women http://kplu.org en Seattle Group To Hold Its First Investment Forum Solely For Women Entrepreneurs http://kplu.org/post/seattle-group-hold-its-first-investment-forum-solely-women-entrepreneurs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150332987&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Getting your startup company funded can be tough no matter what, but women entrepreneurs may face the additional challenge of overcoming gender bias.</p><p>A Seattle-based angel investing group called ZINO Society is holding its first-ever investment forum dedicated solely to women business owners.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 16687 at http://kplu.org 'Vagina Monologues' Inspires South Asian Women In Seattle To Perform Their Own http://kplu.org/post/vagina-monologues-inspires-south-asian-women-seattle-perform-their-own <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146216143&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In 1996, playwright Eve Ensler reclaimed a word that had mostly been relegated to medical textbooks and grade-school jokes. In her piece, “The Vagina Monologues,” she adapted interviews with women about their sexuality and turned them into performance art. The play has inspired women around the world to talk more openly about their bodies.</p><p>Here in Seattle, it inspired some South Asian women to reclaim the word “yoni.” That’s the Hindi word for vagina.</p><p>Instead of performing Ensler’s piece, these women write and perform their own stories. And there’s much to explore. They come from a society that’s grabbed unwelcome headlines in recent years for brutal violence against women. Even here in Seattle, South Asian women say they battle repressive attitudes within the expatriate community.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:26:03 +0000 Ashley Gross 16240 at http://kplu.org 'Vagina Monologues' Inspires South Asian Women In Seattle To Perform Their Own Study: In Seattle, Women Paid More in Lower-Paying Jobs http://kplu.org/post/study-seattle-women-paid-more-lower-paying-jobs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Women who work for the city of Seattle earn more money than men in some jobs. The reverse is true for other jobs. The problem is the classes of jobs in which women earn more are lower-paying than the ones in which men earn more, according to</span><a href="http://mayormcginn.seattle.gov/launching-a-gender-justice-initiative/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=launching-a-gender-justice-initiative" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">&nbsp;a new study</a>&nbsp;conducted by the city's own Personnel Department.&nbsp;</p><p>The study compared the wages of workers by gender in 871 job classes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">While there was some inequity between women and men within the same job classes, the larger disparity involved men earning more in higher-paying jobs, according to the report&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">first reported by&nbsp;</span><a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/07/16/report-confirms-that-seattle-pays-female-city-employees-less-than-men-for-the-same-type-of-work" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">The Stranger</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:43:04 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Hayat Norimine 9354 at http://kplu.org Study: In Seattle, Women Paid More in Lower-Paying Jobs Whidbey Island retreat provides solitude for women writers http://kplu.org/post/whidbey-island-retreat-provides-solitude-women-writers <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-968791.mp3</p><p>On Whidbey Island, among the evergreens, sits <a href="http://www.hedgebrook.org/">Hedgebrook</a>, a writers retreat solely for women. Nestled on 48 acres, women writers, like feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem, have been seeking solitude at the property since 1988. It&#39;s a piece of land that many say is a source of creative power.</p><p>Recently, young women playwrights have been honing their works with only the sounds of the surrounding forest to interrupt their writing. They&#39;ve been invited to Whidbey Island to join in the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival.</p><p>For&nbsp; KPLU&#39;s weekly Artscape series, I travelled to Hedgebrook to talk to two of the writers about their work. Sun, 15 May 2011 16:00:00 +0000 Katherine Banwell 1601 at http://kplu.org Whidbey Island retreat provides solitude for women writers Career fair seeks women for jobs in the trades http://kplu.org/post/career-fair-seeks-women-jobs-trades <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-967186.mp3</p><p>The recession has been tough on workers in the trades. The latest state unemployment report showed <a href="http://www.workforceexplorer.com/article.asp?ARTICLEID=11073&amp;PAGEID=148&amp;SUBID=">construction had a particularly bad month between February and March</a>. That&rsquo;s not stopping a job fair aimed at attracting more women to building and repair industries.</p><p> Thu, 05 May 2011 15:26:25 +0000 Charla Bear 1537 at http://kplu.org Career fair seeks women for jobs in the trades