Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 10:45 am
The average American farmer is a white man in his late 50s. Or at least, that's who's in charge of the farm, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
But the number of female-run farms has tripled since the 1970s, to nearly 14 percent in 2012. And if you dig a little deeper, you'll find women are showing up in new roles. But because of the way farm businesses are structured, women's work often isn't included in those USDA counts.
Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 6:34 am
Being overweight hurts your earnings, and being an overweight woman is particularly tough on income. Back in 2004, a landmark study found that a 65-pound increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9-percent drop in earnings. The authors of the study noted that, in terms of wages, the "obesity penalty" basically amounted to losing three years of experience in the workplace.
Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 8:31 am
Six of Kentucky's 38 state senators are women. The ratio is only slightly higher in the House, where women hold 19 of the 100 seats.
And it's possible that after Election Day, the number of women in the Kentucky Legislature will drop even further.
As her first and only term in the Senate comes to a close, Republican Sara Beth Gregory talked about the widening gender gap that looms over the chamber in the coming election. It's an issue that Gregory and others are keeping an eye on.
Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 6:22 am
Remember power suits? At the same time women were entering the corporate workplace in large numbers, the power suit began to pop up. It was usually a long jacket with the kind of big, padded shoulders Joan Crawford made famous, a straight skirt and, often, a floppy silk bow tie that Little Lord Fauntleroy would have been at home in. The 1980s power suit was designed to ignore a woman's shape so it didn't hinder her mobility as she worked her way up the corporate ladder.
Women have helped on farms for generations, but now theyâ€™re beginning to take ownership of their duties, calling themselves farmers instead of just farmersâ€™ wives. The US Department of Agriculture has found a steady increase of women farmers in the 2000s, which plateaued in the agencyâ€™s latest 5-year report.
The Murray State Racers Womenâ€™s Tennis team Claimed their Seventh OVC Championship this weekend. This is their first conference win since since 2007 which will propel them into a NCAA Tournament appearance in May. The relatively young Racer squad beat Eastern Kentucky 4 to 1.
This month, the Murray State Women's Center seeks items for their adopted agency, Needline. They're also hosting a Celebrate Women Luncheon in the MSU Women's Center, with door prizes and more. The Director of Murray State's Women's Center Abigail French visits Sounds GoodÂ to talk about its learning and volunteering opportunities.
Annie Vandiver joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good. She's with the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State and is planning the annual AT&T Women in Telecom Golf Day at Miller to raise scholarship funds for women in the TSM program. Vandiver talks about this networking event and the event speaker, Barbara Webb, and her contributions in the telecom industry. They talk about women in the telecom industry in general, and the many career opportunitiesÂ available in the field.
Kate Lochte speaks with Judi Jennings, Executive Director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women. They talk about a workshop coming to the McCracken County Public Library about opportunities for women in the arts. The mission of the Foundation is to promote positive social change by supporting varied feminist expression in the arts.. Judi also talks about how the Foundation got started, how women in the region have benefited, how to apply for the artist enrichment grant, and what kind of funding the foundation manages annually. Read more about the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
Many students say her letter wasnâ€™t helpful and that conversations about finding an intellectual equal were already happening on campus. But their moms are sending Patton letters thanking her for saying what they wish they had the guts to tell their daughters.