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    Summers Past, Part II

    Last week on Catalyzing I featured a touching story by a Catalyst employee named Jennette about what she lost—and gained—from a fire that swept through her apartment building in July. Today, I’m happy to present the rest of the responses to my all-staff question: “What did you do this summer?”...

    September 5, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    Summers Past, Part I

    A few years back, editors of the New York Times asked their staff a simple question: What did you do this summer? The responses were interesting, revealing, funny and poignant.

    As this summer draws to close, I decided to ask my staff the same thing. The responses that filled my inbox were just as...

    August 29, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This, Canada

    We’ve all enjoyed watching the greatest number of women athletes performing so well in this summer’s Olympic Games. So how are women performing in other areas? We found some encouraging signs. And what about the future? Some recent stories about young women stepping up and making change happen...

    August 24, 2012 by Deborah Gillis

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    Path to Parity

    The path to gender parity may be long, but it has to start somewhere. That’s why I welcome the long-overdue news of the gender barrier crumbling at Augusta National Golf Club.

    Critics who dismiss this as “non-event” miss a critical point: the inclusion of women in the halls (and fairways) of...

    August 22, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Sky’s the Limit

    The appointment of Marissa Mayer as Yahoo!’s new CEO sparked many conversations—including on Catalyzing and MARC. Adding one more voice to the mix, today we’re featuring Catalyst’s Cheryl Yanek, who highlights an important parallel between moms who are professional athletes and those climbing...

    August 15, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Faster, Higher, Stronger

    Olympics fan David Lau is also Associate, Member Relations at Catalyst Canada. This year, David has been most impressed by the growing participation and accomplishments of women athletes from around the world.


    I have a confession to make: I am an Olympics junkie. I have been from the moment I...

    August 14, 2012 by David Lau

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    For Diverse Women, Prejudice Lives On

    In this post, the second in a series on women of color, Catalyst’s Katherine Giscombe, PhD, describes the challenges facing diverse women and asks tough questions related to their status in the American workforce.


    Let’s call it what it is: prejudice.

    In a report released in July 2012,...

    August 9, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    A Conversation Worth Having

    The media often promote distorted depictions of female beauty, leaving many feeling helpless against the ubiquitous misrepresentation of women. Jenna Herman, our current summer intern at Catalyst Canada, shares her reflections on the motivating story of a young girl’s decision to stand up against...

    August 6, 2012 by Jenna Herman

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    A Conversation Worth Having

    Recently on Catalyst's Can Con blog, Deborah Gillis posted an inspiring call to action from Catalyst Canada intern Jenna Herman. Reproduced below is Herman’s take on distorted depictions of female beauty—and what we can do about them.


    As girls become young women, and seek a sense of...

    August 6, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    The more you work, the less you get done. Studies show that working more than 40 hours per week can decrease employee health and productivity. Find out how some innovative companies have tackled the counterproductive culture of “presenteeism” head-on, plus read about the latest news on women and...

    August 1, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang