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Award Winners

The Red Thread Foundation for Women is proud to announce award recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year! Our two winners were chosen from a pool of highly accomplished applicants based on written essays explaining the impact of their international background, academic and career goals, and…

The wisdom of graduations

May marks the season of commencements, which provide graduates with the opportunity to reflect on the lessons of their university careers and imagine the future. The themes of commencement speeches recur, but every speaker adds a unique tone to the ceremonies. In this post, the…

Red Thread Reads

As the Red Thread Foundation for Women wraps up its first cycle of mentorship and welcomes new trustees and scholars on board, our readers can expect new content in this space. From links to articles and talks about gender, education and mentorship to personal stories…

A year of mentorship journeys

Every birthday is an opportunity to reflect, to celebrate, to look back and forward. Today, on International Women’s Day, the Red Thread Foundation celebrates its first birthday. A year ago, I joined nine other women with roots around the world to found an organization dedicated…

How can women succeed in the corporate world? Tania Pereira explains.

The Red Thread Foundation is proud to introduce Tania Pereira, a talented, accomplished HR professional–and dear friend of one of the Red Thread trustees. Having had the opportunity to lead Gender Balance and Diversity projects at the Global Headquarters of Nestlé in Switzerland, Tania will share with us her thoughts and…

Lessons from a Guatemalan Midwife

I was born in Russia, but my strongest international involvement has actually been in Guatemala. I took an educational trip there for several weeks in college, and later returned for several months to learn Spanish and volunteer. Although my time there was short, the experience…

What I wish I knew back in college…advice from the “real world”

Come this fall, many of you will embark upon on a much awaited chapter of your lives: the college experience. There will be anxiety-filled moments as you contemplate what classes to enroll in and what major to choose as this will provide the springboard for…

Recommended Reading: Women’s Entrepreneurship

On March 26th, 2011, the New York Times published a post on the “You are the Boss” blog titled “Three New Books Highlight Female Entrepreneurship.” Gayle Lemmon’s The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the story of female entrepreneurship in Afghanistan under Taliban rule in the…

Happy International Women’s Day!

“Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.” ~ Margaret Sanger Flashback to a little over 20 years ago: A small…

Gender, education and development: A reading list

In recent years, there has been renewed journalistic and literary interest in the specific challenges women face worldwide and the ways in which they overcome them. The following books, which range from biographies to essays and case studies, tackle the topics of gender-related education and…