The Evidence is In: 400 Reports to Support Gender Lens Giving and Investing

As published on LinkedIn Influencers on March 8th, 2017.

Today is International Women’s Day, which is observed every year on March 8th. The first known observance of International Women’s Day was in 1909 in New York, and although it may have humble origins, this day has since grown into a worldwide movement, a day of activism, and in some countries, a public holiday. Since 1996, an official theme for International Women’s Day has been chosen by the United Nations, and this year, the theme is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. Not coincidentally, this year’s celebrations will be marked by worldwide women’s strikes, dubbed A Day Without Women, as well as protests for equal pay and gender equality. Every year brilliant people write impassioned pieces about women’s rights, why it matters, and what needs to change going forward, so be sure to follow the conversation online at #IWD2017 and #beboldforchange.

So what can I add to this conversation? Research. Before I became a full-time philanthropist and investor, I worked on Wall Street. I was a trader at Goldman Sachs, and I relied heavily on research to inform my investment decisions. Which securities and sectors had value and which did not? The answers to these questions were to be found in the research. After leaving Wall Street and turning my attention more fully to the issue of gender equality, and more specifically women’s inclusion, empowerment, and leadership, I found myself once more looking to the research to inform my decisions and my path. I not only wanted to know the facts in order to be able to “make the case” for investing in gender based issues, but I wanted to find out which strategies for social change had the most impact. So I began collecting and reading research, and quickly discovered that there was a lot of it out there. There were times when it felt like a new study was coming out every day, and I grew increasingly frustrated with the fact that there was no centralized location, a hub of sorts, that aggregated all of these reports on women and girls. I spent so much time forwarding on links that I knew others would want access to that I finally began collecting these links all together in one location.

Today, in honor of International Women’s Day 2017, I am releasing the current version of this document, which features 400 of the best reports I have been able to find across 18 different categories, including arts and entertainment, economic empowerment, health and reproductive rights, science and technology, and political representation. For years I have simply called this document the best reports on women and girls, but today I have a new name: Top Reports on Women and Girls: Supporting Gender Lens Giving and Investing. I hope that this aggregated work will serve as a great resource for those currently working on research on women and girls, both to see what is already out there so as to not needlessly repeat research, as well as to get a better picture of what questions still need to be answered.

I am quite sure that I have not captured every possible study that is available, so please feel free to message me with your favorites that I have missed or post them in the comments section. I also created a Twitter handle specifically to spread the word about the research I find, so please tweet any additional studies to @researchonwomen using #researchonWandG. I hope you find this list as inspiring as I do, and I wish everyone, man or woman, a wonderful International Women’s Day.

Women, Work and Worth

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When more women take the lead in business, the financial picture gets brighter. Not just for the ladies at the top, but for the companies that they direct.

The research proves it: Corporations with a consistent female presence on their boards report better returns on sales, invested capital and equity than those whose board rooms lack gender diversity. Still, in the U.S. today, women hold fewer than 17 percent of the seats on corporate boards.

Women are clearly good for business. But is business good to women?

Check out this cool infographic about women and work, and see for yourself.

For instance: When it comes to gender equity, we’ve made huge strides in everything from education (women earn 60 percent of college degrees) to C-suite stature (check out Marissa Mayer’s annual compensation). But, Ms. Mayer and her cohorts aside, women are paid just 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.

Clearly, it’s not enough to quote statistics. How do women build momentum to move toward full equity? The infographic also captures upbeat advice from female CEOs and offers 10 tips to inspire women to go for the brass ring.

Take the long view with a clear snapshot of the progress, the obstacles and the path to women’s leadership.

(This was the guest post by Jason Gilbert – thank you!)

Women Give 2013 – Charitable Giving by Girls & Boys

Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 3.06.14 PMThe Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is one of the leaders in their field of research on women’s philanthropy which examines gender differences in philanthropic giving. WPI is not only committed to being at the forefront of gender based research but also to educate donors, fundraisers, institutions, advisors, and other constituencies about the powerful and transformative role women play in philanthropic giving. I am indeed honored to serve on their advisory council with many other incredible women!

Their newest report released just yesterday, “Women Give 2013” , looks at the charitable giving of girls and boys. This empirically based research study is aimed to serve as a guide to parents looking to raise more charitable and philanthropically aware children. The 2013 report is the 4th in a series of research reports conducted at the Institute that focus on gender differences in giving to charity. Previous reports have examined gender differences in charitable giving across income levels, marital status, age/generation, and types of charitable organizations receiving the giving.

The study concluded, ‘This study demonstrates that parents who talk to their children about charitable giving can positively impact their children’s philanthropic behavior. Parents’ giving to charity is not enough to teach children to be charitable. Focused, intentional teaching by talking to children about charity is what works. This is true for children in families at all income levels and across gender, race, and age groups.” Please see below for more key takeaways from the report and links to download the full report and infographic.

Key Findings: Women Give 2013

  • Girls and boys are equally likely to give to charity.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 children, ages 8 to 19, give to charity.
  • Girls are more likely than boys to volunteer.
  • Talking to children about charity has a greater impact on children’s giving than role modeling alone.
  • Talking to children about giving to charity is equally effective regardless of the child’s gender, race and age.
  • For both girls and boys, parents who talk to their children about giving significantly increase the likelihood that the child will give to charity.

Download the full REPORT here.

Download the INFOGRAPHIC here.

Also join the conversion and share with your social media networks using #kidsgive @emgoreun @indianawpi @unfoundation

With editorial support from Perry Kleeman.