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Catalyzing 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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    Are European Women Being Left Behind?

    Women working in Europe trail their male counterparts in pay, position and management responsibilities–despite being equal to men in qualifications, experience and aspirations—says Catalyst's newly released research. They are stuck swinging on the lower branches of the corporate tree and are...

    June 10, 2014 by Allyson Zimmermann

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    Five Ways to Be a More Queer-Friendly Coworker

    It’s that time of year again, folks: June is LGBT Pride Month in cities around the world! What are you doing to celebrate?

    Stumped for ideas? Not to worry. You don’t have to throw a party or sponsor a float in a parade to support your LGBT coworkers this month. Solidarity starts small.


    June 5, 2014 by Hannah Winsten

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    Breaking Boundaries in India

    Below are some highlights from a recent conversation between Catalyst and Parmesh Shahani, head of India Culture Lab at Godrej Industries Ltd., author of Gay Bombay, and editor-at-large of Verve magazine.

    What does Culture Lab do and how does it promote inclusiveness in India’s workplaces and...

    June 3, 2014 by Parmesh Shahani

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    Women on European Boards

    Men rule the boardrooms of Europe, holding over 82% of board positions in large, publicly listed companies. There are only five EU countries—Finland, France, Latvia, Sweden and the Netherlands—where women account for at least a quarter of board members, and fewer than 3% of Europe's largest...

    May 29, 2014 by Sibylle Rupprecht

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    More Women on Boards? I Want to Do That!

    I’ve always wanted to tell someone the story of how Catalyst’s Women On Board® initiative got started in Canada.

    Back in 2006, I was working as a research associate with Patrick O’Callaghan and Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in board effectiveness and director recruitment...

    May 22, 2014 by Thea M. Miller

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    Take 5: Working Women Work for Japan

    Japan is a country on the move—and Catalyst is thrilled to announce our new presence there!

    With a Prime Minister committed to stimulating the national economy by harnessing women’s talents, Japan is uniquely positioned to bust through ongoing barriers to women’s advancement.

    Japan’s Prime...

    May 22, 2014 by Rima K. Matsumoto

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    Rising Stars Light the Way

    “To whom much is given, much is expected.” This is my father’s mantra. He has inscribed it in graduation cards and my middle school yearbook; vocalized it at points in my life when failure was a possibility and apprehension loomed; and, most importantly, lived and breathed it during his poverty-to...

    May 20, 2014 by Courtney Walsh

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    Brown vs. the Board: 60 Years Later and Many Miles to Go

    It's difficult to pretend that, 60 years later, we've achieved the “post-racial” United States those of us who grew up revering civil rights leaders still aspire to.

    May 16, 2014 by Katherine Giscombe, PhD

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    Mothers Need More Than Cards and Flowers

    Sunday was my fourth Mother’s Day—and in addition to my family, I celebrated the fact that one of the largest public university systems in the country has finally adopted a parental accommodation policy for its several thousand doctoral students. Crucially, this policy is sex-neutral and applies...

    May 14, 2014 by Catherine X

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    Is the New Stars Wars Movie in a Galaxy Without Women?

    Even a galaxy far, far away should have a lot of women in it.

    May 12, 2014 by Emily V. Troiano