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.

Women in the Boardroom 2008: Annual Study of Georgia Public Companies

For sixteen years, BDN has been gathering data for this annual study to measure the representation of women in the boardrooms of public companies with headquarters based in Georgia.
 

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http://boarddirectorsnetwork.org/docs/2008_study.pdf

Critical Mass: Does the Number of Women on a Corporate Board Make a Difference?

A study on women corporate board members that demonstrate the importance of numbers in how women leaders view themselves and how others view them.
 

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http://books.google.com/books?id=KlfsSp9XcFsC&pg=PA222&lpg=PA222&dq=%22Critical+Mass:+Does+the+Number+of+Women+on+a+Corporate+Board+Make+a+Difference%3F%22&source=bl&ots=wI30hErNVw&sig=c8RNwWQJtLkB75yAeWedopRxhak&hl=en&ei=KrlxSqDuNoOHtgeDt6SNBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=%22Critical%20Mass%3A%20Does%20the%20Number%20of%20Women%20on%20a%20Corporate%20Board%20Make%20a%20Difference%3F%22&f=false

Increasing Your Effectiveness

Non-profit offering services and information to help organizations and individuals increase their effectiveness.
Page has many links to articles and research on critical mass.
 

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http://vkramerassociates.com/writings.htm

Advancing Women Leaders: The Connection Between Women Board Directors and Women Corporate Officers

This research shows that the number of women on a company’s board of directors impacts the future of women in its senior leadership. This is significant because earlier Catalyst findings show that Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women board directors and women corporate officers, on average, achieve higher financial performance than those with the lowest. The numbers tell the story—a gender-diverse board promotes continued success for women and for business.

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http://www.catalyst.org/file/229/wco_wbd_web.pdf

2008 Eurofirms Women in PwC Annual Report: Diversity in Action

Launched in 2003, the Eurofirms Women in the PwC Network brings together women and men in leading positions from 20 European countries. It supports the strategic goal of creating a working environment to help them attract and retain the best talent-male and female. This Annual Report looks at the progress made by the network in the past five years. It tells the stories of European countries and provides a flavor of activities and achievements in the area of diversity.
 

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http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/women-at-pwc/2008-eurofirms-women-in-pwc-annual-report.jhtml

Top Women Tip the Scales

Evidence of a link between the bottom line and women at the top is growing, with McKinsey research showing better-than-average financial performance by European companies with the highest performance of women in influential leadership roles. The report, launched at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in Deauville, France, finds these companies do better than their sector in terms of return on equity, operating result, and shared price growth.
 

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http://www.mckinsey.com/locations/paris/home/womenmatter/pdfs/Press_Clipping_Women.pdf

Women Matter: Gender Diversity, a Corporate Performance Driver

A study that shows with a higher proportion of women in top management, a company may perform better.
 

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http://www.mckinsey.com/locations/swiss/news_publications/pdf/women_matter_english.pdf

Gender Equality as Smart Economics: A World Bank Group Gender Action Plan, Fiscal Years 2007-2010

This Action Plan seeks to advance women’s economic empowerment in the World Bank Group’s client countries in order to promote shared growth and accelerate the implementation of Millennium Development Goal 3 (MDG3- promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment). The Plan would commit the World Bank to intensify and scale up gender mainstreaming in the economic sectors over four years, in partnership with client countries, donors, and other development agencies. The Bank group and its partners would increase resources devoted to gender issues in operations and technical assistance, in Results-Based Initiatives (RBIs), and in policy-relevant research and statistics. An assessment at the end of the four-year period would determine whether to extend the Action Plan’s timeframe.
 

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http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTGENDER/Resources/GAPNov2.pdf

2007 Michigan Women’s Leadership Index

The Michigan Women’s Leadership Index (WLI) is a data-based instrument used to measure the presence of women executives in the highest leadership positions of the top 100 publicly-held companies headquartered in Michigan (Index 100). Research shows that women directors’ and women executives’ presence and advancement are independent of one another, and that there is more hope for increasing the number of women executives than increasing the number of women board members.
 

Hidden Brain Drain Task Force

Recent events capture not only the impact of prejudice, but also the need to look closely at what is going on in the labor force and talent pool, where lack of opportunity is felt by non-whites and women from the very bottom on up to the very top rungs of power: white men are 95 percent of the CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies, 92 percent of the top earners. In 2006, only one Fortune 500 CEO is a minority woman.
 

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http://worklifepolicy.org/pdfs/initiatives-taskforce.pdf
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