habitat for Humanity house and having a second daughter.
“Health officials came into the YWCA and talked to women about safe sex,” Roseborough says. “I was helping with those programs, yet I was doing the things they advised women not to do.”
She began feeling ill in 2001 and the symptoms were a lot worse in December 2003, when a test showed she was HIV-positive.
“I didn’t scream or curse,” she says. “I knew my mistakes had caught up with me.”
Within a month, she became ill and she says doctors told her she had AIDS.
Then came the turnaround, after the 23-day hospital stay, the Panthers’ game, and the message to help others.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
“Broken little girls become wounded women,” said Iyanla Vanzant on her hit show “Iyanla Fix My Life” on the OWN network. No truer statement can be said, and it can be applied to boys and men as well. I find Iyanla Vanzant’s show one of the most healing and real hours of television and thank God she’s back! In so many ways Iyanla is helping black women face some ugly truths in our community that we have stubbornly denied and ignored.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
HPV causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer, and there are nearly 100 different strains. The study revealed that Black women are less likely to be infected with the strains treated by the popular vaccines leaving us without the protection we need. Black women have higher rates of cervical cancer than the general population.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
At 16, my mother gifted me my own car. My steel grey colored Nissan Sentra drove me into the freedom I'd always desired. I cruised the streets of my Oklahoma suburb feeling independent and grown. On each of my daily excursions, to and from school mostly, I dreamed of the day I'd be able to enjoy the feeling beyond the time I spent behind the wheel. Kanye West's Late Registration provided the soundtrack.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
When women, especially young women, stand up for themselves or a cause we believe in, and that cause does not align with the immediate interests of men who wish to set the agenda, we are vilified. Women who dare speak out are characterized as selfish and self-serving simply because they drew hard lines. That is a consequence of a patriarchy in which said women are expected to bend and submit to the wills of men who wish to dominate under all circumstances. While men are principled, women are just bitches.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Last week, a young woman from Kansas City, Missouri made national headlines after changing her first name from Keisha to Kylie in response to racist bullying. She's only 19 years old, she lives in a not-so-diverse neighborhood and, to make things even more complicated, she's biracial.
My friend Ron has the tiniest dimple. It’s just down and off to the right of her smile. Her smile is radiant, like flicking on the brights at night. She’s got full wide lips and big strong teeth that speak of vitamins and good home training; her gap speaks of a solid constitution. Ron’s got a space between her two front teeth that I would have happily traded my lunch money a thousand times over for. It’s stunning. It’s famous. When they say Mind the gap, they mean check out my friend’s smile. Were you aware of this?
Thursday, November 7, 2013
The competition was established in 1971 and is one of the oldest and largest U.S. policy, varsity debate tournaments in America. This year, the Fresno State debate team competed against 286 speakers from 30 schools.