Advancing Women's Leadership

Women currently make up 15 percent of corporate management, 16 percent of law partners, and less than 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. NCRW and its partners are working to improve these numbers as they work toward a critical mass, often viewed as 30 percent representation, across sectors to benefit the economy and society through women’s talents and perspectives. Without sufficient numbers, women’s ideas, views and analyses risk being marginalized or perceived as representing a narrow minority. With greater access to opportunities and positions of influence, the likelihood of acceptance and professional success for women and people of color increases.

Organizations Engaged in Work Relevant to Women in the Financial Sector

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Catalyst –

Center for Women’s Business Research –

Corporate Circle of the National Council for Research on Women –

Financial Women’s Association –

The InterOrganization Network (ION) –

National Women’s Business Council –

Catalyst Recognizes Initiatives at Campbell Soup Company, Deloitte, Royal Bank of Canada, and Telstra with the 2010 Catalyst Award

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NEW YORK (January 21, 2010) — Catalyst announces that initiatives from Campbell Soup Company, Deloitte LLP, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and Telstra Corporation Limited are the recipients of the 2010 Catalyst Award, the annual award that honors exceptional initiatives from companies and firms that support and advance women in business. This year’s Award winners, representing a wide range of industries, cultures, and approaches, demonstrate the strong business case supporting women’s advancement to leadership.

Women @ Work

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Women will succeed in business without special treatment, but organizations that create women-friendly environments are often more collaborative, flexible and adaptive to today’s relationship-oriented, network-run marketplace. They also make more money. A October 2007 Catalyst report found that Fortune 500 companies with more women on their boards outperformed those with the least by 53 percent. The organizations featured here have made engaging the female demographic a priority.


Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, operates a strong diversity and inclusion program and supports the advancement of women throughout its many locations.

2010 - Seven Who Rewrite the Rules

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Profiles of seven outstanding leaders dedicated to improving women's lives: Michael Dowd, Patricia Gruber, Ilene Lang, Ana Langer, Tonya Lewis Lee, Sarwat Malik and Maria Do Socorro Melo Brandao.


Michael G. Dowd, Defender of Women with Charges

Michael G. Dowd

IN THE NEWS: Women's Roles in a Changing Economy

Posted November 13, 2009 by Vivienne Heston-Demirel

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Women and Public Space

November 11, 2009 posted by Cheryl Huber*

Last month, NCRW staffer Kyla Bender-Baird spoke on a panel hosted by NYU Wagner Women's Caucus along with Cheryl Huber of New Yorkers for Parks and The International Women's Health Coalition's Khushbu Srivastava.  The panel discussed "The Impact of Women in Public Service."  Cheryl's comments on the intersections of gender and urban planning brought up an often over-looked perspective. 

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Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future (Summit October 2010)

Economic Security Summit
October 8, 2010

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Women's Studies Program

The Women's Studies Program at Miami University is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program that investigates how our lives are affected by gender, race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality. Women's Studies emphasizes the importance of understanding gender as a part of wider social and political structures of power, knowledge, experience, culture, embodiedness, intimacies, and labor. Women's Studies courses are organized around contemporary feminist research and theory, and focus intersectionally on women, gender, and sexuality as subjects of inquiry. Our coursework also focuses on how theory and practice come together. Students may choose from courses spanning departments, disciplines, divisions and ideologies. The Women's Studies program provides a context in which women's work and women's issues are explored in-depth, celebrating women's creativity, women's lives, and women's work.


501 East High Street
Oxford, OH 45056
Ph. (513) 529-5333
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Dr. Madelyn Detloff, Director
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Ann Fuehrer, Assistant Director & Chief Program Advisor
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Las Mujeres Director Award
This individual will provide leadership on Chicana issues and research initiatives and work in conjunction with the Miami Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies Program and the Miami University Latino Community Coordinator to provide crucial diversity leadership within the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
Nellie Craig Women's Studies Research Scholar
This award is named for Miami University 1905 graduate Nellie Craig, the first African-American student at the university. The scholar who holds this position will conduct new research in African-American women's history and advise the Women's Studies Program regarding research directions and new programming.
Miami Tribe Women's Studies Coordinator
The scholar who holds this award will conduct new research on American Indian women and women in the Miami tribe. The Miami Tribe Women's Studies Coordinator will work closely with the staff of the Myaamia Project, based in Oxford, Ohio, and also travel to Miami tribal locations in Indiana and Oklahoma to meet with women tribal leaders.


Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership

The Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) advances Saint Mary's College's mission of “preparing students to make a difference in the world” by empowering women to realize their call to leadership and to develop the intercultural knowledge and competence critical in today’s increasingly interdependent world.  In the spirit of the College’s sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, CWIL promotes human transformation and systemic change, from the local to the global context, by providing challenging, justice-based educational opportunities. 


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Notre Dame, IN 46556-5001
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Principal Staff

Elaine Meyer-Lee, Ed.D., Director, Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership
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Mana Derakhshani, PhD., Associate Director, Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership

Alice Siqin Yang, PhD., Assistant Director, Global Education
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Terra Sniadecki, M.S., International Student/Scholar Advisor and English Language School

Martha Smith, B.S., Project Director, Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative

Linda Biggins, M.S., Administrative Assistant
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Pamela Blair, Administrative Assistant
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Intercultural Leadership

Community Connections (now called Intercultural Leadership) facilitated partnerships among students, faculty, and staff at Saint Mary’s College and diverse women leaders and organizations in the local community to create leadership and intercultural learning in a community context. The experience of community leaders and women’s organizations on the local and national level informed and enriched CWIL’s scholarship.  All of Community Connections work began in the complex and rich cultural world of our local community.  Through Community Connections, 16 programs were implemented that brought new connections, learning and research on women’s intercultural leadership to Saint Mary’s and the South Bend/ Michiana community.  Several of these programs stand out as regional and national models.
Going forward from July 2008, Community Connections has become Intercultural Leadership   that will integrate theory, action, and reflection with the goal of empowering students and women leaders to use diversity, gender and culture as a strength and resource in their leadership. Two of the key leadership programs– the intercultural leadership certificate and the women’s intercultural leadership workshops – are the results of the rich learning and connections made through those initial programs.

Global Education

The Global Education component of CWIL offers Saint Mary’s students three ways to engage with other cultures. First, we oversee and promote a variety of study abroad programs and a student travel grant fund to extend global learning beyond campus borders. Second, our international student services and student club, facilitate cross cultural connection among students on campus. Finally, we support interculturalization of our curriculum through faculty development and course work for study abroad returnees.


Reports & Resources

Akita, Kimiko

Hegemony and the sexual commodification of women in the Japanese media.  T. Carilli & J. Campbell (Eds.), Women in the media: Global perspectives. Lanham, MD: University Press of America., 2004.

Critical Ethnography of My Aunt's Suicide: Intergenerational Family Conflict in Japan.  Human Communication: A Journal of the Pacific and Asian Communication Association, 6 (1), 59-79. 2003.

A female teacher and sexual harassment in a Japanese women's junior college:  A case study.  Women and Language, 25 (1), 8-13.

Derry, Robin

“Disparate Treatment at Southern State.” Saint Louis: Emerson Center for Business Ethics, 2003.

Keating, Cricket

“Developmental Democracy and Its Inclusions: Globalization and the Transformation of Participation.”Signs. 29 (2004): 417-37.

Meléndez, Maria, ed.

Moon Won’t Leave Me Alone: Reflections on Identity, Family and Community. San Francisco: California Poets in the Schools, 2003.

An Illustrated Guide to Things Unseen, University of Arizona Press, September, 2006.

Comeback Wolves: Western Writers Welcome the Wolf Home, Johnson Books, Summer, 2005.

Nusair, Isis, contributor

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA. (forthcoming)

Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. (forthcoming)

Rabéa Naciri. “The Integration of the Human Rights of Women from the Middle East and North Africa in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.” Denmark: Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, 2003.

Yañez, Richard

El Paso del Norte. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2003.


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Intercultural Learning Grants

The Global Education component of the Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership offers several types of competitive mini grants to the entire Saint Mary's community in order to support the intercultural dimension of learning across our campus.


Saint Mary’s College, a Catholic, four-year liberal arts institution for women located approximately 90 miles east of Chicago, established the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) through support of a Lilly Endowment, Inc. grant. The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership seeks to increase awareness of the importance of intercultural dialogue in today’s world, to highlight the leadership roles women have adopted in such dialogue, and to foster the next generation of women leaders. In pursuit of these goals, the Center offers two different types of fellowships, which are joint appointments with academic departments.

Co-Sponsored Events

Interlocking activities between CWIL and the academic and student life programs is vital to the mission of Saint Mary’s College. Through the sponsorship of programs, projects, and events CWIL fosters mutual cooperation across the campus in the formation of women leaders, exploration of topics concerning intercultural realities and supporting the pedagogical innovations, artistic expression and educative facets of these efforts.

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