Women make up only 18.3 percent of Congress, ranking us 77th in the world for gender representation in politics. And that's not going to improve unless we take a hard look at why even today's young women demonstrate a political ambition gap.
If we want to make real progress in advancing women, we are going to have to rethink the methods we've been using. Why? Because the evidence clearly shows that these traditional approaches simply aren't working.
In societies such as sub-Saharan Africa where women are struggling to access their most basic right, education, a different type of "Lean In" circle is surfacing -- a camaraderie that does not play out in boardrooms, but rather in school rooms.
I've seen that there are five key blocks in the way of women advancing to the leadership ranks successfully. One of the most important factors is that organizations are not digging deep enough to uncover specifically how and why their organization isn't fostering women leaders successfully.
Sandberg has missed a huge opportunity by shifting blame on women and demanding they step up and play like the big boys. Here's a thought: instead of trying the same old strategies of acting like men, how about we try something radically different and start acting like women?
In my opinion, feminine spirituality is a critical ingredient to the next step in women's leadership. In order for us to rise, we need to reconnect with our natural spiritual authority. But what does this look like?
The kind of equality we are seeking is not just about making sure women get an equal piece of the pie, it's about creating a new, more complete pie -- together. True gender equality would expand the possibilities for both women and men, because we all suffer from rigid gender roles.
As women continue to make inroads in the workplace they also experience many of the same age-old frustrations shared by millions of working women over the years. Here are the ten helpful insights and practical tips for women who want to win with men at work.
Recently, I had the opportunity to ask her about progress being made to advance women's rights, the hallmarks of successful programs and what the business community can do to grow women's leadership and open more doors to opportunity.
Empowering women in business and leadership is critical to growth and prosperity. As one of Sweden's most powerful women, Annika Falkengren was the ideal person to ask: What are the elements necessary to create an ideal ecosystem for female leadership?
I speak often to groups of aspiring young leaders. Typically, the question on their minds when I begin is "what do I need to DO to become a leader." I quickly aim to change their orientation from what they must DO to what they must BE.
Circle is a place women can come home to themselves and feel the support of other women. In circle, women are not "empowered." Instead, they have an opportunity to remember their power and to discover that being an agent of change is not about doing it alone.
For women globally, the Internet has become a lifeline to information, opportunities and newfound power. New data in a report released this week, called "Women and the Web," reveals how we can bridge the digital divide for women and unlock a massive wave of human potential.
A few weeks ago, I sat down with one of my greatest teachers, best-selling author and spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson, to talk about women, politics and her upcoming, unprecedented event Sister Giant.