Posts on Nov 2018

Barbies in STEM? Female Filmmakers? Major changes at major institutions

By: Kathryn Rainville

This year has marked the advent of a new generation of women speaking up and stepping out. Two major players in the way of female influence from a young age (Mattel and Disney) are making strides to empower women.

First up: Mattel. What was your favorite Barbie doll when you were young? Did you ever think about her career, and did you ever envy it? I certainly thought about it, but I can’t say that I ever understood what, exactly, my Barbie did other than wear pretty clothes and go to the beach in her Jeep. However, this year, Mattel released a Robotics Engineer of their world-famous doll, one that they hope will promote young girls to explore STEM. Although the original Barbie isn’t going away, Mattel views the release of this Barbie as “…a powerful opportunity for kids across the globe” to become more exposed to the STEM fields and still play with a Barbie (McCowan). In fact, they have leveraged an online platform in conjunction with each sale of a Robotics Engineer Barbie to give girls the opportunity “…to learn basic programming concepts at a young age” through their partnership with Tynker (McCowan). Mattel has Read more and comment

DISH Women’s Network Training Tuesday: Women on Corporate Boards

-THIS EVENT HAS PASSED-

Have you ever wondered if you could get on a paying corporate board? Now more than ever, companies are looking for qualified women to put on their boards. The percentage of women on public boards is still under 20% and has stalled out there over the past few years. Michele Ashby, founder of Ashby Consulting Enterprises, works to educate women about corporate boards and how to get on them. No matter where you are in your career today, if you want to learn more about what it takes to get on a board, how much you can earn in this high-powered, part-time position and make a difference, join Michele as she shares her knowledge and expertise on how to be on a board.… Read more and comment

Women in the Workplace 2018 Report at a Glance

Gender diversity improvement and female advancement in leadership are the core initiatives of LeanIn.Org. Along with McKinsey & Company, they have published this report annually since 2015 to give companies and employees the information they need to advance women into leadership positions and improve gender diversity within their organizations. For the past 4 years companies have reported that they are highly committed to gender diversity, but that commitment has not translated into meaningful progress.

Women in the Workplace 2018 is the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. This year, 279 companies completed a survey of their HR practices and shared data regarding their pipeline. Also, more than 64,000 employees were surveyed on their workplace experiences. For additional insights, women of different races and ethnicities were interviewed as well as LGBTQ women. “This year’s findings make it clearer than ever that companies need to double down on their efforts. As progress seems to be stalled to achieve equality, companies must turn good intentions into concrete action”.

Findings

“Experts agree that articulating a business case, setting goals and transparently reporting on progress, and rewarding success are key to driving organizational change”. When it comes to gender diversity, … Read more and comment