30 Apr '12, 12pm

A woman's place is everywhere in the green economy

Imagine: You've been a practicing lawyer for 20 years. You've been elected to Parliament. You've run the environment Ministry for a whole country. You've been a Cabinet member. You own a successful business, including the building from which it operates. You have an impeccable financial record. Then imagine: You go to ask for a loan for a larger building to support your expanding energy and environmental consulting practice, and the bank clerk asks you to bring in your husband -- to sign the loan papers. "No mature man with a successful business and a track record with the bank walks in and hears the desk officer say 'you must bring your wife in to sign, or you can't get a loan,'" explains H. Elizabeth (Liz) Thompson, now U.N. Assistant Secretary General and co-Executive Coordinator for the June Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. Her personal experience at the b...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/04/27/womans-place-gree...

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