I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend! To begin, a new book from Tiffany Dufu argues that gender equality starts at home. Tiffany’s point is that until women demand more equality at home we will not achieve equality in the workplace or society. The message being that when caring for a family or household chores falls squarely on a woman’s shoulders then it is a woman’s issue and not a family and society issue. The full article can be found here.
A recent HBR article backs her theory – it seems all employees value flexible working hours, but employers punish women who use it. According to the article, men are praised for taking part in such programs, and women making the same request are viewed as less reliable and committed. They are also less likely to have their request granted. The full article can be found here.
To understand just how ingrained these beliefs are, take this weekend’s tumult over a Utah Republican party official’s comments that equal pay is bad for society because, and I quote “it is not the role of the government to “dictate to businesses what they should pay” and said “traditionally, men have earned more than women in the workplace because they are considered the primary breadwinners for families. They need to make enough to support their families and allow the mother to remain in the home to raise and nurture the children.” What he is missing is that today, 40% of all households in the US are headed by a woman, so the outdated notion that women can afford to earn less because work is a choice is hurting us all. The full article can be found here.
Finally, also from HBR, new research shows that women who have been turned down for an executive role will shy away from applying again. This is a critical finding because even small differences in response to rejection will have a big impact on the ability for women to get ahead. Bottom line? Rejection is just part of a career path – so dust yourself off and keep asking until you get what you want! The full article can be found here.
We our holding our biggest event of the year on March 9th in Dallas. This will be TXWSW’s 8th annual State of the Markets event and we have nothing short of a fabulous line up planned! To begin, back by popular demand, we have Danielle DiMartino Booth, formerly with the Dallas Fed and Dr. Lev Borodovsky, Editor of the Wall Street Journal’s Daily Shotdiscussing the economy in a debate style format led by Dallas Children’s investment director Ryan Bailey. Next, we have award winning CIOs from across the country sharing their thoughts on asset allocation, opportunities and pitfalls in today’s market led by Nili Gilbert. This event is open to the public and supports the Young Women’s Preparatory Network – please buy your ticket today and help us get the word out! More details may be found here.
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We have some terrific events lined up for you this year and look forward to seeing you all at an event in 2017! To learn more about our 2017 events, please visit www.txwsw.com