What TechWomen Should Read


Yesterday morning, the TechWomen mentors and mentees returned to the Henderson Room of the US State Department in Washington DC for a discussion of American politics and the Presidential election. The Mentees from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen have been hearing election discussions since their Silicon Valley arrival in early September – this was to put that experience in context and to allow them to ask questions.

The presenters were Linda Moore Forbes (a Democrat working at Harvard’s Institute of Politics) and Ellen Yount (a Republican working for Management Systems International). Much of their presentation was about the current campaign but there were also fascinating side comments about politics in general and particularly on how women participate in politics. One of their themes was that extreme views of “women’s issues” (and social discussions) are the often focus of a campaign but elected officials actually govern based on the economy. “Women’s issues” during a campaign often include:

  • birth control, contraception, in-vitro fertilization
  • abortion (voluntary, as well as in cases of incest and rape or when the mother’s health is in danger)
  • equal pay for equal work

My question to these remarkably experienced and politically-wise women was: what do they read to keep current, and what do they recommend that the TechWomen Mentees read when they return to their homes in the MENA region (in addition to Al Jazeera and BBC News)? Here are the US news sources that Ellen Yount recommended:




Images Copyright 2012 by Katy Dickinson

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  1. Pingback: TechWomen’s last day in Washington DC | KatysBlog

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