Many of you are probably familiar with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is typically depicted as a pyramid (shown below), with our most fundamental needs for food, water, security, love, and so on forming the foundational rows of the pyramid. Without these basic reptilian needs met, Maslow theorized, we would not be motivated to […]
Women are increasing their power all over the world, and the world is profiting from it. A recent McKinsey survey showed an increase in profits in emerging markets for 34 percent of companies who’d made empowering women a priority. According to Catalyst, companies with women board members outperform those with all-male boards by 42% to […]
This historic week reminds us of just how much we have been through together, as a nation and as individuals, from the civil rights movement we honor as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., to women’s rights, so much of which is embodied in Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision made 40 years […]
Today marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most important—and contentious—Supreme Court decisions regarding women: Roe vs. Wade. Both pro-choice and anti-abortion groups are marking this historic decision, with celebrations or marches, story-telling or protests. For me, the day is bittersweet, for I personally celebrate the decision yet the anniversary brings into sharp relief […]
Most of us have a visceral reaction to news about violence against women, such as the brutal gang rape on the public bus in New Delhi, the kidnapping and gang rape of a young girl by members of her high school’s football team in Ohio, or the young Pakistani girl being shot in the head […]
Growing up in Brooklyn, then spending my adolescence along Long Island’s sound, I remember seeing my share of storms—heavy rain and high winds strong enough to smash boats. I felt a healthy respect for the power of Mother Nature, of Gaia, our Earth. And these storms weren’t even close to the size and power of Hurricane Sandy.
I tried writing about a million different topics this week, but I can’t really focus on anything but this hurricane. We lost power for days on end, but we have had food, water, shelter. The images of those without any of these things, those in need of medical care, not to mention the devastation are deeply disturbing.
Events like Hurricane Sandy tend to bring our lives into sharp relief. Those of us near or in the storm are acutely focused on what matters–food, water, safety, and communication for ourselves and our loved ones. The heroes stand out, as do the generous folks donating, opening their homes, and showing us that no matter what times we live in, we can count on each other when it matters.
A recent study by Booz & Co. reveals that if the U.S. employment rate for women were to become equal to that of men over the next 10 years, we would likely see an increase of at least 5% in our GDP. Now, think about this for a moment. We’re not even talking about equality within the workplace. Simply making it possible for women to have the same chance at employment is worth $795 billion.
A recent Huffington Post article, “8 Things Boomers Really Need,” suggests a few ideas for products and services that boomers could really use, including a few that are already offered by boomer-savvy entrepreneurs.