Women & Leadership Links

African women ease into U.S. culture– UnionLeader

Nobody said settling in America was easy for an African migrant. But when Esther Muite came from Kenya to Nashua 20 years ago, she thought she’d be greeted at the airport with a basket full of dollars.

“In Kenya nobody gives you nothing for free,” said Muite, 58. “You have to work for it.” And you have to work for it here, too. But in the U.S., the Kenyans found themselves working two, even three jobs. That wasn’t possible back home.

Women See Housework as Gender Inequality– Psych Central 

A new study discovers that when women are responsible for a majority of the household chores, they often perceive socioeconomic and gender inequality in the relationship with their partner which can lead to psychohological distress.

In other words, when women performed more of the household tasks, and perceived that they occupied a lower social economic position than their partner, they developed stress.

 In sum, perceived inequality in a relationship can influence psychological distress when household duties are unevenly distributed.

Women are leaving the workforce in droves in favor of being at home. Not to be a homemaker, but as job-making entrepreneurs.

Women have been starting businesses at a higher rate than men for the last 20 years and tend to create home-based micro (less than 5 employees) and small businesses. Women will create over half of the 9.72 million new small business jobs expected to be created by 2018 and more and more are doing this from home offices across the country. It’s a surprising statistic, especially considering that women-owned businesses only created 16 percent of total U.S. jobs that existed in 2010.

Many women start businesses that align with personal values and offers freedom and flexibility when it comes to things like scheduling.  ”The glass ceiling that once limited a woman’s career path has paved a new road towards business ownership, where women can utilize their sharp business acumen while building strong family ties,” says Erica Nicole who left Corporate America to start YFS Magazine.

The number of women running this year is very promising. As Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List, told me, “This nation has never had this many women running for the U.S. Senate.” A total of 36 women filed, and 23 are still in the running. On top of that, the House is on track to make history in the number of women running, even if it hasn’t quite reached ’92 levels yet. So far 291 women have filed for the House, with the potential for more to sign up.

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