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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    CCH Champions Change Workplaces—and Lives

    It’s been five years since the first Catalyst Canada Honours recognized three people whose careers exemplified commitment to the advancement of women in business.

    With today’s announcement of the 2014 Honourees, we have recognized twenty-one Catalyst Canada Honours Champions. They’re women and...

    June 19, 2014 by Alex Johnston

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    Something Remarkable Happened on the Way to Queen’s Park

    The people of Ontario, Canada’s largest province, went to the polls on June 12 to elect their government. The race was close, and the campaign was hard fought, and despite what your politics might be, something remarkable happened. Ontario voters chose Kathleen Wynne to lead the province and...

    June 17, 2014 by David Lau , Susannah Gouinlock

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    India Inc. Leaves the Mad Men Era Behind—One Act at a Time

    Scene 1. Today is Peggy’s first day as Copy Chief of the new Creative department. As she walks down the hallway, abuzz with excitement, she wonders what kind of team she’ll have and eagerly anticipates beginning her new job. Reaching her office, she stops at the door in dismay—someone has taped a...

    June 16, 2014 by Amelia Costigan, Aarti Shyamsunder, PhD

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    What Good Dads Do for Their Daughters

    The stereotypical US father is crazy about his “little girl”—and thinks of her as precisely that, regardless of her chronological age. He treats her like a princess, and she, in return, uncritically adores her Daddy.

    Nearly every family-centered US sitcom ever made features at least one...

    June 13, 2014 by Raina Lipsitz

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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