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Tweet Chat on Women in the Workplace

womens day march 8Our tweet chat in honor of International Women’s Day posed several questions to our board members and the rest of the 169,350 people who follow them about how things are for women in the workplace.  Specifically:

Q1: The theme this year for #womensday is inspiring change. How has a female leader inspired you?

Q2: In what ways does gender still matter in the workplace?

Q3: What are the changes needed to ensure that women are full participants in the workplace?

Q4: What are the most effective ways that managers can engage & develop their female employees?

Q5: How can we get more women in STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) careers? Do you think this will help bridge the skills gap?

Q6: Unfortunately wage inequality still exists. How does it affect companies hiring and looking to retain talent?

Q7: How will your organization celebrate #womensday?

If you’d like to hear their answers, you can review the full transcript of our discussion below.  I’ve also included a few relevant links about women’s place at work.

What have been the biggest changes in the workplace for women during your lifetime?  What changes still need to be made?

Relevant Links:
Video celebrating women’s contributions in the world

Leo Daley’s tribute to strong women (worth reading)

World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report (2013)

Do We Still Need International Women’s Day

Ruth Bramson on a roadmap to address the gender wage gap

Read the full transcript of our tweet chat:

Women’s Day – Progress Yet Still Far to Go

woman doctorSaturday, March 8, is International Women’s Day.  We’ll be doing a tweet chat about women in the workplace tomorrow, March 4.    Join us and share your views about what’s changed for women, what hasn’t, and what we need to do about it.  Tweet on in on Tuesday, March 4th at  12pm ET #Kronoschat.  ( is a good platform for joining tweetchats if you don’t have a preferred platform.)

You also might want to take a look at the following findings of the 2013 World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report.  Commenting on changes for working women in the past 50 years, they highlighted some of the following themes:

  • Female employment participation has generally increased and gender gaps in labor force participation have narrowed. Yet occupational segregation has not improved,gender pay gaps persist, and women are still under-represented at more senior job levels, especially among managers and on company boards.
  • Formal childcare support is particularly important for boosting female employment levels and for achieving greater gender equality throughout working life.
  • Women often work part-time as it facilitates combining work and family responsibilities, but this frequently comes at a cost to their long-term career and earning prospects.
  • And last but not least,  men do less unpaid (re: domestic) work than their spouses.  The chart below summarizes data from 26 member countries of the OECD.  With the exception of couples where the female partner is the primary wage earner, women are doing the lion’s share of the unpaid domestic labor.

Yup, she’s bringing home more bacon, and she’s still more likely to be frying it up in the pan.

housework gap chart


Source: OECD Secretariat estimates based on national time-use surveys. For further detail, see Miranda, V. (2011), “Cooking, Caring and Volunteering: Unpaid Work Around the World”, OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 116, OECD Publishing, Paris.

International Womens’ Day – Keep on Keeping On

I’m not even going to pose the question.  Of course we still need special focus on the issues that hold women back in the world.  Today is International Womens’ Day, an annual event started in 1911 in Copenhagen.  At the time, the focus was on women’s suffrage and driving for equal rights in society for women.  I bet the women in attendance at that event would have been stunned to learn that over 100 years later, their mission wouldn’t have been accomplished on a global basis.

While women in developed countries largely enjoy equality in the eyes of the law, wage inequity persists. For women in developing countries, wage inequity as a challenge will rate way below violence, illiteracy and poverty.  Malala Yousufzai, pictured here, came to international attention last October when she was shot in the head by the Taliban because she advocated for education for girls.

By all means, take a moment today to celebrate how far women have come.  This video from Kronos reminds us of many ways that women have contributed to society and have enjoyed expanded rights from the suffragette days.  But let’s not forget our many sisters, though, for whom the most basic of equal rights still remain out of reach.

United Nations ‏@UN

A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive. Share this fact! #1woman #IWD2013