The women who run a construction company usually give the role over into the hands of their partner or family member. This does not apply to Kelly Footworth, who is a big success in the construction world.
How did you build a business on her own?
“I’ve gradually grown into it. From my eighteenth birthday I have had financial and administrative jobs. In 1996 I joined as a small developer. I started as an office manager, but because the director / shareholder were abroad a lot, I was more and more commercially in charge when they were gone. Through trial and error I become wise, and in time I ran the company as if it were mine. I pulled the various parties for each project, but was entirely responsible.
So I have developed a number of housing projects and office locations. The concrete realization of beautiful things really appeals to me. So I decided to set up my own construction company, under the name of Constructabouw. Taking this decision has given me a few sleepless nights. It appealed to me to run a company in my own way. Continue reading →
This news was striking to me and my co-workers. The EU is now not only known for its thin, good-looking women (and no, they aren’t thinner because they are poorer as us, they generally have a better diet and exercise more often as us lazy Americans) but now also for having more women in positions of power. The European Commission’s companies still require the adoption of 40 percent of women on their supervisory board. “A quota does not exist, by definition,” said Peter Brewer RIP. Previously, a majority of the committee was against the proposal by EU Commissioner Viviane Reding (Fundamental Rights). But the proposal was watered down, and then the committee could accept it. Companies are not immediately punished by the EU; and Member States may impose their own sanctions.
Reding wants a fair selection for companies, which ultimately should lead to a better balance between men and women at the top. In European companies only 13.5 per cent of the board members are a woman, the commissioner said. Also only 2.5 percent of women use the gavel. The EU Commissioner for Fundamental Rights hopes for the better; and wants a ‘gender neutral’ selection targeted at breaking the glass ceiling in the approximately 5,000 listed companies in the EU. “This is a historic day,” said the commissioner. They talked about it being a breakthrough. Continue reading →
In the West, people often think that only women in the West are emancipated and that this liberation movement began in the 20th century. However, from an Islamic perspective the emancipation of women began 1,400 years ago with the revelations to Muhammad and Islam for emancipating women. It is unfortunately true that in some Muslim countries women are disadvantaged, but this is due to local (pre-Islamic) cultural, social, political practices that are stuck and not of Islam itself.
Indeed, since more than 1,400 years Islam has advocated women rights which are in most places (even in some Muslim countries) not being enjoyed. This is so because women often do not know their rights. Indeed, male-dominated societies are trying to keep girls from getting an education even though they are entitled to it. In this way it prevents women from knowing the rights granted to them by the law of Islam.
Equality between men and women
When we talk about equality between men and women we would need to first determine what criteria you want use to compare men and women. On height for example, research has shown that men are on average are taller than females. So, men are superior to women in height. Conversely, one could say that women are superior to men on smallness (they are ‘more’ small).
What is similar and different? In Islam, God is the center of everything and equality or difference is defined as, “Who is more important to God, men or women?” This question will get the following answer: Continue reading →
In the sciences, women are severely underrepresented. This gender difference has been made in high school: girls choose much less commonly a profile that gives access to the scientific study. But why? The popular view is that women have an innate lack of mathematical talent, but scientific research shows that it is precisely this prejudice of women playing tricks. The answer to the question, “Where are the mathematics women?” is in fact: they were there, but now they are someplace else.
There’s still something to say about women being less technical in general as men are. We all know the situations where men fix the computer at home when women are less knowledgeable (and interested) with those kind of things. There’s a reason why the Princeton 2013 Technology Event next spring break is so popular amongst men.
In the sciences significantly fewer women work than men. Also in the exact studies girls are in the minority: of all engineering students only about 17% are women, and also in the natural sciences, women with 35% are underrepresented. The reason lies in the high school Continue reading →