Equality Report

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Women own or manage more than 30 percent of all businesses, but 5 percent or less of the biggest enterprises, in a recent world reported by United Nations  last week.

Nonetheless, the UN report concluded, the vast disparity between the total number of businesses owned or managed by women, and the near-total male domination in the largest businesses, shows that “the larger the company, the less likely the head will be a woman.”

According to the United Nations world report, Jamaica has the highest proportion of women who are managers, at 59.3 percent, while Yemen has the least, at 2.1 percent. The United States is ranked 15th, at 42.7 percent, well behind some countries in less developed areas.

A 2012 study from the Center for American Progress found that the average full-time working woman loses more than $430,000 over her lifetime compared with the average full-time male worker.

The initiative called the "100% Talent: The Boston Women's Compact," launched in late 2013, is the brainchild of now-former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. With 50 businesses on board, Businesses have signed a pledge agree to open their books and self-assess their wage data to see how, statistically, they do on pay parity.

The U.S. still lags far behind other industrialized countries in implementing family-friendly policies that can boost women’s earning power and create security for working families.

CEO and advertising executive ( IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn companies)  Cindy Gallop states “Without new actions to promote women’s equality, it would take 100-200 years to achieve gender parity in business leadership.”

A package of eight bills pushing for women's equality on various issues passed the state Senate and some Assembly members are asking their chamber's leader to allow a vote on the reforms as well.

Sens. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) sponsored two of the bills in the package, fighting sex trafficking and ensuring equal pay for women, respectively.

The comprehensive package also includes bills that would stop discrimination based on family status; end pregnancy discrimination in the workplace; prevent housing discrimination against domestic violence victims; apply sexual harassment laws to all sizes of business; remove barriers to remedy discrimination; and allow electronic filing for orders of protection.

Ladies like Jennifer Lawrence, Viola Davis, and Reese Witherspoon kicked ass onscreen, while Shonda Rhimes took over our TVs. No one’s claiming Hollywood has achieved gender parity—but by and large, 2014 certainly looked like a giant step forward for the movement.
Women still severely underrepresented in film, study finds As is often the case, though, a look beyond the spotlight and behind the scenes tells a startlingly different story—one in which gender equity in the industry is back where it was 17 years ago. In 2014, women comprised a paltry 17 percent of all the people who worked behind the cameras—directors, producers, editors, writers, executive producers and cinematographers—on the top-grossing 250 movies, the same scant percentage as in 1998. (Report by The Celluloid Ceiling, conducted by Dr. Martha M. Lauzen of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University)

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