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‘30% Club’ Could Work Here with Better Defined Objectives

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A group of two dozen corporate leaders, including Warren Buffet, is trying to influence American companies to increase the number of women in positions of senior leadership. The effort, called the 30% Club, is an expansion of an effort in Great Britain to increase female corporate board representation there to 30 percent by the end of 2015. But can it work in the United States? Maybe, with more defined objectives, says an expert on women in the workplace at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Study: Women Leaders Perceived as Effective as Male Counterparts

When it comes to being perceived as effective leaders, women are rated as highly as men, and sometimes higher - a finding that speaks to society's changing gender roles and the need for a different management style in today's globalized workplace, according to a meta-analysis published by the American Psychological Association.

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McGill Experts: International Women’s Day

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Business Survival 101 – Put a Woman in Charge

The key to long-term survival for many businesses is having a woman in charge, according to Cornell University researchers. Many businesses survive longer under female ownership, according to research by Michele Williams, assistant professor of organizational behavior in the ILR School, and Arturs Kalnins, associate professor of strategy at the School of Hotel Administration.

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Who Says Girls Can’t Code?

Coding is often thought of as male activity, but students at Wellesley College, an all-women’s college outside of Boston, are challenging that notion.

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Women Hold Record-Breaking Number of Leadership Positions at U.Va. Darden School

Women comprise 35 percent of the Class of 2014 at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, the School’s highest proportion of women to date.

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Washington University in St. Louis Bucks Global Trend in Female Entrepreneurship

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A recent report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor indicates that there are significantly fewer female entrepreneurs than male entrepreneurs around the world. This is not the case, however, at Washington University in St. Louis, where more than 40 percent of successful companies started by recent graduates through the university’s business entrepreneurship courses have been founded by women.

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UT Dallas Alumna Lands Buyer for Firm She Founded as MBA Student

MeLinda McCall poured more than three years of sweat equity into the software firm she helped start when she was an MBA student at UT Dallas. The hard work paid off recently when Lucent Mobile of Dallas bought the company.

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New Research Says Insurance Industry Lacks Gender Diversity

According to market research from Saint Joseph's University, gender diversity is lacking across all leadership levels within the insurance industry. Primary author Mike Angelina, executive director of Saint Joseph's Academy of Risk Management and Insurance, is hopeful his findings will call on businesses to address gender inequality, saying employing females in leadership roles will lead to a more diverse workforce and potentially better represent the underlying customer demographics.

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Women with Elite Education Opting Out of Full-Time Careers -- Study Finds Women with MBA’s Are Most Likely to Work Less

Though past studies have found little evidence that women are opting out of the workforce in general, first-of-its-kind research by Vanderbilt professor of law and economics Joni Hersch shows that female graduates of elite undergraduate universities are working much fewer hours than their counterparts from less selective institutions.

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