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Results from a recent Nielsen survey show that women in India are the most stressed out. What exactly is weighing on women in one of the fastest growing economies in the world? Says one observer: "The Indian woman has far more familial interfaces to manage than her western counterpart."
Running a family business can be rewarding -- when it goes well. Sometimes company struggles require hard decisions that displace the loyalty of family relationships. After Rosani Aparecida de Souza Lopes took over Búfalo Ferramentas from her father, she was forced to take on a tough management role -- a decision she says helped the family business survive.
While women have indeed come a long way since earning the right to vote in 1920, they still have not achieved wage and income equity compared with their male counterparts, notes a government report released this month. The reason, according to a series of speakers and panelists at the recent Wharton Women in Business Alumnae Conference 2011, is that women still need to assert themselves more when establishing work relationships, seeking sponsors, trying to make their presence -- and contributions -- known, or negotiating for a raise. As one speaker noted: "Women don't ask."
Construction is among the most in-demand and risky businesses in Afghanistan, posing a serious threat to on-site workers and leaving small business owners to take what they can get in an often dubious system of contracts and bidders. Young entrepreneur Fatima Hakimzada is meeting those challenges head-on as she works to win larger contracts in a quest to rebuild the city of her birth.
Afghan entrepreneur Fatema Akbari makes more than wood products in her carpentry business; she helps to rebuild lives. Akbari prioritizes hiring women whose husbands have either been killed or disabled in the war. Still, it was a very different family-related employee situation that challenged Akbari in recent months. She called upon the lessons from her Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women
training to help her resolve the issue and move on.
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