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Posted at 2:00 AM ET, 03/ 8/2011

WOMEN'S DAY GOOGLE 'DOODLE': Today's logo invites you to world's bridges to mark 100th year

By Michael Cavna


Today, Google does more than spotlight the 100th year of International Women's Day with its home-page "doodle," in which brightly hued profiles mark the social, political and economic advances of women the world over. By clicking on the company's logo, you are also guided to today's global Join Women on the Bridge events.

Google invites viewers to "join tens of thousands of people coming together on bridges all over the world -- from the Millennium Bridge in London, the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, to the Grand Barriere Bridge joining Rwanda and Congo -- to show your support" for women's causes and achievements.

According to the Northern California-based company, you can show up in person to one of more than 300 local bridge event in 50 countries -- or you can show support virtually using Street View. (And for today only, apparently, the Street View icon Pegman becomes Pegwoman, -- no word on whether it's for less pay.)

Google and Women for Women International also invite online viewers to donate to any of dozens of causes, under such headings as "empowerment," "education," "health" and "education."

(For the District specifically, The Post highlights Women's Day events going on around Washington.)

Among the celebrities who say they will be attending bridge events are Geena Davis (whose self-named gender-and-media institute is one of the affiliated causes) and Annie Lennox, who is scheduled to help lead the London event.


By Michael Cavna  | March 8, 2011; 2:00 AM ET
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I am a white male who applied to be on the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (the test-writing national committee of the group). For years I had taught financial planning and securities at NYU and had received two awards for teaching. My financial planning students at NYU got the highest test scores of any of the NYU sections, on the national CFP tests. I had written test questions for the national CFP exam and also for the global FRM exam. The CFP Board told me "Your resume is great, but we have an affirmative action program and the board wants to appoint a woman." That made a lot of sense. No matter what my qualifications were, I could not get appointed because of the fact I am a white male. Never in my career have I discriminated against a woman or black or anyone else. But, the CFP Board's affirmative action program got to discriminate against me. One great thing about the Republican party is that it opposes affirmative action. Would that academic appointment have changed my life ? It might have. At this point, who knows. Professors toil for years and those appointments are critical to career advancement. But it was denied to me because of my genetics, in the name of equality. Pretty sick, if you ask me. I guess you're "getting even" for when women couldn't vote. That makes sense. Or does it ? And, when I complained about the discrimination - they did not like that at all.
Tried to report it to the authorities in Colorado - Ken Salazar was the Attorney General and I reported it to him (Mr. Big Liberal himself). He couldn't care less about it. Oh well, who cares, right. You're getting even.

Posted by: snorfy | March 8, 2011 3:52 AM | Report abuse

not to ask a dumb question - but were you opposed to it, when some people were not allowed to vote because of their gender ?

but not opposed to it when professors today are denied academic appointments because of their gender ....

that's interesting

Posted by: snorfy | March 8, 2011 4:07 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear about you being a victim of affirmative action. I am planning to begin my CFP classes at NYU this fall. For whatever its worth maybe God wanted you in the classroom to continue to help students like me. : )

Posted by: ManyellAkinfe | March 8, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

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