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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    In Today’s Japan, Fathers Are Beginning to Do Their Part

    Recently, I was back home in my native Japan—I currently live and work in the United States—catching up with family and friends. I hadn’t seen some of my friends in seven years, so I was obviously looking forward to spending time with them. But having recently worked on Catalyst’s The...

    September 2, 2014 by Makiko Ishizawa

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    Requiem for a Champion: Remembering Purdy Crawford

    In 1951 a Reverend Alfred Henry Tyrer penned a book for women full of advice on how to keep their men happy. Tidbits included when to speak, what to cook, and what to wear. Little gems of wisdom—each and every one.

    About that same time, another man—Purdy Crawford—was beginning his law career...

    August 27, 2014 by Alex Johnston

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    Take Back the F-Word!

    Feminism is NOT anti-male. Feminism is NOT about playing the victim. Feminism IS about inclusivity—it’s for everyone!

    “Anyone who has ever taken intentional steps to support change for women can be considered a feminist,” says Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst. These role models...

    August 26, 2014 by Catalyst

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    When a Sports Fan Met a Feminist

    I am a really big sports fan.

    Even after adding the “really big” part, the above is still a bit of an understatement. I'm a rabid sports fanatic, an ESPN junkie, a fantasy-football tycoon. I am one of countless high school graduates who have been told by a guidance counselor, “If you spent half...

    August 20, 2014 by Eric Marmon

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    Is “Disruption” the Silver Bullet for Achieving Parity in the Workplace?

    I recently had the privilege of attending the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado as a Scholar sponsored by PepsiCo. As Vice President of Marketing at Catalyst, I strive to promote an organizational vision that includes lofty goals like “changing lives.” To do this, innovative thinking and new...

    August 14, 2014 by Michael J. Chamberlain

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    Want to Sell Me a Car? Treat Me Like I Matter

    Car shopping: you either love it or hate it. I happen to love it—I absolutely love the game of negotiation and even took classes on negotiating in grad school. My husband, on the other hand, cannot stand car shopping. Negotiation is ultra-painful for him; he won’t even try to haggle. Whenever...

    August 12, 2014 by Lauren Pasquarella Daley, PhD

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    Saas Bhi Kabhi Bhau Thi (A mother-in-law was once a daughter-in-law, too)

    MILs at home

    An Indian lady is most powerful when she becomes a mother-in-law (MIL), a coveted position in India. She controls not only what happens in the kitchen but also what her daughter-in-law can and cannot do! The statement one hears most frequently from an MIL is “hamre khandan ki bhau...

    August 7, 2014 by Shachi Irde

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    I Thought I Would Have an Equal Home—Then I Had a Child

    Most young men and women today want—or at least claim to want—egalitarian relationships. When asked, most college students will say that when they get married, everything, from child-rearing to household management, will be shared 50-50.

    Yet when confronted with the realities of work and...

    August 5, 2014 by Jeanine Prime, PhD

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    Changing the Game for Women in Publishing

    As an editor in chief who’d recently transitioned to digital consulting, I was flattered to be asked to speak on a panel at a university journalism conference. The presenters were a mix of print and digital editors, both men and women. But the real stars were two newly minted entrepreneurs. Both...

    July 31, 2014 by Peggy Northrop

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    Women On Boards Series: Meeting My Sponsor

    Learn about Sandra Stuart and her board sponsor, Sarah E. Raiss, giving you a unique perspective on what it takes to get appointed to a board.

    July 29, 2014 by Sandra Stuart