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Growing Women’s Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh

Forty-year-old Parveen Akhter is the founder and Managing Director of Glamour Boutique House and Training Centre, the only small factory run by a woman in Jessore, a small town in the southwestern region of Bangladesh. The 4,000 square feet-factory produces textile and clothing and employs 52 women. For Akhter, this is not a small win. Twelve years ago, when she…

Melinda Gates Puts $1 Billion Toward Fixing Gender Inequality

What keeps Melinda Gates up at night? The thought that people will move on from addressing systemic gender inequality. That the groundswell surrounding #MeToo will recede. That companies will only pay lip service to fixing gender inequities at work rather than prioritizing them.  “There is too much at stake to allow that to happen. Too many people–women and men–have worked too hard to get…

How To Ask For Time Off During Your Internship

You’ve finally landed your dream internship. Maybe it’s paid, maybe it’s at a company you’ve always wanted to work for, or maybe you know that it’s going to help you break into the field you’ve always aspired to be a part of. Whatever the exact circumstances, it’s the internship that you’ve been chasing your entire college career. But there’s just one…

Saudi Women React to New Travel and Work Rights

A wave of hope swept through Saudi Arabia when the government there announced in early August that it would soon extend significant new rights to women.  The changes, which started applying at the end of August, were anticipated to dramatically change the conservative kingdom’s so-called guardianship system, allowing women to get passports, travel, work, keep custody of minors and register births and divorces without…