Posts tagged ‘Gender Equality’

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:


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:

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:

And to learn more about Room to Read:

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.


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:]

For the twelfth (“drummers drumming”): Vital Voices Global Partnership [an HWHTW favorite! – see:]

See the full list:

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:

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

Older Posts Newer Posts

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 326 other followers

Top Clicks

  • None

%d bloggers like this: