For nigh onto a month I’ve been meaning to write a post on women in business. Seeing Sheryl Sandberg (COO Facebook) on Jon Stewart’s show last night provided the final push.
This smart lady who pulls down a nifty $30 million a year has a new book out, “Lean In,” walloping the New York Times best-seller list (#1 in Non-Fiction). (Oh, yes, the photo below is a different kind of leaning, but I thought it would grab folks attention nonetheless.)
There was a nice profile done of her this week in the San Jose Mercury News providing a modest recap of her recent lecture at Stanford. And she was on “60 Minutes” last month, an excerpt of which ran on CNN.
The bullet points from her Stanford lecture had me fascinated. (You’ll have to look for yourself!) And the statistics on where women stand (at the top or not) in the world was also unsettling for 2013:
“Men still run the world, she said, noting that of 197 heads of state, only 22 are women; of the top 500 companies by revenues, only 21 are headed by women; and in politics, women hold just 18 percent of congressional offices. In 2010, women earned just 77 cents for every dollar men made.”
The latter number is ALWAYS in my head because I acutely remember that the dollar-earned needle has hardly moved an iota since I joined the workforce a long time ago.
It seems rather depressing from our side of the fence, right?
But then on International Women’s Day (March 8), there were a plethora of articles and information posted that provided a more encouraging spotlight. The Daily Beast had a nice slideshow/post on 15 Amazing Women in History You’ve Never Heard Of. (Oddly the link only finds 10 of them. Sigh.)
Another post came from Nielsen with some interesting statistics in 10 Things to Know About Today’s Female Consumer. Here’s #7: “Women in the U.S. spend significantly more time on social media than men do. Online, women spend 44 percent more time on social media, and via mobile, the number jumps to 39 percent.”
Now, if you’ve got a business that targets women buyers, this is information to pay attention to!
Another post, The Women of Social Media