No Ceilings used data and analysis from the Economist Intelligence Unit and WORLD Policy Analysis Center to prepare a report and interactive map about progress in the 20 years since the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing.
Citing a study by the Center for Talent Innovation, Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, professor of psychology at Columbia University, writes how Black women face the "Now you see them now you don't" effect of unconscious bias in the workplace. When people visualize a Black executive, they see a man; picture a female executive, they see a white woman.
Women make better entrepreneurs: better at taking calculated risks; less prone to over-confidence; more interested in starting businesses and taking the long view, reinvesting instead of plotting lucrative exit strategies; and they succeed.
The Age of Urbanization - By 2025, China will be home to more $1 billion-plus companies than either the U.S. or Europe, and one-half of the global GDP will come from 144 cities in emerging markets.
Challenges of an Aging World - By 2013, about 60 percent of the world’s population lived in countries with fertility rates below the replacement rate. Caring for large numbers of elderly people will put severe pressure on government finances.
Accelerating Technical Change - A golden age of gadgetry, instant communication and apparently boundless communication shortens business lifespans and forces quicker decisions.
Greater Global Connections - The movement of capital, people, and information will leave traditional trading hubs and go to a complex, intricate, sprawling web.
Techies need to be at the policy and architecture table to help make the best decisions, and high tech leaders should make being in government part of their rotations.
People don't realize that women have been in tech from the beginning - the six programmers for the first US computer, ENIAC, were women. When girls don't see what women have achieved in tech, they don't get into the field.
Today, unconscious bias favors men, the boys who got the first PCs, over women and only 3% of venture capital goes to women-led tech firms. People of color, tribal peoples, veterans, others face that same challenge.