Catalyst BlogCatalyzing is the Catalyst blog, bringing together and amplifying diverse voices that share Catalyst’s mission to expand opportunities for women and business. Catalyzing reflects the wide range of opinions, ideas, and experiences of Catalyst employees, incorporating perspectives from our offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and beyond. It also features non-Catalyst industry leaders, experts, and academics committed to changing workplaces and lives. Get the RSS feed.

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    When It Doesn’t Pay to Wear the Pants

    This month, we’ll be focusing on LGBT issues and workplace inclusivity (“Everyone at the table”). We’re kicking off our coverage with today’s blog post—written by a former Catalyst intern!—which details obstacles faced by butch women in the workplace. As we delve into these important and timely...

    June 4, 2013 by Hannah Winsten

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    #WomenCan Spotlight: Shachi Irde

    Welcome to the latest in our series of #WomenCan profiles, highlighting executives who are Catalysts for change in their careers and their companies. This week, the spotlight is on Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India WRC. Learn how she is helping to address stereotypes, change...

    May 30, 2013 by Shachi Irde

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    Who Took a Chance on You?

    When was the last time you took a chance on another person at your workplace? When was the last time you really advocated for a colleague? Or the last time someone did the same for you? Maybe you recommended a star performer for a high-visibility project, or perhaps a mentor sang your praises to...

    May 28, 2013 by Liz Mulligan-Ferry, Julie S. Nugent

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    In Death as in Life, Trailblazing Women Are Trivialized

    She was undoubtedly a leader and a trailblazer in her field. But when rocket scientist Yvonne Brill died and The New York Times recorded her life’s achievements in a prominent obituary, she was trumpeted as “the world’s best mom” who made a “mean beef stroganoff.” At a time when most women...

    May 23, 2013 by Cindy Skrzycki

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    #WomenCan Spotlight: Abbe Luersman

    Welcome to our new series of  #WomenCan profiles, highlighting exceptional female executives who are Catalysts for change in their careers and their companies. Learn how these smart leaders are rising up the ranks, changing corporate mindsets, and addressing and overcoming stereotypes about what...

    May 21, 2013 by Catalyst

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    “Women Can” And “I Am a Catalyst”: Two Sides of the Same Coin

    Last year we launched “I Am A Catalyst” and last week we unveiled our new Women Can campaign. Wondering how they fit together? They’re two sides of the same coin!

    Women Can is about harnessing top talent to create dynamic and inclusive workplaces. It’s about sweeping away embedded societal...

    May 20, 2013 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Women Can...Be on Canadian Boards

    Each country does it differently. Norway, Spain, and France have opted for quotas. The United Kingdom and the United States require disclosure. The Australian Stock Exchange has a “comply or explain” requirement.

    And now, Canada has an advisory committee, whose members possess the best...

    May 16, 2013 by Alex Johnston

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    Mothers and Daughters Can: Our Day and Our Time

    It’s 6:15 am. My alarm launches into music, signaling the start of a new day.  My 9-year-old daughter, Morgan, is also awake, prepping for a full day: 3rd grade math, science, and reading, followed by after-school volleyball, tutoring, and some downtime with her 3-year-old brother.

    It’s now 6...

    May 13, 2013 by Dnika J. Travis, PhD

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    Talent Is the New Buzzword in the Netherlands

    Change often creeps up on us, and a new phase in the Netherlands may just be starting—one in which we stop accepting traditional notions of what talent looks like, and instead embrace new attitudes towards talent that are not defined by gender.

    At a recent Catalyst Europe Roundtable here in...

    May 9, 2013 by Caroline Pickard

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    What If?

    Until relatively recently, medical research largely ignored women, assuming that what was true for men would apply to women, or that women’s bodies were simply variations on the standard human (read: male) body.

    Research suggests that the habit of treating male experience as the norm, with no...

    May 6, 2013 by David Lau