We’re Ringing the Bell for Gender Equity

March 30, 2016

Women are not new to leadership; think of Cleopatra or Queen Elizabeth. Many of the most influential women in U.S. history have even been AAUW members, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Patsy Mink.

Yet women are still outnumbered by men in the most prestigious positions. That’s why we’re proud to help draw Women’s History Month to a close with a special event — ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Watch the LiveStream of the event on March 30, 2016. Jump to minute 3:10 for the action.

Media Contact:
Lisa Goodnight, goodnightl@aauw.org
202.785.7738

AAUW Board Chair Patricia Fae Ho and AAUW CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE, are using the moment to celebrate AAUW’s work to empower women leaders and highlight the release of our new research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership. As outlined in the report, women make up more than half the population but less than 30 percent of executives. Yet research shows that women leaders can make companies stronger and more profitable. Barriers and Bias examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo.

AAUW is proud to work with a number of corporate collaborators who are featured on the New York Stock Exchange, the world’s most prestigious trading floor. Joining AAUW at this event are representatives from Verizon, Symantec, Morgan Stanley, and L’Oreal. Their support of AAUW programs such as Elect Her, which trains college women to run for office; salary negotiation workshops; and our annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders helps AAUW create and empower the next generation of women leaders.

By ringing today’s opening bell, AAUW is becoming part of a longstanding tradition considered to be a high honor and mark of achievement. We’re proud to take to the stock exchange floor to tell Wall Street, Main Street, and the world that the leadership gender gap is persistent and pervasive but solvable — and that we can all take action.


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