The National Association of Realtors' 2003 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that the percent of single women homebuyers rose more than any other group this year. The NAR survey showed that the percentage rose by 6 percent to make single women 21 percent of all homebuyers, according to the The Indianapolis Star. Single women are now the second largest segment of homebuyers, following married couples. Priscilla Russell, broker manager at Hall & Russell Real Estate Services, accounted for the changes as evidence of their increasing confidence and changes in society, according to the Star. She added that there are fewer institutional barriers for women who previously faced obstacles when trying to secure a mortgage from small banks who used to "frown on women buying houses alone." Liz Grauerholz, associate professor of sociology at Purdue University, asserted that women are earning more money now than their mothers or grandmothers did and are waiting to get married, if at all, the Star reports.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .