Throughout the night, pundits spent their time talking about Republican wins and Democratic defeats, though the latter was still able to salvage some wins. But the biggest thing many in the media seemed to miss was the biggest loser: discrimination.
If we look at the advances of women on the global stage, we can see momentum in the public and political arena. Yet, in start-ups, investment banking and manufacturing, where real money is made, not much has changed over the past decade.
As the numbers do not seem to be shifting in any dramatic or rapid ways over the decade it seems that the 1:5 ratio is a plateau for women. Do two women in a room of 10 men seem like some sort of equality or at least satisfactory representation?
The forum, in an effort to increase the representation of women, asked companies who send five delegates to include one woman, and the result was that companies only sent four delegates -- the ratio of women to men actually decreased after this request.
The amount of taxpayer money spent on these incidents is enough to make anyone's head spin. It's simply out of control. And it might be time for the Mayor and Police Commissioner Kelly to accept the reality that police officers need to be retrained and an outside monitor must be established.
After years of campaigning for more gender-diverse corporate boards, ION published its Ninth Annual Status Report on Women Directors and Executive Officers of Public Companies. The good news? We're making progress, and have several thriving companies that lead by example.
Let's face it -- the number of women on boards is a problem, and everyone knows it. Even old-school companies with homogenous leadership understand the business case for increasing the number of women on boards.
Far from squandering state and federal resources, expanding educational opportunity and producing the multiculturally competent citizens and leaders that our nation and world will need is an investment with limitless payoff.
Apart from a few celebrated and important leaders, the data on women's participation in American political institutions do not paint a particularly rosy picture of rising political power for women in the U.S.
Time to confess, I decided. I am actually a product of quotas. Yes, let the truth be known that I was hired for my job in television because the station that hired me was responding to a federal initiative under the Equal Employment Opportunity Act.