Jane PorterMs. Jane Porter writes about creativity, business, technology, health, education and literature. She’s a 2013 Emerging Writing Fellow with the Center For Fiction.

Recent research from the Center for Talent Innovation shows U.S. women working in science, engineering, and tech fields are 45% more likely than their male peers to leave the industry within the year.

It’s not for lack of enthusiasm or passion. Of those women surveyed, 80% say they love their work, yet many still report barriers to getting to the top.

“Women entering STEM fields have a much shorter runway for career takeoff than women entering other industries,” according to the report. “To begin with, they’re starting later because of the time it took to get a Ph.D. That intensifies the ticking of their biological clock, which in turn pressures them to step up the pace of their research progress.”

Companies like Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer have been putting programs in place to help balance out this pipeline of leadership. But a number of factors need to be addressed before the issue can be resolved.


As predominantly male fields, it’s no surprise a lingering old boys’ club attitude in the science, engineering, and tech industries isolates women. Surveyed women describe these as the “lab-coat culture” in science that encourages long unforgiving hours, the “hard-hat culture” of engineering, and the frat-like “geek workplace culture” of tech.

These environments tend to make women working feel out of place as a result. It’s that sense of isolation that may tend to prevent women from climbing up the ranks.

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Cracks in the heart of Europe

nikos_konstandarasMr. Nikos Konstandaras is managing editor and a columnist of Kathimerini, the leading Greek morning daily.  He is also a contributor to The BusinessThinker.com

“No further effort will be demanded of the French, because the government – while taking the fiscal responsibility needed to put the country on the right track – rejects austerity.”  These words do not have the simplicity or the revolutionary resonance of “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite” but they are striking proof of a rift in Europe’s heart. With its budget statement for 2015, the French government made clear that it has no confidence in the economic policy that has been forced on the eurozone countries and that it is prepared to jeopardize its relationship with Germany. This bond is the nucleus of Europe and, until recently, the driving force of ever stronger union.

Many fronts have opened in Europe in recent years. But when the French-German axis is shaken, then we know that nothing is certain anymore. New alliances will be formed, and new balances and policies will be sought and no one can rule out the danger of the Union falling apart, or devolving into a loose formation of some of its members.

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Great Quotes

My friend, Admiral(retired) Sotirios Georgiadis georgiadisof the Greek Navy, brought to my attention the quotes below that I thought they will be of interest and value to those that visit The Business Thinker magazine (www.BusinessThinker.com)

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a government.
John  Adams

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.
Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot.  And suppose you were a member of government. But then I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
Winston Churchill

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P.J.  O’Rourke,  Civil Libertarian

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everybody  else.
Frederic Bastiat,  French economist(1801-1850)

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Will Rogers

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