Archive for November, 2012

Ideal Country for Women Starting a Business?

According to “India is Great For Women Entrepreneurs, Bad For Women.  How Is This Possible?,” Amit Midha, Dell’s Chairman For Global Emerging Markets says:

“We have found the ideal country for a woman starting a business in 2012 could well be India.”

How can this be?

An analysis of the countries where women are rising the fastest shows India as “South Asia’s bright spot for female entrepreneurs” and Indian business hub Silicon India highlights women entrepreneurs who have been successful in India: “10 Most Powerful Indian women entrepreneurs.”

Yet a poll conducted by Thomas Reuters TrustLaw shows that India is the worst G20 country (refer to right chart) to be a woman.  There seems to be a big disconnect here.

Read the entire article here.

WEGG has a lot of women readers from India.  Do you agree or disagree?  What’s the reason for the disconnect?  We welcome hearing from you.

Illustration credits:  G20 Women – TrustLaw

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Which Countries Support Women?

To do well as a woman professionally, it might be prudent to situate yourself in a country that treats you well and supports your ambitions.

Earlier in the year, Forbes released its list of the ten best countries for women (not necessarily for women starting a business).  The Women in Business blog captured it:

10 Best Countries for Women in 2012 (Spoiler Alert:  U.S. Did Not Make the Cut)

Which country made No. 1?  Iceland.

  1. Iceland: Taking the top spot for the third year in a row, Iceland is “lauded for its women in political and economic positions of leadership.”

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

How One Woman is Making Global Progress Out of Excess

Goods 4 Good, run by Melissa Kushner (Founder and Executive Director – pictured above), empowers communities to support orphans and other children in need by supplying materials that meet the immediate needs of these children while partnering with local community centers to strengthen their skills and build businesses for sustained impact.

Ms. Kushner was also recently named “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the World Entrepreneurship Forum.  On October 26, the U.S. Ambassador to France, Charles Rivkin presented Melissa with the award in Lyon, France.  Melissa addressed hundreds of entrepreneurs from all over the world at the award ceremony.  I was honored to be there in person (full disclosure:  I am a charter member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum) to witness her receiving this prestigious award.

Learn more about Ms. Kushner and her organization here.  Meanwhile, congratulations Melissa!  We are very proud of you.  Keep up the fine work.

Illustration credit (right + above):  Goods 4 Good

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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