Today is “Equal Pay Day,” and it brings to mind a recent topic. I am not sure how to feel about Beyonce weighing in on the issue of gender equality. My first thought was, “I guess if she bringing it to the forefront, it’s going to be next up on the list of issues we face…

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Three months ago my colleagues Giorgia Lucciola and Nicky Yates came to me with an idea to launch a campaign to address the gender balance disparities that exist across all Social Media Week events globally. We realized that, despite our best intentions, we were falling short of our diversity targets. So, in May we decided…

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Here at Social Media Week, we strive for a gender 50/50 balance in all our activities and in all cities. Our current goal is to achieve this equal representation by the end of 2014, and it seems like we’re not the only one.< Yesterday, Mike Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Australia and New Zealand Banking…

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What do Jessica Scorpio, Jill Becker and Julia Hartz have in common? Besides having a name that starts with “J”, these women represent a rising force in the ascension of new entrepreneurs. There is no doubt that women are bringing something good to the table…and it’s not dinner. From everyday women to high profile CEOs,…

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In the words of Lean In‘s Sheryl Sandberg: “Women are held back by many things: bias, lack of opportunity and lack of flexibility. We also hold ourselves back. We don’t sit at the table; we don’t raise our hands; we don’t raise our voice. I believe our world would be a better place if half…

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Women represent 55 percent of Facebook and Twitter users, and the average social gamer on sites like Zynga is a 43-year-old woman. Yet, overall female participation in leadership is lower by far. So a focus on female participation is important, and not just to understand social media’s demographics. It’s a frequent topic in both media…

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