#women in #business #leadership: Up #against a #second #glass #ceiling
Women in Business Leadership: Up Against a Second Glass Ceiling. By Martha C. White. More women are shattering the glass ceiling, only to find another one preventing them from reaching the pinnacles of America's business world. Although more than 80 …
“Maria Teresa Cabrera, the first female president of the Dominican Teacher’s Union is an example of how the Latin America Project on Equality with a Gender Perspective strengthens unions and builds capacity in achieving quality education for all.”This is a powerful video worth watching. To take on an authority role and then fight for rights is exemplary, especially in a country like The Dominican Republic. Kudos to Maria!
I love Sheryl Sandberg. I love that someone like her is out there inspiring young women to believe that the world is at their feet. That there is nothing standing in their way except fear. Challenging them to seek out opportunities for themselves. Teaching them that there is no #glass ceiling and that if they are ballsy, confident and competent they will achieve great things.
While acceding that Sheryl Sandberg had done great things in raising awareness, continuing the cause and encouraging women to self-reflect, the author of this article raises the challenge of the enforced career break as being a major obstacle to career progression from which women may never fully recover.
In fact, she goes further and argues that paid parental leave is a disservice to women. Many might say that is heresy and women have fought long and hard to have time out from their career to birth and raise children without losing their jobs as a result of such a decision. By teh same toke, she has some compelling figures to back her claim.
I don’t for a minute think anyone would argue that a woman should lose her job due to maternoty yet how uch of a negative impact does a career break have? Do those who take a career break (eg long service leave) to study for a higher qualification suffer similarly?
This article raises an interesting topic that deserves more focus.Read more: http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/the-glass-ceiling-may-be-cracking-but-the-glass-womb-is-far-stronger-30193786.html
In 2013, a mere 16.9 percent of Fortune 500 board seats were filled by #women. And we’re not doing much better in Silicon Valley: Among 128 companies representing $1.2 trillion in shareholder value, only 8.4 percent of board members are women. It’s a shame when you consider that companies with “sustained high representation” of women on their #boards significantly outperformed those with “sustained low representation” by 84 percent in return on sales, 60 percent on return on invested capital, and 46 percent on return on equity.
Research supports the value of gender #diversity at Board level in terms of higher shareholder returns and better decision making.
Women have what it takes to lead corporations and public organisations. There are a myriad of ideas on how to make that happen. Enlightened companies with an eye on performance are taking note of the balanced benefit that comes from having women participating equally in decision-making and strategising in the Boardroom. Some strategies are founded in changing systemic biases and practices: some are targetted at providing more training and opportunities for women at Board-level; and other still focus on empowering women to accept their innate strengths and not emulate male constructs.
In this article, there are some good ideas that are worthy of attention. >/p>Full Article: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_25384583/women-board-room-how-increase-gender-diversity-corporate