One of the top five issues I’m passionate about is the need to increase the number of women executives, techies, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Why does this subject get so much of my mental energy?
Here are my three biggest calls for change:
What else can we do?
I have to give credit to several others who have highlighted this subject recently. Jeff Bussgang addressed why there are not enough female VCs (see his article The VC Gender Gap – Are VCs Sexist?) and the sharp-tongued Scott Kirsner of the Boston Globe addressed networking for women (see this article). I hope that by the time the next generation of girls comes of age that things will be much improved.
UPDATE 1/15/10: Jason Evanish (co-founder of Greenhorn Connect) pointed me to a great resource on their site – Resources for female business women, executives, and entrepreneurs in Boston area.
UPDATE 2/20/10: I have recently found a great whitepaper with research by Illuminate Ventures. Defintiely a worthy read. Here is a quote: “Organizations that are the most inclusive of women in top management achieve 35% higher ROE and 34% better total return to shareholders versus their peers – and research shows gender diversity to be particularly valuable where innovation is key.”
UPDATE 2/28/10: I have to mention a fantastic article Eric Ries has posted on his blog called: “Why diversity matters (the meritocracy business)” Eric does a great job explaining why diversity is a great measure of how meritocratic your organization is.
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