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On Monday, Elinor Ostrom became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.  The official Nobel press release is viewable here.  Forbes has two excellent articles on Elinor Ostrom’s impact on the world:

  • Why Elinor Ostrom Matters – This article reflects on applications of her studies in cooperative arrangements, also known as “The Commons.”
  • Elinor Ostrom and the Digital Commons – This article observes Elinor Ostrom’s work in relation to internet communities, the open-access movement, digital repositories, and Net Neutrality.
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CNN Money posted “How High-Achieving Women Balance Work and Family” this past Monday. The article features perspectives on work-life balance in high-achievement positions from Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook), Carol Bartz (CEO, Yahoo), and Jean Jackson (Direct-to-Consumer President, Nike).

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The New York Times reported this morning on Warner Bros. revamping their DC Comics company into a more film content-driven DC Entertainment.  Diane Nelson, who was previously well-known for being in charge of the Harry Potter movie franchise, has been appointed president of the company.

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The Women’s Crusade is a featured article in a New York Times Magazine special issue published on August 17th.  The article discusses how microfinance and education aid to women are helping the cause of empowering women across the globe, fighting global poverty, and giving donors more of a return on their investment.  
 
If you enjoy this article, the main author also has a New York Times blog on globalization and human rights called On the Ground.

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One week ago, Forbes.com released its annual World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List. Forbes discusses the ranking method on the report’s front page:

Forbes’ Power Women list isn’t about celebrity or popularity; it’s about influence. Queen Rania of Jordan (No. 76), for instance, is perhaps the most listened-to woman in the Middle East; her Twitter feed has 600,000 followers.

In assembling the list, Forbes looked for women who run countries, big companies or influential nonprofits. Their rankings are a combination of two scores: visibility–by press mentions–and the size of the organization or country these women lead.

Forbes also released a video on why Angela Merkel, Sheila Bair, and Indra Nooyi are at the top of the list.

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“Domestic Violence: Your Coworker’s Dark Secret” is a Fortune online article that blew my mind.  First, I was surprised to see that someone in the established media was willing to take on the subject; Second, it’s a well-written, well-researched, and heart-rending article that captivated my attention.  From the article:

Now a small but growing group of CEOs is saying that it’s time for corporate America to confront the issue head-on. Domestic violence affects the bottom line, they say. It threatens workplace safety. As an HR issue, it’s much more volatile and potentially dangerous than drug addiction or alcoholism.

“I’d like to see more done about this,” says Thomas J. Wilson, CEO of Allstate, one of the CEOs who sees it as a major issue affecting employees, customers, or both. At Verizon Wireless, which handled about 100 abuse cases internally in the past year and roughly 225 more through its employee-assistance programs, “the numbers speak for themselves,” says Martha Delehanty, vice president of human resources. “This is an issue we must address.”

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In a study of three large companies spanning 39 states, 10% of workers who responded to survey questions said, “Right now I am going through this,” says Anne O’Leary-Kelly, a management professor who conducted the study.

The article gives stark portrayals of the women who have faced spousal abuse, and seen it spill over into their work lives.  More heartening, however, are the workplaces that have taken the initiative and responded to this blatant disrespect for human lives with an outpouring of support for the abused.

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Today’s Wall Street Journal has a special section on “The 50 Women to Watch 2008” which is also available online.  It’s not a big surprise that the top woman to watch is Sheila Bair, Chairwoman of the FDIC.  The online version has additional features, such as a video of Madeleine Albright speaking about women and leadership.

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