Category Archives: Women in Leadership

The Impact of Mentors and Women in Leadership Roles

In the previous article, we posed a question about what could be done to solve the issue of the gap in leadership when it comes to the disparity between men and women in the roles; and then, we just happened to come across an article posted by the Levo League on the Huffington Post that offers food for thought that is right in line with Enlightened Leadership: the impact of mentors and women in leadership.

The Impact of Mentors and Women in Leadership Roles

Without mentorship, education, and development — knowledge passed from generation to generation from the most successful of past generations to the most inquiring of this one — there would be very little continuity of culture over history. Those who strive to teach us have a permanent impact on the future.

Recent decades have brought no shortage of organizations dedicated to elevating the status and abilities of the demographic that this publication focuses on: women. There is, in fact, a miniature crusade to elevate the status of women almost anywhere you go in the United States. These organizations often suffer from a lack of knowledge or desire to collaborate with one another — they form a sort of fractal pattern of “I know better”s. And in many ways, it hardly matters — providing mentors and role models for young women is important, so the proliferation of similarly-minded institutions can hardly be said to have negative impact (however that would be measured, I’m not sure).

But what can be counted — almost on one hand — are organizations that both think and act on a global scale. Many of us are familiar with them — Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women project , theThird Billion campaign, Women for Women International, and Vital Voices are the major players in this arena. A key indicator for the success of these types of organization is whether they can attain either major corporate or government sponsorship. The largest efforts to empower disenfranchised women globally — through economic empowerment, leadership and quality of life efforts — often come backed by management consulting or investment banking firms.

Among these, Vital Voices is a different type of player in the space. Originally stemming from the Vital Voices Democratic Initiative, established in 1997, the Vital Voices Global Partnership was cofounded by former Hillary Clinton aide and chief of staff Melanne Verveer, current Vital Voices President Alyse Nelson, Donna McLarty, Mary Yerrick, and Theresa Loar. Their three central goals are to elevate the status of women by providing aid to improve their quality of living as well as by developing female leaders in small communities worldwide to bring economic prosperity to these communities — from the inside out.

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The impact of mentors and women in leadership roles is arguably the most important factor when cultivating leadership skills in young women today. What’s your take?


Have Women Closed the Gap in Leadership?

It is easy to forget that the early women’s movement began only 100 years ago and the modern one about 40 ago. We have certainly come a long way since then, but have women closed the gap in leadership or is there still work to be done? This article below, inspired by a question posed on the floor of an all-male  Congressional committee hearing, posted by Leslie Bennetts on the Daily Beast offers some real-world statistics on the subject.

Have Women Closed the Gap in Leadership?

When a Congressional committee hearing presented an all-male panel of witnesses to discuss female contraception last month, Rep Carolyn Maloney made news by demanding, “Where are the women?”

Her question was surprising only because it so rarely commands public attention these days. Far less unexpected was the relative absence of women among those making decisions about their welfare. Throughout American society, the dramatic underrepresentation of women at the top remains the norm, despite widespread misconceptions to the contrary.

Nearly 50 years after the modern women’s movement began, many people assume the battle for equality is largely over. “Perfectly nice guys will say to me, ‘You must be so happy you’ve won!’” reports Gloria Steinem. “I say, ‘But are you working for a woman?’ And they look appalled.”

The truth is that men continue to run most major institutions and make most of the important political, executive, policy and other decisions in the United States. And as demonstrated by the current battle over contraceptive coverage in health insurance, the dearth of women decision-makers often results in policies that fail to serve women’s needs, let alone the larger goal of equality.

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So, where were the women on that panel? Please tell us what your ideas are: have women closed the gap in leadership? What would be the approach of an Enlightened Leader to solve this issue?