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Who runs the world? Girls. Look around and American girls are reaching big goals everywhere. From the FIFA World’s Cup finals to the Google Science Fair, women are making major news these days.
American Girls Kick Balls into the Glass Ceiling
While American soccer may not have as many fans as football, that could change when the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team goes up against Japan in the FIFA World Cup finals on Sunday. The team’s rise to the international stage is a major coup for women’s sports in the U.S. and the talk of breakfast tables around the country. These girls are doin’ it and people are watching. The FIFA World Cup semifinal match between the U.S. and France on Wednesday was the most-viewed weekday Women’s World Cup match in the United States. Women’s soccer is seemingly scandal-free, so it’s incredible to see girls, teens and women (and men) cheer on a team with good role models and lots to celebrate. The final FIFA World Cup final match airs at 2 pm EDT on ESPN. Giiiirrrrrlll goooooaaaal!
Science Isn’t For Sissies, Or Is It?
Survey says that boys dominate science-related fields. That may change, fast. Among 7,000 entries from 91 countries, the three top prizes this week at the inaugural Google Science Fair were awarded to American girls. To quote my friend Susan, “This ain’t no baking soda volcano." The winning projects:
Talk about Miss Smarty Pants! Sense a encouraging trend? I do. Click here to watch an inspiring ABC News clip about girl power at the Google Science Fair.
Women Decorating The “Corner Office”
In March 2009, The New York Times started “Corner Office” a weekly Sunday column in which C-level executives from Adobe to Zappos have conversations with writer Adam Bryant about leadership, management and personal work styles. The conversations are intriguing; these are true leaders in business running the companies that touch our everyday lives. (Note: This is my favorite column. My suggestion to anyone in business, especially a management or leadership role, is to read this every week. It is a personal 15-minute session into the minds of industry titans and bold-faced business names you know.)
Good news: So far this year, 11 of the 28 “Corner Office” profiles have featured women CEOs and presidents. That’s 39 percent to date. A strong sign that women are gaining traction in senior leadership roles? Yes. It also could mean that their public relations people are pitching these successful executives (nod to PR, as I’ve pitched that column myself) - another good thing. In the past two years, the numbers are roughly the same, with 39% of profiles in 2010 being women business leaders and 43% in 2009. This is newsworthy and represents a positive turn for women in business. So for all of those women who see only men in C-level positions: look closer!
And Now, The Final Word From Beyonce
For the past nine weeks, the song "Who Runs The World (Girls)" has been on the Top 10 Billboard chart. ‘Nuff said. Crank up the sound and watch the video here.
Business, education, careers - it’s a great time for smart ladies. Have you seen any other signs of women trending in media, business and pop culture? Add your comments and let me know.