Evergreen Issues: Appeals Court Sides with Feds in Coal Mining Case, Ladies Not Leading in Medicine and Saudi Women Get Behind the Wheel

EVERY TUESDAY WE BRING YOU ISSUES THAT IMPACT YOU AS AN OUTDOOR LOVING WOMAN. WHETHER IT HAS TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE OR FEMALE EMPOWERMENT, WE SCOUR THE INTERNET, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT BILLS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS, AND DELIVER IT TO YOU – SO YOU KNOW.

1. court sides with Trump Administration in federal coal mining case

A federal appeals court has sided with the Trump administration in the battle over leasing government land for coal mining.

The panel ruled that the Interior Department is “not obligated to update its 1979 review of the environmental impact of the federal coal program, despite substantial new scientific findings about climate change and the significant role that coal plays in warming the atmosphere,” according to The Hill.

The ruling is bad news for environmentalists, who say Washington is significantly adding to climate change by its allowance of so much coal mining on government land.

Did you know? Some 40 percent of America’s coal is made on federal land, mostly in the West.

2. Women under represented in medicine leadership

This past year, more women than men were enrolled in U.S. medical schools. This is after more than 25 years of women representing about 40 percent of med school enrollment.

However, a new report from the Harvard Business Review finds a  disparity when it comes to women in medicine-related leadership roles.

From HBR:

“Women account for only 18% of hospital CEOs and 16% of all deans and department chairs in the U.S.—positions that typically direct the mission and control the resources at medical centers.  Women are also in the minority when it comes to senior authorship (10%) and Editors-In-Chief (7%) at prestigious medical journals.”

So why the discrepancy? HBR lists these are the primary reasons:

  • Implicit gender and maternal bias. 
  • System-wide policies that disadvantage women. 
  • Sexual harassment. 

Read the article for the data backing these reasons up, and ways to solve the issue of under representation.

3. Saudi Arabian Women Prepare to Drive

On June 24, Saudi Arabia will no longer be the only country in the world prohibiting women from driving. The lift of the ban comes 28 years after women first started protesting for the right. The change is part of the Crown Prince’s effort to modernize the kingdom.

CNN talked to the brave women who led the charge. One of them, Manal al-

Manal al-Shraif

Sharif, was jailed for nine days in 2011 when she recorded a video of herself driving.

from cnn:
“‘The previous generation couldn’t change our present, so we decided to change the next generation’s future and that happens now. If that doesn’t happen in our age, at least this movement will cast the foundation for those generations to come,’ Manal said in a 2012 interview with christiane amanpour.”