In 1993, when Shelia Cook gave her April 21st talk on “The Role of the Female Entrepreneur,” the presence of woman-owned enterprise in the U.S. economy was growing quickly (link upens up a PDF), and today women still start businesses at a rate higher than the national average (link opens up PDF).
But women haven't been catching up to men in the creation of big, high-revenue businesses. At a Club event this March, Arianna Huffington suggested that women, more often than men, go into entrepreneurship looking for job flexibility and satisfaction rather than pure financial gain, while Sheryl Sandburg argued that lingering stereotypes about what business magnates look like are holding women back.
Clearly whatever causes this gender gap hasn't restrained the Power Women speaking to the Club next month.
On April 16, 1984, as Henry Kissinger spoke to the Club about a bipartisan report on Central America he chaired, rowdy demonstrators gathered both outside and inside the meeting, protesting, among other things, U.S. involvement in the mining of Nicaraguan ports. During his talk, Kissinger denied any inside knowledge, but endorsed the policy and joked about the protest saying "…few people can unify the American people like I can. I have a great constituency of nuts on the left and an equal constituency of nuts on the right."
Kissinger has remained active in U.S. foreign policy, continuing to outrage people across the spectrum. This March he wrote, “The Ukrainian issue is posed as a showdown: whether Ukraine joins the East or the West. But if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side’s outpost against the other – it should function as a bridge between them." This outlook is consistent with his Cold War advocacy of détente, yet might sound to some as being remarkably sanguine for a ruthless realist.
This day in Commonwealth Club history: Senator Estes Kefauver (D-Tenn.) discussed "Issues of the Election" in his April 9, 1952, speech to The Commonwealth Club of California. Kefauver would himself be heavily involved in the national election a few years later when he was chosen as the vice presidential candidate in Adlai Stevenson's ill-fated bid for the White House.
This day in Commonwealth Club history: Frank E. Hinckley discussed "Eight Years in China" in his April 8, 1916, speech to The Commonwealth Club of California?.
This day in Commonwealth Club history: CIA Director William J. Casey discussed "Silicon Valley: The Secret Soviet Penetration" in his April 3, 1984, speech to The Commonwealth Club of California.