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    How the “New Discrimination” Is Holding Women Back

    This month we’re featuring a series of posts on wage discrimination and other issues facing working women to highlight the ongoing gender pay gap. Today renowned scientist Rosalind Barnett and nationally recognized author and journalist Caryl Rivers describe the barriers to advancement women...

    April 17, 2014 by Rosalind C. Barnett and Caryl Rivers

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    Italian Labour Market: Far From Womenomics

    This month we’re featuring a series of posts on wage discrimination and other issues facing working women to highlight the ongoing gender pay gap. Today an Italy-based journalist who covers women and the economy explains why Italy needs more women in its workforce.

    In 1999, Kathy Matsui, an...

    April 15, 2014 by Barbara De Amicis

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    Worry About the Size of Your Paycheck, Not Your Thighs

    What “gap,” considered by many commentators to be a “myth” that is damaging to women, has been prominently featured in the news as of late? Why, the thigh gap, of course. 

    In the past year, the concept of the thigh gap has dominated social media. In case you’re not familiar with the term...

    April 10, 2014 by Kerry Goodenow

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    Pay Inequity in the Newsroom

    In 1978, I was a young reporter for a local newspaper. A recent college graduate, I had initially been hired to write wedding and engagement announcements for what was then known as the society pages. It was not the job I wanted, but it was a chance to get my foot in the door, which I soon kicked...

    April 8, 2014 by Maria Scrivani

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    Men Who Get It: Want Equal Pay? Eliminate Unequal Perception

    How can companies become more inclusive for everyone? By eliminating the double bind women face due to unconscious gender bias. “Very often we classify [assertive] women as aggressive, while for males this assertiveness is really expected and appreciated,” says Raymond Palmen, Director for...

    April 4, 2014 by Raymond Palmen

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    Changing the Picture With Our 2014 Catalyst Award-Winning Initiatives

    Close your eyes and picture the world’s corporate boardrooms and C-suites.

    It’s hard not to see a group of middle-aged white men in business suits and red or blue ties. While there is no shortage of educated, talented, and well-qualified women in the entry- and mid-level ranks of businesses...

    April 2, 2014 by Deborah Gillis

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    Men Who Get It: Women Hold Up Half the Sky

    Interested in transforming your workplace? Stop viewing women as a special interest group. “Women make up almost 50% of the global population, so essentially, women hold up half the sky,” says Donny Ching, Legal Director, Royal Dutch Shell.

    Click on this video to hear more from Donny! __


    March 28, 2014 by Donny Ching

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    Breaking Barriers in the Workplace is Not a One-Woman Battle

    When I was growing up in India, the ideal Indian woman seemed to be characterized primarily by the attributes of being a good mother and a good wife. After all, most of my friends’ mothers were stay-at-home mothers, and while my mother taught at my school, it was clear that her top priority lay...

    March 26, 2014 by Sushmita S. Pamidighantam

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    Women Are Japan’s Most Underutilized Resource

    The day before I started my first job out of college, my father, who had worked as a civil servant all his life, gave me some advice: “You know, you shouldn’t refuse to serve tea in the office.” Having grown up in Japan, where women are often expected to serve tea in the office, this wasn’t...

    March 24, 2014 by Makiko Ishizawa

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    #WomenCan Spotlight: Leslie D. Shuman

    Meet: Leslie D. Shuman, Director of Supply Chain, Alcoa Aerospace, Transportation and Industrial Products.

    Alcoa was one of the 2013 Catalyst Award Winners.

    Early influences: I’m a Pittsburgh native and third generation Alcoan.  Before working for Alcoa, I’d never even been outside...

    March 21, 2014 by Catalyst