Multiculturalism affects me first and foremost in that I write in a language that is not the first language of the country I live in. It’s the language most people here learn as a second language, yet which we hear every day on tv and other media, and which is taught early in grade school, and in some cases on pre-school level.
In a country with a small population and not much cultural dominance in the past, the population has to learn the language that is most used for business and communication, which is English, to be able to communicate with the rest of the world.
"Megan Grassel, a high school senior from Wyoming, wanted to change this hyper-sexual trend. After taking her younger sister shopping for her first bra (and finding nothing remotely age-comfy), Grassel started a business – Yellowberry, an underwear company devoted to pre-teens.”
Yes, the skirt is quite short. Initially, they wanted me in trousers, just because of the practicality of running around. But I wanted the mini-skirt because I think it really suits Amy’s sassy character. - Karen Gillan
Amy Pond, ladies and gentleman. Fighting aliens in a mini skirt. Booyah!
A manager of a Durham-based tech business, Vickie Gibbs has worked in male-dominated offices and has studied in male-dominated programs.
She said she was one of a handful of women in her 1991 graduating class from Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. Later she got her master’s in business administration and worked at a series of companies where women were often the minority.
Now she is part of a team behind an initiative called “Soar” that’s kicking off in Durham to help grow the number of female-led start-up businesses.
“There are quite a few female entrepreneurs, but there’s a lot more females that could be entrepreneurs if there was some more effective networking, mentoring, education or what have you,” said Gibbs, She is general manager of Albright Digital, launched in 2007 by Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting Corp., the owner of WRAL-TV, the Durham Bulls baseball team and the American Tobacco campus. The firm has developed online tools to help auto dealers convert website visitors to sales leads, among other products.
Gibbs and others involved in the launch of Soar are concerned about the number of female-led companies, and also about a gap in the amount of venture capital going to them.
"Griner was simply the most dominant force the women’s college game has ever seen. Now she’s on the cusp of breaking out in her second year of WNBA play. Most colleges would naturally tout their ties to Griner, but Baylor is not most colleges. The Waco, Texas-based university has one of the few powerhouse Division I athletic departments that officially discourages homosexuality. Baylor’s student handbook denounces all forms of sexuality outside of heterosexual marriage—including pre-marital straight sex and homosexuality of any kind. Now the fact that Baylor produced one of America’s most famous (and now outspoken) LGBTQ athletes imperils its future as a women’s basketball juggernaut.
After all, will emerging high-school stars who want to be the next Brittney Griner want to enroll at Baylor after listening to Griner talk about her alma mater? “I would love to be an ambassador for Baylor, to show my school pride, but it’s hard to do that,” she wrote. “I’ve spent too much of my life being made to feel like there’s something wrong with me. And no matter how much support I felt as a basketball player at Baylor, it still doesn’t erase all the pain I felt there.”“