Month: February 2014

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February 25, 2014

Making a Difference One Life At a Time

On March 8, the whole world will be celebrating International Women’s Day.march 8

For more than 100 years, International Women’s Day has celebrated the social, political, and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is Inspiring Changeby calling for:

  • Greater awareness of women’s equality
  • More women in senior leadership roles
  • Equal recognition of women in the arts
  • Growth of women-owned businesses
  • Increased financial independence of women
  • More women in science, technology, engineering and math
  • Fairer recognition of women in sport

As much as things have changed for women, much still needs to be changed.  Despite many international agreements affirming their human rights, women are still much more likely than men to be poor and illiterate. They usually have less access than men to medical care, property ownership, credit, training and employment. They are far less likely than men to be politically active and far more likely to be victims of domestic violence.  Worldwide today:

  • Up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16.
  • Globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.
  • Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.
  • Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18
  • Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States.
  • Human rights groups estimate that anywhere between 12.3 million and 27 million people are enslaved in forced or bonded labor, child labor, sexual servitude, and involuntary servitude at any given time.
  • More women than men live in poverty.
  • About two thirds of the illiterate adults in the world are female. Higher levels of women’s education are strongly associated with both lower infant mortality and lower fertility, as well as with higher levels of education and economic opportunity for their children.
  • Internationally, social and legal institutions still do not guarantee women equality in basic legal and human rights, in access to or control of land or other resources, in employment and earnings, and social and political participation.

Gender equality implies a society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, outcomes, rights and obligations in all spheres of life.  Equality between men and women exists when both sexes are able to share equally in the distribution of power and influence; have equal opportunities for financial independence through work or through setting up businesses; enjoy equal access to education and the opportunity to develop personal ambitions.

  • Educated women are more likely to use health clinics and return to the clinic if their children’s health does not improve.
  • Educated women tend to begin their families at a later age and have fewer, healthier children.
  • A 1% rise in women’s literacy is 3 times more likely to reduce deaths in children than a 1% rise in the number of doctors. (Based upon a United Nations study of 46 countries.)
  • For women, 4 to 6 years of education led to a 20% drop in infant deaths (Based on the same UN study mentioned above.)
  • Women with more education generally have better personal health and nutrition.
  • The families of women with some education tend to have better housing, clothing, income, water, and sanitation.

Cable is proud of the women and men who join the organization to promote opportunity for women.  There is more to do.  What can you do to make a difference in just one life?

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February 24, 2014

Inaugural Corporate Board Academy graduates 13 local business women

24 Feb 2014 3:10 PM |

Nashville Cable program prepares board-ready women for corporate board roles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Jan. 28, 2014) – Nashville Cable today announced the graduation of 13 local business women from the inaugural Corporate Board Academy, which is designed to help prepare board-ready women to obtain meaningful corporate board roles.

Teresa Broyles-Aplin, Anita Elliott, Kathy Jones, Carol McCoy, Mary Mirabelli, Rita Mitchell, Billye Sanders, Katy Sheesley, Teresa Sparks, Laura Smith Tidwell, Laura Reinbold, Denise Warren and Evette White successfully completed the program, which began in October 2013 and concluded in January 2014.

Research shows that companies with greater numbers of women in executive leadership positions boast superior financial performance compared to their peers. Despite these trends, women continue to be underrepresented on corporate boards and in C-suites across the country, particularly in Tennessee.

Pursuant to its mission of “Connecting Women and Opportunity,” Cable is determined to connect Tennessee’s qualified female candidates with board service. The organization’s hallmark initiative is Women on Corporate Boards, which advocates for gender diversity on boards and in top leadership teams of Tennessee companies.

In its inaugural offering, Cable’s Corporate Board Academy covered a variety of topics including, building the best board bio, audit committee responsibilities, compensation committee roles and responsibilities, building a personal elevator pitch and conducting mock interviews with corporate leaders, along with additional content stemming from a generous donation of time from the Tennessee chapter of Women Corporate Directors and Ernst & Young.

“We are very proud of these 13 women who are positioning themselves to serve on public corporate boards,” said Susan Huggins, executive director of Cable. “It is essential that more corporate boards are aware of the great talent available to them. This academy is just one successful effort to help achieve that goal.”

About Cable and Women on Corporate Boards

Nashville Cable is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of professionals with nearly 500 members and a 30-year history of helping women reach their full potential. The organization’s mission of “Connecting Women and Opportunity” has shaped its networking programs and advocacy initiatives, and created a forward-thinking infrastructure for expansion nationally. Cable’s hallmark initiative, Women on Corporate Boards, is dedicated to increasing numbers of women on Tennessee corporate boards and in the executive suite, and to helping lead that movement nationally. Cable is a member of the InterOrganization Network, an alliance of 15 women’s organizations with a common mission across the United States. This provides a national context for benchmarking research and enhances CABLE’s resources to effect positive change in Tennessee. For more information about Cable and Women on Corporate Boards, please visit


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