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May 29, 2015

Commentary: How women can get a seat at ‘the table’

Like any other endeavor, securing a seat on a corporate board is a journey. And in the words of Lao Tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” But what specific steps should women take? When it comes to getting on a board, there are written and unwritten rules that women […]

Aug 5, 2014

Award to recognize young professional women

The Women’s Council, a Rochester Business Alliance affiliate, has added the Athena Young Professional Award to its annual Athena Awards celebration. Nominations are now open for both awards to be presented at the Women’s Council’s 29th annual Athena Awards luncheon Jan. 22, 2015. The new award will recognize emerging leaders in the 30- to 45-year-old […]

Aug 1, 2014

Senators discuss protecting women from gun violence

Elvin Daniel is helping to raise his sister Zina’s children because she is no longer around to take care of them. “Every happy milestone is now covered in sadness,” he said. “Mother’s Day is now a day to survive, rather than celebrate because we know that Zina isn’t here to watch over her girls. She […]

Jul 24, 2014

Report: Women business owners face gender gap

NEW YORK — Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday. The report by Democratic staffers of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee found that while businesses owned by women account for 30 percent of small […]

May 18, 2014

Women starting small businesses at torrid pace

  NEW YORK — If you go to work for a newer business, there’s a good chance you’ll be working for a woman. Women are starting companies at a torrid pace. Between 1997 and 2014, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. rose by 68 percent, twice the growth rate for men and nearly […]

May 4, 2014

Unlikely partnerships help small biz thrive

NEW YORK — When Psyche Terry’s lingerie business needed a lift, she got it from a retailing giant. Terry started Urban Intimates, a lingerie line for curvy women, in 2009. At first, its lacy bras and panties were sold only on the company’s website. She wanted to get them into stores. A small business association […]

Mar 3, 2014

Pols: Public campaign financing vital to women

ALBANY — More than 160 women who are elected officials or hold other leadership posts wrote to New York’s top elected officials, all men, urging them to enact public campaign financing. Calling it “vital” to participation in politics by women in particular, they want Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to enact Cuomo’s budget proposal […]

Sep 12, 2013

US women regain lost jobs; men still short 2.1M

WASHINGTON — U.S. women have recovered all the jobs they lost to the Great Recession. The same can’t be said for men, who remain 2.1 million jobs short. The biggest factor is that men dominate construction and manufacturing — industries that have not recovered millions of jobs lost during the downturn. Women have made up […]

Jun 24, 2013

Helping women in the justice system

Attorneys defending women charged with crimes need to overcome preconceived notions because it matters in their defense, according to a Rochester attorney. Catherine Cerulli, who is also a psychology professor at the University of Rochester and director of its Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership, said women and men who have a history of […]

Apr 12, 2012

Grants for women in nontraditional jobs

The U.S. Department of Labor announces the availability of approximately $1.8 million for up to six grants through the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program. The grants will support innovative projects that improve the recruitment, hiring, training, employment and retention of women in apprenticeships within industries such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and con[...]

Sep 13, 2011

Obama increases number of female, minority judges

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is moving at a historic pace to try to diversify the nation’s federal judiciary: Nearly three of every four people he has gotten confirmed to the federal bench are women or minorities. He is the first president who hasn’t selected a majority of white males for lifetime judgeships.

Nov 22, 2010

Success is in the eye of the beholder

I attended a luncheon recently for Rochester-based women attorneys who had graduated from my alma mater, Albany Law School. The event focused on the different paths through which women attorneys could find professional fulfillment. Over lunch, each table discussed the various issues faced by women attorneys and at the end of the meal, each group offered a report summing up the gist of the conversa[...]

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