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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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    C This

    Women are ambitious—and are growing more so every day. A recent survey found that the importance of a high-paying career increased between 1997 and 2011 by 10 percent for women aged 18-34 and 16 percent for women aged 35-64. These findings are in line with previous studies that busted the myth...

    May 3, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Link In, Canada

    Canadians love technology. They connect on the Internet, share on Facebook, tweet on Twitter, and, increasingly, they share forums on LinkedIn.

    The Catalyst LinkedIn group is a great example of Canadians using technology to trade information, ask questions and exchange opinions and ideas. A...

    April 30, 2012 by Deborah Gillis

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    Changing the Conversation?

    The next time provincial and territorial leaders meet, four of the 13 people at the table will be women. In the past year, two of those women—Newfoundland’s Kathy Dunderdale and, just this Monday, Alberta’s Alison Redford—have led their parties to electoral victory.

    Will the nature of...

    April 25, 2012 by Deborah Gillis

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    Standing Up for Equality

    The Atlantic recently posed an important question to its readers: “Is the economy a level playing field for men and women, or are the cards stacked against one sex—as the result of workplace sexism or the natural evolution of the economy?” The magazine then published a range of responses,...

    April 24, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Get Even Now

    Equal opportunity, equal leadership, and equal pay—you can’t have one without the others. Yet all three remain elusive for working women.

    Equal Pay Day marks how far into 2012 women must work from January 1, 2011, to match what men earned last year. On average, women make only 77 cents for...

    April 17, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Getting to Know You

    I always enjoy the opportunity to see Catalyst events through the eyes of newcomers to our organization. Erin Leonty, who has joined Catalyst recently as Membership Manager for Western Canada, shares her early impressions of Catalyst events below. Erin is looking forward to meeting Catalyst...

    April 12, 2012 by Erin Leonty

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    Reflecting On Augusta

    The Masters Tournament is over, but Augusta National Golf Club’s male-only membership policy remains.

    As an institution, Augusta is well within its rights to discriminate against women. But as a club, Augusta is more than an institution—it’s a membership organization, and its policies reflect...

    April 9, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Catalyzing Together

    A person who is a catalyst acts on the simple idea that women and men should have the same societal, economic, political, and life opportunities. You may be a CEO, middle manager, or new hire. It doesn’t matter—you can be a catalyst.

    This simple but powerful message ran through Catalyst’s...

    April 3, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Ringing in Change: Happy Birthday Catalyst

    What a way a ring in our 50th Anniversary!

    On Monday I rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange—what a thrill! And today our two-day 50th Anniversary and Catalyst Awards Conference at the Waldorf=Astoria begins. Among the many highlights, I’m especially looking forward to...

    March 28, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This, Canada

    Our focus this month has been on women on corporate boards, and the changes that corporate Canada can make to become a world leader in recruiting qualified women for these positions. The 2011 Catalyst Census: Financial Post 500 Women Board Directors reveals that just 14.5 percent of the Board...

    March 26, 2012 by Deborah Gillis