Women http://kut.org en In Black America Podcast: Angela Burt-Murray of CocoaFab.com http://kut.org/post/black-america-podcast-angela-burt-murray-cocoafabcom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. speaks with Angela Burt-Murray editorial director of </span><a href="http://www.cocoamediagroup.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Cocoa Media Group</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a new digital media company that launched </span><a href="http://cocoafab.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">CocoaFab.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="http://cocoafab.com/cocoafab-tv/" style="line-height: 1.5;">CocoaFab.TV</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to feature entertainment, style and original web series for young women of color.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Prior to launching CMG, she was the editor-in-chief of <a href="http://www.essence.com/">ESSENCE magazine</a>, where she oversaw the editorial direction for ESSENCE magazine –the premier lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women – as well as Essence.com.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158595001&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:44:12 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10776 at http://kut.org In Black America Podcast: Angela Burt-Murray of CocoaFab.com Annie's List Executive Director Killed in Fatal Crash http://kut.org/post/annies-list-executive-director-killed-fatal-crash <p>Grace Garcia, the executive director of the Democratic women-in-politics group Annie's List, was killed in a fatal car accident in Waxahachie on Monday, the organization said early Tuesday morning.</p><p>"It is with a tremendous sense of loss that we announce the passing of our executive director and leader Grace Garcia, who lost her life in a car accident Monday afternoon," Annie's List board chair Amber Anderson Mostyn said in a statement.&nbsp;</p><p>Garcia came to work for Annie's List after serving Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a senior adviser in the Office of the Chief of Protocol. Before working at the State Department,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.35;">she ran an event management and public affairs firm&nbsp;she founded in 2001. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:14:52 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune 10532 at http://kut.org Annie's List Executive Director Killed in Fatal Crash Austin School District Brings Diversity to District Leadership http://kut.org/post/austin-school-district-brings-diversity-district-leadership <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/carstarphen-tenure-austin-schools-superintendent-looks-back" target="_blank">Meria<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Carstarphen</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://kut.org/post/carstarphen-tenure-austin-schools-superintendent-looks-back" target="_blank"> became superintendent </a>of the Austin Independent School District, she became the first female Superintendent in the district’s history. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During her tenure, there have been more women in the superintendent’s senior cabinet than ever before, including female Chief Financial Officer, Nicole Conley and Chief Academics Officer, Pauline Dow. &nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130370806&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kate McGee 9587 at http://kut.org Austin School District Brings Diversity to District Leadership Why Are There So Few Women Cops in Austin? http://kut.org/post/why-are-there-so-few-women-cops-austin <p></p><p>In big cities nationwide, female police officers make up about 18 percent of the force. Those numbers may seem low, but they are similar to female enrollment figures in the military.</p><p>Austin’s numbers are even lower. Less than ten percent of Austin Police Department officers in Austin are women.&nbsp;APD&nbsp;wants to change that.</p><p>Antonia&nbsp;Singletary&nbsp;is a veteran cop with almost thirty years in the force. She is tiny, just 5’2” and&nbsp;around 100&nbsp;pounds.&nbsp;She looks even smaller standing next to one of the motorcycles she used to use on patrol.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115953280" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:44:25 +0000 Joy Diaz 8965 at http://kut.org Why Are There So Few Women Cops in Austin? Texans Call For Boycott Of Retailers That Fought Wage Bill http://kut.org/post/texans-call-boycott-retailers-fought-wage-bill A group is calling on back-to-school shoppers to boycott Macy's and Kroger stores in Texas this weekend, in retaliation for the national retailers' efforts to quash a bill that would have strengthened the state's wage discrimination law.<p>The bill was vetoed in June after winning bipartisan approval in the legislature. Its sponsors included state Sen. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 22:51:12 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 8475 at http://kut.org Texans Call For Boycott Of Retailers That Fought Wage Bill Texas Women Ask: What Does It Mean to Be Empowered? http://kut.org/post/texas-women-ask-what-does-it-mean-be-empowered <p>The ink had barely dried on&nbsp;Gov. Rick Perry's <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/gov-perry-signs-texas-sweeping-abortion-bill-law">signature on House Bill 2</a>, a controversial law restricting abortions in Texas,&nbsp;when 200 women filed into the Austin Community College Eastview campus to attend the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austincc.edu/support/studentsuccess/community/womensconference.php">Women’s Health, Motivation &amp; Empowerment Conference</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>A free, daylong event presented by the Positive Women’s Coalition and sponsored by Austin Community College, it featured workshops focused on women’s career development, relationships and health.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:33:46 +0000 Reshma Kirpalani 8392 at http://kut.org Texas Women Ask: What Does It Mean to Be Empowered? Watch: Austin Firefighter in Amy Poehler's Web Show, 'Smart Girls' http://kut.org/post/watch-austin-firefighter-amy-poehlers-web-show-smart-girls <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 16px;">Actor Amy Poehler&nbsp;of "<a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/">Saturday Night Live</a>" and "<a href="http://www.nbc.com/parks-and-recreation/">Parks and Recreation</a>" fame, has <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C-aIM9MRPo">a mission</a>: encouraging women to be themselves. And to stay true to that person whether it be at a party, being a rock star&nbsp;or competing in a triathlon.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Austin Fire Department firefighter,&nbsp;</span>Xochitl<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;"> Hernandez has joined a list of females to be featured in Poehler's&nbsp;video series: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/smartgirls/videos">Smart Girls Operation Nice</a>.</span></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:50:02 +0000 Ann Choi 8316 at http://kut.org Watch: Austin Firefighter in Amy Poehler's Web Show, 'Smart Girls' 'Listen to Your Mother Austin:' Heartwarming Stories from Central Texas Mothers http://kut.org/post/listen-your-mother-austin-heartwarming-stories-central-texas-mothers <p>Sometimes it can be hard to find the right words to show Mom how much you appreciate her. Mother's Day is Sunday, and&nbsp; a group of Austin writers and storytellers is taking to the stage this week with their personal stories of motherhood, mothering, and being mothered.</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 7663 at http://kut.org 'Listen to Your Mother Austin:' Heartwarming Stories from Central Texas Mothers Ladies, Want Women's Sports To Get More Attention? Pony Up http://kut.org/post/ladies-want-womens-sports-get-more-attention-pony Fans of women's sports often maintain that female athletics get short shrift from the media, so it had to be something of a surprise gift when ESPN presented the start of the WNBA's draft live.<p>This happened as it was announced that after two abject failures in the past decade, yet another professional soccer league for women will dare venture forth in the United States.<p>Not to excuse the media, but the reality is that most attention is given to team sports, where there is an identity with the community –– and, by extension, with the local newspapers and broadcast outlets. Wed, 08 May 2013 13:04:53 +0000 Frank Deford 7660 at http://kut.org Ladies, Want Women's Sports To Get More Attention? Pony Up Taliban Attack on Young Girl Shows Plight, Promise of Women in Pakistan http://kut.org/post/taliban-attack-young-girl-shows-plight-promise-women-pakistan <p><em>Samreen Ghauri is a visiting journalist from Pakistan. KUT News asked Samreen to share her thoughts on the Taliban’s attack on a young Pakistani girl who was fighting to educate girls in her region.</em></p><p>The Taliban’s attack on 15-year-old Malala Yusuf Zia is symbolic of the battle between liberal, democratic forces and religious fundamentalism in Pakistan. Pakistani civil society – common people, liberal and bright-minded – stand together and strongly condemn this barbaric crime.&nbsp;</p><p>NPR reports that the Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack against Malala. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/09/162573135/taliban-say-they-shot-14-year-old-pakistani-girl-who-exposed-their-cruelty">NPR writes</a>:</p><blockquote><p><a href="http://dawn.com/2012/10/09/malala-yousufzai-injured-in-gun-attack-on-school-van-in-swat/">Pakistan's Dawn newspaper says</a>&nbsp;it has been told by a spokesman for the Taliban that the girl was targeted for spreading "anti-Taliban and 'secular' thoughts among the youth of the area." Malala,&nbsp;<em>Dawn</em>&nbsp;says, was "hit by couple of bullets to her neck and head." While hospitalized, she is said to be "out of danger." She may, though,&nbsp;<a href="http://dawn.com/2012/10/09/malala-yousufzai-injured-in-gun-attack-on-school-van-in-swat/">need to be sent overseas for treatment</a>.</p><p>The Taliban reportedly say they'll&nbsp;<a href="http://tribune.com.pk/story/449070/national-peace-award-winner-malala-yousufzai-injured-in-firing-incident/">target her again</a>.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:23:26 +0000 Samreen Ghauri 5303 at http://kut.org Taliban Attack on Young Girl Shows Plight, Promise of Women in Pakistan Honoring a Texas Pioneer in Women's Athletics: Jody Conradt http://kut.org/post/honoring-texas-pioneer-womens-athletics-jody-conradt <p><span style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; ">"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance..."</span></p><p>That's a snippet of Title IX, the national legislation that provided a mandate for creation and funding for women's collegiate sports programs, and changed the face of Texas Longhorn basketball. Jody Conradt&nbsp;fostered a program that didn't just let women play, but encouraged them to flourish.</p><p>Tonight Conradt was honored with the first "Title IX Legacy Award." UT Track and Field Coach Bev Kearney presented former Coach Conradt with the award at 6:30 in the Belo Center for New Media.</p><p>Conradt's accolades make a long list. She has 900 career wins. She coached the first women’s college basketball team that went undefeated, and she took the Longhorns to three Final Fours and seven Elite Eights. Under Conradt, UT finished in the top ten nationally 11 times – And Conradt did all this while her players boasted a 99 percent graduation rate.</p><p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 01:07:20 +0000 Kelly Connelly 5257 at http://kut.org Honoring a Texas Pioneer in Women's Athletics: Jody Conradt