Archive for April, 2011

Curve Crusade Continues on a Global Basis

Dita Von Teese is set to launch a retro-inspired lingerie line for women of all sizes — launching in Australia, then going global shortly after.

Read all about it here at Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global:

Grazia Fashion:  Hello Boys!  Dita Von Teese to Launch Lingerie for ALL Women!

Illustration credit here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Vital Voices Global Leadership Network: Kakenya Ntaiya

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

The Difference Between a Burqa and a Niqab and Why It’s Important



Fascinating piece — worthy of a read to merely understand the difference between a burqa (top) and a niqab (bottom) and the origin of the ‘faceless Muslim woman.’

So why all the fuss, on both sides of this question, about a tiny minority of women who wear odd-looking dress in a country (France) that is the world’s creative headquarters for odd-looking fashion? One explanation is cultural.  In French culture, the eyes are supposed to meet in public, to invite a conversation or just to exchange a visual greeting with a stranger. Among Muslims, the eyes of men and women are not supposed to meet, even by chance, and especially not in public or between strangers.

Read the entire article, “The French, the Veil and the Look.”  And by the way, France is not welcoming the burqa.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Half of Global Growth Comes From the Developing World

From the United States, a report published by The Wall Street Journal on women’s progress in the workplace.

A Global View

A quote from World Bank President Bob Zoellick:

We estimate there are about three billion people working in the world. About 40% of those are women, so about 1.2 billion. This is going to be increasingly important, because as we’ve seen in this downturn, about half of the global growth comes from the developing world. Earlier you mentioned a phrase that we developed—gender equality is smart economics. Not only is it fair and right to give women equal opportunity, but we’re getting increasing evidence from studies around the world about what a difference economic empowerment makes.

Another interesting quote from Wei Sun Christianson of Morgan Stanley:

You see more and more women entering into sectors such as telecommunications, technology and finance. But there is a glass ceiling, or a bamboo ceiling, in China. You see very few women on the top.

However, there’s one interesting phenomenon. With the government encouraging the development of the private sector, you see private business and family business thriving. That’s already one-third of the Chinese economy, and 21% of these entrepreneurs are women.

Global entrepreneurship continues to be a viable option for women.  That’s why we’re here!

Photo credit here (L-R:  Robert Zoellick of World Bank Group, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Wei Sun Christianson of Morgan Stanley)

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Dare to Start Your Own International Business

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes a powerful opinion piece for CNN:  “Why think small when it comes to women in poor nations?”  I love this commentary for the truth it speaks.  Please make sure you read it.  Here’s an uplifting snippet:

And in Afghanistan, famous for being among the toughest environments for women to thrive, I met a young woman who dared to turn down a well-paying job offer filled with perks from an international aid organization in order to start a business consultancy that she believed would create jobs for herself and many others. “If I go and work with an international agency, they will give me a very high salary, but it is just for me and my family, it will not support other people,” Kamila Sidiqi told me at the time, in 2005. “If I work to start my own company, I will train a lot of people, I will help a lot of people.”

Start your own international business to lift your country out of poverty and into a thriving economic nation — one proud of women entrepreneurs who create jobs and help their countries grow.

And thank you Gayle for writing this piece!  Readers … please promise me you will take time out of your busy schedule to visit Gayle’s site.  We welcome your comments!

Photo credit here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Excruciating Vulnerability

Researcher-storyteller Brene Brown gives a talk for on the power of vulnerability.  See if it helps you better understand your imperfections to ensure you lead a meaningful life — one that includes hundreds of human connections from all over the world.

And then ask yourself this:  Are you enough?

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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