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Claire Smith, First Woman to be honored as Top Baseball Writer. | #WomensHistoryMonth

Claire Smith breaks barriers as the First Woman to be honored as Top Baseball Writer. She was elected as the 2017 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, the first women to ever win the highest honor of the Baseball Writers Association of America. The award was named after Taylor Spink, publisher of The Sporting News, who is highly recognized as the baseball bible. She will be honored with the award during the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s induction weekend: July 31, 2017 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Her name is Claire Smith.

As an African-American sports writer, her influential voice and contribution to cover major league baseball is highly recognized by those within the industry. She started her career by covering the New York Yankees for five years since 1983. She then moved on to being a high profile columnist with the New York Times from 1991 till 1998 and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1998 till 2007.

In a ceremony held at the Baseball Winter Meetings, Claire has expressed her honor and appreciation to her peers, “There are so many women who could have been chosen, so many women who broke barriers,” Smith said. “I am overwhelmed, I am humbled. For every woman who came before me and who stood by my side today. They are my champions. They are my sisters. And the men, who stood up in that room today and applauded. They are my champions, too.”

Thirty two years ago, Smith, the only baseball writer for the Hartford Courant at the time, struggled to show her face and value as a women at the Padres’ team clubhouse. Ridiculed and heart-broken by the sexist decisions that prevented her from doing her job, Smith had to wait for a change for all writers to be welcome at the clubhouse despite their gender and race. When Peter Ueberroth was appointed as the new baseball commissioner, he forced all doors in MLB, including Padres, to open for all writers.

She has been blocked several times from entering a clubhouse because they claimed it was a man’s place. However, that did not stop her from doing what she loved. She was grateful to have had peers support her all the way through and her confidence is what pushed her to be one of the most renowned baseball writers of all time. Her best piece of advice is to keep trying with a smile because “you will never know who will be your ally when you need it.”

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Written by: Tae Yun Mario Kim

About GC4W:  The Global Connections for Women Foundation is not-for-profit charity organization that believes in women and girls — and their rights to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities.

Melinda Gates – Philanthropist and her Vision for a Global Success for Women.

“All women, everywhere, have the same hopes: we want to be self-sufficient and create better lives for ourselves and our loved ones.” ~ Melinda Gates

In May 2016, Melinda Gates announced her latest pledge to the No Ceilings Project, a partnership with the Clinton  Foundation at Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen. She pledged to contribute $80 million to collecting data on women in developing countries over the next three years, a project that will to aid efforts to achieve gender equality. The project will analyze and visualize 20 years worth of data, from over 190 countries to inform the public of the gaps and gains in women’s global development.

“Our humanity is the one thing that we all have in common.” ~ Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates, born Melinda Ann French, was born in Dallas, Texas in 1964. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics and an MBA, both from Duke University. Her illustrious career began at Microsoft when she joined the multimedia products team in 1987, with whom she developed offerings such as Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia. She eventually grew to become the General Manager of Information Products. Melinda’s time at Microsoft was defined by both career and personal success as it was at the Fortune 100 Company where she met her husband Bill Gates, its co-founder. Bill and Melinda married in 1994 and had three children together, Jennifer, Phoebe and Rory.

“Philanthropy is not about the money. It’s about using whatever resources you have at your fingertips and applying them to improving the world.” ~ Melinda Gates

Although Melinda eventually left Microsoft in 1996 to focus on raising her children, Melinda’s business education and dedication led her to take on positions as a member of Duke University’s board of trustees, the board of directors of the Washington Post company and the board of Drugstore.com. Her most important feat however was the founding of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, the largest, and most financially transparent private foundation in the world. It is operated and controlled by its three trustees: Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet. As of December 2014, it had a recorded endowment of 44.3 billion dollars.

The foundation’s original goal was to place computers and Microsoft products in libraries all over the United States. However, Melinda has since expanded the philanthropic mission of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to include visions of worldwide improvements in education, poverty and healthcare. In 2003, after Buffet’s groundbreaking donation of 30 billion dollars, Melinda took on the challenge of restructuring the foundation into three branches: worldwide health, global development, and U.S. community and education.

“When you invest in women, you invest in the people who invest in everybody else.” ~ Melinda Gates

While the foundation as a whole pays special attention to global health initiatives such as developing preventative strategies, vaccines and treatments for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, including controlling insects that transmit diseases, Melinda has personally focused her time and efforts to issues that specifically effect women and girls. In 2012, she led the London Summit on Family Planning, allocating $560 million from the foundation with the aim of delivering contraceptives to 120 million women in developing countries by 2020. She launched storytelling platform Better by Half, on which she shares stories about people and organizations working to empower women and girls. She believes that if women are given the tools for success the world is “not just better by half, it is twice as good.”

Melinda Gates is my hero and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to turn a focus on her humanity during “International Women’s Month” – She is truly a remarkable woman, and global generosity will never go unnoticed. 

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Written by: Emily Sheiner

About GC4W:  The Global Connections for Women Foundation is not-for-profit charity organization that believes in women and girls — and their rights to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities.

 

 

La La Land, Emma Stone’s way to the Oscars. #WomensHistoryMonth

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” ~ Emma Stone

Emma Stone just won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award and for the best actress for playing La La Land in 2016. She is also one of highest-paid actress in Hollywood. It is worth mentioning that she is only a 28-year-old who achieved such high award and gain high reputation. Even though her life story is too long, it inspires me: no matter what good background you have, pursing dreams is a life- long things; people who are better than you make better efforts, therefore, you do not have any excuse to give up your dreams.

Unlike many of Hollywood’s stars, Emma stone was born in a happy family. Her childhood was blessed with full support of her parents. It is precious that you win the full support from your family especially when you choose a totally different career from your parents. Her acting career started when she was four. In order to pursue her acting career, she has studied at home for two years for acting. However, she still failed the audition of a role in All That. Nevertheless, she never gave up. Fortunately, she got the support of her parents. Later on, her parents sent her for private acting lessons with a private coach.

Emma Stone held on to her dream of acting even her career went back and forth in her early life. Finally, she knocked on haven’s door. Her career ascent sharply by the horror comedy film Zombieland which acquired more than a hundred million gross revenue. It does make sense that Emma Stone play a perfect role in La La Land. Just like Stone’s real life experience, in the film, even if Mia’s way of pursuing dreams was filled with misery, she still carried on the dream.

Certainly, success cannot live without others’ support.  Stone’s surely does not forget supporting her family back. After her mother’s recovery of triple-negative breast cancer, Stone got a tattoo of blackbird together with her mother for memory and started promoting breast cancer awareness. In 2011, she worked with Star Wars and Stand Up to Cancer for raising funds for cancer research and after that, worked with another organization, Gilda’s Club, for the same purpose. What’s more she hosted the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Revlon Run/ Walk, focusing on fighting for women’s cancer.

As a young and successful celebrity, Emma Stone inspired me not only the persistence of her dream, but also the way she gives back the society. She currently helps people in movie industry with limited or no resources. She encourage paparazzi in a humorous way to focus more on building awareness of Causes such as Autism (as the picture below).

Her life story is not too complicated but she is inspiring enough that: have a dream and go for it; be a nice person to help people who needed the most.

 

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Written by: Mengling Yuan

About GC4W:  The Global Connections for Women Foundation is not-for-profit charity organization that believes in women and girls — and their rights to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities.

Karlie Kloss is a Role Model for Millennial Women. #WomensHistoryMonth

Karlie Kloss is truly a representation of the leading millennial woman. Karlie Kloss is the epitome of a young woman with both beauty and brains. Not only is she a role model for many women of her generation, she also uses her fame and influence to support and empower other women. In fact, she made it into the list of Time 100 Most Influential People in 2016.

Best known for her career as a supermodel, Karlie has been on the cover of Vogue Magazine for more than 30 times and walked on runway shows for numerous designers such as Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and more. Vogue Paris even named her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.

However, Karlie’s profile doesn’t just stop at being a supermodel. Passionate and fearless, Karlie is also a full-fledged entrepreneur, coder, student, baker, philanthropist and vlogger. She shares her stories on her YouTube channel Klossy, supports hungry children with the sales of her cookie brand Karlie’s Kookies, and inspires young women to learn coding through her scholarship program Kode with Klossy.

Despite her impressive resume, Karlie’s life had not always been so glamorous and she certainly was not born with the confidence she has today. Ever since middle school, she was constantly bullied by her peers because of her unusually tall, slender frame and long limbs. Even though these features made her on top of every designer’s wishlist, they made her the subject of mockery when she was growing up and made her school years difficult.

Karlie, now 24 years old, came a long way to develop self confidence to be able to walk on runways and live under the spotlight. Knowing how difficult it could be, she shared her thoughts and advice on developing self confidence on her YouTube channel and encourage others to try their hardest and learn to turn the anxiety of being on stage into fuels of productivity.

Aside from helping girls her age to become more confident through sharing her own experiences, Karlie is also a huge advocate on women education. She believed that in a digital age, it is not only important for people to use social media such as Twitter and Facebook, but also to understand the codes and algorithm behind them. As an avid programmer, she developed a scholarship program Kode with Klossy for women and girls with no coding backgrounds to learn coding.

With more than 6 million followers on Instagram and 2 million fans on Twitter, Karlie is no doubt an influencer in the digital world. However, Karlie doesn’t just connect with her generation – she leads it. She is a role model for girls her generation and she actively inspires young women around the world to become the women they want to be.

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Written by: Tae Yun Mario Kim

About GC4W:  The Global Connections for Women Foundation is not-for-profit charity organization that believes in women and girls — and their rights to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities.

From Aspirations To Inspiration, Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo. #WomensHistoryMonth

In honor of “International Women’s Month,” the Global Connections for Women Foundation is spotlighting Indra Nooyi, the Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. Indra Nooyi is a self-made woman whose story is inspiring and will give rise to more powerful women in the future.

“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader”- Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo

How often do you see a woman at the top of the ladder in the corporate world? However, inspiring fellow-women to change this trend are some dynamic women taking the corporate world by storm. One such contributor is, PepsiCo’s CEO, Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi, ranked 14th at the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women 2016. She was born on 28th October 1955 in Chennai, India. Indra Nooyi is credited for changing the Face of PepsiCo

She earned her degree of Bachelor of Science Madras Christian College in 1974. Following which she received an MBA in Business Management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. She moved to the United States, in 1978, to get her master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management graduating in 1980. Indra landed her first job as a product manager at Johnson & Johnson and MetturBeardsell in India after getting her MBA.

On graduating from Yale, she secured a job at Boston Consulting Group and worked harder than her counterparts. She felt as a woman she had to prove her worth in a male dominated environment and because she wasn’t an American. Indra joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was promoted to CFO in 2001 and eventually designated the President and CEO in 2006. She has held on to that position for a decade now. She has been pivotal in the massive expansion of PepsiCo. Nooyi initiated restructuring strategies that helped boost the company’s worth and brand reputation. She focused on health of her consumers and launched range of products which are nutritious. Which led to her segregating PepsiCo’s products as ‘fun for you’, ‘better for you’, and ‘good for you.’

Indra credits her mother for the position she is in. Every day, in her childhood, her mother would ask Indra and her sister to write a speech imagining themselves as a leader, politician, president, CEO, etc. The role would vary each day. The speech had to be delivered post family dinner each night. This galvanized her into being an extremely ambitious woman and she knew she wanted to conquer the corporate world- which she did.

Her belief system is three folds- do your current job very well, have a hip-pocket spill, and be courageous. This practice contributed in her winning many prestigious awards. She was honored with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award of India, in 200. She was ranked 1st in Fortune magazine’s list of Most Powerful Business Women for 5 consecutive years from 2006 to 2010.

She writes personal letters to her top-level employee’s parents congratulating them for supporting their children. Her own success made her realize the significant role parents play in their children’s success and believes it must be appreciated.

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Written by: Pranali P. Gotpagar

About GC4W:  The Global Connections for Women Foundation is not-for-profit charity organization that believes in women and girls — and their rights to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities.

 

Why A Bold Girl Stands Firm on Wall Street?

Have you seen the Bold Statue of the Girl in Front of the Famous Bronze Bull on Wall Street? Why is she there? Great question, in solidarity to the International Women’s Day celebration and the UN Women’s call for attention on Women in the Workplace.

“As many American women prepare to draw attention to their role in the workplace, a Wall Street firm put up a statue of a girl in front of Lower Manhattan’s bronze bull, fearlessly staring it down” Elsa Butler, New York Times.

“Know the Power of Women in Leadership, SHE makes a Difference”

– State Street Global Advisors

The Wall Street girl is expected to remain on Wall Street for exactly a month, but she is a clear reminder that there’s power in “Standing Still” even when facing the greatest challenge.

The Wall Street girl celebrates all the people who resisted by staying in place. “A little bit to the north one of my all-time favorite heroines, Elizabeth Jennings Graham, won a place in history by refusing to move an inch. An African-American schoolteacher, Graham was on her way to play the organ at a church service in 1854, when her streetcar’s conductor demanded she get off and wait for a car for colored people.”

“Sometimes you can make a Difference by Standing still.” 

Lilian Ajayi-Ore Leads a Microsoft International Women’s Day Event on Skype.

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Happy International Women’s Day! 

Today, we celebrate the social, economic, and political rights of women and girls worldwide. Remembering that more actions are still required to achieve the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030. UN Women calls on a focus on Women in the Workplace.

The Global Connections for Women Foundation participates in Microsoft International Women’s Day Speaker Series.

About the Microsoft Skype “Women’s Day’ Lesson:

Lilian Ajayi-Ore, the Founder and Executive Director of the award-winnning not-for-profit organization, the Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) was invited by Microsoft to speak on access to quality education on the Skype Classroom platform on International Women’s Day and throughout the Women’s History Month. 

Everyone deserves a chance to succeed in life, for many the ability to be successful requires an unprecedented access to quality education. According to the report published by the “Let Girls Learn” initiative of Michelle Obama – 62 million girls worldwide are not in school.  This session is an opportunity to discuss progress and advances made in increasing the number of girls in school – and to inspire girls to stay in school, while pursuing careers in STEM. The session will also cover how educators can contribute to advancing the rights of girls to quality education, a pivotal part of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development Goal #4.” I personally believe as well that UN Global Goals are only going to be achieved, if we all make the conscious effort to participate,” — Lilian Ajayi-Ore, Founder and CEO of Global Connections for Women Foundation 

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Skype meets “Philanthropist of the Year” Lilian Ajayi-Ore.

The topic of Human Rights Status of Women and Girls in Africa and the Rest of the World is very close to Lilian’s heart and in April 2016, she was a guest speaker at the World Bank and IMF Annual Spring Meetings. Here Lilian was invited to create the panel and present on the subject of human rights and citizenship and the impact it has on women and girls. Skype has been an exceptional tool in running the Global Connections for Women Foundation. It enabled us to extend our global partnerships beyond domestic territories to a more global scale. GC4W co-sponsored 30 high school girls from rural parts of South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to participate in a one week “STEM-IT-Forward Expo” in Johannesburg, South Africa—a program created by Taungana.

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International Women’s Day Message from UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

In her message for International Women’s Day 2017, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for change in every part of society, from home to the workplace, if we are to benefit from the equal world envisioned in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. “We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science. We have to start change at home and in the earliest days of school, so that there are no places in a child’s environment where they learn that girls must be less, have less, and dream smaller than boys.”—Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director.

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Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama Launch “Let Girls Learn” initiative.

To educate a girl is to build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future. But unfortunately, there are 62 million girls around the world who are not in school. Half of them are adolescents.” Let Girls Learn, will leverage existing international investments and efforts to ensure the global primary education of adolescent girls to complete their education.

 

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UN Global Goals Goal 4: Quality Education

The United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development – Goal #4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. “In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education… it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond,” Malala Yousafza.
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Clinton Foundation: No Ceiling Project (Report).

The Clinton Foundation through “No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project” released a Data Driven Analysis of Gender Equality and progress made since 1995. Learn more about the progress made and where more attention is required.

 

 

#CSW61: GC4W Co-host Transforming Indigenous Women through Agri-Business during CSW61

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The Global Connections for Women Foundation partners with Agrobiz to host a CSW61 side event in New York City, title: Transforming Indigenous Women through Agri-Business, which is a compliment to this year’s CSW 61 event prority theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” and the “empowerment of indigenous” he topic directly relates to the United Nations Committee on the Status of Women’s 2018 emerging theme. We aim at supporting gender equity and supporting indigenous peoples’ cultures, customary laws and institutions with AgriBusiness.  More than 50% of food grown worldwide is produce by women (including indigenous).  Promoting gender equality among indigenous woman can pose significant challenges.  Indigenous women suffer from a range of problems violation of their rights including, lack of participation in decision-making processes, control over income, land rights, access to education, harmful traditional practices, and domestic violence.  AgriBusiness directly impacts skills, resources, opportunity and motivation toward empowering indigenous women. 

Join the topical discussion and learn more about how agribusiness impacts the world. 

  • Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 
  • Time: 12:30pm – 1:00pm 
  • Venue: Salvation Army’s Auditorium 
  • Registration: Admission is Free 
  • Attend the Social Change Soiree – RSVP via eventbrite 

The sixty-first session of the Commission on theStatus of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session. Download the 2017, CSW61 official brochure.

Theme: Transforming Indigenous Women thru AgriBusiness

Significantly, indigenous women remain untapped potential for sustainable development and drivers for poverty reduction with agribusiness.  Topical discussion areas:

POWER: Advancement of Agricultural Change Agents in Rural & Urban Communities

PASSION: Advocacy for Women’s Role in Agribusiness in Natural, Financial & Human Capital

POTENTIAL: Access to Women’s Ownership Rights to Land and Other Resources

PROFITABILITY: Agriculture + Business = Women in Sustainable Development

AgroBiz™  is a Non-Governmental international organization that aims to work with constituted authorities to sustainably promote the future of Agribusiness. We plan to achieve this through proactive, grassroots, community driven developmental programs, initiatives or projects, designed to bring relief, empowerment and eradicate extreme poverty among rural and urban communities.

#WomensHistoryMonth Message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director

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In her message for International Women’s Day 2017, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for change in every part of society, from home to the workplace, if we are to benefit from the equal world envisioned in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science. We have to start change at home and in the earliest days of school, so that there are no places in a child’s environment where they learn that girls must be less, have less, and dream smaller than boys.”—Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director

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UN WomenSTATEMENT

For Immediate Release
02 MARCH 2017

Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

on International Women’s Day,

8 March 2017

Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities—typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and manage the house. In many cases this unequal division of labour is at the expense of women’s and girls’ learning, of paid work, sports, or engagement in civic or community leadership. This shapes the norms of relative disadvantage and advantage, of where women and men are positioned in the economy, of what they are skilled to do and where they will work.

This is the unchanging world of unrewarded work, a globally familiar scene of withered futures, where girls and their mothers sustain the family with free labour, with lives whose trajectories are very different from the men of the household.

We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science.

We have to start change at home and in the earliest days of school, so that there are no places in a child’s environment where they learn that girls must be less, have less, and dream smaller than boys.

This will take adjustments in parenting, curricula, educational settings, and channels for everyday stereotypes like TV, advertising and entertainment; it will take determined steps to protect young girls from harmful cultural practices like early marriage, and from all forms of violence.

Women and girls must be ready to be part of the digital revolution. Currently only 18 per cent of undergraduate computer science degrees are held by women. We must see a significant shift in girls all over the world taking STEM subjects, if women are to compete successfully for high-paying ‘new collar’ jobs.  Currently just 25 per cent of the digital industries’ workforce are women.

Achieving equality in the workplace will require an expansion of decent work and employment opportunities, involving governments’ targeted efforts to promote women’s participation in economic life, the support of important collectives like trade unions, and the voices of women themselves in framing solutions  to overcome current barriers to women’s participation, as examined by the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. The stakes are high: advancing women’s equality could boostglobal GDP by USD 12 trillion by 2025.

It also requires a determined focus on removing the discrimination women face on multiple and intersecting fronts over and above their gender: sexual orientation, disability, older age, and race. Wage inequality follows these: the average gender wage gap is 23 per cent but this rises to 40 per cent for African American women in the United States. In the European Union, elderly women are 37 per cent more likely to live in poverty than elderly men.

In roles where women are already over-represented but poorly paid, and with little or no social protection, we must make those industries work better for women. For example, a robust care economy that responds to the needs of women and gainfully employs them; equal terms and conditions for women’s paid work and unpaid work; and support for women entrepreneurs, including their access to finance and markets. Women in the informal sector also need their contributions to be acknowledged and protected. This calls for enabling macroeconomic policies that contribute to inclusive growth and significantly accelerate progress for the 770 million people living in extreme poverty.

Addressing the injustices will take resolve and flexibility from both public and private sector employers. Incentives will be needed to recruit and retain female workers; like expanded maternity benefits for women that also support their re-entry into work, adoption of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, and direct representation at decision-making levels. Accompanying this, important changes in the provision of benefits for new fathers are needed, along with the cultural shifts that make uptake of paternity and parental leave a viable choice, and thus a real shared benefit for the family.

In this complexity there are simple, big changes that must be made: for men to parent, for women to participate and for girls to be free to grow up equal to boys. Adjustments must happen on all sides if we are to increase the number of people able to engage in decent work, to keep this pool inclusive, and to realize the benefits that will come to all from the equal world envisaged in our Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.


UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. For more information, visit www.unwomen.org. UN Women, 220 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, New York. Tel: +1 646 781-4400. Fax: +1 646 781-4496.

The Miracle of Leaning In, Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook.

Lean in. You, deserve more. “When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.” –  Sheryl SandbergLean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Have you ever noticed, that usually in a corporate environment the numbers of women and men in entry-level positions are largely similar, however when it comes to senior-level positions there is very often a huge gap. This is especially true in the high-tech and finance industries. These industries are normally dominated by men in the respective workplaces. Further proof of an overall lack of women in senior level corporate positions is evidenced by the fact that only 21 of the Fortune 500 companies are led by women. Of these 21 Fortune 500 companies lead by women, only 14% of executive officer positions are held by women. This gap is even worse for women of color, who hold just 5% of top corporate positions. These statistics seem to indicate that the truth turns out to be that the senior corporate world, especially as it relates to the top global companies, is ruled in large part by men. It can further be said that even though after so many years of women struggling for female rights and gender equity in the workplace that equality has not yet arrived in the workplace for the upper most levels of senior management in the corporate world.

“We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change” ― Sheryl Sandberg.

Sheryl Sandberg, inspires women to challenge the status quo, encourages women to work harder in their careers, and to fight for a world and workplace of true equity social and gender equality. This is because she has exhibited through her own career as an example that women deserve further advancement in the corporate world and to have a greater share of the senior leadership positions in the corporate world. Sheryl Sandberg, not only as a business woman has demonstrated tremendous success in her own career, but she has also served as major feminist in society and has been active in promoting women’s rights.

She was recognized as the 7th Most Powerful Women in 2016 globally, the 14th most successful of America’s Self-Made Women for 2016, and is also on the list of the Richest Women in the World for 2016 by Forbes.

“There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have” ― Sheryl Sandberg.

Sheryl Sandberg was born in 1969 in Washington, D.C from a Jewish family. She had always been the top student in class at school and graduated from Harvard with B.A. in economics with excellent grades. Later on after she earned her M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, she worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. After that, she served for Larry Summers, then Treasury Secretary, as a chief of staff. And in 2001 she moved to Silicon Valley and joined Google Inc. working as a Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations for 7 years. In 2008, she started serving for Facebook as a COO successfully boosting revenues by 66-fold.

“Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it.” ― Sheryl Sandberg

As one of the most successful business women in the world, Sheryl Sandberg gradually realized the gender inequality in business world and released her first book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, to advocate for having more female voices in positions of power to create equitable opportunities for everybody. As she said in her book,

“A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.”  ― Sheryl Sandberg

In November 2015, she donated $31 million in Facebook stock to a charitable fund, the majority of which will go to LeanIn.org, an org. Lean In, as a NGO, has grown all over the world, continuing to support women in the workplace and women’s empowerment groups universally.

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Written by: Blanche Huo

About GC4W:  The Global Connections for Women Foundation is not-for-profit charity organization that believes in women and girls — and their rights to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities.

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