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War on Women Thwarts Earth Day Goals

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However, womenís choices are substantially impeded by their income levels, social conditions, and workplace biases that prevent them from achieving their true potential as healthy, productive and environmentally responsible citizens.

  • Despite their consumer clout and increasing gains in the workforce, in 2011 US women held only 16.1 percent of board seats at Fortune 500 companies. In both 2010 and 2011, less than one-fifth of US companies had 25 percent or more women directors, while about ten percent had no women serving on their boards. In both 2010 and 2011, women of color held only 3 percent of all board seats.
  • In Europe, despite a labor force that is 45 percent female, women only average 12 percent in terms of boards of director memberships. The percentage drops to 7 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, and down to 3 percent in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Women in developing countries have limited rights when it comes to owning land and are often excluded from training that would equip them to improve their land management skills.
  • Women own a mere 1 percent of all property though they perform 66 percent of all work.
  • Women in the U.S. earn only 77 cents for every dollar, on average, that a man earns. In developing countries, the gap between womenís and menís incomes is far greater.

Women suffer more

Because women tend to be poorer, they are disproportionately impacted by climate change and other natural disasters

  • Droughts, floods, storms, heat waves and other natural disasters kill more women than men and tend to kill women at a younger age, particularly in locales where their socio-economic status is especially low.
  • In many developing countries, women and girls have to put themselves at great risk for robbery, rape and murder as they walk long distances in search of ever-scarcer caches of firewood and drinking water.
  • Inefficient burning of wood, dung and other fuels in unventilated homes releases dangerous toxins and pollutants†into the air, causing approximately 2 million deaths a year, mainly of women and children in the poorest communities.
  • In Chinaís Gansu province, discharges from a state-run fertilizer factory have been linked to a high number of stillbirths and miscarriages. Water pollution in three Russian rivers has been linked to bladder and kidney disorders in pregnant women. In Sudan, women farmers exposed to pesticides are experiencing higher rates of perinatal mortality.†
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10:25PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

I just received one of those "money bombs" that started out saying it was for Obama and then switched to Romney after encouraging people to support Romney to help defeat Obama's War on Women. GGGRRReeeeeehhh!

So that's a win/win issue for the GOP if they can make make women more subservient while getting women to blame Obama. What Slimy Slugs these conservatives are. What liars. We need a petition for that.

8:18PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Hey! I do my part! I drink lots of beer outta green bottles! Wine too!

11:42AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Great post, but I missed one important point. Overpopulation is an important threat to the environment. The war on women's reproductive choices is also a war on the decrease of overpopulation. The only way to slow down the unsustainable growth of humanity is education and the easy availability of birth control and for all women.
Care for women's rights and care for the environment are closely intertwined.

11:25AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

100% agree! Great post,thank you!

9:13AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Nicely written, case in point, more women needed in influential positions!

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1:41AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

100% agree! Great post,thank you!

12:11AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Thank you for this informative article. I agree with the points you make.

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