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Dr. Joan Gustafson Haworth, founder and Retired Managing Director of ERS Group, was honored in New York City by the National Council For Research on Women (NCRW) as one of the 30 women who have been instrumental in changing the way the world looks at women.
Dr. Haworth was chosen by her peers for her substantial contributions to the development of equitable employment policies and practices in U.S. workplaces throughout her career as an economist, scholar, entrepreneur and statistical expert witness in employment discrimination litigation.
Dr. Haworth's many achievements have included founding ERS Group in 1981, and testifying in precedent-setting Title VII class actions. Additionally, Dr. Haworth is a former tenured Florida State University faculty member and author of over 30 articles that were published in leading economic, statistical and legal journals. For over 30 years, she has also played a pivotal role in advancing the role of women through her memberships in the American Economic Association's Committee on the Status of Women in the Economic Profession (CSWEP), including 20 years as a board member.
"Redefining the impact and perception of women leaders is something I have focused on throughout my career," says Davia Temin, CEO of reputation and crisis management consultancy Temin and Company.
"Helping girls and women realize their leadership potential is why I became so heavily involved in organizations such as Girls Scouts of the USA and the White House Project. I wanted to help develop the pipeline of female leadership in this country, from Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies all the way up to the U.S. Presidency," she says. "And, making a difference in the U.S. also has an impact globally, especially in countries where women's leadership is more challenged by societal expectations."
Ms. Temin is among the "30 Outstanding Women" being celebrated by the National Council for Research on Women for their efforts in advancing women's issues, promoting women's leadership and changing the way women and girls are viewed globally. Nominated by their peers for their achievements, the honorees will be recognized at this year's Making a Difference for Women Awards Dinner on March 6th in New York City, where the NCRW will also be commemorating its 30th anniversary.
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.
That was the parallax view presented last week at an annual summing up by the National Council for Research on Women, a New York-based network of 100 leading U.S. research policy and advocacy centers, which held a panel here at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Since 1980, women have lived longer than men in all parts of the world. In low-income countries, women now live 20 years longer, on average, than they did in 1980. In addition, over half a billion women have joined the world labor force.
At the same time, however, girls and women are often still treated as more expendable.
GOP women are poised for gains in Congress in 2012, either by leaps or baby steps. ShePAC is optimistic, despite Jean Schmidt's March 6 upset in Ohio. Judy Biggert's race to keep her seat in Illinois is a lynchpin race.
The first primary of the season, on March 6 in Ohio, was a disappointment for GOP-women-spotting. Incumbent Rep. Jean Schmidt the lost.
Suzanne Terrell, co-chair of ShePAC, a new super PAC supporting Republican women, isn't fazed. "I think there is a good chance that we'll elect four new women [to the Senate]. I think that we will be electing new women to the House."
Those Senate hopefuls, Terrell says, are Linda Lingle of Hawaii, Heather Wilson from New Mexico, Sarah Steelman from Missouri and Deb Fischer from Nebraska.
If ShePAC meets its $25 million fundraising target, it could play a major role in influencing many of these elections.
Super PACs can raise unlimited sums to run political ads so long as they do not "coordinate" with candidates.
But ShePAC faces the formidable and unpredictable effects of other Super PACs.
The Campaign for Primary Accountability, for instance, which runs ads against incumbents, has been credited with knocking Schmidt out of her seat. [...]
In Asia, as in the rest of the world, board composition concerns have shifted from independence, to competencies, to commitment, and now to diversity. There is an increasing recognition that boards need to incorporate diversity considerations―particularly with regard to gender―when appointing directors.
“Women in the U.S. became 50 percent of college graduates in 1981,” Sandberg, 42, said at the Women in the World conference in New York. “In every industry, women have steadily made progress in the past 30 years -- except at the top, where, essentially, over the last 10 years, there hasn’t been progress.”
Sandberg has called gender inequality “this generation’s central moral problem,” citing the disparate amount of women with power both globally and in the U.S. The number of Fortune 500companies run by women fell to a dozen last year from 15 in 2010, according to the magazine’s rankings. In the U.S Congress, women hold just 89, or 17 percent, of 535 voting seats, data from the Congressional Research Service show.
Sandberg led a panel yesterday at the conference hosted byNewsweek and the Daily Beast that included Jill Abramson, 57, who replaced Bill Keller as the New York Times’ executive editor in September, and Gloria Steinem, the 77-year-old activist who spurred the contemporary women’s rights movement when she started Ms. Magazine 40 years ago. Cheryl Mills, counselor and chief of staff for Secretary of StateHillary Clinton, was also on the panel.
Abramson, the first female editor of the Times in its 160- year history, said she has been “obsessing” over how to ensure that young female editors or copy editors at the newspaper “get known.” Almost 40 percent of senior editors and managers in the newsroom are women, she said.
A week ago, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, went on Meet the Press, the top-rated Sunday talk show, to press the case that Republican opposition to insurance coverage of contraception is part of a broader GOP "war on women."
Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, argued on the program that the issue was one of religious freedom, not one of denying access to health care.
Republicans had been criticized 10 days earlier for holding a hearing on contraceptive coverage that lacked any women testifying. Yet there were no elected Republican women appearing on the political shows that Sunday to support the party'sposition. In politics, that's called "bad optics."
To be sure, the networks, not the parties, select guests for Sunday shows, and women of any political persuasion are underrepresented: They generally make up about one-fifth of guests. On Sunday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., appeared as part of the NBC program's roundtable discussion.
Last week's disparity illustrates a challenge the GOP faces in the "war on women" controversy and, come fall, in combating President Obama's strength among female voters: The party is in something of a rebuilding season for its roster of prominent spokeswomen.
The number of women awarded patents has soared over the last several decades far beyond previously reported figures, and the percentage of trademarks granted to women has more than doubled, a new study commissioned by the National Women’s Business Council found.
The study found that women had a higher representation among trademark holders than patent owners; in 2010, 18 percent of all patents granted went to women while 33 percent of all trademarks granted to individuals and sole proprietorships went to women.