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What Europe Can Teach the US (and Beyond?) About Gender in the Boardroom

“Smart organizations understand that in these tough economic times, no one can afford to curtail or shut out top talent, no matter their gender or ethnicity.”    A Harvard Business Review look at women leaders in business.

What Europe Can Teach the US About Gender in the Boardroom

by Sylvia Ann Hewlett  |  10:03 AM September 12, 2012

As the U.S. presidential campaign moves into its final months, newspapers are full of promises from both candidates. But there’s promising news from Europe that’s also worth attention.

A proposal being drafted by the European Commission and expected to be formally introduced next month by Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship, would force euro-zone companies larger than 250 employees or with more than €50 million in annual revenues to reserve at least 40% of their nonexecutive director board seats for women by 2020 or face fines and other sanctions…

Smart organizations understand that in these tough economic times, no one can afford to curtail or shut out top talent, no matter their gender or ethnicity. A McKinsey study found that across all industry sectors, companies with the most women on their boards of directors significantly and consistently outperform those with no female representation: by 41% in terms of return on equity and by 56% in terms of operating results. In other words, diversity — especially gender diversity — unlocks growth.

Read the full article: http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hewlett/2012/09/what_europe_can_teach_the_us_about_gender_in_the_boardroom.html

September 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Study: “Overcoming the Gender Gap: Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers” @TheWomanEffect #hwhtw

In a study for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Lesa Mitchell “explores the intersection of two issues that often are thought of separately: the need for sustained economic recovery in the United States, and the status of  women’s entrepreneurship.”  She concludes that “Women capable of starting growth companies may well be our greatest under-utilized economic resource,” and goes on to add:

“It is essential to see women’s entrepreneurship as an economic issue, not a gender-equity issue. When new companies and industries flourish, everyone benefits. And the returns will increase when more women contribute to the process by bringing their ideas to market and building high-growth firms around them.”

Read the full study here: http://www.kauffman.org/uploadedFiles/Growing_the_Economy_Women_Entrepreneurs.pdf

Thanks to InPowerWomen for the tip!

August 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm 1 comment

News: “Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time” @DonnaAN1 #olympics #hwhtw

Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time

By Bob Bensch and Donna Abu-Nasr

Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the Olympic Games for the first time, the International Olympic Committee said, ending a ban by the kingdom where women aren’t allowed to drive.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani will compete in judo at the London Games and Sarah Attar will run the 800 meters. The athletes, who were invited by the IOC, were submitted by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee before the July 9 deadline, the IOC said. The Saudis had previously sent all-male teams.

“This is very positive news and we are delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks’ time,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said in a statement on the governing body’s website.

Read the full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-12/saudi-arabia-to-send-women-athletes-to-olympics-for-first-time.html

July 12, 2012 at 11:17 am 2 comments

Event: “Gender Dynamics of Development in Pakistan” @KashfFoundation @AtlanticCouncil #Pakistan #hwhtw

An event tomorrow morning on gender in Pakistan, one of the major battlegrounds of gender equality recently!

“Please join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center on June 26 for a public discussion on “Gender Dynamics of Development in Pakistan,” with Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, founder and managing director of Kashf Foundation, chair of Kashf Holding and chair and founder of Kashf Microfinance Bank Limited based in Pakistan. The event will be moderated by Shuja Nawaz, director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.”

Learn more and register: http://dc.linktank.com/event/gender_dynamics_of_development_in_pakistan?utm_source=DC+Linktank&utm_campaign=c8b6732d98-DC_Linktank_Weekly_Events-06_24_012&utm_medium=email#.T-iFMbVYsgg

June 25, 2012 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

“A world in balance requires gender equality, says @UN_Women” #genderequality #rioplus20 #hwhtw

A world in balance requires gender equality, says UN Women

Michelle Bachelet outlines policy actions needed at Rio+20 Conference to bring transformational change.

United Nations, New York, 14 June 2012 — Ahead of the UN Conference for Sustainable Development next week in Rio de Janeiro, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet has called upon world leaders for bold action and strong commitments to advance women’s equal rights, opportunity and participation. The Conference, also known as Rio+20, will bring together heads of state and government, and representatives of civil society and the private sector to build a road map for a sustainable future, aiming to reduce poverty and advance equality and environmental protection.

Read the full statement: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/06/a-world-in-balance-requires-gender-equality-says-un-women/

June 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

TODAY: “#AskUNWomen Twitter chat on gender equality and sustainable development” @UN_Women

In the lead-up to Rio, grab this chance to chat with  UN Women’s Director of Policy, Saraswathi Menon, on Twitter!  Starting at 10 AM Eastern (US) time, submit your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskUNWomen.

“How can women contribute to sustainable development? How can they benefit from it? Want to know more about UN Women’s work in this area? In the week leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, UN Women’s expert and Director of Policy Saraswathi Menon will answer your questions live during an interactive twitter chat on gender equality and sustainable development.”

Where: #AskUNWomen & @UN_Women on Twitter

Read more: http://www.unwomen.org/events/55/askunwomen-twitter-chat-on-gender-equality-and-sustainable-development/

June 13, 2012 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

“The United Arab Emirates – a Fertile Frontier for Financial Women” via @VitalVoices @HuffingtonPost #hwhtw

Anne Izzillo of the HuffPost reports that the UAE is the place to be for women entrepreneurs:

“This is what we found: If you are a woman looking to start a business in the UAE — this is your moment. Today, women are forming start-ups in the region that range from multi-million dollar private equity funds and tech start-ups to western-inspired fashion labels and successful yoga studio chains. The opportunities are ripe for local and foreign women alike, thanks to several key factors that are leading a female business boom in the region.

“It starts with the government’s commitment to providing a high standard of education for both men and women. Today, the literacy rate for UAE women is 90 percent. Also, it is encouraging that the UAE Constitution promotes gender equality, including equal pay for equal work under the Labor Law and the right for women to inherit property. All of these factors have created a fertile environment for the seeds of female entrepreneurship to grow.”

Read the full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-izzillo/united-arab-emirates_b_1522362.html

May 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Event: ICRW Champions for Change Gala with Ashley Judd and Cherie Blair @ICRW @AshleyJudd @CherieBlairFndn @Solar_Sister #hwhtw

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is celebrating its annual  Champions for Change Awards Gala on Wednesday, May 23rd!  ICRW’s signature event celebrates the possibilities of a gender equitable world and to honor the leaders and visionaries who help make it a reality.  Please join  ICRW and special guests – actor Ashley Judd and former British First lady Cherie Blair – to honor this year’s Champions for Change Awardees:

Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S Secretary of State (special video acceptance)

ExxonMobil Foundation

Thunderbird Emerging Markets Lab of the Thunderbird School of Global Management

Solar Sister

Learn more and buy tickets: http://champions4change.eventbrite.com

 

May 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Have you seen our new “Be the Change” page? #hwhtw

Ready to help women and help the world?  HWHTW’s new “Be the Change” page is your one-stop shop for ways you can take action – right now – to “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Have more ideas for empowering women worldwide?  Leave them in the comments!

Visit the “Be the Change” page: https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/be-the-change/

April 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment

Room to Read: “Promoting Literacy. Empowering Girls.” @RoomtoRead #hwhtw

Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.  Room to Read has distributed 10 million books and reached 6 million children so far.

If you’ll be in DC on May 3rd, you can support Room to Read in style at the DC Spring Gala and Dinner!  To learn more about the gala, register, or make a donation even if you can’t attend: http://www.roomtoread.org/document.doc?id=624

And to learn more about Room to Read: http://www.roomtoread.org

April 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: “Speak Up for Women Worldwide – Call Congress on March 20, 2012” @USNC_UNWomen @MaggieSchmitz #hwhtw #USNCCall

An urgent appeal from USNC-UN Women: call your representatives today to support U.S. funding for UN Women!

Speak Up for Women Worldwide – join USNC-UN Women on Tuesday, March 20th, in letting Congress know that more financial support is needed for UN Women!

Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, strengthens democracies, and increases the likelihood for sustainable peace.  As a symbol of the growing recognition of the role that women play in overall development, UN Women was created in 2010 to be the global champion for women and girls both. Its innovative and groundbreaking programs work from the bottom up and from the top down to ensure that not only do legal and constitutional frameworks spell out women’s rights but that these rights are realized and enforced.

UN Women is making an incredible difference with limited resources but the US can give more.  President Obama requested $7.5 million dollars for UN Women in the budget. While we all understand the tremendous requests for funding, UN Women is asking for a modest increase to $10 million dollars for FY 2013.  Every dollar given to UN Women is maximized locally in developing countries through education and violence prevention projects and economic empowerment programs.  Click here for instructions and a script for making a call to your elected representative.  In doing so, you will be joining the growing chorus of Americans who support women’s rights.

Investing in women is not only the smart thing to do but the right thing to do.  Thank you very much for your support.

Sincerely,

Maggie Forster Schmitz

President, U.S. National Committee for UN Women

March 20, 2012 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Reporting Live from “The Bottom Line: How Big Business is Empowering Women and Girls”

Tonight I’m attending a women’s economic empowerment panel discussion hosted by ICRW. The superstar panel has knocked our socks off with stats and case studies from their experience. Most excitingly, we learned that big announcements are forthcoming tomorrow from Calvert investments and Women’s World Banking! Stay tuned…

March 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: “12 Days of Giving to Support Women and Girls Globally” @StephenieFoster @CIPE @VitalVoices #hwhtw

Start 21012 off right: Stephenie Foster’s HuffPost article identifies 12 fabulous women-friendly charities worthy of support.  Some notable entries:

For the fourth day (“colly birds – or is it calling birds?’): The Women in Public Service Project was launched in early December at the U.S. Department of State by Sec. Clinton. Founded by a partnership between the Department of State and the Seven Sisters women’s colleges, it will create training, mentoring and networking opportunities for emerging women leaders from across the globe.

For the sixth day (“geese a laying’): the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) [hosts of this year’s Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference – see: https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/tag/democracy-that-delivers-for-women]

For the twelfth (“drummers drumming”): Vital Voices Global Partnership [an HWHTW favorite! – see: https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/tag/vital-voices/]

See the full list: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephenie-foster/12-days-of-giving-to-supp_b_1169488.html

January 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm 1 comment

“Wanted: Women” #hwhtw

According to the CFA Institute, “Major financial firms are trying to hire more women as financial advisers. Research by Wells Fargo Advisors found that after four years on the job, female trainee advisers often generate more revenue than men.”

Wanted: Women

By Kristen French

“It’s a man’s world, it is often said of Wall Street (ok, not just Wall Street). Giant brokerage firms like Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Wells Fargo sure began as old boys networks, built as they were upon a male-oriented sales culture dominated by chest-thumping eat-what-you-kill bravado. But the business has changed dramatically, particularly in the past decade, as has the face of wealth in the U.S. and around the globe.

“’When I started in the business in 1983, that’s when everyone wore the man-looking suits,’ says Lisa Cregan, managing director and complex manager of MSSB’s Post Oak complex in Houston, who founded the firm’s first Women’s Advisory Council this year. ‘We all tried to look as much like a man as we could so no one would notice we were women. Now there is a force where people appreciate us for the differences we bring to the table, and that’s actually a benefit.’

“Today, the big brokerage firms are all beating the drum to recruit more women they tell us, and building internal support systems to help them become successful financial advisors. It’s not just a matter of promoting diversity in the work force. Turns out it may also make good business sense. Women are controlling a rapidly growing share of global wealth, and data show that at least some of those women prefer female financial advisors. Women are also traditionally thought to excel at the kinds of relationship building skills required in the new wealth management order.”

Read the full article: http://registeredrep.com/news/wanted_women_1229/index.html?imw=Y

December 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Secretary Clinton: “The way we build peace isn’t getting the job done” #hwhtw

Yesterday, Secretary Clinton gave a speech at Georgetown University on “Women, Peace, and Security.”  A striking excerpt:

“Now I know some of you may be thinking to yourself, ‘Well, there she goes again.  Hillary Clinton always talks about women, and why should I or anyone else really care?’  Well, you should care because this is not just a woman’s issue.  It cannot be relegated to the margins of international affairs.  It truly does cut to the heart of our national security and the security of people everywhere, because the sad fact is that the way the international community tries to build peace and security today just isn’t getting the job done.  Dozens of active conflicts are raging around the world, undermining regional and global stability, and ravaging entire populations.  And more than half of all peace agreements fail within five years.”

Read and watch video of the speech: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/12/179173.htm

December 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm 1 comment

“How Come You Allow Little Girls to Get Married?”

An eye-opening report on child marriage in Yemen from Human Rights Watch:

Read the report: http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/yemen1211ForUpload_0.pdf

December 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

“The Third Billion” #hwhtw

The Third Billion

As growing numbers of women enter the economic mainstream, they will have a profound effect on global business.

by DeAnne Aguirre and Karim Sabbagh

A huge and fast-growing group of people are poised to take their place in the economic mainstream over the next decade, as producers, consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs. This group’s impact on the global economy will be at least as significant as that of China and India’s billion-plus populations. But its members have not yet attracted the level of attention they deserve.

If China and India each represent 1 billion emerging participants in the global marketplace, then this “third billion” is made up of women, in both developing and industrialized nations, whose economic lives have previously been stunted, underleveraged, or suppressed…

Read the full article: http://www.strategy-business.com/article/10211?gko=98895

December 5, 2011 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

“(Wo)manning the tills in Saudi Arabia: Women start work as shopkeepers” #hwhtw

Saudi Arabia’s new policy on women working in retail shops is great news – not only for women shoppers, but for women who need jobs.

“A decade of embarrassing discussions with salesmen about undergarment sizes and styles is coming to an end as Saudi Arabia implements the first phase of the Labor Ministry’s directives on hiring more women as shopkeepers. ”

http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/womanning-tills-saudi-arabia-women-start-work-shopkeepers-400168

November 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development @WorldBank #hwhtw

A great resource from the World Bank for information about gender and development progress all over the world, including maps, quotes, and stats.

“The 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development finds that women’s lives around the world have improved dramatically, but gaps remain in many areas. The authors use a conceptual framework to examine progress to date, and then recommend policy actions.”

Read more: http://econ.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/EXTRESEARCH/EXTWDRS/EXTWDR2012/0,,menuPK:7778074~pagePK:7778278~piPK:7778320~theSitePK:7778063~contentMDK:22851055,00.html?cid=EXT_TwitterWBPubs_P_EXT

November 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm 1 comment

Japan: “Land of the wasted talent” @TheEconomist #hwhtw

This article from the Economist shows that the developing world isn’t the only place where women’s talents are underutilized…

“Nearly half of Japanese university graduates are female but only 67% of these women have jobs, many of which are part-time or involve serving tea. Japanese women with degrees are much more likely than Americans (74% to 31%) to quit their jobs voluntarily. Whereas most Western women who take time off do so to look after children, Japanese women are more likely to say that the strongest push came from employers who do not value them. A startling 49% of highly educated Japanese women who quit do so because they feel their careers have stalled.”

Read the full article: http://www.economist.com/node/21536543

November 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

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