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Honey Brown Hope Foundation Rakes in National, State and Local Recognition

Honey Brown Hope Foundation Rakes in National, State and Local Recognition

Honey Brown Hope Foundation

Houston, TX — The Honey Brown Hope Foundation, a nationally recognized, award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit that has served youth and their families for over two decades, announced today that it is thankful this holiday season for recently being recognized for its civil rights

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Community Empowerment: Black Chambers of Commerce Where Is My Patronage?

Peter Grear

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Employees of Small, Locally-Owned Businesses Have More Company Loyalty

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The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

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Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Abuse in the Workplace

There is no significant difference in the prevalence of verbal abuse in the workplace between men and women, according to a systematic review of the literature conducted by researchers at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal

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Ladies, It’s Not Just You!  Globally – We’re All Stressed!

Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, NNPA on 08 July 2011.

You are not alone!  Nielsen’s latest comprehensive report Women of Tomorrow: a Study of Women around the World confirms women around the globe are feeling pressure like never before and are stressed! Nielsen is known for its measurement capabilities and for analyzing consumer behavior and trends in media, online, mobile and more around the globe.

We recently conducted this study among nearly 6500 women in 21 countries throughout Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America, representing 60% of the world’s population and 78% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  We included women in both developed markets – like ours – and several emerging markets like India and Nigeria.  Some of the key findings:

90% of women believe their role is evolving for the better from gender equality to workplace opportunities.
Women control 12 trillion dollars in global spending of 18 trillion dollars, but want to share jointly in life responsibilities and decision making.
While women are indeed increasingly empowered, we are increasingly stressed.

Whoop! There it is!  Call your girlfriends and tell them “Girl, it’s official!  Women everywhere around the world report being pressured for time, rarely have the time to unwind; feel stressed and overworked most of the time.  And yes, want just a tad bit of help from the fellas’ time to time.  It is NOT just us!”

How we cope with stress varies between developed and emerging markets.  Our sisters in emerging countries are often faced with maintaining every day basics like food and clothing.  The percentage of their household income spend on food is staggering. In Nigeria, for example, 40 percent of household spending is on food, vs. 7 percent in the U.S.  So if women in emerging countries found themselves with any additional dollars it would go toward savings, clothes and education.  While women in developed countries like ours are more likely to use extra cash for luxuries like vacations, savings and paying off debt.  

In conducting this research, women were divided into three segments – daughters (average age 30), mothers (average age 47) and grandmothers (average age 67).  The high stress factor is universal, but it breaks down generationally.  The “daughter” generation is the most stressed.  This stands to reason as this woman’s family is young and she has not likely achieved her full earning potential.  Among “mothers” the stress is mid-level.  Makes sense because by the average age of 47, income levels are (usually) higher; but finances are still cause for concern.  Lastly, “grandmothers” are the least stressed segment.   Perhaps not surprisingly, grandmothers are also most likely to believe that they have successfully achieved that delicate work-life balance.

Fellas, I think the most notable take away from this study for you is that women would like to share more male/female responsibilities.  We may be doing it all but would love to have a little more help from you.  Umm hmm, did you hear that?  Ladies, they may have missed that point, so if you want to cut this column out and post it up on the ‘fridge for those times when you need a little back up, feel free.  Guys don’t like arguing with you, let alone taking on women from 21 countries and arguing in multiple languages!  (You should highlight the multiple languages part).

Consider this ladies: if based on our global spending power of $12 trillion we were our own country (and lord knows there are times we wish we were don’t we?) we’d be about the size of the United States (based on GDP).  That’s a lot of power.  So, there’s no doubt that you and I and our sisters across the globe are agents of change.  Can you imagine how much more powerful we’d be if we got a little more support on the home front?  So, when’s the last time you actually asked for the help you need?  I’m just sayin’.


Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is senior vice president of public affairs and government relations for Nielsen. For more information and studies go to www.nielsenwire.com