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50-Year-Old Author, TV Host Says Women Over 50 ‘Not Extraordinary’

January 8, 2019 |

A popular French author, who just so happens to be 50 years old, recently told a magazine he would never get romantically involved with anyone his age or older. “That’s not possible … too, too old,” Yann Moix said during his interview with the French edition of Marie-Claire , adding that…
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Regina King Makes ‘50% Women’ Pledge

January 7, 2019 |

Sunday night’s Golden Globes opened with a dig at Hollywood sexism , and when Regina King won her award for best supporting actress in a motion picture, she issued a challenge. “Time’s Up, times two,” King said, per Deadline . “In the next two years, everything that I produce, I am making…
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Saudi Women Will Get Huge News by Text

January 7, 2019 |

Big news for Saudi Arabian women: Starting Sunday, courts there will send them a text message if they get divorced, the BBC reports. The move is apparently designed to end so-called “secret divorces” in which Saudi men end marriages without wives knowing. The measure is “a step aimed at protecting…
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Chance The Rapper Says Disbelieving Black Women Accusing R. Kelly Taken Out of Context

January 6, 2019 |

Chance the Rapper says he was taken out of context a while back when he said he didn’t believe R. Kelly’s accusers because they were black women. Chance did indeed make that comment on Lifetime’s docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” but the full…

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British women forced into marriages overseas asked to pay rescue costs

January 3, 2019 |

British women sent overseas by their families for forced marriages are being asked by the UK Foreign Office to pay back their rescue costs, according to an investigation by the UK’s Times newspaper.
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The Women Lined Up to Form a Chain. 5M of Them

January 2, 2019 |

A 385-mile-long wall was erected in India on Tuesday, but it was one made of flesh and bone. The “women’s wall” was a human chain that formed in the southern Indian state of Kerala in the face of the still-contentious situation involving the Sabarimala shrine. It’s a major Hindu temple…
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Indian women form 620 km human chain in support of temple equality

January 2, 2019 |

Tens of thousands of women in the Indian state of Kerala have formed a series of human chains extending an estimated 620 kilometers (385 miles) as a show of solidarity in protest at a refusal to admit women to the Sabarimala Temple, one of Hinduism’s holiest sites.
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Healer accused of abusing 300 women

December 19, 2018 |

More than 300 women have accused Brazilian faith healer João Teixeira de Faria of sexually abusing them, according to Brazil’s state media agency, citing the Department of Public Ministry of the state of Goiás.
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Brazilian healer accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women

December 18, 2018 |

Brazilian faith healer João Teixeira de Faria is accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women,Brazil’s state media agency reported, citing the Department of Public Ministry of the state of Goiás.
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Study Finds Less Than 15% of Team Members in ICO Startups Are Women

December 13, 2018 |

A new study confirms the crypto industry has a lot of progress to make to bridge the gender gap. It shows that startups conducting ICOs are still markedly male-dominated – over 85 percent of the team members in the surveyed companies are men. The data also suggests women are even less likely to hold executive and advisory positions.

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Four out of Five Startups Don’t Have a Female Executive

The research conducted by Longhash covers 100 upcoming initial coin offering (ICO) projects listed by ICO Rating, a website that tracks new token sales. The crypto analysis platform has collected data about the overall gender balance of each team, the number of female executives, including founders, as well as the share of women among their advisors.

Study Finds Less Than 15% of Team Members in ICO Startups Are Women

According to the report, 14.5 percent of the team members are female, with only 7 percent of the executive roles occupied by women. Their number among advisors is just a touch higher – 8 percent. Furthermore, almost four out of five startups (78 percent) don’t have a single female C-level executive and 75 percent don’t have female advisors.

The survey is based on information published on the projects’ websites. The companies have listed a total of 1,062 team members, including 326 founders and senior executives, and 473 advisors. Another key finding is that well over a third of the companies, or 37 percent, have no female employees at all. The authors believe these are telling numbers and also warn they might even be overly optimistic:

In the case of advisors, if you discount two outlying startups that had large advisory boards with more than 25 percent women, the overall percentage of women in advisory roles drops to under 6 percent. And in the case of executives, there was only one startup out of the entire 100 we looked at that had more than one woman in an executive role.

ICOs With Female Advisors Less Likely to Be Managed by a Woman

Study Finds Less Than 15% of Team Members in ICO Startups Are WomenResearchers at Longhash have also found some interesting correlations. It turns out, for example, that crypto companies with a woman on their advisory board are “slightly less likely” to have a female member of their executive team.

On the other hand, startups that have at least one woman in an executive role appear to be more likely to have a female advisor too. Longhash warns, however, that in both cases the differences as well as the samples are relatively small to draw reliable conclusions.

The authors of the report also note that the tech industry in general remains largely male-dominated. They point to other studies in the field indicating less pronounced but nevertheless evident imbalance. For instance, a study published by Statista on March 8, the International Women’s Day, shows that women made up between 26 and 43 percent of the employed in eight leading tech companies last year. And in 2015, they held 25 percent of the executive roles. Also, according to another study released by software platform Carta in September of this year, less than a third of the employees at small tech startups are women.

Study Finds Less Than 15% of Team Members in ICO Startups Are Women

Some representatives of the crypto industry have tried to address the issue. Following accusations that its leadership had become an “old boys’ club,” Switzerland’s Crypto Valley Association recently elected two female members to its board. According to a recent report, the upcoming major reshuffle of its management team will not affect their roles.

What is your opinion about the gender imbalance in crypto startups? Share your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.


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