Women-Related Business/Work Web Sites

Last updated: May 17, 2012

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What follows are some women-related sites containing information about business and/or work that an academic women's studies program might find useful:

ABWA: American Business Women's Association
(ABWA is dedicated to helping businesswomen "grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition." The web site offers resources that support this aim, including professional development materials, career development information, local networking opportunities, and more.)

Advancing Women
(Site features women-oriented news and information about workplace strategies, career advancement, education, money management, women internationally, and more.)

ASU CareerWISE
(A site jointly sponsored by Arizona State University and the National Science Foundation to give women in STEM careers [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] resources and advice for dealing with issues such as facing a cold or isolating departmental climate, balancing career and personal demands, handling advisor issues, and/or staying motivated and productive despite delays and setbacks to research progress. One noteworthy resource: more than 180 video interviews with successful women in STEM who have completed their doctoral degrees and progressed into STEM careers. Each woman discusses and reflects upon her experiences during graduate school.)

Balancing Faculty Careers and Family Work
(The November-December 2004 issue of Academe Online, published by the American Association of University Professors, focuses entirely on work/family issues. Articles include "Do Babies Matter (Part II)?" "Hitting the Maternal Wall," "Balancing Work and Family for Faculty: Why It's Important," "Developing and Implementing Work-Family Policies for Faculty," "Fear Factor: How Safe Is It to Make Time for Family?" "Family-Friendly Policies and the Research University," and "Working Part Time After Tenure.")

Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering
(A 2006 report from the National Academy of Sciences and affiliated academies. The report finds that women are being filtered out of high-level positions in science, engineering, and math in the United States for no good reason. The report is for sale on this web site, but one can also read it for free on the site.)

Binary Girl
(This web site, "where girls and technology click," aims to "share knowledge with those interested in learning more about technology through an interactive community of women." Among the site's sections are Techie Toys, Cyber Jargon, Tech Resources, Project Pages, Binary Gear, Gadget Deals, News, and Message Boards, as well as a Job Section that offers advice about resumes and interviews and information about women in IT jobs.)

British Library for Development Studies: Gender
(Though this well-organized site does not provide documents, it does help you to identify what books, articles, etc. dealing with gender and development issues are available. The resources are arranged into such categories as education, faith, food security, globalisation, hiv/aids, ICTs, rights, trade, violence, work, and more. In some cases, it is possible to request a resource be sent to you.)

Career Girls
(This web site offers a number of video interviews with female role models in many different fields and from a number of ethnic and racial backgrounds. The interviews and the accompanying written information help to acquaint girls and young women with varied careers to which they may aspire, what each career involves, what kind of preparation is required, what the role models like most about their careers, what challenges they have faced, and more. One section of the site provides help for educators wishing to incorporate this material into their classes.)

Career Options for Women
(This Canadian website offers 13 half-hour programs highlighting women working in jobs traditionally held by men, primarily in trades and technology. Clicking on Profiles will reveal numerous categories, such as Information Technology, Robotics and Automation, Video Games, Gaming, and Biotechnology. The site claims that information is also available in French, but if it is, it's well hidden.)

Catalyst
(Catalyst is a nonprofit organization working to advance women in business and the professions. Its web site offers interesting articles, news, and fact sheets related to its mission, as well as links to related sites.)

Center for Women and Work
(Sponsored by the Univ. of Massachusetts, Lowell, this site describes the Center's mission, projects, and other activities, and offers a very useful "Virtual Library" of annotated links in more than 20 categories relating to women and work, including everything from data and statistics sources to relevant books and films.)

Center for Women's Business Research
(The site offers information and statistics on women business owners and their enterprises worldwide. Since 1989, the Center has documented the economic and social contributions of women business owners and challenged the perceptions of this expanding economic force. Among the web site's many resources are research reports [both free and for purchase] and extensive annotated links to related sites.)

Digital Women
(A site for women in business, Digital Women offers a newsletter, articles, tips, links to business and government resources, a "bartering community," email lists, and an extensive assortment of links to women-related and other useful sites for "women with their modems running.")

Do Babies Matter? The Effect of Family Formation on the Lifelong Careers of Academic Men and Women
(The first of two related studies by Mary Ann Mason, Dean of the Graduate Division at UC Berkeley, and Marc Goulden, a research analyst at Berkeley. The first study looks at the effect of having a family, especially having a baby within a few years of earning the Ph.D., on male and female academics' careers. The follow-up study looks at what happens to academics who secure a first assistant professor job before starting a family.)

dotcomdivas.net: resources for women Internet entrepreneurs
(Elizabeth Carlassare offers advice about a number of issues of concern to women in business, especially Internet entrepreneurs. She covers such topics as writing a business plan and raising money, and she also provides annotated links to related sites, links to recommended books, and information about her book, Dotcom Divas.)

Dot Diva
(A site for young women interested in computing and in making a difference. The website proclaims "We're young women with the power and passion to make a difference. We believe in the potential of computing to build a better world." Included is a list of about three dozen varied career areas that use computer skills, as well as profiles of more than a dozen "dot divas" who are making a difference in fields such as medicine, film, forensics, robotics, and social networking. There's also a "webisode" video about two young women who are programmers for a video game company.)

e.quality@work: An Information Base on Equal Employment Opportunities
(This site, sponsored by the International Labor Organization, offers a factual, not analytical, compilation of available information on equal employment opportunities around the world. It is organized into eight sections: International, Regional, National Statistics, National Legal Frameworks, National Guidelines, Government Programmes, Company Policies, and Trade Union Policies. It also offers extensive links to related sites, organized by country.)

Executive Pie
(This site for women in business offers sections such as "Women in the News," "Bad Pie" ["unacceptable actions or blatant inequalities"], abstracts of reports from Catalyst Research, "Proven Practices," "Industry Insights," "Bookshelf," "Job Listings," and a number of other resources, some of which require that you register on the site.)

Facts About Women
(In observance of Women's History Month in 2007, the United States Census Bureau put up this page of facts about women, covering topics such as population figures, motherhood, earnings, education, business, voting, jobs, military service, computer use, and sports and recreation.)

Field of Dreams: Women in Business
(Deb Nyberg's site offers a variety of useful resources for women in business, including tips on advertising, marketing, and promotion; information about grants and loans; a businesswoman's internet research directory; web design services; links to political figures; a directory of women in business; and more.)

GirlGeeks.org
(The original GirlGeeks organization and terrific web site went belly up in 2001in the wake of the U.S. economy's dramatic downturn. Well, GirlGeeks is back, this time under the aegis of the non-profit BAVC [Bay Area Video Coalition]. The web site looks as if it will soon have many of the same extensive and useful kinds of resources that made the earlier GirlGeeks site so valuable. Among the current web site's resources are career and business information; interviews and profiles of women in IT; book recommendations; IT news, training, and certification info; links to job resources; and more.)

The Girl's Guide
(Frequently-updated Australian site with interesting links in more than a dozen categories, such as business, feminism, health, sport, and books & writing.)

IWITTS - See below: National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science

Institute for Women's Policy Research
(An independent, non-profit, scientific research organization that conducts and disseminates research on women's policy issues.)

Internet Use by Women
(Links to several sites that provide reports and data about women's use of the Internet, including some that focus on information of use to business/marketing interests.)

Job Searching Resources for Women
(A resource-rich About.com site hosted by Alison Doyle. Included are such sections as Online Job Searching, Career Change Tools for the Midlife Woman, Best Companies for Women, and Freelance and Telecommuting Jobs.)

MsMoney.com
(Financial advice and resources for women. This searchable site differs from a number of other seemingly similar sites in that almost all the resources highlighted on MsMoney focus on women rather than being generic financial advice repackaged for women. Among the sections on MsMoney are Budgeting, Insurance, Relationships, Elder Care, Kids and Money, Success Stories, and Women in Business. Other resources include tools and calculators and interviews with authors of financial books for women.)

National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology, and Science
(The National Institute, formerly IWITTS, is dedicated to integrating women into nontraditional careers by providing training, technical assistance, and publications to schools and employers. The web site offers resources for assessing how well high schools are preparing girls for nontraditional careers, strategies for recruiting more women and girls into information technology, information about preventing sexual harassment, and more. Of special note is the WomenTech Portal.)

National Women's Law Center
(Organization whose mission is "to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives." Its informative web site provides news, information, and activist alerts in support of its mission in such categories as Athletics, Child & Family Support, Education, Employment, Health, Social Security, and more.)

Office of Women's Business Ownership
(Sponsored by the U.S. government's Small Business Administration, this site offers links to selected resources for women who own a business or hope to do so.)

Online Women's Business Center
(Site devoted to helping women start and run their own business. Large library of articles on marketing, finance, management, technology, and procurement issues. Also offers online forums, extensive links to related sites, and more.)

PhDs.org: Science, Math, and Engineering Career Resources
(This site offers everything from basic information about careers in science, math, and engineering to how to choose a graduate school, issues concerning postdocs, the job market, finding a job in science, and more. There's surprisingly little attention to gender issues, but it's nonetheless a very useful site.)

Preparing Women and Minorities for the IT Workforce: The Role of Nontraditional Educational Pathways
(A 2005 study by the AAAS that examines the surprisingly large role that "nontraditional educational pathways" play in preparing women and underrepresented minorities for the information technology (IT) workforce.)

Resources for Businesswomen
(A useful collection of business resources, most of which are women-focused.)

Scottishbusinesswomen.com
(Exceptionally attractive, well-designed site to encourage Scottish women's interest in becoming entrepreneurs. Though some of the resources are of most use to women in Scotland/the UK, many may be helpful more generally. Sections include Advice, Training, Contacts, Online Community, Research, and E-Business. Excellent site map to aid in navigation.)

Search Mothers
(A portal offering links to information for single, divorced, married, and unmarried mothers. Includes a section on mothers' rights as well as sections on money, working mothers, entrepreneurial mothers, childcare, and more. The site also offers message boards.)

Social Security Online for Women
(U.S. Government site that provides information focused on women's concerns about social security. Information categories include Working Woman, Beneficiary, Bride, New Mother, Divorced Spouse, Caregiver, and Widow, as well as links to other organizations and government bureaus that address women's needs.)

TIP$ Mid-Life Women's Business Community
("The website offers specialized help for women entrepreneurs in their late 40s and older who want to or who have just started a small business." Free resources include relevant articles and other information, a short FAQ, a discussion forum where you can ask questions and share advice, and links to some related sites.)

Tips for a Massive Academic Job Search
(Computer science professor Ellen Spertus wrote this very useful document offering extensive advice about looking for an academic job, especially a search involving two people on the job market simultaneously. Her discussion focuses especially on jobs in technical fields, but many of her points apply to searches in any field. The discussion includes numerous links to related sites.)

Today's Immigrant Woman Entrepreneur
(A 2004 study that Dr. Susan C. Pearce did for the American Immigration Law Foundation. The study examines the rise of immigrant women entrepreneurs in the United States and profiles them as a group, using data from the 2000 Decennial Census and other sources. Among the report's findings are that the number of immigrant women business owners has increased 468 percent since 1980 and that the largest group of immigrant women entrepreneurs [41.6%] comes from Latin America and the Caribbean, while the second largest group [29.4%] comes from Asia and the Pacific Islands.)

Upgrade Your Future
(Upgrade Your Future is a Chicago-based organization whose web site focuses on providing women with information about IT careers and how and why to prepare for them. The site includes information about jobs, salaries, training, online resources, etc., as well as personal stories of women in IT and a downloadable booklet entitled "Introduction to Information Technology Careers.")

Why Shop? Week
(Organized by women's studies students at the U. of Colorado-Boulder, this site offers information about businesses worldwide that exploit women; it also proposes ways to combat such exploitation.)

WITI: Women in Technology International
(Now a customizable portal site for women in technology, WITI offers news, articles, career info, calendar of events, job announcements, profiles of accomplished women in IT, and more. Considerable attention to women in technology businesses.)

WomanOwned
(This site offers a variety of resources for women who own businesses or would like to, including articles offering advice and information about running a business, a directory of women business owners, a message board, and links to other resources.)

Women Employed
(Women Employed's self-described mission is "to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity." The web site provides useful information about workplace issues concerning women, resources for finding help and getting involved, news about workplace issues, and more. One section includes abundant information about careers for women in information technology.)

Women, Enterprise, and Society
(Subtitled "A Guide to Resources in the Business Manuscripts Collection at Baker Library," this site identifies materials in Harvard Business School's Baker Library that document women's participation in American business and culture from the 18th through the 20th century. The Guide contains detailed descriptions of materials located in approximately 200 manuscript collections and incorporates links to full collection records in the Baker Online Catalog.)

WomenEntrepreneur.com
(This site, designed for the women's business community, offers original articles and success stories, content from 30 women columnists and bloggers, news and resources, and a forum where visitors can ask questions, share answers, and offer their own business insights.)

Women in a Global Workforce
(This white paper by Prof. Sharmila Rudrappa summarizes the findings of a 2005 study of women managers in multinational companies around the world. The study, commissioned by Dell Computer Corporation, focuses on women's experience in the workforce and "how to make the work place more amenable to women of all racial backgrounds." This document is in pdf format and requires the use of a free Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Women in the New Economy: Insights and Realities
(Results of a survey conducted in 2000 of 265 women working in "new economy" companies. Among the issues covered are the upside and downside of working the in new economy, how women are treated, the effect on women's personal lives, the strategies women use, women's wishes for how their companies operated, the factors that keep women in their companies, and more.)

Women's Bureau, U. S. Department of Labor
(This U. S. government site contains much valuable information about women and work: statistics, data, special reports, fact sheets, news, posters, programs, and links to related sites.)

Women's Business Center
(A site designed to help women succeed in business. Lots of questions and answers about finance, marketing, management, and technology, as well as information about procurement, welfare to work, success stories, and more. Site is available in Russian and Spanish as well as English.)

Women's Financial Network (WFN)
(A good deal of this site's financial information is not gender specific, but some of it does focus on women's circumstances--e.g., a financial checklist for expectant moms, the financial impact of being the second wife, women and wealth. The site also offers online discussion groups focused around life stages: single and striving, managing change, retiring smart, etc.)

Women's ICT-Based Enterprise for Development
(The purpose of the Women's ICT-Based Enterprise for Development project is "to help increase the number of sustainable ICT-based enterprises run by groups of poor women in developing countries." The web site provides online guidance and networking about women's ICT-based enterprises in developing countries. Among the resources the site provides is a "Handbook for More and Better Women's ICT-Based Enterprises," case studies [also available through Eldis--see next entry below], related publications, events, contacts, and links to related sites.)

Women's ICT-Based Enterprise for Development: Case Studies Page
("A set of twelve analytical case studies of the women's IT sector enterprises in developing countries. Each provides a summary of performance, success factors, good practices and risks. In total, they show the potential for an IT sector approach to deliver gender goals for development." The countries represented in the studies [in some cases, by more than one study] include Mozambique, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, India, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia. From Eldis, which also has a very extensive Gender Resource Guide from an international perspective.)

WomensWallStreet
(Financial information focused on women's interests and needs. Includes discussions of issues such as investment, managing money, career planning, retirement, real estate, etc., stock information, news, tools, resources, columns, blogs, and forums.)

WomenTechWorld
(WomenTechWorld describes itself as "the on-line home for women technicians to connect with one another. . . . Whether you are a Network Engineer, a Mechanic or a Sound Tech or a female student in a tech major, you'll want to visit WomenTechWorld.Org...." The site offers biographies of women in technology, an email list and a message board, e-mentoring, career information, and a set of annotated links to related sites. WomenTechWorld is run by the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science.)

Women Working, 1870-1930
(Prototype of Harvard University's Open Collections Program Women Working project. "This site will provide access to digitized books (over 2000), manuscripts (10,000 pages), and images (1,000) from the collections of Harvard University Libraries and Museums on the topic of women in the U.S. economy from 1870-1930." Intended primarily for teachers and students in colleges, universities, and high schools. "Conversion of historical sources to electronic form allows teachers to incorporate them into their course syllabi and lesson plans and thus expose students to the nature of primary sources, historical analysis and research, and the knowledge and insights that can be gained by exploring the past.")

Working Women
(Part of the AFL-CIO union's site, this segment includes much useful information and statistics about women in the U.S. workforce. One section discusses equal pay for equal work. Beware, though, of a page that claims to tell you how much money you've lost over your lifetime; the methodology is simplistic and not useful. Extensive links. )

WSSLINKS: Women and Business
(High-quality, annotated links to Internet resources on women and business. Compiled by a reference librarian as part of the Association of College and Research Libraries' excellent WSSLINKS project.)


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Copyright 2011 by Joan Korenman.

Please send all additions and corrections to: Joan Korenman.   However, please do not ask me to suggest web sites or other resources, and do not ask me to link to sites that are not rich in academic women-related resources. I unfortunately do not have time to respond to such requests. Many thanks.