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Studies show that historically women have reported a more difficult time finding mentors than men do, which has led to a number of mentoring networks aimed specifically at connecting women with female mentors. In a 2010 World Economic Forum report on corporate practices for gender diversity in 20 countries, 59 percent of the companies surveyed said they offer internally led mentoring and networking programs, and 28 percent said they have women-specific programs. But with women squarely positioned as the driving force behind U.S. labor force growth—projected to account for 51 percent of the increase in total growth through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor—what will happen when there aren’t enough mentors to go around? A 2011 report by McKinsey Research pointed out that women are claiming 53 percent of entry-level management jobs, but that after that, the numbers drop: to 37 percent for mid-managers, and even lower, to 26 percent, for vice presidents and up.
A woman who was raped by her friend in India, and who is now dealing with a case in the High Court, is telling her story to the Women in the World audience. The lights are out. Her back is to the audience. And we don’t know her name. This is what the livestream looks like at the moment. She is doing this as a precautionary measure fearing backlash from her own people. Such a brave woman.
Dr. Mamphela Ramphele
has announced the creation of a new political party, Agad, and is running to be South Africa’s first female president. God speed.
Dr. Mamphela Ramphele being interviewed by Charlie Rose on stage at Women in the World. She’s campaigning to be South Africa’s first president. Watch live here.
If you’re not watching the Women in the World livestream right now, well, you should probably check it out! Some fantastic live journalism going on right now. Up now: Syria.
Hey! We’re doing a Twitter chat in five minutes about women & tech. Girls Who Code's Reshma Saujani & Recovers.org’s Caitria O’Neill are co-hosting. To join in, follow the Twitter account @WomenInWorld and the hashtag #wiwchat.
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Women Seeing Women
International Women’s Day, March 8
“Mallarme said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book. Today everything exists to end in a photograph.” —Susan Sontag
Hanna Putz (featured in the first slide of this preview) nurtured her awareness as a photographer, starting out as a model in front of the camera. Echoing Sontag’s sentiment, she has looked for ways to shake up the “permanent posing” of her generation. In creating portraits of friends who had recently given birth to their first children, she noticed a remarkable shift in awareness. “Their attention is mainly on their child, and [they] are also in some kind of a transitional phase, as they are adjusting to the new role that has just been given to them,” said Putz in an interview with BJP.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Newsweek & The Daily Beast features work from 15 talented women who represent a range of remarkable awareness as lovers, daughters, mothers, and foremost artists.
Pop over to the Twitter hashtag #wiwchat if you’d like to discuss women and the global community for the next hour. Chat is led by @womeninworld.
First question is: What issue(s) impacting women on a global scale do you feel need greater attention?