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News from the Network - April 29, 2013

Week of April 22, 2013
NCRW is pleased to announce two new additions to our team: Erica Acosta, Associate Director of Communications, and Gail Cooper, Vice President for Programs.

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Listening Tour: Center for Research on Women (CROW) at The University of Memphis

Our Listening Tour continued this week with a visit to the Center for Research on Women (CROW) at The University of Memphis and some quality time with NCRW Board Member Lynda Sagrestano, Director of the Center, on Tuesday.

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NYSE Event--Financial Capability: Empowering Girls and Women

Financial literacy is a serious issue facing women and girls as they work to build their financial capability. This week, Mohammed Yunus joined several prominent figures in the world of financial literacy and capability for the New York Stock Exchange event, “Financial Capability: Empowering Girls and Women,” part of the NYSE’s Financial Capability Week.

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Listening Tour: Washington State University Women's Resource Center

Yesterday, NCRW President Áine Duggan had the opportunity to visit the Washington State University Women’s Resource Center as part of NCRW’s “Listening Tour,” which began in November 2012 to deepen the organization’s understanding of the experiences and needs of its members and partners, as well as the multi-faceted issues facing organizations and individuals focused on advancing gender rights and equity.  The University of Idaho also attended the meeting and is currently collaborating with the Center. 

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NCRW Blog - April 12, 2013

In the last month, women in the running for political offices across the country have taken a twirl, willingly or not, with the legacy of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision

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Retaining and Engaging Nonprofit Employees

A study in January 2012 Chronicle of Philanthropy found 82% of nonprofit employees would seek new employment if the economy were better.  Where does dissatisfaction come from, and how can nonprofit leaders and employees improve engagement and retention? 

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Why Negotiation is Only Part of the Solution

Did you know that women are more likely to face negative social consequences for negotiating?  This seems to go against the pervasive notion that women effectively negotiating for high salaries will be a magic bullet for closing the wage gap.  According to Hannah Riley Bowles, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Linda Babcock, Carnegie Mellon University, in their article How Can Women Escape the Compensation Negotiation Dilemma? Relational Accounts Are One Answer, “…women entering compensation negotiations face a dilemma: They have to weigh the benefits of negotiating against the social consequences of having negotiated.”

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I Say Gun Violence, You Think…

Let’s try something. What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear “gun violence”? OK, what’s the second? Were either of those words “women”?  In light of the recent national attention on gun violence, the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) would like to draw attention to the gender specific angles of gun violence. The lens with which we view an issue helps us see, or not see, problems and solutions that impact a particular group, in our case focusing on women.

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Going beyond Women’s Ambition: Diversifying Corporate Leadership from All Angles

*By Áine Duggan*

In his recent  LinkedIn post, PricewaterhouseCooper’s (PwC) Bob Moritz, Chairman and Senior Partner, shares steps CEOs can take to tackle the challenge of diversifying corporate leadership and closing the gap.  Bob, one of our 2013 “Making a Difference for Women” Award recipients, highlights accountability, inclusivity, and awareness, all of which seem to be common sense. However, it is in implementation of these principles, or lack thereof, where some companies miss the mark and PwC leads.  Bob acknowledges that the solution goes beyond women’s ambition, requiring work by institutions and individuals, BOTH men and women.  We all need to work together, not just to discuss what needs to be done, but to take action.

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