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Women On Boards In Fortune 500 Still Scarce

 Here’s the truth about women on boards: Only 7% of the Fortune 500 companies have boards that are made up of at least 40% women. 


1.  Women On Boards In Fortune 500 Are Still Scarce

Only 7% of the Fortune 500 companies have boards that are made up of at least 40% women. This might seem like a bit of a kick in the face for all us working ladies.  However, the real losers here are the companies without women on their boards.  Studies have shown that the Fortune 500 companies with the highest amount of women on their boards financially outperform those with the lowest percentage of women on their boards.  In fact, the difference in sales figures has been proven to be as high as 42%.  Find out who’s got them and the positive contributions female leaders make to business.

2.  Queen Bee

Like many of my friends, I am in the habit of telling everyone how busy I am all the time.  However, there are some hard working ladies out there who take busy to another level and Queen Kay is one of them.  Queen Kay is an author, life coach, entrepreneur and mother of two who migrated to the USA from Nigeria at the age of 18.  Impressed yet?  Read about Queen Kay’s inspiring story, her specialty food store, and how she holds it all together right.

3. Online documentary series profiles female movers, shakers and makers

Alicia KeysMaking the world a better place for women is a tough job, but Dyllan McGee knew exactly where to start.  McGee’s desire to make a change drove her to begin to interview the women who have made a difference to our world through her online documentary series MAKERS.  They have interviewed an amazing list of influential women including Oprah and Alicia Keys.  What is more impressive is the way she has utilised online media to tell their stories.  Read more about this innovative idea at Elle.com.

4. Rupa Rani and her candle-making enterprise

Something as small as a candle is capable of bringing light to the lives of thousands.  If you think I’m exaggerating, you haven’t met Rupa Rani.  Rani’s small candle-making business grew from strength to strength over the years until she became a member of Karnataka State Women’s Development Corporation Ltd and a member of Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka.  Since then Rani has helped train more than 2000 women with business aspirations.  Read up on Rani’s story and her latest project.

5. Careers in the cockpit

pilotsWhere are all the women?  We say it all the time in the boardroom but what about the flight deck?  Is the lack of flying females the reason we call it a cockpit?  Of British Airway’s 3500 pilots, only 200 are women.  Yvonne Pope Sintes, Britain’s first commercial pilot, suggests that the domestic duties society demands of women may contribute to the lack of women looking to the skies for a career.  Get the low down on the incredible story of Yvonne Pope Sintes career as a female pilot.



About Christina Yiannakis

Christina graduated with a double degree in Media and Information, and Communications and Cultural Studies and later spent a few years working in film and theatre around Perth before teaching English in Greece for an extended period. Upon returning to Australia, she worked as a travel agent while searching for her next challenge. Christina has a particular interest in women's rights having done an internship in Sri Lanka with a women's NGO. She is currently completing a Masters of International Relations at the University of Melbourne. Locally, Christina is involved with numerous women's rights organisations and pens Woman.com.au's new weekly column, World Wide Women.

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