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Women and Their Relationship to Power

Women and Their Relationship to Power | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
Viviane de Beaufort of ESSEC explores the complicated relationship between women and power as it pertains to women in corporate boardrooms.
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Excerpt: "Anger is perceived differently depending on who is expressing it: for a woman it is ‘hysteria’ and for a man a ‘sign of authority’. These cultural norms lead to a quest for power for power’s sake: the power to “be”, as opposed to the “feminine” model of power meaning ‘to do’ and ‘be able to do’.

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Annabel Kaye's curator insight, February 19, 2013 2:02 PM

Well we might prefer power to responsibility - it's been done before..

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New perspectives on leadership from a gender perspective - and its relevance to business, politics, economics, the environment and home.
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Barclays Offers ETN Wagering on Corporates With Female Leaders

Barclays Offers ETN Wagering on Corporates With Female Leaders | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
Barclays Plc, the U.K.’s second- largest bank by assets, is selling an exchange-traded note tied to public companies with female executives, betting on demand for products that promote women in leadership.
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The value of female leadership is tangible to bankers and investors...

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Amazing Pantene Ad Defiantly Tackles How Women in the Workplace Are Labeled

Amazing Pantene Ad Defiantly Tackles How Women in the Workplace Are Labeled | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
Pantene Philippines has launched a powerful campaign pointing out how identical behavior often earns men and women different labels in the workplace.
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powerful illustration of the double standards women at work can face

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Unlocking the full potential of women at work | Organization Practice | McKinsey & Company

Unlocking the full potential of women at work | Organization Practice | McKinsey & Company | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it

McKinsey’s latest research on how women advance in the workplace, produced for the Wall Street Journal’s Task Force for Women in the Economy, breaks down some of the ways companies are advancing female executives and weakening the barriers that...


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Annabel Kaye's curator insight, October 22, 2013 12:43 AM

It is nice to see some information on what is really being done.  Does your organisation do any of this?

Mona Dutta's curator insight, June 4, 7:02 AM

McKinsey & Company undertook this research to understand how women contribute to the US economy; how their work benefits individual corporations; what prevents women from making greater contributions to their companies; and what approaches can help companies unlock the full potential of women. Plugging the leaks in the talent pipeline is clearly a top priority and there are opportunities at every transition point in the pipeline. But we believe companies have a promising opportunity to capture by focusing on the transition from mid-level manager to senior management (typically the vice president role). If companies could raise the number of middle management women who make it to the next level by 25%, it would significantly alter the shape of the pipeline. Advancing more women into these positions would in time help companies rebalance their executive committees, which in turn increases the likelihood of sustaining gender diversity at every level to the very top.

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More female bosses mean more profits: Companies whose boards are made

More female bosses mean more profits: Companies whose boards are made | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
A report found firms with three or more female directors has a significantly higher profit margin than predominantly male businesses.
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Sean Spence's curator insight, September 30, 2013 8:52 PM

True world-wide. And in non-board teams. Think about it for whatever grouping you are in at the moment. Don't equivocate, either. 

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The Global Rise of Female Entrepreneurs

The Global Rise of Female Entrepreneurs | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
They're 224 million strong, and growing.
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Powerful article on the growing economic impact of female entrepreneurs.

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Warren Buffett is bullish ... on women

Warren Buffett is bullish ... on women | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
In an exclusive essay the Berkshire Hathaway Chairman explains why women are key to America's prosperity.
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Great sentiments and beautifully written. 


Here's a quote which shows how the same buffers have been used for a long time  [Re why there were no women in the supreme court, or congress] "When people questioned the absence of female appointees, the standard reply over those 61 years was simply "no qualified candidates." 

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Your Company Doesn't Need a Women's Network

Your Company Doesn't Need a Women's Network | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
Focus on inclusion over separation, and start from the top down.
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AVC says:"Redefine women's networks as 'balance networks' that include both men and women. Their goal becomes skill- and bridge-building around gender understanding rather than segregation. HSBC bank in London was converted at its first meeting. Their 'Balance network' inclusively involves 100% of employees in learning about the differences between male and female employees, customers and careers"...  Great idea!

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Annabel Kaye's curator insight, June 30, 2013 11:54 PM

Women created their own networks because the men kept over talking us!  It will be interesting to see how it works when they come back in.....It is also going to be interesting to see what they are going to 'teach' around the differences?  How much is innate and how much cultural and how much is just bunk in terms of the gender differences?

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Banking Commission: Trading floors 'need more women' - Telegraph

Banking Commission: Trading floors 'need more women' - Telegraph | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
Banks should have more women traders to help dispel a culture on trading floors that is "overwhelmingly male", according to a wide-ranging report into banking standards by a cross-party group of MPs and peers.
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It's been interesting to review the gradual progression of this view from the margins to the mainstream of public opinion. Increasing awareness of gender norms as a driver of culture and behaviour.

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Annabel Kaye's curator insight, June 19, 2013 10:32 AM

How many women want to stand and yell like a banshee?  It's all yours darlngs if you want it

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New York Women's Equality Ad - "If I Were a Man..."

New York's four million women on average earn 80 percent of what men earn, will earn 500,000 dollars less than men over the course of a lifetime, are twice a...

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Marion Chapsal's curator insight, May 9, 2013 1:03 AM

Great very simple and short ad

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very clever
Annabel Kaye's curator insight, May 22, 2013 2:04 PM

We earn less, own less, are valued less...will it change?

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Gender differences: more fictions than fact?

Gender differences: more fictions than fact? | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
We see gender differences everywhere – in the psychology, thoughts and behaviour of men and women.

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Marion Chapsal's curator insight, April 15, 2013 2:58 AM

Pour lutter contre le différentialisme diffusé tous azimuts et remettre le construit en perspective.

"The inclination to see differences makes us blind to the overwhelming similarities of men and women, and we’re easily fooled into seeing dissimilarities that don’t exist.

That men and women are more similar than distinct was shown in some recent research. Examining 122 psychological traits including sexual attitudes, behaviours, intimacy and interpersonal orientation in 13 studies comprising over 13,000 individuals, the researchers found that women and men were more similar than distinct from one another.

Even on gender-related dispositions such as masculinity-femininity, inclination toward science, care orientation and fear of success, men and women were found to be more similar than distinctive.


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The big difference is not gender but who does the caring when parenthood looms! That is when we start to see 'difference' but if men take that role or share it.....
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Why Isn't Better Education Giving Women More Power?

Why Isn't Better Education Giving Women More Power? | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
The false egalitarian promise of advanced degrees
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Arianna Huffington On Leaning In, Leaning Back And The Second Women's Movement - Forbes

Arianna Huffington On Leaning In, Leaning Back And The Second Women's Movement - Forbes | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
I sat down with Huffington Post dynamo Arianna Huffington to talk about Sheryl Sandberg's new book
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Quote: "For women, she told me, but for men too, the new metric of success is well-being."

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Sex and Power 2013: Who Runs Britain? - The Fawcett Society

Sex and Power 2013: Who Runs Britain? - The Fawcett Society | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
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Annabel Kaye's comment, March 15, 2013 3:30 AM
We need to continue the push forward - if we get complacent we can only slip backwards
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Japan seeks more women executives

Japan seeks more women executives | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
The BBC's Linda Yueh speaks to venture capitalist William Saito about the challenges faced by Japanese women in the business world.
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Female bosses are better for big businesses

Female bosses are better for big businesses | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
Firms with women in the boardroom spend less but give better value to shareholders than male bosses who are focused on costly acquisitions as they build a sprawling empire, a study has discovered.
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No evidence female bosses are better despite provocative headline @Mailonline - BUT gender-balanced boards ARE better

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Increasing diversity in business is not only morally right - it's the key to success

Increasing diversity in business is not only morally right - it's the key to success | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
Research has found that companies whose boards were made up of at least a third by women are 42 per cent more profitable - it makes perfect sense.
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Judith Baxter's curator insight, January 15, 7:19 AM

The issue of women in the workplace is part of a wider debate about encouraging diversity. This article written by Nigel Knowles, co-CEO of DLA Piper, explains why diversity in the workplace is indeed beneficial!

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How Women Drive Innovation and Growth

How Women Drive Innovation and Growth | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
Female consumers have money to spend, but few companies know how to earn it.
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How I Discovered Gender Discrimination

How I Discovered Gender Discrimination | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
It was the late ’90s and I was at an interesting phase of my career. For the first time in my life I possessed relevant qualifications, experience and could also show a successful track record in my...
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Great 'unconscious bias' case study. 'Kim' was highly qualifiied, but getting no interviews. He added 'Mr' to his CV and they started to pour in.  

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Modern start-ups are suited to women - FT.com

Modern start-ups are suited to women - FT.com | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
I’m convinced this may be the most entrepreneurial generation of women yet. For example, last week I spoke on a panel at a British Library event offering advice to companies in the food industry.
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Excellent article by Luke Johnson. Key points: 

* Generational shift > highly educated women, beginning to dominate professions and entrepreneurship;

* Diversity at the Top is good for business - makes them more resilient. 

* "In discussions with female entrepreneurs I often sense they are more risk-averse than their male counterparts and less willing to sacrifice family life for the business. Neither of these traits is a negative: over-ambition and burnout are prime causes of bankruptcy and commercial failure. Half the secret of business success is staying alive (both in a corporate and personal sense). Perhaps women are less likely to engineer the most spectacular, world-beating winners – but they will surely go from founding less than 10 per cent of all businesses to at least 30 per cent within a decade."

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It's Not Just Warren Buffett Who Is Bullish On Women

Investing in women-led companies isn’t feminism; it’s good investment strategy.
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Female company directors are better judges of longer-term company performance, research shows

Female company directors are better judges of longer-term company performance, research shows | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking research by the University of Exeter Business School reveals that female company directors defy negative gender stereotyping by astutely valuing future company performance.
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Can You Be Powerful?

Can You Be Powerful? | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
The two steps to consider when determining how you can be powerful and embrace your personal power to be a powerful woman.

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Marion Chapsal's curator insight, April 24, 2013 6:59 AM

What does power mean for you, as a woman?

Marcia Reynolds debunks the myths around women and power.

A must read.

Annabel Kaye's curator insight, April 26, 2013 12:49 AM

So many women don't like the idea of exercising power - and do so too late or in a vengeful way when things have already gone wrong - great to see this clear analysis of different types of power and when they are useful..

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Maria Miller: Workplace designed 'by men for men' - Telegraph

Maria Miller: Workplace designed 'by men for men' - Telegraph | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
Maria Miller, the women's minister, claims the workplace was "designed by men for men", following an official report showing the number of women being appointed to boards has stalled.
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Annabel Kaye's curator insight, April 12, 2013 11:55 AM

I sometimes wonder if the workplace is designed at all - more an evolution thing?

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A Free Market Solution to Women on Boards?

A Free Market Solution to Women on Boards? | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
Morgan Stanley is going to test a free-market solution to supporting more women on corporate boards. Today they are launching the Parity Portfolio, which will include only companies with at least three women on their boards.
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Diversity Management is Outdated and Demands a New Approach - Forbes

Diversity Management is Outdated and Demands a New Approach - Forbes | Feminomics - gender balanced leadership | Scoop.it
The voices of America’s diverse populations were heard and their votes counted during the recent re-election of President Barack Obama – who was recently named Time Magazine’s 2012 Person of the Year and noted as “the...

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Pam Jeffords's curator insight, January 14, 2013 1:54 PM

Great article on the need to address gender diversity in a much different way.  It should be a profit center rather than an intiative under HR.

Annabel Kaye's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:18 AM

We need to regularly update as various groups change their relationships to each other - we can never sit down and go - we did that..