In this edition of Juicy Bites we discover:
- Hillary Clinton's new project for women's full and equal participation in our future
- How developing countries are hurt by women's economic inequality
- What we can do to fix gender inequality in the workplace
- The opening of one country's first women's-only bank
- An elegant speech from Angelina Jolie on being of use to others
At the end of this post, we encourage you to join us for a conversation. This week’s Juicy Bites question for you, dear emerging women, is:
1. Full Equality For Women: Hillary Clinton's Crusade Continues via Forbes
Hilary Clinton is beginning work on a project to "measure women's progress in the world and create a roadmap to a future of full and equal participation" for women. "No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project" aims to put equality for women in the global civil rights spotlight.
“The great unfinished business of the 21st century is helping women and girls break through these ceilings and participate fully in every aspect of life once and for all."-- Hillary Clinton
2. Gender and finance: Discrimination abounds via The Economist
The World Bank has recently reported that more than 1.3 billion women are "largely outside the formal financial system." Whether due to gender norms or legal restrictions, many of the world's women can neither borrow money to advance themselves, nor save enough to protect themselves.
"Gender-based financial exclusion means that the developing world operates at massive under-capacity."
3. This 20-Something Is Writing A New Script For Women In India via Forbes
According to Geeta Ramakrishnan, fixing gender inequality in the workplace is not only "smart economics," as UN Women's Executive Director Michelle Bachelet has said, but is also a "critical requirement for societal progress."
"Women need to realize that current circumstances may be tough to overcome, but if they don’t stand up for their dreams they will be doing a great disservice not just to themselves but also to the future generations."-- Geeta Ramakrishnan
4. India Inaugurates First Women's-Only Bank via Wall Street Journal
India's first bank aimed at providing loans and financial services geared specifically to women opened this week. The hope is that the new bank will increase the low percentage of women (26%) who have their own bank accounts. The bank is overseen by an all-women board.
“Access to finance and banking not only helps empower women but also broadens the social base of development, thus fostering equitable growth.” --Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
5. Angelina Jolie Pays Tribute To Late Mother In Governors Award Speech via Huffington Post
Angelina Jolie receives an honorary Oscar reserved for those "whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." In her moving acceptance speech, Jolie remembers her mother's influence on her sense of responsibility to those in need.
"Above all, she [my mother] was very clear that nothing would mean anything if I didn't live a life of use to others." -- Angelina Jolie
Watch Angelina's speech here: