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Entries in women in business (9)

Tuesday
Feb112014

Sheryl Sandberg & Getty Reboot Stock Photos Portrayal Of Women

The Cut assembled this collection of stock photos as a typical portrayal of women in business.

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and her LeanIn.org and Getty Images, a large supplier of stock images for business and marketing and publicity materials announced on Monday a new collection of images that represents women and families in more empowering ways. Sandberg is a big advocate for women in leadership roles. The new collection — one that shows men being warm fathers — has 2502 images to date.

The initiative is relevant: The three most-searched terms in Getty’s image database are “women,” “business” and “family.”

“One of the quickest ways to make people think differently about something is to change the visuals around it,” said Cindy Gallop in The New York Times, who started the United States branch of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, the advertising agency. “The thing about these images is they work on an unconscious level to reinforce what people think people should be like.”

The issue of how media covers women in leadership roles has once again intensified with the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘LeanIn’ and her foundation, now set to receive 10 percent of revenues from the new project.

TIME magazine’s recent Hillary cover visualizes Clinton as a female giant squashing her male competition.

“At Facebook, I think about the role marketing plays in all this, because marketing is both reflective of our stereotypes and reinforces stereotypes,” Ms. Sandberg said. “Do we partner into sexism or do we partner against sexism?”

In their article Feminism, According to Stock Photography, The Cut scourced the composite above from the search term ‘empowered female’.

In addition to the new collection of stock photos, Getty is also offering two new photography grants. The first, worth $10,000, is for editorial work that “reflects positive images of women and girls in their communities,” and the second, worth $20,000, is for a commercial or creative campaign focused on issues related to Lean In’s mission, according to Mashable.

Hillary As Ruthless Predator

President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton at a 1999 appearance. Image Susan Walsh/Associated Press

Writing for the LA Times, Cathleen Decker takes up the topic of how Hillary Clinton is portrayed not only by the media, but by her opponents.

This subject is front and center again after publication of a piece on the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website citing papers archived at the University of Arkansas after the death of a close Clinton friend Diane Blair.

The papers expose Hillary Clinton’s frustration with the obsessive examination of her ‘ruthlessness’.  The Blair papers reflected one memo about the 1992 presidential contest and the effort campaign aides placed on humanizing Hillary.

“What voters find slick in Bill Clinton, they find ruthless in Hillary,” the memo said. From her perspective, Clinton said “I gave up my name, got contact lenses, but I’m not going to try to be somebody that I’m not,” according to a Blair memo.

Hillary’s comment that Monica Lewinsky was a “narcissistic loony toon” also came to light in the same week that Rand Paul called Bill Clinton a sexual predator, with an inference that his lack of discretion is relevant to any Hillary Clinton campaign.

Saturday
Feb012014

Dean of Harvard Business School Apologizes To Women | Davos Attendees 16% Women Is No Problem Says Klaus Schwab

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The dean of the Harvard Business School Nitin Nohria appeared before 600 alumni and guests in San Francisco on Monday, delivering a public apology for the school’s treatment of female students and professors. Dean Nohria vowed to make changes at the institution.

Many of the women present, including more than 100 Harvard alumnae, were being honored by HBS Association of Northern California for their impact on business and their communities. Nohria promised to more than double the percentage of women who are protagonists in Harvard case studies from about 9% to 20%.

Women make up a record 41% of this year’s MBA class.

Nohria’s comments come after an in-depth front-page article in The New York Times that described the school’s two-year experiment in dealing proactively with gender inequality. The story fueled dialogue and debate around gender inequality in male-dominated business schools. At Harvard, a third of the female junior faculty left from 2006 to 2007.

“The dean also told the group that last year’s class of female MBA graduates at Harvard received a higher percentage of academic honors than their actual representation in the class of 2013. A record 38% of last year’s Baker Scholars were women. Baker Scholars are graduates who make up the top 5% of Harvard’s graduating class.” via Fortune

Women 16% At Davos

As world leaders met at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this past week, few women were visible. Writing for Huffington Post, Christine Horansky reminds readers that the Davos forum doesn’t picks its own attendees. Rather, it was the decision of its membership organizations to send only 15-16 percent women to one of the world’s most important gatherings of the global, decision-making elite.

The Financial Post reports that the number of women at Davos declined from 2013.

In contrast, when the Forum selected 50 invitees to represent the millennial generation of leaders under 30 at Davos — a group called Global Shapers - half were women.

Analisa Balares, Founder and CEO of Womensphere, has created a global campaign to help close this gap in representation, by inviting women (and men) to raise their voices online in support of #DavosWomen. As is indicative of the times we live in, it is driven by social media, that great democratizer of public discourse. Balares is herself one of the Forum’s Young Global Leaders, a community of leaders under the age of 40.

Symbolically, a session titled “Gender-Driven Growth” with Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, happened at the end of the event, starting after many had departed the Swiss resort town.

WEF founder Klaus Schwab dismissed the topic of gender parity at Davos, calling it “ridiculous” to suggest women weren’t well represented in Davos. “If you look at participation here, you have the most famous women in the world,” he said in an interview with CNN.

GM CEO Barra An Engineer

GM’s new CEO Mary Barra joins about 20 women, with one third having science backgrounds, who now run US companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Other women scientists include Ursula Burns at Xerox Corp., Virginia Rometty at International Business Machines Corp. and Indra Nooyi at PepsiCo Inc.

“It’s not too late to buy your daughter a truck for the holidays,” said Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor who has studied CEOs. “It’s going to inspire and motivate women and girls. There are a lot of women who have been steered away from engineering and science.”

Financial Post writes that women made up 26 percent of of science, technology, engineering and math jobs in 2011. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, women represent 31 percent of graduate students and 45 percent of undergrads.

Previously: Women, Math & Science Do Get Along Well, Mr. (Larry) Summers Oct. 13, 2010

Another survey of 1,286,350 people young people and adults confirms identically of an earlier analysis of about 500,000 sets of test scores. Girls are as good in math as boys. Period.

More good news this week: the notoriously-gender biased Lawrence Summers has resigned as President Obama’s chief economic adviser.

Sunday
Jan122014

ForbesWoman Calls 2014 A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs | Maria Shriver Reports On Poor Women

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New Fed Chairman Janet Yellen followed Sheryl Sandberg’s advice long before she wrote it, says TIME, when she married Nobel prize winning economist George Akerlof. Yellen gives her husband tremendous credit for her success.

“Academia is very flexible, but I had a spouse who was very committed to being a completely full partner in our marriage,” Yellen tells Rana  Foroohar. This includes full-on fathering. “I think if you counted up how many hours each one of us logged in, he certainly gets more than 50%,” she says.

Even friends comment that they have a particularly equal relationship with Akerlof providing psychological support in the daily political storms of DC and taking over household duties when Yellen went at the Fed.

Read on Everything You Need to Know About Mr. Janet Yellen.

The Shriver Report:

A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink

American families have never been more fragile. With more than one in three Americans living in poverty or on the edge of it, The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink reveals this national crisis through its particular impact on women.

At a time when women now represent half of the U.S. workforce and “a whopping two-thirds of the primary or co-breadwinners in American families,” 42 million women, and the 28 million children who depend on them, are living “one single incidenta doctor’s bill, a late paycheck, or a broken-down caraway from economic ruin. “

Nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers are women and the vast majority work with no paid sick days. The fact that women earn more than half of the college and advanced degrees in America, make the majority of consumer spending decisions, and are about 54% of the nation’s voters hasn’t resulted in trickle down policies that benefit American women. Females are both increasingly powerful and powerless in the US.

The Shriver Report is an initiative of A Woman’s Nation™, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Maria Shriver to raise awareness, ignite conversations, and inspire impact around the defining issues and fundamental challenges facing modern women. The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink is the third report in the series of Shriver reports and was produced in partnership with the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. CAP is headed by Neera Tanden and based in Washington, D.C.  www.ShriverReport.org.

2014 Entrepreneurial Breakout

ForbesWoman delivers 11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs

There is always room for improvement, but America ranked #1 among 17 countries on having conditions that foster high-potential, female entrepreneurship, according to Gender-Global Entrepreneurship Development Index (GEDI).

Women continue to get the short end of angels funding, but 20% represents a 40% increase from the prior year, according to the Center of Venture Research, which studies early-stage equity financing for high-growth ventures.

Some of the 11 reasons cited by Forbes include:

Women make better leaders than men, according to research conducted by Zenger Folkman. “They build better teams; they’re more liked and respected as managers; they tend to be able to combine intuitive and logical thinking more seamlessly; they’re more aware of the implications of their own and others’ actions;  and they think more accurately about the resources needed to accomplish a given outcome,” said  Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman in Forbes.

Venture-backed companies that include females as senior executives are more likely to succeed than companies with only men in charge, according to Women at the Wheel: Do Female Executives Drive Start-Up Success? a report by  Dow Jones VentureSource.

Women-led private technology companies are more capital-efficient, achieving 35% higher return on investment, and, when venture-backed, bringing in 12% higher revenue than male-owned tech companies, according  to Women in Technology: Evolving, Ready to Save the World, research conducted by the Kauffman Foundation.

She’s the One — Narrated by Maria Shriver