Business & Entrepreneurship

Women have made significant progress in the work force and private sector, but the glass ceiling is still firmly in place, particularly at senior levels of decision-making and management. Businesses are now recognizing the importance of diversity and including a wider range of talents and perspectives at all levels of management and they are offering networking, mentoring and other services to improve recruitment and retention of women and people of color. Although women represent a significant number of small business owners, women-run businesses capture only a small percentage of capital investments and government contracts. re:gender's network is working to close these gaps by focusing attention on equal opportunity, educational parity, career options, promotions, networking and work/life balance as well as other critical issues. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

Half the Talent: Unrealistic Expectations Prevent Women in the Netherlands from Reaching the Top

Top Managers in the Netherlands believe that the only way to reach the top for a woman is to act like a man without showing it. Senior managers currently are reluctant to recruit new women top managers.
 

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http://www.20-first.com/806-0-unrealistic-expectations-prevent-women-in-the-nertherlands-from-reaching-the-top.html

To Make Investors Happy, Hire a Woman as CFO?

New research suggests that certain actions by companies create more shareholder value when a woman, not a man is at the finance helm.
 

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http://www.cfo.com/article.cfm/13056001/c_13090433?f=home_todayinfinance

A Business Case for Women

Companies that hire and retain more women not only are doing the right thing but can also gain a competitive edge. They can take several basic steps to achieve even greater parity.  These companies will be able to draw from a broader pool of talent in an era of talent shortages. What’s more, research shows a correlation between high numbers of female senior executives and stronger financial performance.
 

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http://www.cwf.ch/uploads/press/ABusinessCaseForWomen.pdf

Profit, Thy Name Is…Woman?

Any action that shows a consistent correlation to high profits would probably be of interest to companies struggling to swim against the tide of these perilous economic times. But one corporate policy seems to address both diversity and profitability issues in a single blow: Over the past several years, my colleagues and I at Pepperdine University have tracked the performance of Fortune 500 companies with a strong record of promoting women to the executive suite and compared their performance to that of other firms in the same industries. The correlation between high-level female executives and business success has been consistent and revealing.

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http://www.miller-mccune.com/business-economics/profit-thy-name-is-woman-3920/

2008 Catalyst Census of Women Board Directors of the Fortune 500

Overall Representation of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners Continues to Stagnate

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http://www.catalyst.org/file/241/08_census_cote_jan.pdf

Route to the Top, 2009

What does it take for women to get on to FTSE100 boards?
 

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http://www.heidrick.com/NR/rdonlyres/3780C55E-91EF-4756-B877-8153F6D7A334/0/RouteToTheTop.pdf

Boards in Turbulent Times Corporate Governance Report, 2009

Although this report does not offer a particular focus on women, it does offer gender as one unit of analysis/methodology.
 

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http://www.heidrick.com/NR/rdonlyres/A03A8F3A-A676-43FC-BBBA-06105F43B034/0/CorporateGovernance2009Europe.pdf

The Calvert Women’s Principles: A Global Code of Conduct for Corporations

The Calvert Group, Ltd., one of the largest families of socially responsible funds in the United States and UNIFEM launched The Calvert Women’s Principles (CWP), the first global code of conduct focused exclusively on empowering, advancing, and investing in women worldwide. Since their launch, the CWP have been a major catalyst for dialogue and heightened awareness of workplace issues affecting women. They reflect Calvert’s view that there is a strong business case for gender equality.
 

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http://www.calvert.com/nrc/literature/documents/8753.pdf?litID=8753

Advancing Women to the Boardroom

The issue of women's leadership in corporations is of widespread concern. We believe America's leading companies must move faster to improve the representation of women in positions of leadership. At a time when public companies have drawn intense scrutiny for lapses in corporate governance and failures in leadership, they can ill afford to ignore the talent and perspective available in half the population and nearly half the work force.

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http://www.ionwomen.org/

NCRW Policy Brief: Violence

Ending violence against women needs to become a national priority. A safe society for women and girls is a prerequisite to enable them to lead productive and successful lives.

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