This is why the Equal Rights Amendment matters for our economic recovery

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The CEO of Pipeline Equity notes that the Constitution does not guarantee the full and equal participation of women in society and the economy. The consequences of withholding such legal protections reach far and wide. Women supported and sustained the U.S. wartime economy during the world’s largest, most lethal, and most destructive conflict in history . In fact, the 50% growth in women’s paid labor force participation between 1940 and 1945 proved so instrumental that one of the greatest economic legacies of World War II is that of women’s economic enfranchisement. That boded well not only for women but for an entire nation in turmoil. Read Full Story

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How Big Is the Gender Gap Between Men and Women in SEO?

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Posted by NicoleDeLeon To anyone working in SEO, it’s fairly evident that this is a male-dominated industry. Although there are powerful women SEOs in the field (like Moz CEO Sarah Bird, for example), if you glance at a conference speaker lineup or peruse the bylines on search-related blogs, you’ll see that those who identify as female are few and far between. A recent list of the 140 most influential SEOs featured 104 men and just 36 women. So how big is the gender gap? And how does it translate to tangible things like pay and job titles? To find out, we mined the data from our State of SEO 2020 survey , which featured 652 SEOs in 51 countries. Here are some of the things we learned. But first, a mea culpa. If SEOs who identify as women have an uphill climb in this industry, there’s no doubt that female-identifying …

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Why we need to focus on equity to have a sustainable economic recovery after COVID-19

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The female CEO of Bank of the West points out that one issue that could prevent a sustainable economic recovery is the lack of women in positions that are responsible for P&L. “Women’s equality and empowerment are one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but also integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development. In short, all the SDGs depend on the achievement of Goal 5 .” —The United Nations Read Full Story

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COVID-19 disproportionately impacted women. This loss could have a big ripple effect on our economy

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Cate Luzio, founder of women’s collaboration space Luminary, talks to female business owners about the impact of COVID-19 and the coming shecession. COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting women and people of color. The National Bureau of Economic Research estimates that the pandemic has already eliminated 25% of women-owned businesses. As revenues and profits dwindle on average for these businesses, the pandemic will further increase gender inequality in ownership and broaden economic disparities and create what some are calling a “ shecession. ” Read Full Story

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Women are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19

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The economic crisis is hitting women hard as they are not only paid less than men but women make up 75% of healthcare workers and a greater percentage of service workers. We’re all facing very real fears right now, fears about our health and fears about the economy. People are afraid of getting ill and losing loved ones to the coronavirus pandemic. They are also afraid of losing their livelihoods. Read Full Story

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These are the issues that matter most to entrepreneurs

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In Fast Company and Inc.’s third annual survey, founders shared what’s keeping them up at night—and it’s not just concerns about their business. Small businesses are the backbone of the global economy. Think 90% of firms that account for more than 50% of employment, according to the World Bank . Those numbers were expected to keep growing, prior to the pandemic. Just look at how the ranks of women-owned businesses in the U.S. alone increased 21% over the last five years, adding $1.9 trillion to the GDP and employing 9.4 million workers, according to a report from AMEX . Read Full Story

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MacKenzie Bezos unveils her first public philanthropic effort—with a famous partner

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MacKenzie Bezos and Melinda Gates are teaming up for a philanthropic effort to help women gain more power and influence by 2030. MacKenzie Bezos is dipping her toe into the public philanthropy world as a divorcée. Her first publicly announced project offers a glimpse into her interests: helping women from all backgrounds gain more power . She is teaming up with a famous peer, Melinda Gates, to launch the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge , which will give $30 million to the organizations with the best plans to expand women’s influence in the United States by 2030. Read Full Story

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I’m a gay CEO, and this is why parental leave will promote gender equality

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The founder of Credly reflects on becoming a father and upending the archaic maternity-leave playbook, which has perpetuated bias against women in the workplace and permitted men to operate under lower expectations. My newest startup is Benjamin. No, it’s not a new consumer product or AI company with a familiar first name . Benjamin is my son. And only five months in, he is the most amazing product I’ve ever helped launch. He is also the one I least imagined being possible. I came of age when gay marriage was illegal and gay parenting frowned upon in most of the world. Read Full Story

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Why women will be hardest hit by a coronavirus-driven recession

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We need to view the economy that’s been driven by coronavirus and our data through the lens of gender to see how this can have disastrous repercussions on more than half our population. Perhaps the greatest economic lesson the U.S. will glean from the coronavirus is not only that slow-acting fiscal policy leaves the vulnerable more vulnerable. It’s also that any fiscal policy, slow-acting or not, without the gender lens leaves women to bear the brunt of a financial crisis. Read Full Story

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The future of work needs women to succeed. Our economy depends on it

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Pipeline Equity’s CEO Katica Roy sat down with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker to discuss how legislation can help close the gender pay gap and create more opportunities for women and BIPOC to contribute to the economic success of all. We love speculating on the promises of 5G, edge computing, and machine learning. We pour ourselves into finding solutions to upskill the workforce. We hypothesize on the digital acceleration of COVID-19. We are pessimistic, optimistic, and everything in between. We are not, however, talking about the role that 51% of our population (and 47% of our workforce ) will play in the future of work. Read Full Story

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