Women of color have steeper climb when opening a business

GREENVILLE, S.C. – As a Clemson University student in the ’90s, Nekita Sullivan and her friends had to pile in a car and drive to Greenville, Seneca or Anderson for Black beauty products and hair care. 



a person standing in a living room: Nekita Sullivan, owner of Butterfly Eco Beauty Bar in Clemson, Friday, August 14, 2020. Sullivan opened her salon in February before being forced to close down in March due to COVID-19.


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Nekita Sullivan, owner of Butterfly Eco Beauty Bar in Clemson, Friday, August 14, 2020. Sullivan opened her salon in February before being forced to close down in March due to COVID-19.

The inconvenience of traveling two or three towns over for beauty care gave Sullivan an idea: a multiethnic beauty bar where students and university employees of all races and hair textures could go in the heart of downtown Clemson. 

Sullivan finally realized that dream after more than 20 years, but she didn’t know how difficult it would be. 

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Women, especially women of color, face

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Skills development for the women and youth of South Africa

In the first quarter of 2020, South Africa’s unemployment rate climbed to 30% – the highest it has been since 2008 – as the number of unemployed people increased by 344,000 to an all-time high of 7.1 million.

This is according to Trading Economics, and is based on the results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) – which also indicated that employment decreased by 38,000 to 16.4 million.

South Africa’s unemployment rate has been persistently high, and sadly the main driver of economic growth – the youth, aged 15–34 years – has been affected by it the most as they account for 63.4% of all unemployed South Africans in 2020.

What’s more is that although South Africa has made great strides for equal gender representation in the labour market, women are still underrepresented at under 50%.

Reasons for unemployment

While 2020’s increase in unemployment is largely attributable to

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UNHCR Representative inaugurates skills development project for refugee and local women in Quetta

The UNHCR Representative in Pakistan, Ms. Noriko Yoshida on Thursday inaugurated a skills development project aimed at improving the skills and income-generating capacity of local and Afghan refugee women in Quetta.

UNHCR Pakistan had signed its first-ever agreement with NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA), a private sector partner based in the United Arab Emirates, to conduct a project to support and empower marginalized Afghan refugee and local women through skill development and enhancement in Balochistan.

The project – being implemented by UNHCR’s partner Taraqee Foundation – will benefit 100 Afghan refugee and Pakistani women. These women will not only be trained but also be given monthly stipends to support their family while they are working.

NAMA’s affiliate, IRTHI Contemporary Crafts Council, and UNHCR will be working in partnership to provide artisanal training.

The project will be implemented in two skill centres including at Ghoasabad and Hazara Town. Some 100 skilled

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Women Rock Science Fundraiser and Gala Goes Virtual

This year’s Women Rock Science event will take place virtually on Oct. 7. The co-chairs and host committee of the event are photographed above sporting Women Rock Science T-Shirts. // Photograph courtesy of Cranbrook Institute of Science

Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills is moving Women Rock Science — an annual fundraiser and gala that spotlights women in STEAM and supports the institute’s programming — online this year.

Taking place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1, the virtual event will comprise of a 45-minute interactive video experience on STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts, and math — at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. The video will include a science experiment demonstration by an educator with Cranbrook, segments on the institute’s STEAM outreach programming, and spotlights on event honorees. 

This year, the fundraiser and gala is honoring three women. Patti Poppe, the president and CEO of CMS and Consumers

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Democrats Threaten Veterans, Women by Targeting Choice in Education

Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami at the time, speaks to students at The Bank Atlantic Center at The University of Miami on February 28, 2007 in Miami, Fla. (Photo credit: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Headlines abound regarding reopening plans for grade schools nationwide and how students and families will be impacted. Less attention and fanfare, however, has been given to a Democrat-sponsored bill that, if passed, would limit educational choice for veterans and women. 

As Jarome Bell, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and spokesperson for Veterans for Education Choice says, “learners such as working adults with families, minority students with limited options, and, of course, our veterans will pay the heaviest price by removing career-oriented schools from the equation.” 

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.), would rewrite federal-funding rules for career-oriented colleges and universities and hurt veterans, especially women, who seek the flexibility and alternative

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UNHCR Representative inaugurates skills development project for refugee and local women in Quetta – Pakistan

QUETTA, 3 September 2020: The UNHCR Representative in Pakistan, Ms. Noriko Yoshida on Thursday inaugurated a skills development project aimed at improving the skills and income-generating capacity of local and Afghan refugee women in Quetta.

UNHCR Pakistan had signed its first-ever agreement with NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA), a private sector partner based in the United Arab Emirates, to conduct a project to support and empower marginalized Afghan refugee and local women through skill development and enhancement in Balochistan.

The project – being implemented by UNHCR’s partner Taraqee Foundation – will benefit 100 Afghan refugee and Pakistani women. These women will not only be trained but also be given monthly stipends to support their family while they are working.

NAMA’s affiliate, IRTHI Contemporary Crafts Council, and UNHCR will be working in partnership to provide artisanal training.

The project will be implemented in two skill centres including at Ghoasabad and Hazara

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In the 1980s, Women Advanced in Politics, Education and the Pay Gap

By Erin El Issa



a close up of a sign: Credit History: In the 1980s, Women Advanced in Politics, Education and the Pay Gap


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Credit History: In the 1980s, Women Advanced in Politics, Education and the Pay Gap

This series examines the financial progress made by women in the U.S. since the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was passed in 1974. In this installment: the 1980s, the decade when Congress officially declared March as Women’s History Month.

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Strides in Continued Education

While college was largely a boys’ club in the early 20th century, women turned that around during the 1980s. Beginning in the ’80s, more than half of bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Women also made up about half of graduates from master’s programs and nearly 30% of graduates with doctorates for the 1980-1981 school year, though these degrees were disproportionately awarded to white women.

As women became more educated, their salaries began to increase in relation to

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In Mexico women inmates find education chance amid pandemic

ALMOLOYA DE JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Prison inmates in Mexico have suffered from coronavirus infections at a higher rate than the country as a whole, and pandemic lockdowns have reduced their already limited contact with the outside world.



Women prisoners attend an online course on writing at the Santiaguito prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The inmates at the prison west of Mexico City have managed to benefit from pandemic lockdowns because the lockdowns have spurred a wave of professionals with time on their hands willing to donate their time giving online classes to inmates. (AP Photo/Diego Delgaldo)


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Women prisoners attend an online course on writing at the Santiaguito prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The inmates at the prison west of Mexico City have managed to benefit from pandemic lockdowns because the lockdowns have spurred a wave of professionals with time on their hands willing to donate their time giving online classes to inmates. (AP Photo/Diego Delgaldo)



A guard patrols on a watch tower at the Santiaguito women's prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The prison is located near a separate maximum-security men's facility where drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped through a tunnel in 2015. The female inmates at the prison west of Mexico City have managed to benefit from pandemic lockdowns because the lockdowns have spurred a wave of professionals with time on their hands willing to donate their time giving online classes to inmates. (AP Photo/Diego Delgaldo)


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A guard patrols on a watch tower at the Santiaguito women’s prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The prison is located near a separate

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