November 15, 2016

For women who face disadvantages in climbing the corporate ladder, entrepreneurship is a potential way for them to meet their potential. But even then, women still face gender-related constraints when starting a business, according to a study by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Laws that restrict women's access to financing is one key barrier for female owners of small and medium enterprises, according to the study. “Restrictive inheritance laws are a good example of this type of barrier. The practical effect is that these laws prevent women from using land as collateral when applying for loans,” said Carlos Kuriyama, senior analyst at APEC’s policy support unit and a co-author of the study. “In some economies, women are unable to apply for credit without authorization from their husbands.” Read more here.

November 14, 2016

When the media talks about women in tech and in the startup world, the focus is often on the negative. We read about how much progress we still need to make towards gender parity in leadership, and widespread discrimination against female developers. High-profile lawsuits from women like Ellen Pao put a spotlight on an unwelcoming culture that sounds more like a throwback to the 1950s than the industry that is supposed to be leading us into the future. Read more here.

November 15, 2016

Do you ever ask yourself, what should I do with my life, or what can I do that is more meaningful? Or, I haven’t been employed in a long time — who would want to hire me? It can be daunting to make big improvements in your life, such as finding a new job or switching careers. And, when you're already busy, stretched and overloaded, it can feel downright impossible. In this Ellevate Network Jam Session, Stacy Kim, Ph.D, founder of Life Junctions coaching practice and author of the book The Lighthouse Method, explains why smart women tend to be more prone to getting stuck. Stacy shares concrete steps for starting on a new path and prepares you for possible pitfalls. Read more here.

November 10, 2016

Connie Mckeage is in the Sydney office of her ASX-listed company OneVue, discussing lessons in equal opportunity. “It was 1976. I was the only woman working in a petrol station, and we had these red polyester suits,” she says of her first job. “Mum would iron it and they would sparkle. I thought they were pretty cool.” It’s easy to imagine Mckeage back then in Canada. “I used to do it all except change the tyres and the oil. The guys would do that. But I was getting all the tips, because I was the girl. Fifty dollars a day.” [...] Mckeage, along with tech entrepreneur and BRW Young Rich lister Cyan Ta’eed and scientist Dr Jennifer MacDiarmid are among a handful of women to have built multimillion-dollar companies in Australia, and are all finalists in this year’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence with Ta’eed and MacDiarmid winners in the Business Enterprise and Innovation categories respectively. Their companies prove that female-led businesses can crack the big time. Read more here.