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June 14, 2014
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June 14, 2014
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As a retired woman who has worked for two of the companies in Regender's Corporate Circle I can agree with the other reviewers who have pointed out the contradictions between these corporation's actions in reality compared to Regender's mission statement.

A lawsuit filed in December,
accuses Citigroup of engaging in a "continuous pattern" of discrimination since at least 2004 by targeting minorities for high-cost mortgage loans, violating the U.S. Fair Housing Act. L.A. is seeking damages from the bank for the costs of extra services and lost tax revenue in blighted neighborhoods. Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan were hit with similar lawsuits by the city of Los Angeles.

Prudential insurance was hit by a rash of lawsuits involving discrimination. The marathon litigation stems from a dispute in the late 1990s after agents left Prudential because they said the company pressured agents not to sell insurance to minorities. A total of 359 agents were involved in the original conflict. And the battle goes on.

The Wells Fargo settlement ($175M) with the nation’s largest home mortgage lender is rooted in a lawsuit filed four years ago by Baltimore over fair-lending violations. It culminated in what federal officials called “systemic discrimination” spanning 36 states and involving more than 34,000 minority customers over five years.

Prudential Insurance Co. has historically been battered by forces from the outside — specifically, lawsuits alleging fraudulent sales practices such as "churning." The company has been torn from the inside by current and former employees in Minnesota who have stepped forward with individual lawsuits alleging not only rampant race, gender, and age discrimination, but also wild violations in the company's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process, a system that resulted from the company's 1996 $2 billion class action settlement. Being a woman and working for Prudential can be a painful and arduous experience. For some women working for Prudential is a Horror.

Corporations violate and harm women every day of the year. They get fined or are sued and just pay up and move on without admitting and wrong doing. It is nice to know that there are non-profits like Regender (NCRW) that take money from these corporations so that these corporations can buy Good Will and appear to be interested in ending discrimination against women and girls. What a laugh. How these women who work at Regender (NCRW) sleep at night is a mystery to me. These types of people will take money from almost anyone or any institution no matter what.

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I think that regender should try to find other sources to fund their non-profit other than corporations that have proven unworthy of being part of Regender's mission. Regender needs to look no further at the root causes of discrimination against women and girls since they are part and a contributor.

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June 13, 2014
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June 13, 2014
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Chubb is a corporate circle member of Regender yet in 2006 Federal Insurance Co.a unit of Chubb defended Donald Sterling's 2006 housing discrimination suit. How does that jive with Regender's goal of ending discrimination and working towards a fair playing field? If you don't believe it here is the link http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20120927/NEWS07/120929928?tags=|68|75|76|303
Why do companies sell insurance policies that protect against owners who are sued for racial discrimination? Minorities were blocked from renting and they were treated to substandard inhumane conditions. Elderly black women were forced to live without running water and in rat and vermin infested apartments! Young innocent African-American girls were deprived of their rights and humanity.


A Chubb Corp. unit had the duty to defend a landlord in a discrimination case under its excess policy because it had the only policy that explicitly provided coverage for discrimination, a California appellate court has ruled.

The decision Monday in Federal Insurance Co. v. Steadfast Insurance Co. and Liberty Surplus Insurance Corp. by the state appellate court in Los Angeles related to a lawsuit filed in 2006 by the U.S. Justice Department against landlord Donald T. Sterling and other parties charging housing discrimination on the base of race, national origin and family status.
Complaint's accusations

The complaint charged that the defendants refused to rent to non-Korean prospective tenants, misrepresented the availability of apartment units to non-Korean prospective tenants, and provided “inferior treatment” to non-Korean tenants in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, according to the DOJ.

The lawsuit also charged the defendants had refused to rent to African-Americans and misrepresented the availability of apartment units to African-American prospective tenants in Beverly Hills.

The Sterling defendant's primary insurers — Schaumburg, Ill.-based Steadfast Insurance Co., a unit of Zurich North America, and Liberty Surplus Insurance Corp., a unit of Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group — insured against claims for wrongful eviction, wrongful entry and invasion of the “right of privacy occupancy,” according to the ruling.

Federal, the excess and umbrella insurer, insured against those claims and also specifically insured against claims for discrimination, said the ruling.

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Regender should look into Chubb and its part in defending Donald Sterling

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June 10, 2014
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June 10, 2014
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Regender's Corporate circle member Time Warner does not seem to mirror Regender's Mission statement:
Re:Gender, formerly National Council for Research on Women, works to end gender inequity and discrimination against girls and women by exposing root causes and advancing research-informed
action. Working with multiple sectors and disciplines, we are shaping a world that demands fairness across difference.
Time Warner promotes and sells pornography that exploits women and demeans them with their "adult entertainment" on Cable TV. Real & Real on Demand with no scripted story lines to get in the way, watch real people in steamy situations. Ten & Ten on Demand, Hustler TV, Hustler video, Evil Angel, Playboy TV, Digital sin, Zero Tolerance, Penthouse TV and Penthouse on Demand, Vivid TV Vivid Girls Check out the schedule:

Raven Alexis Unleashed

Five of the horniest brunettes, including sexy Raven Alexis, get pounded by throbbing rods until they cream. Filled with three-way action and deep-throat gagging, these tight babes scream for more hard meat to unleash their fantasies. Shame on Lisa Garcia Quiroz!

Ten ways that Sports Illustrated disrespects Women: 10. Sports Illustrated disrespects women through sex-discriminatory coverage of women's sports. (Fewer than 10 percent of Sports Illustrated pages are devoted to women's athletic achievements.) SI is owned by TimeWarner.

9. Sports Illustrated disrespects women by displaying demeaning stereotypes of female sexuality. The swimsuit issue features women models posed not as athletes of strength, skill, and endurance but as playthings--in costumes no one could possibly swim in competitively.

8. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue disrespects women by showing women's primary value to be their value as sex objects.

7. Sports Illustrated disrespects women by photographing their bodies as if they are merely body parts--breasts, buttocks, and crotches.

6. Sports Illustrated disrespects women by encouraging boys and young men to view women as sex toys and by turning voyeurism into a sport.

5. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue disrespects women by imitating an idea of women that originates in pornography. Mimicking magazines like Playboy and Penthouse, Sports Illustrated spreads out women's bodies on the page for male "readers" to ogle at.

4. Sports Illustrated disrespects women by numbing men to women's humanity.

3. Sports Illustrated disrespects women by exhibiting women to men as the "other"--as if women were a different species from the "real" athletes who are men.

2. Sports Illustrated disrespects women by sending a message to girls and young women that no matter how much they excel in athletics, all that matters is how they look to men.

1. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue disrespects women by directly contradicting Time-Warner's corporate hype, which claims the magazine stands for serious sports journalism and respects the ability and dignity of women and girls in athletics. If that were true, where is the magazine with all the scantily clad men wearing nothing but Speedos?

And lets not forget GoldmanSach's 16% ownership of Backpage.com. THE biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com. This emporium for girls and women — some under age or forced into prostitution. And what about that Bloomberg class-action lawsuit, which was filed in 2007 on behalf of 65 employees who argued that the business had engaged in a pattern of discrimination against pregnant women who took maternity leave. Mr. Bloomberg was also sued in 1997 by a sales executive who claimed that after she became pregnant, he urged her to have an abortion, telling her, “Kill it!” Mr. Bloomberg adamantly denied any wrongdoing and settled the case out of court for an undisclosed amount. GoldmanSachs and Bloomberg are proud members of Regender's Corporate Circle.

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Regender needs to examine its corporate circle to see if they support its mission statement. Working with Time Warner is not a way to end gender inequity and discrimination against girls and women and it does not shape a world that demands fairness across difference.

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June 5, 2014
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June 5, 2014
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The number of women who experience sexual assault on campus is about one in four. After months of advocating for changes in the way the administration handles cases of sexual assault, 23 Columbia and Barnard students have filed a federal complaint that alleges violations of Title IX, Title II and the Clery Act by the university. Lee Bollinger is Columbia University's 19th President and member of Regender's President's Circle.
Regender's mission statement is: Re:Gender works to end gender inequity and discrimination against girls and women by exposing root causes and advancing research-informed action. So maybe Regender should ask where has Lee Bollinger been for the last few years? The University allows accused perpetrators of sexual assault to remain on campus, has too-lenient sanctions for perpetrators, discourages victims from reporting assault and denies accommodations to students with mental health disabilities (which they say result from their attacks). The students also claim that LGBTQ students are discriminated against in advising, counseling and Greek Life.

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I hope Regender will ask its members to take campus rape and assault seriously and ask the college and university presidents to come out with a plan to punish those who offend.

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June 5, 2014
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June 5, 2014
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Is Regender really a front for the financial corporations that support this non-profit? Its support comes from corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, Bank of America, RBS, Blackrock, Citi, Wells Fargo... Now that they opened up their membership to the public and it is free and they have no member centers paying dues what do they stand for? Google just released its employee data voluntarily and the figures show that only 29.7% of its labor force is made up of women. Only 1.9% of Google's workforce is black! 2.8% are Hispanic!

WHY DOESN'T REGENDER ASK ITS CORPORATE CIRCLE TO VOLUNTARILY RELEASE THEIR EMPLOYEE DATA SO WE CAN REALLY SEE HOW MANY WOMEN THEY EMPLOYEE AND IN WHAT POSITIONS!!! We all know that when it comes to the financial and banking sectors these companies are down right awful with few women as executives and top mangers. Come on REGENDER ask your corporate circle to reveal its women workforce data.

The so called NEW mission statement makes no sense with the corporate donors supporting Regender.

Re:Gender works to end gender inequity and discrimination against girls and women by exposing root causes and advancing research-informed action. Working with multiple sectors and disciplines, we are shaping a world that demands fairness across difference. Really?

Regender cites meaningless statistics like the 77 cents pay gap for "women" but that is a meaningless figure because there is no average or typical woman in America. It varies by occupation, by race, class, zip code, ethnic group, rural or urban living setting, marital situation... A black woman who is 30 years old living in NYC is not in the same boat as a urban white 30 year old woman in NYC with the same education level. The women's wage gap is closer to 45% for Hispanic women in the central and southern states.

Forget about the pay gap, now the wealth gap between minority women is extreme according to new analysis of the recent census data. The wealth gap between minority women and white women in the U.S. is the largest in the last thirty years with the median wealth gap for a minority woman is just $100 in assets while white women have $100,000 in assets. So lean in to that! I doubt the women working at Regender with their $100,000 + salaries understand or can relate to that horrific reality.

Guess what Regender the ROOT CAUSES of inequity and discrimination against girls and women can probably be found in many of the corporations in YOUR own Corporate circle. In an article on April 24, 2014 in the NYT's entitled "For Women in Tech, Pay Gap is Unusually Small" Harvard labor economist Claudia Goldin found that women were payed almost the same as men in the tech field while the worst pay gap existed in the Financial industry with women making 65.7 cents for every dollar a man made. Financial and Banking were among the worst in women's pay gap. So for the women who work at Regender for root causes all you have to do is look at yourselves in the mirror. How are you shaping a world of fairness when you are collaborating with corporations who may be part of the problem.

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Regender should collaborate with corporations that actually support women and don't just talk the talk but walk the walk. Regender should hire minority women in executive positions. Also Regender needs a forum on their website for women to air their views and become more democratic instead of the top down approach of experts vs. the public. Less expensive wasteful award ceremonies especially in these hard times.

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May 8, 2014
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May 8, 2014
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Is anyone reading Re:Gender’s research? $346 is the number on NCRW’s (Re:Gender) 2012 990 (year 2011) Revenue Part VIII Publications Revenue 2a. No wonder why NCRW (Re:Gender) has no impact on guidestar. During the former CEO’s nearly 17 years at the helm of NCRW (Re:gender), it never succeeded in developing a real national member center base. No member centers in Idaho, Alaska, Wyoming, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Montana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia, Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Hawaii, Florida and Connecticut. Not even in Puerto Rico.
Did these esteemed experts and highly placed figures running the show care if they really did not have much of a national organization? Most of the “member centers” were just colleges and Universities.
But the real question is if NCRW (Re:Gender) never managed to create a network of women member centers around the USA then does that not reveal the truly sorry sad state of Women’s Rights Organizations in 2014? What happened to the Women’s Movement that took off in the late 60’s? And is that the real reason NCRW suddenly dropped its name and rebranded? Or did the ex-CEO and the board feel that it was not worth bothering with member centers in the missing states? Is there any real difference in Re:Gender's mission and vision compared to it's earlier version – NCRW? Or is it just window dressing?

In the 60’s there were few non-profits representing women or women's issues, yet now there are over ten thousand non-profits with the word girl or women in their title. But has that helped the situation of women in the US or around the world, in reality? The reality is that non-profits have been co-opted or we have witnessed the Gentrification of Advocacy, Philanthropy and Non-profits. Lea Pool’s Documentary “PINK RIBBONS, INC.” showed how corporations have managed to co-opt breast cancer and breast cancer research and exploit it for their own benefit with little of the money actually going towards research - not to mention little progress.

Is the same true for NCRW (Re:Gender)? Now that it eliminated its membership centers, it is left with its “corporate circle” and “President’s circle”. What does that mean? Are corporate interests the same as women’s interests? Do corporations really want to have a national mandated maternal paid leave act passed in the US? Not likely. Do Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs, BlackRock and Morgan Stanley really support women’s advancement in their actual corporate offices? Read Marie Myung-Koo Lee's The Atlantic article on "What it Was Like Working at Goldman Sachs". Now that membership is free at Re:gender and there are no membership dues, is Re:gender now so dependent on its corporate overseers that its mission has changed?

The reality is that corporations give money to non-profits, and for them it is great PR and a tax reduction strategy. The employees in these corporate-funded non-profits often have cushy well-paid jobs, with security and benefits. The corporations hire "women of color" to head their HR diversity departments, thereby deflecting any criticism, and the band plays on. People are told to join the nonprofits’ membership ranks, in effect diluting advocacy and real progress by usurping the actual grass roots advocacy that leads to real legislative changes. “Just sign up and we the experts will do the work for you. We give out awards, have conferences, meetings etc. just send in your donations and leave it up to us! Sit back and enjoy the show.”

Meanwhile, women are being shut out of executive and upper management and are leaving the corporate world. Monetizing, commodification, capitalizing, gentrification of women's issues. No wonder why there has really been no progress since the early 70’s.

Is Re:Gender being truthful to its base about its "rebranding"? Transparency and accountability are crucial. Who is running the show at Re:gender? The corporate dominated Board and Corporate Circle? Consultants? I give it a one star because it has an attractive website design and feel. I guess substance is not everything these days…

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change its mission to something it can realistically achieve given the income that it has

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September 23, 2013
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September 23, 2013
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The NCRW.org is an 501(c)3 that really is a JOBS program for the mostly white women who are affiliated &"work" there. Lots of work from home. Just look at the Directors, Trustees, President (current & past), and key employees. And some are missing or mystery employees! According to their 2012 990 SECTION VII A NCRW claims to have 3 people making over $100,000 yet it only lists Linda Basch with a total for of at $228,000. Who are the other two employees making over $100,000? The total compensation is $501,626 so that means that two other mystery employees got $273,626!

NCRW claims to be a national organization yet in 21 states in the USA it has NO membership centers at all. And in 21 states they have only one or two "centers". They used to have a map on their website that clearly shows the reality but recently they removed it. Most of the membership centers are clustered around the east coast (NYC,DC & MASS). It claims to have more than 120 member centers yet there are only 82 listed on their website. It claims to be an advocacy group for women and seeks to improve the lives of women and girls in the USA and around the world by being a clearinghouse for information. No member centers outside the U.S. but they did manage to spend $5,000 on their "international programs". So it is NOT really the national organization as it claims and the majority of the membership centers are just colleges and Universities with women study programs.

If you count compensation to employees, benefits it amounts to nearly $1,000,000 -not bad for just 9 employees! Add pay to consultants at $219,000. Add $103,000 for "Professional Expenses and "Other Expenses" and you almost reach the $1,335,000 Total Revenue. And one wonders what their impact is really besides taking care of the women that work there. No impact according to the statement on guidestar. Based on their 2012 990 they had an "Awards Dinner" and they came out with ZERO income! They had $217,177 Gross income but spent $217,177 on expenses like "Food & Beverages", "Entertainment" and "Other Expenses". Sounds Fishy to me. Lots of award dinners, fundraising, conferences, meetings and reports. Information without action is a waste. Information + Action = CHANGE. And since the early 70's there has been no real gains in the women's rights movement. NCRW.ORG is NOT a 501(c)4 it is a 501(c)3 so it cannot lobby for legal changes. Just look at their 990 2011.

In reality the NCRW mission is obsolete in 2013 since in the U.S.A. All women are NOT equal and women of color are suffering the most and are most under represented. Actually white women with advanced degrees make almost as much as their white male counter parts with the same education and occupy many of the positions in the executive women workforce. Yet the biggest disparity and pain is felt by women of color who are losing ground and not getting hired or advancing in their professions. What is worse 96% of NCRW's money came from public support and much of that is from companies that give to the nonprofit and also have had lawsuits brought against them by women. NCRW says that they collaborate with corporations and they really do. Exactly how much corporations give to NCRW.ORG is not revealed in their 990's. But does that help women?

In 2012 NCRW spent $1,000,000 on their projects and programs which are just forums, meetings conferences and reports which essentially means that leaders "talk amongst themselves"and it provides an opportunity for mostly white women to get together and have a talkfest. Networking is the biggest plus in these gatherings. How they spend the 1 million on these initiatives is not clear from the 2012 990. NCRW does not place their 990's on NCRW.ORG. NO IMPACT except as resume building for volunteers and interns who think it will impact their chances of getting a job.

Corporations give to nonprofits who "advocate for women" so they look good, and get a tax break, hire a woman who is a minority as it's "Head of Diversity" HR department and use her as a figure puppet to deflect any questions regarding the corporation's dedication to hiring a diverse workforce. It is PR at it's worst and NCRW plays along. Does Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs improve their image by giving to NCRW? Do these corporations really hire Black and Hispanic women for executive positions and for equal advancement? Let's face it corporations are not in the business of "hiring women" but are in business to increase share prices, increase market share, make the quarter, and satisfy shareholders return.

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NCRW can stop their job program for women who don't need a job program and they should stop acting as fronts for corporations who harm women. NCRW should turn their organization into a mentoring program for disadvantaged minority women who really need help. There are plenty of women in NYC boroughs who need mentors in order to get out of poverty. Imagine if $1,500,000 was aimed at a mentoring program by NCRW which had a major impact on girls and women of NYC.

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