NDILC Celebrates International Women’s Day: Inclusion Isn’t Enough, Press for Parity

NAWRB’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2020, a worldwide global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. As part of Women’s History Month—which stems from a group of New York women factory workers protesting for better working conditions on this day in 1857—March 8th was first recognized and observed as International Women’s Day in 1909. 

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Nominations Open: 2020 NAWRB Leadership Awards – Symposium: Women’s Equality in the New Century

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2020 NAWRB Leadership Awards, honoring women leaders in the housing ecosystem who are utilizing their expertise and passion to break glass ceilings in the corporate world and facilitate the growth of their local communities. Award winners will receive their awards during the 2020 NAWRB Symposium, “Women’s Equality in the New Century,” on September 29th, 2020 at the Resort of Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, California.

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2019: NAWRB’s Year in Review

As 2019 comes to a close, NAWRB looks back at the tremendous change and growth we have had, and the new projects we have started to help the advancement of gender equality, women’s leadership and the health of communities by sharing resources for natural disaster recovery, elder financial abuse, small business sustainability, technology human balance Ⓡ, access to capital and opportunity zones. See below for the top stories and achievements that we have seen over the year.

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Women Inventors Comprise Less Than 13% of Patent Applicants Globally

Across the world, women inventors make up less than 13 percent of patent applications, and most of the women in that share are the only female in a team, according to a new study by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The IPO study explores the representation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in worldwide patenting, highlighting gains and areas of improvement for women’s presence among STEM inventors. 

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WHER Chat: Women’s Equality Day Marks 99th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Today marks Women’s Equality Day, a day established in 1973 to commemorate the same day in 1920 when women were first granted the right to vote in the United States. This year is the 99th anniversary of women’s right to vote, and women have been voting more than their male counterparts since 1980. The voter turnout in 2018 was 55 percent for women and 51.8 percent for men. In 2014, women’s turnout was 43 percent and men’s turnout was 40.8 percent. 

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NDILC Member Erica Courtney Appointed to Commission on the Status of Women & Girls

NAWRB is proud to announce that NDILC Member Erica Courtney, President of 2020vet and Zulu Time, U.S. Army Aviation Major, NATO Gender Advisor, has been appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women & Girls by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Learn more about Erica and her accomplishments at the link!

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2019 NAWRB Conference Recap

The 2019 NAWRB Conference, Redefining Leadership, has come to an end this week, but for all our senior executive and industry expert participants, this is just the beginning of newfound relationships and forward-thinking dialogues that were formed during this informative and invigorating professional mastermind event. 

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WHER Chat: Supporting Girls’ Interests in STEM with a Growth Mindset

One well-supported reason for why there is a lower representation of women in the AI sector is that not many girls are encouraged to pursue STEM. Therefore, their interest in science and technology fields will quickly fade if that passion is not nourished with opportunity. According to a Microsoft survey, young women in Europe report that their interest in STEM began around age 11 or 12, but faltered when they reached the ages of 15 and 16. 

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Procter & Gamble Donates $529,000 to Support US Women’s Soccer Team’s Equal Pay

In a full page ad in the New York Times, Procter & Gamble, parent company of Secret deodorant brand, announced that it will donate $529,000 to the U.S. Women’s Soccer National Team (USWNT) to help its members achieve equal pay. The company is donating $23,000 for each of the 23 members of the team who recently won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

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2019: Women to Be Majority of College-Educated Workforce

We can expect 2019 to be the year that women are the majority of the college-educated workforce, a significant milestone in gender parity, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. By the first quarter of this year, 29.5 million women in the labor force had at least a bachelor’s degree, which matches the number of college-educated men in the workforce (29.3 million). 

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