What Is Womenomics?

Claire Shipman introduces you to Womenomics in the workplace.

ByABC News via logo
May 31, 2009, 6:24 PM

June 1, 2009 — -- The first thing you should know about Womenomics is that it's not some feel-good, nutty crunchy rant about what companies "should" be doing for women. If it will make you feel better, we'll tell you to go do some yoga, but that's beside the point.

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No, Womenomics is about power and making good business decisions. We deal in facts, not stereotypes, and some of those facts are surprising.

First, you should know women have huge power in the workplace and marketplace right now, power most of us don't even know about. Because why would the corporate world give away that leverage?

Companies with more senior female managers make more money. A 19-year Pepperdine University survey of Fortune 500 companies showed that those with the best record of promoting women outperformed the competition by anywhere from 41 to 116 percent. That's an eye-opener. And there are other similar studies from Catalyst, and the University of California, Davis.

Women's management style is suddenly seen as valuable, not soft. Our right-brain skills like inclusiveness, a focus on compromise, and aversion to risk are seen as necessary for a profitable business.

Nick Lehman pointed out that the buzz at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this year, looking at the dearth of women at investment banks, was that a Lehman brothers with a few sisters on board might have contained the economic crisis.

And we do most of the buying. No kidding, you might be thinking. But it's no joke when women control 83 percent of consumer spending. We recently crossed the 50 percent line in terms of car-buying. We literally buy more cars than men do! And guess who car companies need to design vehicles we like?

Oh and a talent shortage looms. The younger generations are smaller, and in the next few years the Employment Policy Foundation estimates there will be a 6 million person gap between college graduates and people needed to cover job growth. And that gap that will just keep getting bigger. Highly educated employees will be in huge demand. Guess which sex earns more college and advanced degrees?

Where to See Claire and Katty:

June 2:
ABC-TV "Good Morning America"
ABC-TV "The View"
PBS-TV "Charlie Rose"
Comedy Central "The Colbert Report"
Air America Radio Interview with Courtney Hazlett

June 3:
ABC-TV "Good Morning America"
Sirius XM Satellite Radio "Oprah & Friends"

June 4:
NPR "Diane Rehm Show"

June 5:
MSNBC-TV "Morning Joe"

June 6:
CNN "Your Money"

June 7:
ABC-TV "This Week with George Stephanopolous"

June 11:
C-SPAN "Close Up"

June 12:
CNN The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

June 14:
NBC-TV "Chris Matthews Show"

June 19:
HBO "Real Time with Bill Maher"

July 7:
Sirius XM Satellite Radio "Oprah Radio with Jean Chatzsky"

In-Person Appearances:

New York:
June 3, 12 p.m.: 92nd St Y
June 9, 7 p/m/: Fairfield, Conn. WSHU Talk
June 10, 7 pm: Barnes & Noble, Broadway at 66th Street

Washington, D.C.
June 6, 6 p.m.: Washington D.C. Politics & Prose
June 11, 7:30 p.m.: Washington D.C. Borders/Tysons Corner

San Francisco, Calif.:
June 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs