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International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl October 11 2012

Happy Girl Day!

Today, October 11, 2012, is the first observance of International Day of the Girl.

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed the Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child, “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” 

The campaign to establish this international day was led continue reading…

Powerful Women: Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Forbes Magazine recently published it’s list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and there are a few that many may not be familiar with. Indra Nooyi is the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world. When Nooyi first came to the U.S. for graduate school, she chose to work the graveyard shift as a receptionist in her dorm because it paid an extra 50 cents per hour. This early attention to the bottom line soon served her well in her stellar career.

Nooyi began her career as a continue reading…

Profiles in Courage: Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison 2012 London Olympics Judo

A formidable judo competitor, the American athlete Kayla Harrison, became the first American of either gender to win a gold medal in judo competition. But Kayla also has an inspiring story of survival. Harrison was sexually abused by her former coach, Daniel Doyle, who pleaded guilty in November 2007 and is currently continue reading…

Profiles in Courage: Women in the Olympic Games

London 2012 Olympic Games female athletes

While the true origin of the Olympic Games is subject to debate, it is widely accepted they began around 776 B.C. and featured running events, a pentathlon, boxing, wrestling, pankration, and equestrian events. Only men were allowed to participate, and because they were naked for most of the events, only married women were allowed to attend the games.

It wasn’t until the continue reading…

Join us on Thursday September 13th, 2012 at 7PM in NYC to run (or WALK!) and raise money for two great organizations working to empower women and girls. All ages welcome, so this is a perfect family day in the park!  The money we raise TOGETHER will be donated to Somaly Mam Foundation and The Komera Project. Here are the details… continue reading…

Quiet Revolution 2.0

New feminist movement, women as entrepreneurs

There is a feminist movement underfoot that has been steadily gaining ground in the mainstream. Unlike the Quiet Revolution of the 1970s, which saw women leaving home to enter the workforce, today’s revolution is seeing women leaving the traditional workplace to start their own businesses.

Through home-based micro (less than 5 employees) and small businesses, women will create over half of the 9.72 million new small business jobs expected to be created by 2018. This is even more surprising considering that women-owned businesses only created 16 percent of the total U.S. jobs that existed in 2010. continue reading…

Basketball Diplomacy?

Title IX basketball diplomacy

In the 1970s, there was ping-pong diplomacy…today, there is basketball diplomacy. This week, former WNBA players Tamika Raymond and Keisha Brown are traveling in Shenyang, China, leading several basketball clinics and life skills discussions with girls in under-served areas. In addition to promoting the importance of health, wellness, leadership and teamwork, they will also discuss how Title IX has empowered a new generation of women and girls through sports. continue reading…

Mind the (Gender) Gap

Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Whatever the reason, we know that by the end of middle school most girls limit their consideration of technical careers. Having decided that science and technology have little to do with their aspirations, they take fewer and less rigorous science courses.

For the past several years, there has been increasing public attention on the gap between men and women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Today 75% of the nation’s scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and technologists are male. continue reading…

A Seat at the Table

U.S. President Obama listens to German Chancellor Merkel following the G8 summit in Camp David

This phrase has been a common thread lately, as President Barack Obama used this in his recent commencement speech at Barnard College, and is continuing to use this message at the recent G8 summit.

Mentioning “female empowerment” in the same sentence as the European debt crisis and the continuing conflict in Afghanistan signals a shift of this issue from marginal to center stage. And not just center stage, but an international center stage.

The President spoke at Camp David, where the G8 talks are being held, saying, continue reading…

President Obama’s Message to Women

President Obama at Barnard College

Today in New York City, the President of the United States delivered a message to the graduating women of Barnard College.

In his Commencement speech from the grounds of Columbia University, President Obama urged the 600 women graduates to “fight for a seat at the head of the table.

 “You are now poised to make this the century when women shape not only their own destiny, but the destiny of the whole nation…”  “It’s up to you to stand up and be heard, to write, to lobby, to march, to organize, to vote,” he said.

Find your voice and UNITE!