The Gender Pay Gap Issue is Fixable – But May Require Bolder Actions To Overcome

November 25, 2015

iStock_000047943336_150The topic of gender pay equity was back in the news this week with the release of two new wage gap reports, which demonstrate that women continue to make less than their male counterparts. The Economic Policy Institute reported that despite women entering the workforce in record numbers and making gains in educational attainment, the 2014 median hourly wages of U.S. women were only 83 percent of men’s – and the small decrease in the gap is primarily due to stagnant or falling male wages, not from gains by women.

The World Economic Forum also released their 2015 Global Gender Gap Report, which shows that wage inequality persists; with women only now earning what men did a decade ago. The wage disparity analyzed on a global basis is even worse than in the U.S., with the 2015 global average, annual earnings of women only 52 percent of men’s. Based on the slow pace of progress towards gender economic parity, the data suggests that it could take another 118 years (until 2133) to close the global pay gap.

Why has it been so difficult to close the wage gap between women and men? Because the situation is much more complex than most people realize, with many elements influencing the problem. Even though the gender pay gap issue is complex – it’s fixable. But fixing it will require the efforts of people throughout the world, from schools to hiring managers, from human resource personnel to parents of daughters, from governments to groups championing economic and human rights. And, it may require taking bolder actions. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance Of Women In The Boardroom: Q&A With Baroness Mary Goudie

May 22, 2013

As you’ve read in my past blog entries, I have long been a proponent of workplace equality. I encourage companies to voluntarily ensure the genders of management teams and boards of directors are representative of their customer base. Baroness Mary Goudie, a senior member of the British House of Lords, shares those same values. She is a global advocate for the rights of women and children, on the board of Vital Voices and the Chair of the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Trafficking at the United Nations.

In my interview with the Baroness, find out why she feels so strongly about increasing the number of women in corporate boardrooms, what she’s doing to raise awareness for gender equality and women’s rights, and her advice on how others can support these efforts. Read the rest of this entry »

Should You Consider Working for a Nonprofit?

February 21, 2011

If you’re looking for a new job or a career change, add nonprofit organizations to your list of prospects. Why might this be a good idea? Well, according to the 2010 National Nonprofit Employment Trend Survey, a survey of more than 500 nonprofits from across the nation, the vast majority of nonprofit jobs, below the senior executive level, are held by women (Survey performed by the Nonprofit HR Solutions and the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research).
According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States. That makes for a lot of job opportunities. Besides, working towards a noble cause can increase your level of job satisfaction. Read the rest of this entry »

Live Life with a Purpose by Volunteering in Your Community

July 8, 2009

volunteering“Why am I here?” – how many of us have asked ourselves that question? I know I have. One way to live your life with a purpose is to perform volunteer work in your community. Karen Moyer, co-founder of The Moyer Foundation (a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in distress) believes there are incredible personal benefits to volunteer work, “Through the Foundation, I have the opportunity to live my passion for helping children in distress and help make a difference in the world – living life with purpose gives meaning to both my personal and professional life – they are intertwined.” Read the rest of this entry »

Women’s Right to Vote

November 19, 2008

j0384726Amidst the election activity I was having a conversation with my next door neighbor (who moved here from Sweden).  He was asking me questions to try to understand how our country’s campaign and election process came to be the way it is today.  This got me thinking about when women gained the right to vote in various countries.  Below is when our ancestors and counterparts around the world gained this right- a right which our generation can’t imagine not having. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Mentoring Other Women

October 8, 2008

42-15654386I’m often asked why I mentor so many women and how I can find the time to do so with such a busy work schedule.  I’ve always enjoyed mentoring women because of they joy I feel in being able to help other women succeed in their careers. 

It’s really an amazing feeling that I highly recommend!  I find the time in my schedule because while I work to be successful in my own career, I want to know I have helped others be successful along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Save those business suits! Dress for Success® needs your help during their Send One Suit program March 30-April 5

March 26, 2008

dress-for-success-logoDuring the week of March 30-April 5th, donate a new or nearly new business suit and help a disadvantaged woman enter the workforce.

Dress for Success is a non-profit organization (part of the YWCA) that provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide.  Their motto is, “Suites to Self-Sufficiency.” Read the rest of this entry »

How your donations can help other women advance their careers

July 18, 2007

dress-for-success-logoBy doing so, you can accomplish 3 things:
1.     Ensure your work wardrobe is fitting you well and still providing an updated “look” that matches your current status in your career.

2.     Get a clear idea of what you need to purchase to update your wardrobe (a new white blouse, or some added color via scarves, or updated jewelry to accompany your recent promotion). Read the rest of this entry »