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Maud to advise Hillary on women's business

Maud to advise Hillary on women's business

Published: 21 Aug 2011 09:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Aug 2011 09:43 GMT+02:00

“I am very happy and flattered,” Olofsson told the national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) on Sunday.

Olofsson has been asked to join a new group of experts who will serve as an advisory body that is charged with strengthening women’s economic status.

“I have pursued the issue of women in business throughout my time as a minister. This is really quite a recognition, not only to me as a person but to Sweden as well," Olofsson said to the paper.

Clinton wrote to Olofsson and requested that she join the newly-formed International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, which will work to increase economic empowerment for women “for a more prosperous and peaceful world.”

The group will meet once or twice a year in Washington DC and advise the U.S. State Department on a number of “key issues and challenges” surrounding the strengthening of women’s position in the global economy, added Clinton.

Other prominent members of the high-profile group include lawyer Cherie Blair, wife of Britain’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and CEO of Pepsi, Indra Nooyi.

The group’s first meeting is scheduled for November.

TT/The Local/kh (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

12:11 August 21, 2011 by zircon
In the year 2525 if men are still alive and women can survive, they may fall... But the question is will there also still be women around in 2525?
20:23 August 21, 2011 by wxman
Judging from the photo, I believe Maud and Hillary have MUCH in common.
21:23 August 21, 2011 by conboy
Thats it we are heading for a double dip recession!
01:38 August 22, 2011 by millionmileman
"The blind leading the blind."
07:35 August 22, 2011 by rise
Is she making a grimace? Or did she really look like that..?
08:45 August 24, 2011 by Lemon1987
@On Target

because she is told to be ...Higher powers u know.
19:29 August 24, 2011 by chelicerate
As an American I know that ~ A: More women than men are graduating from university with advanced degrees. B: Women represent 46.9% of the current labor force. The only issue we have with equality in the workforce is that women are often paid less than men. From a study I read, this is attributed to women not being as good at bargaining for salary (for whatever reason). Things are changing fast in the US, not sure what type of model these ladies plan to implement for the rest of the world. Hilary seems to have adopted this "battered tough guy" persona in world dealings; I don't think it really suits her.
20:55 August 26, 2011 by tonylaz
In the US, individual women's incomes exceed individual men's incomes quite frequently. The reasons that women's incomes as a collective are below men's as a collective are that women frequently have less job experience, accept less skilled jobs, and often attend to the truly more important function of raising a family thus making their time on the job shorter. Bargaining may be a part, but employers want the best help and will pay.
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