The Global Glass Ceiling

May 5, 2010 at 12:55 am Leave a comment

A new article from international women’s rights expert Isobel Coleman identifies several major companies – including GE, Nike, and Wal-Mart – that embraced female empowerment in the developing world, and, as a result, saw “their labor forces become more productive, the quality of their global supply chains improve, and their customer bases expand.” 

Her closing thought: “Closing the gender gap and improving women’s rights in the Middle East, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa may take many generations, but the benefits will be huge — not only for the individual women and their families but also for global markets. As companies seek new sources of revenue in emerging economies, they will find that gender disparities pose an obstacle to doing business. The sooner the private sector works to overcome gender inequality, the better off the world — and companies’ own bottom lines — will be.”

The Global Glass Ceiling: Why Empowering Women Is Good for Business


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