Not Enough Female Leaders – Why

The fact remains that in the world and across our society we have far less women leaders than men. Sheryl Sandberg gives us the reasons why, as she sees them. Watch closely.

Women do not rise to the top of their professions as men do. Is that because there are valid reasons, systemic barriers or is it simply that women exercise their power of choice?

The Rise of Women – New Data

Watch this brilliant TED Talk by Hanna Rosin as she shares new data on the rise of women:

This presentation on the gender wars has provoked deeply divided opinions on the TED site. Controversy is good. Sometimes we need to rub salt in a wound to ensure people feel the pain and do something about it, or expose those who ignore the pain. Some of the views expressed demonstrate the point that we will never have equality until we consider all to be equal and think in terms of ‘we’.

What Happened to Feminism?

The scene in this cozy Atlanta living room would — at first glance — warm an early feminist’s heart. Gathered by the fireplace one recent evening, sipping wine and nibbling cheese, are the members of a book club, each of them a beneficiary of all that feminists of 30-odd years ago held dear.

The eight women in the room have each earned a degree from Princeton, which was a citadel of everything male until the first co-educated class entered in 1969. And after Princeton, the women of this book club went on to do other things that women once were not expected to do. They received law degrees from Harvard and Columbia. They chose husbands who could keep up with them, not simply support them. They waited to have children because work was too exciting. They put on power suits and marched off to take on the world.

Yes, if an early feminist could peer into this scene, she would feel triumphant about the future. Until, of course, any one of these polished and purposeful women opened her mouth. Continue reading “What Happened to Feminism?”

Why Aren’t More Women at the Top?

female leadershipWhy aren’t more women leading U.S. companies? That question has been asked ever since women began flooding the workforce in the 1970s. Unfortunately, it remains just as relevant today: Women make up 3% of the top corporate officers in the companies that comprise the Fortune 500. And only 6% of the CEO slots in Internet companies that are financed by major venture-capital firms are held by women.

Sometime during the 1980s, the book-publishing industry caught on to this trend, and a cottage industry of career books was born — each one cheerily promising women that they could beat those dismal statistics, if only they would follow 10 simple steps. Continue reading “Why Aren’t More Women at the Top?”