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The 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and DevelopmentBusiness Employment & Leadership

2012

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.

http://econ.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/EXTRESEARCH/EXTWDRS/EXTWDR2012/0,,menuPK:7778074~pagePK:7778278~piPK:7778320~theSitePK:7778063~contentMDK:22851055,00.html

Source: The World Bank
Type: Research Report - Non Profit Org
The 25 Most Powerful Women in BankingBusiness Employment & Leadership

2011

nfluence. The women on this list have a lot of it, at thier own companies and in the industry.

http://www.americanbanker.com/wib_gallery/the-25-most-powerful-women-in-banking-1042515-1.html

Source: American Banker
Type: Top Women Lists
The 25 Most Powerful Women in FinanceBusiness Employment & Leadership

2011

Whether they work in insurance, on Wall Street, or at credit card companies, these women are all making a mark on the industry.

http://www.americanbanker.com/wib_gallery/the-25-most-powerful-women-in-finance-1042517-1.html

Source: American Banker
Type: Top Women Lists
The 25 Women To WatchBusiness Employment & Leadership

2011

These women — some newcomers, and some familiar faces in new roles — are on the rise and well positioned to shape the industry for years to come.

http://www.americanbanker.com/wib_gallery/the-25-women-to-watch-1042516-1.html

Source: American Banker
Type: Top Women Lists
The Acceptable Face of FacebookBusiness Employment & Leadership

2011 July 21

Few corporate types can charm hardened hacks so effectively. Sheryl Sandberg, the number two at Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, has been glad-handing reporters with spectacular results. The New Yorker says she may “upend Silicon Valley’s male-dominated culture”. New York magazine puts her in line for Secretary of the Treasury. Bloomberg Businessweek speculates that she might one day be the president of the United States.

https://www.economist.com/node/18988706?story_id=18988706

Source: The Economist
Type: Article
The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering, and TechnologyAcademia & Education

2009 June

Forty-one percent of highly qualified scientists, engineers, and technologists on the lower rungs of corporate career ladders are female. But more than half (52%) drop out. Why? To better understand the scope and shape of female talent, the Athena Factor research project studied the career trajectories of women with SET credentials in the private sector. It found 5 powerful "antigens" in corporate cultures. Women in SET are marginalized by hostile macho cultures. Being the sole woman on a team or at a site can create isolation. Many women report mysterious career paths: fully 40% feel stalled. Systems of risk and reward in SET cultures can disadvantage women, who tend to be risk averse. Finally, SET jobs include extreme work pressures: they are unusually time intensive.

http://hbr.org/product/the-athena-factor-reversing-the-brain-drain-in-sci/an/10094-PDF-ENG

Source: Harvard Business Review
Type: Research Report - Non Profit Org
The Business of Empowering WomenBusiness Employment & Leadership

2010 January

This whitepaper from McKinsey focuses on the role that the private sector can play in women's economic empowerment by enabling women to develop marketable skills, helping women find and retain employment, and supporting women in obtaining equal social and economic rights and achieving leadership positions.

http://www.mckinsey.com/App_Media/Reports/SSO/EmpWomen_USA4_Letter.pdf

Source: McKinsey & Company
Type: Research Report - For Profit Org
The Count 2010Arts & Entertainment

2011 February

Blog article detailing the paltry number of female authors reviewed by the major literary magazines, featuring pie charts for each publication. Women do write, why aren't they being reviewed?

http://vidaweb.org/the-count-2010

Source: VIDA
Type: Blog Entry
The Daughter Also RisesCorporate Boards

2011 August 27

Women are storming emerging-world boardrooms

http://www.economist.com/node/21526872

Source: The Economist
Type: Article
The Eversheds Board Report: Smaller, more diverse and independent boardrooms – new Eversheds report identifies the criteria for company successCorporate Boards

2011 March 7

This major international study into boardroom culture investigates the relationship between board composition, share price performance and company success before, during and after the financial crisis. Smaller boards, more female directors and a higher proportion of independent directors are the key boardroom components for company success.

http://press.eversheds.com/content/Detail.aspx?ReleaseID=2243&NewsAreaID=2

Source: Eversheds LLP
Type: Research Report - For Profit Org
The Female EconomyWealth and Economic Clout

2009 September

As a market, women represent an opportunity bigger than China and India combined. They control $20 trillion in consumer spending, and that figure could reach $28 trillion in the next five years. BCG surveyed more than 12,000 women from a variety of geographies, income levels, and walks of life about their education, finances, homes, jobs, activities, interests, relationships, hopes, and fears, as well as their shopping behaviors and spending patterns. In this article, Silverstein and Sayre, two of the firm’s partners, review highlights of the findings and explain the biggest opportunities. While any business would be wise to target female consumers, they say, the greatest potential lies in six industries: food, fitness, beauty, apparel, health care, and financial services.

http://hbr.org/2009/09/the-female-economy/es

Source: Harvard Business Review
Type: Research Report - Non Profit Org
The Female Face of Poverty and Economic Insecurity: The Impact of the Recession on Women in Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh MSABusiness Employment & Leadership

2010 February

Since the beginning of the recession at the end of 2007, unemployment has increased rapidly, in Pennsylvania as it has elsewhere. While many families suffer as a result of reduced earnings and unemployment, women who head households face significantly higher risks of unemployment than male heads of households, and are much more likely than men to live in poverty. Single mothers nationally have higher rates of unemployment than other women and men; in December 2009 the unemployment rate for women who maintain families reached its highest point, 13 percent, in more than 25 years (IWPR 2010). Policy action is required to ensure that women and their families are receiving adequate help during the current crisis, and that measures are put in place to help them reach and maintain economic self-sufficiency in the longer run.

http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/the-female-face-of-poverty-and-economic-insecurity-the-impact-of-the-recession-on-women-in-pennsylvania-and-pittsburgh-msa

Source: The Institute for Women's Policy Research
Type: Research Report - Non Profit Org
The Female Factor Article SeriesBusiness Employment & Leadership


Articles in this series examine the most recent shifts in women's power, prominence and impact on societies around the world, and try to measure the influence of women on early 21st century development.

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/world/series/the_female_factor/index.html

Source: New York Times
Type: Article
The Gender Dividend: Making the Business Case for Investing in WomenWealth and Economic Clout

2011 January

Fully integrating women into both the workplace and the marketplace can yield a significant return—what can be called the Gender Dividend. Much like the dividends that public corporations pay to shareholders, the Gender Dividend is a steady benefit that is earned by making wise, balanced investments in developing women as workers and potential leaders as well as understanding women as consumers and their impact on the economy and the bottom line. Done right, the Gender Dividend should be reflected in increased sales, expanded markets, and improved recruitment and retention of a key talent segment.

http://www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-Global/Local Assets/Documents/Public Sector/dttl_ps_genderdividend_130111.pdf

Source: Deloitte
Type: Research Report - For Profit Org
The Gender Wage Gap By OccupationBusiness Employment & Leadership

2010 April

The gender wage gap and occupational segregation – men primarily working in occupations done by other men, and women primarily working with other women – are persistent features of the US labor market. During 2009, median weekly earnings for female full-time workers were $657, compared with $819 per week for men, a gender wage ratio of 80.2 percent (or a gender wage gap of 19.8 percent).Therefore, tackling occupational segregation is an important part of tackling the gender wage gap.

http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/the-gender-wage-gap-by-occupation

Source: The Institute for Women's Policy Research
Type: Research Report - Non Profit Org
The Gender Wage Gap: 2009Business Employment & Leadership

2010 September

The ratio of women’s and men’s median annual earnings, was 77.0 for full-time, year-round workers in 2009, essentially unchanged from 77.1 in 2008. (This means the gender wage gap for full-time year-round workers is now 22.9 percent.) This is below the peak of 77.8 percent in 2007.

http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/the-gender-wage-gap-2009

Source: The Institute for Women's Policy Research
Type: Research Report - Non Profit Org
The Generosity PlanPhilanthropy

2009
Kathy LeMay

LeMay’s new book, “The Generosity Plan,” argues that strategic beneficence is the key. Focus allows you to say no to solicitations more often than yes. Scattershot onetime gifts aren’t emotionally satisfying, and they confuse organizations, because they expect and solicit additional donations that don’t materialize.

http://raisingchange.com/generosity-plan

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Generosity-Plan-Sharing-Treasure-Talent/dp
Type: Book
The Global Gender Gap Report 2008Business Employment & Leadership

2008

Through the Global Gender Gap Reports for the past three years, the World Economic Forum has been providing a framework for quantifying the magnitude of gender-based disparities, tracking their progress over time and designing effective measures reducing them. In addition, in 2008, the Global Gender Parity Group and Regional Gender Parity Groups were launched in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

http://www.weforum.org/pdf/gendergap/report2008.pdf

Source: World Economic Forum
Type: Research Report - Non Profit Org
The Global Gender Gap Report 2009Business Employment & Leadership

2009

Over the last year, the world has seen the biggest recession in almost a century. It is clear that recovery will require, among other things, the best of talent, ideas and innovation. It is therefore more important now than ever before for countries and companies to pay heed to one of the fundamental cornerstones of economic growth available to them-the skills and talent of their female human resource pool.

http://www.weforum.org/pdf/gendergap/report2009.pdf

Source: World Economic Forum
Type: Research Report - Non Profit Org
The Global Gender Gap Report 2010Business Employment & Leadership

2010

Never before has there been such momentum around the issue of gender parity on the global stage. As women begin to make up more than half of all university graduates in much of the developed world, there is an increased consciousness that this talent must be given the opportunity to lead. Several countries have introduced legislation that mandates minimum requirements for women’s participation, in both business and politics.

http://www.weforum.org/issues/global-gender-gap

Source: World Economic Forum
Type: Research Report - Non Profit Org
The Global Gender Gap Report 2011Business Employment & Leadership

2011

Through the Global Gender Gap Report series, the World Economic Forum has been quantifying the magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress over time. By providing a comprehensive framework for benchmarking global gender gaps, the Report reveals those countries that are role models in dividing their resources equitably between women and men, regardless of the overall level of those resources.

http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GenderGap_Report_2011.pdf

Source: World Economic Forum
Type: Research Report- Non Profit Org
The Impact of Work Group Diversity on Performance: Large Sample Evidence from the Mutual Fund IndustryBusiness Employment & Leadership

2007 September
Michaela Bar, Alexandra Niessen, and Stefan Ruenzi

This paper investigates the impact of work group diversity on performance. Analyzing a uniquely large sample of management teams from the U.S. mutual fund industry, we found that the influence of diversity on performance depends on the dimension of diversity that is analyzed. Informational diversity has a positive impact on performance, which is driven by tenure diversity as well as educational diversity. Social category diversity has a negative impact on performance, which is mainly driven by gender diversity while age diversity has no strong impact. Our results have important implications for the optimal composition of work groups and for investment strategies of fund investors.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1017803

Source: University of Cologne
Type: Research Report - Non Profit Org
The Loudest DuckBusiness Employment & Leadership

2009
Laura Liswood

Moving beyond diversity while embracing differences to achieve success at work

http://www.lauraliswood.com/the-loudest-duck.html

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Loudest-Duck-Diversity-Embracing-Differenc
Type: Book
The Mismeasure of WomenPolitics & Political Representation

2009 October 23

For the first time, women make up half the work force. The Shriver Report, out just last week, found that mothers are the major breadwinners in 40 percent of families. We have a female speaker of the House and a female secretary of state. Thirty-two women have served as governors. Thirty-eight have served as senators. Four out of eight Ivy League presidents are women. Great news, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, it couldn’t be more spectacularly misleading.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/opinion/24lipman.html?scp=1&sq=The Mismeasure of Women&st=cse

Source: New York Times
Type: Article
The Most Powerful Women In The BRICsBusiness Employment & Leadership

2011 September 8

Although the gender gaps in education, employment, health and political representation in the BRICs are narrowing, they are still far away from the break-even point between men and women of the Big Four countries. This was signaled by FORBES’ recently published Power Women list, since the great majority of the women ranked are from the United States and Europe, the so-called developed world. As a result, out of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World there’s only two Brazilians, three Chinese and three Indians, with Russian women failing to make the list.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andersonantunes/2011/09/08/the-most-powerful-women-in-the-brics/

Source: Forbes
Type: Top Women Lists
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