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13 October 2011

Have your say

Bonjour from Deauville, France.

Did you know that research shows more gender equity leads to happier populations? That if a group includes more women, its collective intelligence rises? That fathers now experience more work life conflict than mothers

Over the next few days, PwC and CNBC are asking attendees of the annual Women's Forum for the Economy and Society - and you:

What will women's empowerment mean for men?


On Saturday morning, our Chairman, Dennis Nally, Dr. Sylvia Ann Hewlett (Center For Work Life Policy) and Jeremy Adam Smith (journalist and author of The Daddy Shift) will discuss the social and economic impact of women's empowerment on men here in Deauville in front of a live audience, including input that's come in from you today and Friday.

We would love to hear from you!  Visit pwc.com/women or womeninbusiness.cnbc.com for live updates from The Forum, further information - and to have your say and see what others are saying.

à bientôt,


P.S. - I'll be sharing a video with you after The Forum, which captures the highlights of this debate, including clips from the on-site panel discussion with Dennis, Sylvia, and Jeremy.


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Oh how I wish I could have made it over to Deauville! Collective intelligence rises? Mais naturellement! (Tres pauvre French!) How can it be good if half the population are excluded! Dashing off to the blogs now!

I totally agree with you clfloade, and I definitely think you should send this letter in. I mean, we've talked about this for the past 3 days now men's voices are still valued more than women's, even in feminist circles. The reason we're called feminists (and NOT equalists or humanists, grawr) is because sexism is primarily directed at women! Certainly, some women contribute to the system of sexist oppression, but the sexist system *as a whole* is designed to oppress women and privilege men. When people start talking about gender studies, they are generally trying to sugarcoat things. Y'know: Oh, we're not talking about those RADICAL feminists; we're talking about men and women and caring about both of them (and that's exactly why women's studies are rarely called feminist studies, because that would wrongly translate in too many uninformed minds as misandry studies. ) It's true that schools may have difficulty raising funds to create a separate queer studies department, but just because we want to have a political sciene major in addition to a history major doesn't mean we turn it into a social studies major. Certainly, history and political science intersect and you can talk about the shared commonalities between the two, but you still have separate areas of focus. I agree with you clfloade! Send this in, and hopefully preserve your women's studies program's rightful name!

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