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Monday, July 17, 2017

First -- And Only -- Woman to Win the “Nobel Prize for Mathematics” Dies of Breast Cancer

In 2014 Maryam Mirzakhani from Iran became the very first woman, and very first Iranian, to receive the coveted Fields Medal, also known as the “Nobel Prize for Mathematics.” She earned the prestigious award for her work on dynamical systems and complex geometry. After a four-year battle with breast cancer, Mirzakhani died July 15 at the age of 40.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Intel, Pfizer and IBM Commit $300 Million to Help Fund Women-Owned Businesses

At a recent 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, multinational technology company Intel, along with IBM and Pfizer, announced they have committed $300 million to increase spending with women-owned businesses. Intel referred to the initiative as "inclusive sourcing in its supply chain (which) can help to foster economic empowerment within underrepresented minority groups."

Thursday, July 6, 2017

NYC Creates $10 Million Grant Fund to Help Women Owned Businesses

Women-owned construction companies in NYC may have a better shot at city construction contracts, thanks to a $10 million fund the city created to help minority and women-owned businesses. The Mayor's office stated that the new fund will help level the playing field for women- and other minority-owned small businesses.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

This Southern City Gets $100K Grant to Expand Opportunities For Women

What began in 2013 as a program to help low-income citizens is now focusing on growing small, women- and minority-owned businesses. The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, has received a grant of up to $100,000 from City Accelerator to expand economic opportunities for all citizens, especially businesses owned by women and other minorities.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

This Female Led Non-Profit Organization Has Given Away Record Loans to Women-Owned Small Businesses

Janie Barrera is president and CEO of LiftFund, a San Antonio-based non-profit that has a history of lending to small businesses, particularly those owned by women and minorities. As of May of this year, the company has beat all their past records by underwriting a total of $250 million in loans to 18,000 clients.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Trump's New Executive Order to Increase Apprenticeship Opportunities for Women

President Trump just signed a new executive order that will result in more opportunities for women to participate in apprenticeship programs. The new grant system, called ApprenticeshipUSA, will pump $200K into apprenticeship programs across industries that include construction trades to agriculture, manufacturing, information technology and health care.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Two Sisters Create Robot That Tells You What You Should Wear -- and Win $10K in Funding

Swiss-born sisters Antonia and Lidia Bolla have created a solution to the problem many women face daily -- they don't know what to wear. They have launched a virtual shopping assistant (robot?) called Jamie & I that began as a start-up program at the University of Sydney. After winning $10,000 in funding in a business pitch contest, they turned the program into a business.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Equal Opportunity in the Construction Trades Grant Hammers Out $90K in Funding

Think you have what it takes to be a female small business owner in the construction industry? Boston Attorney General Maura Healey does! Her office will be awarding $90,000 in grant funding to organizations across the state to promote equal opportunity for women and minority workers and small business owners in the construction industry.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Women-Owned Electric Bicycle Shop Shocks the Industry

Riding a bicycle just got a little easier, thanks to Abby Simpson and Lee Ann McKay, owners of e-Bloom Electric Bicycles. The new electric bicycles look just like regular bicycles, except they offer a little more boost with added battery power.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Former Executive For Google Helping to Fund Women-Owned Businesses

Karen Cahn spent ten years at Google and YouTube before she founded iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women. "Why? Because we can, and we want women to win. Period," states Cahn.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Senator is Proposing Two Bills That Will Promote Women in STEM Fields

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono recently proposed two bills that will create competitive grant programs to promote more women and minorities in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics.) Both bills are aimed at eliminating barriers to women pursuing careers in STEM areas.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Honor Student Threatened With Arrest For Wearing a Shirt That Showed Her Collarbone -- What??


What is going on at this North Carolina school? A female senior honor roll student with a 4.4 GPA was threatened with arrest by the principal, accompanied by the school security guard with a gun in his pocket, for violating the school dress code.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Warren Buffet to Give $90 Million Towards Empowering Women of Color

Warren Buffet

Billionaire businessman, Warren Buffet, has committed to giving $90 million to help empower women of color. The first round of grants amounts to $13 million and will be distributed this fall. All of the money will be given over a period of 7 years.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Top 10 Best Workplaces for Women in 2017

Every year, InHerSight, a workplace ratings and matching site for women, rates the top 10 best workplaces for women. A total of 27,000 companies were rated in 5 categories of importance to women. While not one company received a perfect 5, one company did come close at 4.6.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

$1 Million Grant Encourages More Women Filmmakers

The Tribeca Film Festival, an annual event in New York, is offering a $1 million grant this year to the best film maker to pitch their film. The winner will have their feature movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival next year, and more women are going after the prize.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

$90K Grant Program Aims to Draw More Women into Construction and Trade Careers

Less than 3 percent of women in the U.S. pursue careers in the construction industry. Massachusetts state Attorney General Maura Healey’s office has established $90K in grant money aimed at women who are interested in apprenticeship and training programs in construction.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

This Woman is Helping Other Women Start Law Firms

President and FounderNicole Galli
Law Offices of N.D. Galli LLC
Nicole Galli launched her own law firm in 2015. It always intrigued her why there was little data available on the number of women who own their own law firms. So she decided to start an organization dedicated to helping other women legal entrepreneurs start their own law firms.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Facebook Launches A Platform To Train Women Business Owners In The Middle East

Facebook has partnered with three organizations to train 10,000 women business owners in the Arab world in one year. Facebook's plan is to empower women in the Middle East through more economic independence.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

How Fashion Mogul Tory Burch Gives Big Money to Women Entrepreneurs

Fashion entrepreneur/business woman Tory Burch is just one of 18 self-made women billionaires in the U.S. She also started the Tory Burch Foundation which offers low-cost loans and grant programs to women entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rosalind Brewer, CEO of Sam's Club, Giving Away $8.8 Million to Women and Minority Business Owners

Women, minorities and veterans who own their own businesses are considered part of America's underserved. This is exactly the target group Sam's Club has pledged to help with their Sam's Club Giving Awards program.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Study Says This State is #1 for Women Entrepreneurs

If you are thinking that New York, California or D.C. are the best places for women entrepreneurs, you would be wrong. A recent study showed that this state is actually the best for women-owned businesses, and for many reasons.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Women-Owned Businesses Have Doubled in This State Over the Last 20 Years

According to the National Association of Women Business Owners and a report commissioned by American Express, the number of women-owned businesses in the state of Texas has almost doubled over the last 20 years. In addition, women-owned businesses are hiring more people than businesses owned by men.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Department of Labor Accuses Google of Underpaying Women

Silicon Valley continues to be a tough career area for women in technology. Although we would like to think technology giants like Google are closing the gender pay gap, the facts show a different scenario. The Department of Labor has accused Google of paying women in technology less than their male counterparts, forcing the company to turn over information on pay.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Top 10 Best States for Women Business Owners

Where you start your business is just as important as when. In fact, after often years of planning, the location you choose can either make or break you. A new study found these 10 states to be the best places for women entrepreneurs to start a business.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Walmart Planning to Do More Business With Women Entrepreneurs

Women-owned businesses that have contracts with Walmart
Retail giant Walmart is taking another big step forward to include more women-owned businesses in its sourcing, and this time they are being joined by 8 other major corporations -- all Fortune 500 companies. Although Walmart has been sourcing from women-owned businesses (WOBs) for several years, this recent initiative is bigger than ever.