September 1, 2016

Loretta Lynch Appointed as First Black Woman Attorney General

NA-LYNCH_101422461705Loretta E. Lynch’s long wait to become U.S. attorney general ended Thursday, with the Senate voting 56 to 43 to confirm the veteran New York prosecutor five months after President Obama submitted her nomination to Congress.

Lynch is expected to be sworn in as the nation’s 83rd attorney general Monday, according to Justice Department officials not authorized to comment publicly.

Obama said in a statement that “America will be better off” with Lynch in charge of the Justice Department. “She will bring to bear her experience as a tough, independent, and well-respected prosecutor on key, bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform,” he said.

Lynch is the first African American woman to be nominated for the post, which has taken on a higher-than-usual profile in the Obama administration ­because of the leading role the Justice Department has recently played in the debate over race and policing across the country.

For Lynch, the time between nomination and confirmation was the longest for an attorney general nominee in 31 years. In the end, the confirmation vote margin was wider than expected: Ten Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), joined the Senate’s 44 Democrats and two independents in supporting Lynch. Forty-three senators, all Republicans, were opposed.

 

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Study Shows Black Women are Most Likely to Desire Top Executive Jobs

imrs.php The number of women holding CEO positions among America’s largest corporations is, as everyone knows, very small. Just 23 women are CEOs of companies in the S&P 500. But the number of female African American chief executives among those top businesses is downright minuscule: There is only one black woman, Xerox’s Ursula Burns, at this pinnacle of corporate power.

That’s certainly not for lack of ambition, according to a new report released Wednesday from the Center for Talent Innovation, a think tank founded by the economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett. In its research sample, 22 percent of African American professional women said they aspire to a powerful position with a prestigious title, compared with just 8 percent of white professional women.

Black women in the sample also reported being more confident they can succeed in powerful positions than white women (43 percent versus 30 percent) and more likely to say high earnings were important to their careers (81 percent versus 54 percent).

The new report also digs into findings from a 2014 study by CTI, which looked more broadly at what professional women and men want out of their careers. At the time, that report found women were generally ambitious about wanting to excel in their careers, make money, and work in jobs that let them empower others and serve a broader mission — but were much less likely than men to gun for high-ranking jobs in their organization.

 

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LBW and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. team up for Financial Fortitude

Please join the League of Black Women and the Joliet/South Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for a day of financial enrichment with an array of workshops, including Home Ownership, College Funding, Business Plan Development, and more!

A rendition of the popular TV show, “Shark Tank,” will also be presented as a panel of successful business owners are matched with unique and innovative start-ups, seeking new expansion opportunities.

This event will take place on April 25th, 2015 from 8:30 am to 12 noon at the New Faith Baptist Church International, 25 Central Avenue, Matteson, IL. “Shark Tank” will be held from 9 am to 10:30 am.

For more information, please contact Gwendolyn Kirkland or Kristie Norwood at (708) 414-0743 or email at econdevdeltaworks@outlook.com. You can also visit the Chapter’s website at JolietDST.org.

Register for this event at Eventbrite and search “Financial Fortitude.”

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