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It’s nearly impossible to turn on the news without hearing something about women in leadership. April is Women’s History Month and we’ve been hearing about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. On April 8th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order to prevent workplace discrimination and empower workers to take control over negotiations regarding their pay.

And yesterday, April 18th,  the Office of Public Engagement organized and hosted a Muslim women emerging leaders event at the White House. The topics discussed included ways for young Muslim women to rise beyond the ceiling and become leaders in government, media, business, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

Fifty years ago, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law to combat gender-based wage discrimination, and in the decades since, women have made extraordinary progress. But women still make just 77 cents on average for every dollar a man earns, and continue to face prejudice in the workplace. And that number hasn’t improved — the pay gap has stayed constant since 2002.

ECCO International helps companies with a number of issues, one of them being the promotion and mentoring of women in leadership positions.

We’ve created an infographic, “10 Amazing Things About Women in Leadership,” which you may find useful in your efforts to bring women in leadership issues to the forefront of your company.  Our next blog posting topic will include an infographic titled, “10 Things to Boost Women in Leadership.” Stay tuned!

Source: The White House, “Taking Action in Honor of National Equal Pay Day,” Lilly Ledbetter and Cecilia Muñoz, April 8, 2014