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Originally International Women’s Day was called International Working Women’s Day. It is celebrated on March 8th every year. The first time it was celebrated was In New York on February 28, 1909, YES 1909!!, to remember the 1908 strike of the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union in New York City.

In August 1910, an International Women’s Conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. 100 women from 17 countries met to promote equal rights. The following year on March 19, 1911 International Women’s Day  was celebrated by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Women demanded that they be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination. (Well, some things haven’t changed). For many years it was predominately celebrated in socialist & communist countries. Hmmm…

Not until my generation was it embraced by the USA & much of the world. In 1975 The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day because it was also International Women’s Year. 1975!! Then in 1977 the United Nations invited its member to declare March 8th as the United Nations Day for women’s right and world peace.

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” – Happy International Women’s Day!

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Women have historically been underrepresented in almost all fields: science, school curricula, business, politics—and, sadly, doodles. In addition to our continued effort for doodle diversity and inclusion (see progress on http://google.com/doodles), today’s truly International Women’s Day doodle features a host of inspiring women from around the world, including the President of Lithuania, a brave Pakistani education activist, an ever-curious explorer, and dozens more. Find the full list of participants: http://goo.gl/fzUBZn

 

For info on International Women’s Day see http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Here are the top 10 cities for women entrepreneurs
May 13, 2013

Rebecca Grant

Women in entrepreneurship is a hot-button issue right now. Women represent a significantly smaller number of executives and entrepreneurs then men, and far fewer women aspire to positions of leadership.

Intuit published an infographic today presenting the top cities for female entrepreneurs as well as some interesting statistics about the state of women-owned businesses in the U.S. The report looked at median education levels, unemployment rates, income, population and percentage of business owned by women in each city to provide an overall score for female entrepreneurship.

intuit infographicSan Francisco ranks number one, followed by Seattle, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and Portland. Washington, D.C., has the highest percentage of women-owned businesses at 34.5 percent, while Austin had the lowest unemployment rate. Chicago and New York did not even make the top 10. Of 552 female business owners surveyed, 66 percent said they are most optimistic about growth and revenue for 2013 than they were in 2012.

Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg set off ripples of discussion with her recent book, Lean In. In the book, she said women professionals often don’t command the respect they deserve and hold themselves back from climbing the career ladder. This issue extends beyond the tech community, where there is a major shortage of women engineers. Women all over the country cite a low confidence, negative workplace culture, and a lack of mentors as other reasons, which is why Sandberg promotes women coming together in groups for discussion and support.

Studies have shown that gender and ethnic diversity in a workplace strengthens decision-making and diverse teams tend to be more innovative and efficient. Intuit also made a few suggestions along these lines, including finding and being a mentor, asserting yourself, and building a network of female entrepreneurs. Even if the environment for female entrepreneurs is evolving, there is still a long way to go.

Photo Credit: Alaina Percival/Women Who Code
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/13/here-are-the-top-ten-cities-for-women-entrepreneurs/#RbG8rvJbi4wPHBXS.99

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