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Women at Work and Home in Houston and Severe Weather Awareness: Houston Matters for Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Earlier this year, we examined an under-representation of women in Houston’s political landscape. (Yes, we have a woman in her third term as Mayor, but we also have just two women on Houston’s City Council right now. That’s the fewest in several years). What about other walks of life? Here in Houston, do we have […]

Earlier this year, we examined an under-representation of women in Houston’s political landscape. (Yes, we have a woman in her third term as Mayor, but we also have just two women on Houston’s City Council right now. That’s the fewest in several years). What about other walks of life? Here in Houston, do we have our fair share of women CEOs and managers? Are Houston women successfully pursuing and achieving the goals that matter to them, whether in work, or at home – or, for that matter, even in sports?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss the challenges Houston women face in making hard decisions about managing their work and home lives. We’ll consider whether the long-standing concept of women trying to “have it all” still makes sense in 2014 Houston, where women and men share the load at work and at home. And if women are not achieving success in line with their male counterparts here, why? Are there still glass ceilings and male dominated worlds in some circles in Greater Houston? We’ll ask Jamie Belinne. She’s Assistant Dean for Career Services in the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. We’ll also talk with Shirley Brooks, Director of the Houston/Galveston Women’s Business Center, part of the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance.

Then, we’ll discuss women in sports in Texas with Demetrius Pearson, Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at UH. It’s his belief that women have not had significant breakthroughs in sports in the Lone Star state, even as internationally, women are getting ever more opportunities in athletics.

Also this hour: as today’s cold weather and pockets of freezing rain and sleet remind us, we don’t just have to think about heat, humidity and hurricanes in southeast Texas. It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, an opportunity to remind us all that – while we’re far from Tornado Alley, twisters can and do touch down here on occasion, and we should be as prepared for them and for severe thunderstorms as we are hurricanes and floods. We’ll talk with Dan Reilly, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Houston/Galveston Weather Forecast Office.

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