It’s International Women’s Day, and I’ve spent my morning reading the TIME cover story on Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook who has embarked on a recent mission of changing the balance of power in the workplace, which has been dominated by men since, well, forever:
Ten years ago, 14% of board seats were held by women. A decade has passed, and women have gotten a few inches farther into the boardroom. “Women are not making it to the top of any profession in the world,” says Sandberg. “But when I say the blunt truth is that men run the world, people say, ‘Really?’ That, to me, is the problem.”
Also on my radar is this glass-ceiling index from The Economist looking at where the best place in the world is to be a working woman (hint: It’s not the U.S., and certainly not Japan or South Korea).
Lastly, Billfold pal Jon Custer sent us this link to a really great series of vignettes on what it’s like to be a working mom in Central Asia. From a working mom in Tatarstan:
“It’s really hard to balance small kids and work,” she says. “But I don’t know any mom who can’t manage it, one way or another. It’s on women’s shoulders. Everything.”
A salute to hardworking women all over the world (with a special shoutout to my still-working mother: ♥)!