The Sum of It - Mar edition
View this email in your browser
Civic duty

What's on our minds this month

Why Women, Why Now

Last week’s celebration of International Women’s Day took on special meaning this year under the theme #BeBoldForChange. With women’s rights under threat, it has become even more important to take action towards gender equality. And as business leaders, it is up to us to lead the way.

And why wouldn’t we? Despite the fact that women are underrepresented in C-suite leadership and have less access to capital funding, studies show that companies with more female execs perform better and are more profitable.

In honor of our fellow female professionals, we’ve pulled together a list of important resources for women business leaders. From changing company culture to developing mentorship programs, challenge yourself this month to finding new ways to supporting your female employees.

2017 InnovateHER Challenge

The SBA is hosting a special competition to unearth innovative products and services that empower the lives of women and families. SBA is currently seeking host organizations to run local competitions for semi-finalists, who will then pitch their ideas at a national competition for awards totaling $70,000. Learn more about the competition here.

+Impact Corner



We won’t be able to achieve gender equality without the help of men. The HeForShe initiative by UN Women hopes to engage males around the world become agents of change. The website offers a multi-pronged approach to empowering organizations and individuals to speak out on issues of education, health, identity, work, violence, and politics.

Take action: Download the HeForShe Action Kit for your business to learn how you can drive action in your workplace. Get important research on women in business, as well as read case studies on improving gender equality from companies like AccorHotels, Tupperware and Unilever.


With the Obamacare repeal threatening the insurance of 24 million Americans, business leaders have stepped up to defend public health programs, particularly when it comes to women’s health. Tumblr and Planned Parenthood teamed up at this year’s SXSW to launch #TechStandsWithPP, a new initiative to bring awareness to women’s reproductive issues and raise donations for the organization.

Take action: Donations to organizations like Planned Parenthood and NARAL are always helpful, but if you want to actually do something, there are also volunteer opportunities where you can provide counseling or comfort to women or help petition for better access to birth control.

Sum Dates to Remember

Mar 17-19
Home shopping & more at the Architectural Digest Design Show

Mar 24-25
NYC Craft Beer Festival

Mar 26-Apr 9
Macy’s Flower Show takes on a Carnival theme

Mar 29-Apr 2
Alvin Ailey dance troupe presents Ailey II

Apr 1 & 2
Smorgasburg returns to Williamsburg and Prospect Park

Until Apr 2
John Finneran’s Pink Foot on Rocks at 47 Canal Gallery

Apr 4
Park Slope’s BID throws “A Taste of Fifth

Until Apr 15
Check out Paul Chan’s “breathers” at Greene Naftali Gallery

Apr 18
Income tax due date for 2017

Sum Stuff for your Radar

A Mighty Girl

What it is: An online store with books, toys, and movies targeting smart and courageous girls

Why we like it: No damsel-in-distress fairy tales here—only heroines that our daughters can truly look up to!

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City

What it is: Lauren Elkin’s gender-bending take on the flaneur, the classic archetype of the dashing urban wanderer

Why we like it: A cultural memoir of inspiring women who wandered—and the inspiration and artistry they found in the city around them

Adding it all up...

"Equality for women is progress for all."
           —Ban Ki Moon, Former UN Secretary General

We’ve made great progress in America when it comes to women’s rights, from women’s suffrage to Roe vs. Wade to the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. But it’s not just laws we have to change (and defend!)—we still need to work hard on changing culture and attitudes and negative stereotypes that prevent women from achieving on an equal level as their male counterparts.

It will take both men and women working together to achieve this ideal, but it is worth the undertaking. Countries with higher levels of gender equality have higher economic growth and more successful governance. In short, when women win, we all win.
Copyright © 2017 Creative Business Inc., All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Creative Business Inc. · 20 Jay Street, Ste 1016 · Brooklyn, NY 11201 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp