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The Daily Rundown — The Latest News Affecting Women & Girls in Our Region

By Mariah Craven on August 31st, 2011

In today’s rundown: The changing demographics of our region and the impact on future employment.  Philanthropy isn’t just the wealthy giving to the poor.  And pretty, dumb: why JC Penney is no longer selling a controversial shirt for girls.

— The D.C. area is one of eight metro regions where minorities have become a majority in the past decade, according to The Washington Post. Recent Census figures show that racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the residents in our region.  The numbers have implications on future employment.  One expert predicts that in 10 years, half of the jobs openings in the region will need to be filled by people with college educations.

— George McCully, president of the Catalogue for Philanthropy, explores the modern idea of philanthropy and also takes a look at its history on TacticalPhilanthropy.com. When Alexander Hamilton mentioned philanthropy in the first Federalist Paper, McCully writes, “he was saying that the United States of America was intended to be a philanthropic nation, a gift to mankind, to improve the human condition.”

Too Pretty shirt– JC Penney has pulled a controversial girls’ shirt off of their website, reports The Hairpin. The text on the shirt read “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me.”  After hearing outrage from various corners of the internet, JC Penney pulled the item, saying “We agree that the ‘Too pretty’ t-shirt does not deliver an appropriate message, and we have immediately discontinued its sale.”  Who designs these things?  And then approves them? And then makes them? And markets them….

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