Monthly Archives: August 2011

Rebecca Knight

Most days this blog is about women at the top of their careers − chief executives, other C-suiters and the challenges they faced as they climbed up the corporate ladder. Today, however, I would like to focus on an extraordinary organisation that helps women at the bottom of the ladder.

Liz Bolshaw

Earlier this week, the Royal Navy announced that Lieutenant Commander Sarah West would take command of HMS Portland, a type-32 frigate, in April next year. She will be the first woman in the service’s 500-year history to command a British warship.

The gradual − some would say belated − infiltration by women of the upper ranks of military forces is beginning to accelerate.

Rebecca Knight

Laura Yecies’ CV lists degrees from Harvard, Georgetown and Dartmouth. She has run divisions at companies such as Yahoo and Netscape, and she is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French. But, she says, proving she was worthy of a chief executive seat in Silicon Valley was no easy task.

Rebecca Knight

The number of women at every level of higher education in the US has been rising for decades. Last year, for the first time ever, women earned more doctoral degrees than men − but the number of women who achieved the distinction in business still lagged far behind.

Liz Bolshaw

Statutory guidance published two weeks ago by the Legal Services Board, which oversees the regulation of lawyers in England and Wales, will require law firms and barristers’ chamabers to reveal information about the diversity and socioeconomic background of their staff.

Rebecca Knight

Women in the US still earn significantly less than men, even when they work the same number of hours, according to a study released on Thursday by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.

Liz Bolshaw

In Virginia Woolf’s famous essay of 1929,  the author argued that a women needed financial independence and “a room of her own” to be able to write (as well as men, was the inference).

The line now is that women need flexibility to be able to participate fully in the employment market, which explains why more and more women are now choosing to work from home.

Rebecca Knight

For women who have put their careers on hold to have a baby, spend more time with their children or care for ageing parents, returning to the workforce presents serious challenges. 

Rebecca Knight

In an effort to retain more of their women employees, many companies implement work/life balance policies such as flexible working hours, childcare facilities at the office, and options for telecommuting.

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About our bloggers

Liz Bolshaw

Liz Bolshaw is a business journalist and editor. She has been a successful book publisher, online editor, magazine editor and publisher.

She was launch editor of the Europe-wide online community Entrepreneur Country, has published magazines for PwC, 3i, dunhill and Bafta, and launched The Sharp Edge, a magazine for and about entrepreneurs, with Duncan Bannatyne. She is a regular contributor to Thomson Reuters’ Venture Capital Journal.

Her last project for the Financial Times was as editor of the paper’s Business Education magazine.

Rebecca Knight

Rebecca Knight is a freelance journalist based in Boston. She writes regularly for the FT on business education, entrepreneurship, and management.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill is an associate editor and the management editor of the FT. He was City editor of the FT and editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance from September 2006 to December 2010.

He was the FT’s financial editor from June 2005 to September 2006, with overall responsibility for coverage of companies and markets. Before becoming financial editor, he was the FT’s comment & analysis editor, in charge of the paper’s opinion and features pages.

From 1999 to 2003, he was the FT’s New York bureau chief. He joined the FT in 1988 and has also worked as foreign news editor, UK companies reporter and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

Pino Bethencourt

Pino Bethencourt is a professor and leadership expert at IE Business School in Madrid. She is also an author and executive coach.

Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School.

Linda Tarr-Whelan

Linda Tarr-Whelan, former ambassador to the UN commission on the status of women, is a Demos distinguished senior fellow.