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    Next Goal in Women's Soccer? Closing the Pay Gap

    Today, thousands of people will line the streets of Manhattan to celebrate the U.S. Women’s National Team’s World Cup victory with a ticker-tape parade. Although their historic win shines a spotlight on women in sports, it also has pushed the controversy concerning the wage gap to the...

    July 10, 2015 by Brandee Sanders

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    Why Inclusive Work Cultures Matter—And How Your Organization Can Create Them

    In the business world, perfectionism, power, and competitiveness are often glorified. Many companies want to be perceived as stronger and better than their competitors. But what some of them fail to realize is that when these behaviors seep into their organizational cultures and influence the...

    July 7, 2015 by Catalyst

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    What I Learned From Catalyst’s edX Course on Inclusive Leadership

    Many of us believe that leadership is an intrinsic attribute which every leader possesses at birth. But the truth is that while one may be born with certain qualities, everyone can learn to improve her or his leadership skills.  

    Everyone has unique skills and abilities—and specific experiences...

    July 6, 2015 by Waqar Haider

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    My Trailblazing Grandmother and the Lessons She Taught Me

    My grandmother, Mae Glassbrenner, was a revolutionary woman, breaking boundaries in the military and in business. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1921, the youngest of four. Upon graduating from high school, she took the civil service test and was hired by the Army Inspection Office...

    July 4, 2015 by Mae Scharfman

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    Ask Deborah: How Can I Stand Up to Violence Against Women?

    Deborah Gillis is Catalyst’s President and CEO. This month she reflects on #WhoWillYouHelp, a recent public service campaign targeting violence against women.

    I am proud to use July’s column to call attention to the groundbreaking #WhoWillYouHelp campaign initiated by Ontario Premier...

    July 1, 2015 by Deborah Gillis

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    Ten Awesome LGBT Activist Heroes You Need to Celebrate This Pride Month

    Happy Pride, everyone! Every June, we remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots where LGBT activists fought back against police harassment. LGBT people are still not fully equal under the law, but these 10 amazing individuals took great strides to get them a little bit closer.

    1) Audre Lorde. The woman...

    June 25, 2015 by Cheryl Yanek

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    Title IX: Four Movies That Highlight Women in Sports

    When I was younger, I went through an exploration period in my quest to find where I would fit in. My parents signed me up for ballet classes, but tutus and demi-pliés weren’t my thing. I also had a few sessions with an acting coach because they thought that I could be the next Disney kid, but...

    June 23, 2015 by Brandee Sanders

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    Five Things the World Needs to Know About Fathers

    As we celebrate Father’s Day in the United States, Canada, the UK, Japan, and some parts of Europe, Catalyst would like to honor dads around the world! Fathers are having a powerful impact, helping to challenge the status quo and #DisruptTheDefault for their daughters and sons. At Catalyst we...

    June 20, 2015 by Catalyst

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    Leading From the Heart

    Feminists have frequently borrowed an expression from Isaac Newton, who gave credit to his predecessors when he said, “If I have seen further, it’s because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.”

    I’ve been reminded of that expression frequently since the publication of my mother’s first...

    June 18, 2015 by Alex Johnston

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    My Parents Saved My Life

    Being one’s authentic and beautiful self can often be a difficult and challenging journey. The story of guest blogger, John LaVeck is, unfortunately, not an uncommon one, but one Catalyst is privileged to share—particularly during LGBT Pride month.


    I went to a private, all-boy’s high...

    June 11, 2015 by John LaVeck