Raising Female Leaders (in India)

The February 2013 South Asia Newsletter of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab references important research results on Raising Female Leaders in India.

“A quota system for female village leaders in India [reserving for women in India a randomly selected third of the village council leader positions] changed perceptions of women’s abilities, improved women’s electoral chances, and raised aspirations and educational attainment for adolescent girls.”

Here is a policy brief [in PDF format] from April 2012 titled “Raising Female Leaders” summarizing ongoing research/data collection/analyses that confirm and clarify very promising policies and policy lessons regarding progress on deeply ingrained gender stereotypes (by Lori Beaman, Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo, Rohini Pande, and Petia Topalova). (This confirmation and clarification -even if no surpise to many – arguably very, very important for all sorts of reasons…)

Featured/previously published evaluations:
Female Leadership Raises Aspirations and Educational Attainment for Girls: A Policy Experiment in India. Lori Beaman, Esther Duflo, Rohini Pande and Petia Topalova. Science Magazine 335(6068), February 2012.

Powerful Women: Does Exposure Reduce Bias? Lori Beaman, Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo, Rohini Pande and Petia Topalova. Quarterly Journal of Economics 124(4): 1497-1540, November 2009.

Central APA Session of Interest!

There’s a Central APA session likely to be of interest to FP readers, and which has apparently been poorly advertised. So I’m calling your attention to it!

Friday, February 22, 2:00-5:00

Problems for Philosophers: Discourse and Exclusion

– Cassie Herbert (Georgetown University) and Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown University), “Constituting Philosophical Communities and the Pragmatics of Peripheral Speech.”
– Andrea Pitts (Vanderbilt University), “Bioethics and Mass Incarceration: Toward an Epistemology of Correctional Health Care.”
Catherine Hundleby (University of Windsor), “Philosophical Argumentation and Abstract Adversaries.”

Chair: Elizabeth Victor (SIU-Edwardsville)

(Thanks, R!)

Weddings and sentiments about same sex marriages unveiled

Weddings Unveiled adWedding photographer Anne Almasy submitted an ad to Weddings Unveiled and it got rejected.

The reason it got rejected was because Anne chose a picture of a same sex couple in her ad.

She wrote a letter to the editors and posted it on her blog (here) and this post went a bit viral and I wanted to write about it, and now that I have time to do that, I found that there’s an update!

Weddings Unveiled apologised on their blog (here) and will publish the advertisement after all. Jolly good.

I was surprised to read in the comments that people thought the picture was selected because of shock value.