Twitter campaign highlights top women in global health

January 23, 2015

A social media campaign asking people to nominate leading women in global health is underway with 100 women nominated so far. Sharmila Devi reports. Reposted from www.thelancet.com Vol 385 January 24, 2015.

A list of leading women working in global health is being compiled by people around the world who are nominating their choices via Twitter as part of an effort to showcase female leadership.


A preliminary list of 100 women has been created and the list is now being expanded to 200 women, said Ilona Kickbusch, director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

Why do women hold less than 25 percent of global health leadership roles?

February 02, 2015

By Kelli Rogers, reposted from Devex blog 

The majority of students pursuing global health careers are female, but less than a quarter of leadership roles in the field belong to women.

During a recent interaction with a clinical adviser in Cameroon, one member of global health’s sliver of women leaders — Dr. Elaine Abrams — looked as the woman pointed out her son’s school. She lived right nearby, she told Abrams, allowing her to drop him off in the mornings, walk to work and travel quickly to pick him up if a problem arose. She heard of the same story, Abrams said, when she visited women health workers in Mozambique.

How Can We Do Better for Women's Leadership in 2016?

December 10, 2015

From Huffington Post:

Most people don't think they have biases, but everyone is biased on some level by their own frame of reference. When it comes to gender bias, it's important for men to increase their awareness of how their assumptions about professional women may inadvertently keep women in their organization from advancing.

Companies with Women on Their Boards Do Better

December 08, 2015

From Slate:

A new study of more than 4,200 public companies from global market index provider MSCI reports that those with “strong female leadership” enjoyed a 36.4 percent greater return on equity over a five-and-a-half year period than companies without a critical mass of women at the top.

In order to attract funding, projects must have at least three of their four key creative roles – director, writer, producer and protagonist – occupied by a woman

December 07, 2015

From The Conversation:

In order to attract funding, projects must have at least three of their four key creative roles – director, writer, producer and protagonist – occupied by a woman

Here’s how to get more women promoted to top jobs in universities

November 27, 2015

From The Conversation:

Women may now outnumber men in the ranks of university students but men still outnumber women in leadership roles in nearly all areas of professional workplaces.


The Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot aims to address the situation for the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) areas that traditionally have very low participation by women through making universities and research organisations only eligible for National Health and Medical Research Council or Australian Research Council funding if they can show a strong commitment to gender equity at senior levels, and through job promotion mentorship programmes that encouraging women to apply for the more experienced positions.

Emma Watson warned not to use the word 'feminism'

December 01, 2015

From Huffington Post:

In September 2014, Emma Watson made waves when she gave a moving speech on feminism to launch the HeForShe gender equality campaign. A video of the speech went viral, sparking conversations about how to encourage men to participate in and support feminist causes. But apparently, Watson experienced some push back prior to delivering the speech, all because of one word: feminism.

"I was encouraged not to use the word 'feminism' because people felt that it was alienating and separating and the whole idea of the speech was to include as many people as possible." 

Even Famous Female Economists Get No Respect

November 11, 2015

From New York Times:

Men’s voices tend to dominate economic debate, although perhaps this is shaped by how we talk about the contributions of female economists. This is easiest to see in how we discuss the work of economist power couples.

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