Arts & Activism

Women have long used artistic expression as a method of liberation and feminist activism. From Renaissance painters and poets to today’s critics, actors, playwrights, musicians and filmmakers, art provides an important outlet for women’s creativity and resistance to the status quo. Women are present in growing numbers across genres of music, literature, and visual and performing arts, and they are breaking new ground at all levels of production, performance and industry management. Arts institutions, museums and galleries are displaying feminist work and promoting more female artists. Feminist organizations such as Guerrilla Girls are spurring collectors, curators, historians and institutions to recognize women artists and provide equal access and opportunities for success.

Women and Social Media in 2012

 BlogHer has been conducting studies about women and their social media habits for the past five consecutive years. Each year we look at emerging media platforms and measure the purpose, trust and influence levels for blogs and other social media channels.

Methodology:

The 2012 study was fielded across BlogHer's network (37+ million unique visitors) and 3,000 blogs. For the sake of comparison, the survey was also fielded to a total U.S. online general population on a panel provided by Vision Critical. There were a total of 2,071 women included in the combined BlogHer and U.S. samples.

URL: 
http://www.blogher.com/women-and-social-media-2012

Volunteering in the United States, 2011

The volunteer rate rose by 0.5 percentage point to 26.8 percent for the year ending in September 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. About 64.3 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2010 and September 2011. The increase in the volunteer rate in 2011 followed a decline of equal size in 2010.

These data on volunteering were collected through a supplement to the September 2011 Current Population Survey (CPS). The supplement was sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households that obtains information on employment and unemployment among the nation's civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and over. Volunteers are defined as persons who did unpaid work (except for expenses)
through or for an organization. For more information about the volunteer supplement, see the Technical Note.

Volunteering Among Demographic Groups

URL: 
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.nr0.htm
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