News Bytes from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media SmartBrief

Why Janet Yellen should be the next Federal Reserve chairman

Janet Yellen, the current vice chair of the Fed, should be President Barrack Obama’s pick to replace Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, writes Megan Beyer, who asserts Yellen “is considered to have one of the strongest backgrounds ever to take on the Fed Chief post.” Yellen, however, faces an uphill battle given the gender disparity in the sector, where women are outnumbered by men three to one when it comes to holding office of a financial market regulator. Go to: (9/11)


How women entrepreneurs are contributing to the global economy
Research indicates that more than 200 million women around the world are starting or operating businesses, writes Jackie VanderBrug. These women are making a significant impact in terms of innovation, employment growth and community development, she notes. In many countries, women are still less likely to be involved in entrepreneurship than their male peers, but they often excel when they do launch their own businesses. “Controlling for firm characteristics, research suggests that women-owned firms outperform those owned by male counterparts,” VanderBrug writes. Go to:  (9/4)


Gender issues are becoming part of NATO’s peace, security initiatives
Gender issues are increasingly being included in NATO’s peace and security planning, but “[t]here’s still a long way to go before women will have fully assumed their rightful place in matters of peace and security,” says Mari Skare, the NATO secretary-general’s special representative for women, peace and security. More cooperation is need to produce “sustained results,” she says. Go to: (9/4)

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