On June 18 male politicians repeatedly interrupted 35-year-old Ayaka Shiomura, a Tokyo assemblywoman, after she stepped up to the microphone at the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly and tried to discuss support for women’s issues during a debate on supporting child-rearing women.
"You better hurry up and get married" one male lawmaker shouted. "Can you even have babies?" yelled another, spurring loud laughter and more taunts by other male lawmakers.
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Japanese officials have been talking sporadically about doing something to improve women’s social status for years. Last year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrote in the Wall Street Journal that he wanted to boost women’s participation in the work force to 73 percent by 2020 and close a wage gap that keeps women earning, on average, 30 percent less.
This sexist heckling incident has spotlighted male authorities’ dismissive attitude towards women and the unmet work-life balance needs of many working women.
When the words John F. Kennedy and women are mentioned in the same breath, what usually comes to mind are his tawdry infidelities. But there is another side of the story.
Hearing on NYC’s high maternal mortality rates for women of color
Join Women’s eNews and raise your voice for women in New York at the Committee on Health hearing on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the 14th Floor Committee Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY examining the issues raised by New York City’s high maternal mortality rates.
Rita Henley Jensen, our editor in chief, will be presenting her testimonial based on Women’s eNews’ findings on the specific maternal mortality risks for women of color in New York. We invite you to join Rita and tell your story on the day. Your testimonial should address preconception care and maternal health outcomes, including disparate outcomes for New York’s women of color, immigrant women and uninsured women. You testimony must be under five-minutes.
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Read our most recent coverage of Black maternal health issues in America today at: http://womensenews.org/story/black-maternal-health/130831/healthy-births-healthy-moms-black-maternal-health-in-america and our intense examination of the underlying causes of maternal mortality rates among would of color at: http://womensenews.org/story/110516/high-death-rate-new-yorks-black-moms-analyzed.
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