On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Sara Gould, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and
Cynthia Schmae, chief operating officer of the Women’s Funding Network,
say a focus on women provides lessons for disaster relief and aids
social change

Two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, a central truth of the disaster is still too little known: Those disproportionately impacted by the storm also represent a critical resource for relief and recovery.

We are talking about women, specifically, low-income women and women of color, whose understanding of the disaster and of their communities holds vast potential for positive change.

Plus: The Women’s Media Center has more coverage of Katrina and its aftermath here.

"Married men worldwide report doing less housework than unmarried cohabiting men, according to an international study of 17,636 men and women in 28 countries. Findings are published in the September issue of the Journal of Family Issues," reports USA Today.

Shannon Davis, an assistant professor of sociology at George Mason and the study’s lead author, says the institution of marriage seems to have an effect on couples that traditionalizes their behavior, even if they view men and women as equals.

"What we see is that beliefs about gender matter," she says. "Beliefs about this egalitarian notion of women and men sharing equal responsibility for paid work and household tasks matter differently for cohabiting men than it does for married men."

On Chicago Public Radio today, Hannah Rosenthal, executive director of the Chicago Foundation for Women, discusses the feminization of poverty in light of the new poverty statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Rev. Tracey Lind, an openly lesbian priest, is among the five nominees (three of whom are women) to be the next Episcopal bishop of Chicago. Lind is currently dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland. The election will take place Nov. 10. If Lind wins, and if she gets the approval from the larger church, she would be the second Episcopal bishop living with a same-sex partner, reports the Chicago Tribune. The Episcopal Church passed a resolution calling on dioceses to "exercise restraint" by not consecrating any more openly gay bishops.

Plus: Women’s eNews covers the movement to ordain Catholic women as priests.

"The first indigenous woman candidate for president of Guatemala, Rigoberta Menchú, is behind in the polls, but the very fact that she is standing is an important precedent and a sign that the political system is more open, analysts say," reports IPSNews. Menchú, 48, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.


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