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.
That was the parallax view presented last week at an annual summing up by the National Council for Research on Women, a New York-based network of 100 leading U.S. research policy and advocacy centers, which held a panel here at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Since 1980, women have lived longer than men in all parts of the world. In low-income countries, women now live 20 years longer, on average, than they did in 1980. In addition, over half a billion women have joined the world labor force.
At the same time, however, girls and women are often still treated as more expendable.
The Ernst & Young study, based on Babson College Center for Women’s Leadership research, revealed that four years into the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, it is a model that can spur dramatic growth. Program participants’ companies have grown almost 50 percent each year on average, with a corresponding average annual job growth rate of more than 25 percent.
GOP women are poised for gains in Congress in 2012, either by leaps or baby steps. ShePAC is optimistic, despite Jean Schmidt's March 6 upset in Ohio. Judy Biggert's race to keep her seat in Illinois is a lynchpin race.
The first primary of the season, on March 6 in Ohio, was a disappointment for GOP-women-spotting. Incumbent Rep. Jean Schmidt the lost.
Suzanne Terrell, co-chair of ShePAC, a new super PAC supporting Republican women, isn't fazed. "I think there is a good chance that we'll elect four new women [to the Senate]. I think that we will be electing new women to the House."
Those Senate hopefuls, Terrell says, are Linda Lingle of Hawaii, Heather Wilson from New Mexico, Sarah Steelman from Missouri and Deb Fischer from Nebraska.
If ShePAC meets its $25 million fundraising target, it could play a major role in influencing many of these elections.
Super PACs can raise unlimited sums to run political ads so long as they do not "coordinate" with candidates.
But ShePAC faces the formidable and unpredictable effects of other Super PACs.
The Campaign for Primary Accountability, for instance, which runs ads against incumbents, has been credited with knocking Schmidt out of her seat. [...]
In Asia, as in the rest of the world, board composition concerns have shifted from independence, to competencies, to commitment, and now to diversity. There is an increasing recognition that boards need to incorporate diversity considerations―particularly with regard to gender―when appointing directors.
Partner Lisa-Marie Monsanto is among the 30 women being celebrated by the National Council for Research on Women for their efforts to advance women’s issues, promote women's leadership and change the way the world views women and girls.
Partner Lisa-Marie Monsanto is among the 30 women being celebrated by the National Council for Research on Women for their efforts to advance women’s issues, promote women's leadership and change the way the world views women and girls. The honorees were recognized at the NCRW's annual Making a Difference for Women Awards Dinner held March 6 in New York. The NCRW is a network of leading research, policy and advocacy centers committed to improving the lives of women and girls. Ms. Monsanto was nominated by her peers for her outstanding work promoting women's leadership in the United States and abroad. In addition to serving on Katten's Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Ms. Monsanto is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., a LEADer with Women’s World Banking and a member of the Leadership Circle of Women’s Foreign Policy Group. As a board member of The White House Project, she helped create its Washington, D.C. Leadership Circle, bringing together female leaders from the public and private sectors. Ms. Monsanto also serves on The White House Project's Corporate Council. Click hereto read more about the 30 Leaders Changing the Way the World Looks at Women.
“Women in the U.S. became 50 percent of college graduates in 1981,” Sandberg, 42, said at the Women in the World conference in New York. “In every industry, women have steadily made progress in the past 30 years -- except at the top, where, essentially, over the last 10 years, there hasn’t been progress.”
Sandberg has called gender inequality “this generation’s central moral problem,” citing the disparate amount of women with power both globally and in the U.S. The number of Fortune 500companies run by women fell to a dozen last year from 15 in 2010, according to the magazine’s rankings. In the U.S Congress, women hold just 89, or 17 percent, of 535 voting seats, data from the Congressional Research Service show.
Sandberg led a panel yesterday at the conference hosted byNewsweek and the Daily Beast that included Jill Abramson, 57, who replaced Bill Keller as the New York Times’ executive editor in September, and Gloria Steinem, the 77-year-old activist who spurred the contemporary women’s rights movement when she started Ms. Magazine 40 years ago. Cheryl Mills, counselor and chief of staff for Secretary of StateHillary Clinton, was also on the panel.
Abramson, the first female editor of the Times in its 160- year history, said she has been “obsessing” over how to ensure that young female editors or copy editors at the newspaper “get known.” Almost 40 percent of senior editors and managers in the newsroom are women, she said.
The number of women awarded patents has soared over the last several decades far beyond previously reported figures, and the percentage of trademarks granted to women has more than doubled, a new study commissioned by the National Women’s Business Council found.
The study found that women had a higher representation among trademark holders than patent owners; in 2010, 18 percent of all patents granted went to women while 33 percent of all trademarks granted to individuals and sole proprietorships went to women.