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OnBoard has just completed its 2015 study with some surprising results. And the business climate in Georgia is looking favorable for women executives.

OnBoard is an organization that has been keeping track of the progress of women on corporate boards and in executive positions in Georgia for 23 years.

In 1993, women held only 4 percent of the seats on the boards of Georgia's public companies. By 2015, it is more than 12 percent, a record.

Gov. Nathan Deal recently tweeted a headline that read “Georgia sees fastest growth in number of women-owned firms since 1997.”

That may be true, but it’s not the whole picture.

In 1997, around 145,000 Georgia businesses were owned by women. Today? That number is up 132 percent. That rate of growth landed Georgia a No. 1 spot in the latest American Express funded report on women-owned businesses.

Atlanta in particular has driven that tremendous growth for the state. But don’t break out the party hats just yet.

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A couple of reports came out this week comparing women’s quality of life in different states. Georgia remains way behind in key areas.

Kelly Gissendaner
Georgia Department of Corrections

Update: The Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for Gissendaner in a 5-to-2 decision.

Later today, for the first time since the mid-40s, the state is scheduled to execute a woman.  

Kelly Gissendaner is set to die by lethal injection tonight for arranging the murder of her husband, Doug Gissendaner, in 1997.  

Last week, the State Board of Pardons and Parole denied clemency for Gissendaner.

Bilal Qureshi has covered the Toronto International Film Festival for several years and, back in Washington, works for All Things Considered.

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More than 20 Georgia hospitals are taking part in an initiative aimed at reducing the number of maternal deaths.  Georgia currently ranks 50 of all U.S. states for its rate of maternal mortality.

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is launching the initiative in hospitals in Georgia and New Jersey. Debra Bingham is Vice President of Research, Education and Publications for the Association. She says hospitals in Georgia were selected for several reasons.

  Georgia is the top state in the nation for the growth of women-owned businesses.

Last year there were more than 317,000 women-owned firms in Georgia, according to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.

That's an 118-percent increase since 1997, according to the data, which was commissioned by American Express OPEN.

Lorrie Lynn King
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In 2011, Clarkston, Georgia resident and public health professional Lorrie Lynn King and her partners founded a non-profit called 50 Cents period.org.  

Its mission is to provide women in developing parts of the world with sanitary products and information on managing their menstruation hygiene.  

In a recent conversation with WABE's Steve Goss, Ms. King recalled what she discovered three years ago during a visit to underserved rural schools in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. 

Hangout Live: Women's Health and Wellness

Jan 23, 2014

Hangout live on Feb. 4 beginning at 2 p.m. with WABE reporter Rose Scott, Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Deputy Director Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox, as they talk Women’s Health and Wellness.

The video of the 30-minute discussion can be seen below.

Spelman College

A report from the Center for American Progress reveals there are continuing disparities when it comes to equal pay and leadership opportunities for women.

The State of Women in America graded each state in the areas of economics, leadership and health.

Georgia’s overall grade was an F.

Buffy Wicks is a senior fellow with the center.

She uses Georgia’s leadership gap as an example of why the state received a poor ranking.

The "Daring" of Civil War Women in Disguise

Aug 22, 2013
Albert Cashier, aka Jenny Hodgers, who served three years in an Illinois Regiment in the Civil War
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

During the Civil War, historical records document some 500 to 1,000 women who disguised themselves as men, to enlist in armies on both sides of the conflict.

Elizabeth Leonard is at the Cyclorama tonight to give a talk on her new book, All the Daring of the Soldier, about women who took on unconventional roles in the Civil War.


The Atlanta-based world organization CARE is using International Women’s Day to highlight the fight against gender-based violence.

Two horrific events made international headlines that according to CARE strengthen the need to bring awareness about the terrors girls and women throughout the globe are facing.

A fourteen year old Pakistani schoolgirl is shot in the head by the Taliban.

She survived.

In New Delhi, a young woman is gang raped on a bus and brutally beaten.

She died.

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March 8 is International Women’s Day. In some countries it’s a national holiday.

That includes Russia and other republics of the former USSR.

WABE’s Rose Scott has this story of Yelena Epova as she reflects on her journey to Atlanta from Russia.

Kay Scott is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, based in Atlanta.  She is retiring from the organization on December 28, 2012, after 32 years.  During her time at Planned Parenthood, Scott has been in the middle of many debates and battles, but she says she always tries to show respect for her opponents.

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests

On October 20th, Diane Dougherty of Newnan, a former Catholic nun, went through the Catholic ceremony of ordination to the priesthood.  Of course, her ordination was not recognized by the Church, which has a ban on female priests.  A statement from Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said any woman who claims ordination has excommunicated herself from the Church.  But Dougherty insists she remains a Catholic, and says she will start her ministry in the homes of those who are attracted to it.  Her ordination was supervised by a group called the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.

This weekend Spelman College is host to an event that will focus on technology and bringing more women of color to the industry.

It’s called Women Interactive and organizers are hoping it will encourage creative types and push novices to use the many facets of technology.

Where else but Spelman College, says Sabrina Harvey, to host a technology festival.

“We really wanted to focus on women and women of color in the tech space. We knew in order to bring these sorts of worlds together, that Spelman was the optimal place to do that.”

Officials behind a website designed to help women better understand their menopause treatment options are calling it a first-of-its kind.

Dr. Cynthia Stuenkel says a recent poll found many women weren’t getting any therapy or talking to their doctors.

“So we thought maybe this map would give them a tool, they can print off their answers, get something in hand so when they go back to see their doctor they kind of have a springboard for that conversation about what’s best for them,” says the longtime endocrinologist.

At first look, urban farming in Metro Atlanta seems to be a growing trend.  

But look deeper and you’ll find that for many of these farmers, it’s a way of life, rooted in cultural history.  Especially for refugees, who are trying to rebuild their lives while working alongside local communities to serve each others’ needs.

Does HPV Affect African American Women Differently?

Apr 5, 2012

New research suggests there might be a difference in the time it takes for white women and African American women to fight off HPV infections. But most findings point to access to health care services as the main problem.

When it comes to cervical cancer caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, African American women have higher rates than their white counterparts. Reduced access to pap smears in some areas may be the reason why.

Nationwide, the number of women-owned businesses has increased by 54% over the past 15 years.  But in Georgia, the growth rate is nearly double the national pace. 

Georgia has 283,000 women-owned firms.  According to an American Express survey, that number has soared 65% since 1997.

Women’s health advocates of all stripes turned out at the Capitol today to voice concerns about what they call an attack on their reproductive rights.

Under an overcast sky, a crowd of 300 to 400 – mostly women, but not all - marched around the Gold Dome, holding signs and signaling to cars to honk in support

More than 20 organizations participated.

Janelle Yamarick of the Feminist Women’s Health Center says two bills in particular are of great concern. Senate Bill 438 would ban insurance coverage of abortions for state employees.

Photo Credit:CARE

March 8th, is International Women’s Day.

Since 1911 it’s a day to honor, promote and recognize various campaigns for women's rights.

Tonight in Atlanta, officials with the international organization CARE are hosting a panel discussion on empowering women and the impact it has on raising healthier children.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

Officials with CARE co-authored a study that measured the effectiveness of empowering women in one of the poorest countries in the world.