Virginia Rometty was named the first female CEO of the 100 year old company IBM last week. The Board of Directors of IBM announced that she would succeed current CEO Samuel J. Palmisano when he leaves on January 1st 2012. Rometty joined the company in 1981 as a systems engineer and rose through the ranks to become Sales and Marketing Chief. She supervised IBM's acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting in 2002. The $3.5 billion deal was a seen as a risk for IBM and Rometty received praise for her successful integration of the two companies.
Rometty will become only the 17th woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company when she takes over for Palmisano next year. IBM, known for its male workers dressed in blue blazers, has strived to end the perception that it is a "boy's club." Rometty had been a front runner to succeed Palmisano because of her experience and success with the company. Palmisano stressed that she was named CEO because of her skills and talents, telling the New York Times, "Ginni got it because she deserved it. It's got zero to do with progressive social policies."
Media Resources: The New York Times, 10/25/11; Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 10/26/11
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .