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Tuesday, March 17, 2015  
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The World Economic Forum predicts women will reach leadership parity in 2095.
We say let's do it by 2025.#25not95- Share the hashtag, and we can do it together.
March 17th, 2015: Edition 5
Want to learn more about women, power, and leadership?Get your tickets before they're goneto Gloria Feldt's Power Tools event at Paradigm Shift NYC this Thursday, 3/19!

UN Women Puts A Stake In The Ground For Gender Equality
Looks like someone'staking a page out of Take The Lead's book(and we're all for it). Last Tuesday, at itsStep It Up for Gender Equality eventin New York, UN Women announcedPlanet 50-50 by 2030, setting a firm target date for gender equality around the world."Too often, leaders have used women to advance power," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. "I believe we must use power to advance women." The event also commemorated the 20th anniversary of theFourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where Hillary Clinton famously declared that "women's rights are human rights." Clinton herself took the podium on Tuesday todouble down on that theme, stating: "Gender equality is not just morally right; it is smart." It was Clinton'ssecond appearance speaking on gender parityin as many days.
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And The Winner Is...Florida?
The state known for itsparade of wacky news storiescan add this genuine feather to its cap: according to anew report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), Florida is on track to become the first US state to close the gender wage gap, in 2038. Wyoming, on the other hand, isn't projected to close that gapuntil the year 2159. Florida isn't the best place for women to work right now, though -that title belongs to Maryland. For more data on women's employment and earnings, check out IWPR'sfull report on the status of women in the United States.
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NYC To Aid 5,000 Low-Income Women Entrepreneurs
New York City First Lady Chirlane McCrayannounced a new program Thursdayaimed atexpanding entrepreneurial opportunities for low-income women.Women Entrepreneurs NYC, or WE NYC, will seek to engage 5,000 women in underserved communities over the next three years by providing free business training and crucial financing assistance.According to NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, the program is targeted at women with smart ideas who lack the resources to take them to the next level; for example:"How do you take the recipe that your grandmother gave you in Ecuador that everybody in the neighborhood loves, and figure out how to sell that on Etsy?"
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The 10 Commandments Of Leadership
Inc. Magazine has10 simple rulesto follow to be a great leader. Thankfully no one will smite you if you break them, but you won't be as effective as possible, either.
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Tackle Bias In Your Company Without Making People Defensive
Is it possible to address unconscious gender bias in the workplace without ruffling (many) feathers?Harvard Business Review thinks so, and they've got a smart strategy for going about it.

12 Women On Twitter And Self-Promotion
Women who have mastered the art of creating an online persona sharehow they really feel when they self-promote online- and their answers may surprise you.
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Paradigm Shiftis New York City's feminist community, bringing the "F" word back to NYC. They produce lectures, discussions, screenings, and performances featuring feminist thought leaders.Check them outif you're in the New York area - and don't missThursday's eventwith Take The Lead's Gloria Feldt!

"The sad truth is there isn't a formula for success for women - or a path to the C-Suite. What wecando, though, is hear [women's] stories. We can hear how they built their businesses, what their business is and let them strut their stuff."
- Bloomberg TV Anchor/Managing Editor and Bloomberg News Editor-At-LargeStephanie Ruhle, inan interview with I Want Her Job

Claudia Chan, CEO of SHE Globl Media and women's empowerment expert, will be our next Virtual Happy Hour guest on April 8th! The event is free -sign up now!
#25not95- because women deserve leadership parity in 10 years, not 80!Take the pledge, share the hashtag everywhere,and help us get there!
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