Why More Women Are Not In Positions Of Leadership

In a country where almost 51 percent of the population is female, positions of leadership in politics, education and business are largely dominated by men. On this edition of Up To Date, we discuss why women lag in leadership positions and how to reverse the trend.

Guests:

  • Wendy Doyle is the Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation in Kansas City. 
  • Dr. Judy Rogers is the President of Cottey College for Women in Nevada, Missouri.
  • Nancy Mellard is Executive Vice President of CBIZ and National Leader at CBIZ Women's Advantage.

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KBIA: Why Elderly Women are More Likely to Live in Poverty

By Hope Kirwan, KBIA Feb 25, 2015

It’s generally known that women tend to live longer than men. But what’s less known is how the same longevity can be a  financial burden for women.

Last month, the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the MU Institute of Public Policy released a report called Status of Women in Missouri. According to the report, women make up two-thirds of the Missourians aged 65 and older who are living in poverty...

Women's Foundation Releases "Status of Women in Missouri" Report & Interactive Research Hub

Innovative hub combines local economic and social data in a single, easy-to-access online portal 

Kansas City, MO – The Women’s Foundation today released a new research report and interactive research hub to help policy makers solve challenges faced by Missouri women. 

“Although there is some good news for Missouri women, the data shows there is much work to be done to improve the lives of Missouri women and their families,” said Wendy Doyle, President & CEO of the Women’s Foundation. “The Women’s Foundation is committed to working for meaningful change, and we hope this research tool helps policy makers make informed decisions about important issues facing Missouri women and their families.”  

 

Betsy Lynch Appointed to Fairness in City Contracts Board

Ninth Woman Appointed since Launch of Women’s Foundation Appointments Project 

Kansas City, MO – Mayor Sly James today announced the appointment of Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Lynch to the Kansas City Fairness in City Contracts Board. The Women’s Foundation promoted Lynch through their Appointments Project, which has partnered with Mayor James to address the gender gap in city leadership positions.

“As an attorney and community leader, Betsy Lynch will provide great value to the Fairness in City Contracts Board and we were pleased to provide support to her through the appointments process,” said Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women’s Foundation.  “Thanks again to Mayor James for his leadership in appointing Betsy Lynch and continuing to work to have boards and commissions reflect the population they serve.”

NEWS: Mishelle Martinez Appointed to Kansas City Land Bank Board

Women’s Foundation Appointments Project Sees More Success in 2015

Kansas City, MO – Mayor Sly James today announced the appointment of Mishelle Martinez to the Kansas City Land Bank. The Women’s Foundation promoted Martinez through their Appointments Project, which has partnered with Mayor James to address the gender gap in city leadership positions.

“We’re very pleased to see Mishelle Martinez appointed to the Land Bank Board,” said Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women’s Foundation. “Our partnership with Mayor James continues to promote more women into local leadership positions, and we look forward to many more successes in 2015.”

KC Star: Project to appoint women to Kansas City commissions and boards gains steam

The voices of seven women have been added to Kansas City commissions or boards since the April launch of the Appointments Project.

The joint effort of the Kansas City Women’s Foundation and Mayor Sly James is designed to change the results of a previous study showing that women accounted for only one-third of the members of Kansas City’s civic commissions and boards.