Gender Matters – it seems it does in faculty hiring.

Woman with qualifications My long-time friend from CAMAwise, Esther Haines, sent me this great article about whether it makes a difference having a woman in the top job when it comes to faculty hiring. It appears that women have made slow but steady progress in representation on college boards and this seems to be having a positive effect on the number of female faculty members. Cornell Higher Education Research Institute released a study undertaken over a long period of time, and a large sample of institutions, which could give value to the argument that change at the top of institutions could lead to change at junior faculty level. According to the report of a recent National Research Council committee, there is evidence that the gender of the chair of a faculty search committee can influence the likelihood that female Ph.D.'s will apply for a position in science and engineering fields at major research universities. More research is needed on deans and department chairs to see if having women in leadership is related to the hiring of more women, but the results would appear to be positive for women, particularly in science and engineering.

Why office gossip can be good for you

Watercooler talk This story in Forbes caught my eye as spending time on water
cooler talk
is something that I do recommend in my coaching sessions for women.
Office gossip isn’t always bad for you, the reality is that many deals are
informally agreed
and relationships strengthened during this ‘down time’ with
colleagues. If you never participate in the banter and the ‘what are you doing
this weekend’ type conversations you may not be seen as a team player.  As Donna Eder co-author of the paper
"Strategies of Adult Gossip" says, when you aren’t the leader you don’t
have as much power to express yourself directly, so a well placed piece of
gossip
could do the job for you. The professional female needs to learn this social
skill
and use it to her advantage to create camaraderie particularly if she
works in a mostly male dominated environment, where she may be excluded from
the golfing and drinking outings.

How to get the recognition you deserve, and take control of your career

Women networking As you may know I am a great believer in mentoring and
networking
and the benefits they can bring to your career. In particular for career
women working in a male dominated environment
. This is one of the reasons I
created my Beyond the Boys Club Boot Camps. Having run the first Boot Camp
during January and February I was absolutely delighted with the feedback I
received, with Boot Campers saying they ‘couldn’t believe’ the difference the
Boot Camp was making to their career
, and that was before they had even
completed the course! Not only will you get the opportunity to network with the
other Boot Campers
, I will also teach you some valuable techniques for
networking within and outside your organisation to enable you to widen your
circle of influence
. You will also learn how to raise your profile – something women
often find difficult – to get the recognition you deserve. If you are a
professional female who really wants to move your career on to the next level take
the opportunity now, because this is the last Boot Camp to be offered at the
special introductory price. It was such a pleasure to work with the last group
of Boot Campers and I am really looking forward to the next group.To find out more and book your place go to Beyond the Boys Club Boot Camp

The iPad – Great product, shame about the name!

Telling-off-s There has been a lot written about Apple’s new iPad but I found this article from the Huffington Post
amusing. It highlights why we need more
women in technology
, as the article points out you can just imagine a room
full of men thinking this was a really great name for their new product. They
need to remember that whilst women
control 66% of home computer purchases they only hold 27% of computer related
jobs
according to a study by the National Center for Women &
Information Technology. There has also been a steady decline in the number of computer science bachelor's degrees awarded to women. It would seem
to me that there is a great opportunity
here for women in IT to start making inroads into this male dominated
environment. Then maybe next time Apple release a new product the women will be applauding the product’s
name as well.

The New Economics of Marriage – a Great Result for Men it would seem!

Man-holding-money According to a report by The Pew
Research Center
22% of married women
are now earning more than their husbands –
which is over a fivefold increase from 1970 when it was just 4%. The economic gains of being married have
increased for men
with the study also finding that better educated women are more likely to marry  than less well educated women – putting paid
to the myth that men don’t want a woman smarter than them. These women are
also likely to earn more therefore increasing
the household income.
When a man married forty years ago it was unlikely
that the household gained a second income as he would be the sole breadwinner. Now with many men being the victims of the
recession
it is just as likely that the wife will be the main earner – thereby increasing household income
overall. The good news for career women is
that the study also found that their
earnings grew 44%
compared with only 6% for men, which has narrowed but not closed the earnings gap. So at least
things are starting to move in the right direction, let’s hope the trend
continues. And the good news for men
- with household income going up is that pressure on them having to provide is
going down.

Why the Decline of Senior Women in Financial Institutions?

Woman climbing career ladder My friend Adam Quinton at Bank of America sent me this interesting
article
on the return of Sallie Krawcheck to Wall Street when
she was hired six months ago as president of global wealth and investment
management at Bank of America.
Sallie was amazed and delighted with
the emails she received from current and former Wall Street women celebrating her return.

She had been forced
out very publicly
as head of a comparable unit at Citigroup in
August 2008 and of other women in a similar position she is the only returner. Bruce Greenwald, a professor of finance
and strategy at Columbia University Business School believes “It is more
difficult for women to come back because the
environment in financial institutions is generally more hostile to women
,
this culture has developed over a very long period of time and it has been
exacerbated as the firms’ emphasis has
shifted from traditional investment banking
to sales and trading, which is
an even more macho culture.”

The number of women
in this sector has declined
since 2006 with the aggressive environment of
the trading floor being cited as the reason. I certainly see in the work I do
with professional women that there is a growing anxiety for women in
the financial industry that their career
paths are narrowing
despite business starting to pick up.

You can learn techniques to develop your career as a woman in banking and finance, in our Beyond the Boys Club Boot
Camp
the next one starts on March 12th. This could be just what
you need to make that breakthrough.

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