Definition: Killing conducted in the name of “honor,” which is defined as fairness, integrity in one’s beliefs and actions, high respect or distinction. The so-called “honor killings” are the murders by families, mostly male members, of female family members who are believed to have brought “shame” on the family name. Women and girls can [...]
Definition: For an individual, a measure of the economic value of an employee’s skill set. Collectively, the health, strength, education, training, and skills that people bring to their jobs.
What it says: Economist Theodore Schultz invented the term in the 1960s to reflect the value of our human capacities, which he believed could be [...]
Definition: Merit Pay is increasing teacher’s salaries and/or providing bonuses to teachers whose students’ achieve high test scores on standardized assessments.
What it says: Ideally, “merit pay” would judiciously attract, reward and retain top talent in our nation’s classrooms. This is critically important. But, what currently stands in for merit pay is highly controversial [...]
Definition: Corporate underwriting (of public media) is paid promotion on non-commercial media designed to promote overall awareness of a company, enhance its image or showcase its products to a target audience.
What it says: While FCC guidelines restrict ads that are “gratuitously or blatantly promotional,” corporations pay for visibility and/or airtime to promote their [...]
Definition: The term female genital cutting (FGC) comprises all surgical procedures involving partial or total removal of the external genitalia or other injuries to the female genital organs for cultural or non-therapeutic reasons. It is frequently grouped with the terms female genital mutilation (FGM) or circumcision and the three terms are often used interchangeably.
Definition: Empowerment refers to increasing political, social or economic strength. Used commonly in the mental health field, it also has an emotional component that involves the empowered developing confidence in one’s own capacities.
My beef? I am more concerned with the acquisition of women’s power than the effort to make women feel powerful. I [...]
Definition: A person with a criminal record or history.
My Beef? The term flies in the face of best messaging practice: never repeat a negative frame. While this may be a legal definition and used widely even among advocacy groups, semantically this term is counter productive. Any word that begins with “ex” already suggests [...]
Definition: The “violence” is spot on but “domestic” means pertaining to the home, the household, household affairs, or the family. When used as a verb to domesticate means to tame, as in animals, or to make acceptable and ordinary.
What it says: That violence between intimate partners, most often men abusing women, is somehow [...]
Definition: Achievement gap is used by education advocates and policy makers to refer to the lower scores that minority students get on standardized tests. Focusing advocacy on closing the achievement gap has sparked extensive public attention to the problem without much progress.
What it really says: Minority students aren’t achieving academically like their white [...]