Women are better for Business

In a recent blog for Daily Worth MP Dunleavey highlights the Senate Joint Economic Committee’s 2010 report, “Invest in Women, Invest in America.” The discussion showcases how companies who not only employ women but those that promote and pay women equally get a significant return on their investment–literally getting a 66% higher return on investments and 42% higher returns in sales. Dunleavey notes that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shows why women are good for business, despite the fact we still make 80 cents on the dollar for male counterparts and the needle hasn’t moved for women in CEO positions.

Women need to sit at the table: believe we should be there, don’t sit somewhere to the side. We underestimate our own abilities, we don’t negotiate for ourselves–only 7% of us negotiate our salaries for the first job.

We need to make our partners real partners–especially if you are in a small business. You cannot do it all and you don’t have to. You know this: in your house you have 3 jobs, male partners have one.

You can’t check out before you are gone. When childbearing comes to mind, we stop raising our hands or taking on projects. We are the gender that multi-tasks. Just don’t multi-task yourself out of competition.

So be the real CEO of your life.

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