Maestra Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega has achieved distinction as a Latina in a traditionally male-dominated occupation—conducting. De Léon de Vega has not only become world renowned for her skills on the podium as a music director and conductor, but she has created her own organization—the Los Angeles-based Santa Cecilia Orchestra—which is the only orchestra in the nation with a specific mission to share classical music with Latino communities.

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A lot of guys get that equality programs—things like flexible work arrangements, mentoring programs, on-site childcare, and legislative solutions for equal pay—are good for women and men.

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“I passionately believe in winning together—I don’t want my female colleagues to feel alone as they try to balance climbing the career ladder with their family responsibilities. I want to stand by them and share my experiences to help us all grow together. “

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Though emerging markets are defined by their potential for impact on the global business stage, many are lagging in what studies have shown as one of the more important elements for success—gender equality. The country with the lowest female representation in business among the emerging market countries—at just 23 percent— is India.

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According to the VA, about twenty percent of women (and about one percent of the men) who receive treatment at VA Health Centers report being victims of military sexual trauma.

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It has been much publicized within the past few years that the U.S., once dominant in all aspects of education, has been lagging behind other nations in terms of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The Obama administration, specifically, has tied STEM with innovation, and thus competition, on the world stage. In other words, STEM is no longer an educational lapse—it’s a national security issue. And while growth of STEM overall is encouraged, it has been specifically targeted at underrepresented minorities (URMs) and females.

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The Ambition Gap Myth

PDJ May 29, 2012 0

Do women lack ambition? We say no.

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Battle of the Sexes?

PDJ May 18, 2012 0

With such media attention on female athletes, it raises the question: will these stars become bigger than their male counterparts?

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“Female entrepreneurs currently account for approximately a third of all entrepreneurs worldwide, and the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by the year 2025, the share of women entrepreneurship in that country will increase to more than 55 per cent.” The Global Legal Post, April 2012.

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In times of economic distress it is essential for law firms to give attorneys with diverse backgrounds opportunities to thrive.

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