Business & Entrepreneurship

Women have made significant progress in the work force and private sector, but the glass ceiling is still firmly in place, particularly at senior levels of decision-making and management. Businesses are now recognizing the importance of diversity and including a wider range of talents and perspectives at all levels of management and they are offering networking, mentoring and other services to improve recruitment and retention of women and people of color. Although women represent a significant number of small business owners, women-run businesses capture only a small percentage of capital investments and government contracts. re:gender's network is working to close these gaps by focusing attention on equal opportunity, educational parity, career options, promotions, networking and work/life balance as well as other critical issues. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

Examining the Cracks in the Ceiling: A Survey of Corporate Diversity Practices in the Calvert Social Index

Calvert’s recent Diversity Survey, Examining Cracks in the Ceiling, demonstrates that even the best companies have much to accomplish in developing a comprehensive diversity strategy.
 

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http://www.calvert.com/nrc/literature/documents/CorporateDiversity2008.pdf

A study finds more MBAS take the “Mommy Track”

A surprising number of highly-educated MBAs are dropping out of the labor force. Associate Professor Catherine Wolfram, a member of the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group found MBAs are more likely than MDs and JDs to be stay-at-home mothers.

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http://www.85broads.com/public/blogs/the-latest-news-from-janet-hanson/articles/an-interesting-article-from-haas-on-women-mbas

‘Girl Power’: Female Participation in Top Management and Firm Performance

Scholars and practitioners have long argued that females exhibit a distinctive and particularly effective managerial style. Yet, less than a third of the largest U.S. corporations have a single female senior executive, raising the question of whether women are in fact effective as senior managers, and, if so, under what circumstances.

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http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1088182

The Power of Women: Women's Impact on Corporate Performance

In the past few decades, women have made great strides in their involvement in economic activity, moving ever closer to what one might call “gender equality.” Women’s college participation and graduation rates exceed those of men, and more and more women are pursuing “traditionally male” college majors, particularly in professional fields such as law and medicine. However, discrepancies persist in the field of business administration, and this state of affairs is mirrored in the workforce: the proportion of women in managerial occupations is only about 35%.
 

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http://www.20-first.com/683-0-womens-impact-on-corporate-performance.html

When Women Rank High, Firms Profit

Data suggesting that firms that promote women to senior management positions have superior economic performance because of the different skills women bring to the table.
 

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http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/ideasatwork/feature/137194/When+women+rank+high,+firms+profit?&layout=cbs_print&top.region=main

Doing Business: Women in Africa

Report Promotes Reforms for Women’s Entrepreuneurship and focuses on women entrepreneurs from Cameroon, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.
 

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http://www.doingbusiness.org/documents/women_in_Africa.pdf

Women in the Boardroom 2008: Annual Study of Georgia Public Companies

For sixteen years, BDN has been gathering data for this annual study to measure the representation of women in the boardrooms of public companies with headquarters based in Georgia.
 

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http://boarddirectorsnetwork.org/docs/2008_study.pdf

Critical Mass: Does the Number of Women on a Corporate Board Make a Difference?

A study on women corporate board members that demonstrate the importance of numbers in how women leaders view themselves and how others view them.
 

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http://books.google.com/books?id=KlfsSp9XcFsC&pg=PA222&lpg=PA222&dq=%22Critical+Mass:+Does+the+Number+of+Women+on+a+Corporate+Board+Make+a+Difference%3F%22&source=bl&ots=wI30hErNVw&sig=c8RNwWQJtLkB75yAeWedopRxhak&hl=en&ei=KrlxSqDuNoOHtgeDt6SNBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=%22Critical%20Mass%3A%20Does%20the%20Number%20of%20Women%20on%20a%20Corporate%20Board%20Make%20a%20Difference%3F%22&f=false

Increasing Your Effectiveness

Non-profit offering services and information to help organizations and individuals increase their effectiveness.
Page has many links to articles and research on critical mass.
 

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http://vkramerassociates.com/writings.htm

Advancing Women Leaders: The Connection Between Women Board Directors and Women Corporate Officers

This research shows that the number of women on a company’s board of directors impacts the future of women in its senior leadership. This is significant because earlier Catalyst findings show that Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women board directors and women corporate officers, on average, achieve higher financial performance than those with the lowest. The numbers tell the story—a gender-diverse board promotes continued success for women and for business.

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http://www.catalyst.org/file/229/wco_wbd_web.pdf
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