Catalyzing

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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    Be Somebody—Get Sponsored

    I'm nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? --Emily Dickenson

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    How does a nobody become a somebody? By being sponsored.

    Sponsors are like mentors—except they advocate for advancement. The latest Catalyst research on the careers of more than 4,000 M.B.A. graduates shows that more women...

    August 17, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    What’s Up in Australia

    Guest blog by Anne Summers, writer, journalist and author in Sydney

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    Australia’s reputation for being a “blokey,” male-dominated, female-unfriendly country is being mugged by the reality that women now occupy a significant number of the...

    August 13, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Numbers Game

    Read the research—the numbers tell the whole story.

    A lot of ink has been spilled over a recent New York Times article which argued that childless women had careers that tracked men’s. “Women do almost as well as men today, as long as they don’t have children,” a Columbia University professor...

    August 10, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Gender at Core

    Gender is at the core of workplace inequity.

    But you wouldn’t know this from reading The New York Times.

    Citing a University of Chicago study, the Times reported this week that women who had no children and never took time off had careers that “resembled those of men.” This is misleading—here’s...

    August 5, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    In the early days, men dominated the Internet. Now more women than men use it for shopping and social networking. Details about the shift, plus news about the corporate leadership gap in South Africa, a new “sneaky” form of sexism, and tales of 40 women who have made strides in business, are...

    August 2, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Cleaning Up

    In the early 1970s, I was among a handful of women in Harvard’s M.B.A. program. One day in class, we were assigned a case study on marketing floor wax. I’ll never forget it: all of my male classmates looked to me for advice!

    The assumption was that because I was a woman, I would know...

    July 28, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Fixing the Women

    Is hair twirling responsible for gender inequity?

    The 1982 book, Women at Work: A Psychologist’s Secrets to Getting Ahead in Business, instructs readers that “attitudes of male-oriented management” are not to blame for the barriers women face at work. Rather, women’s passive, risk-averse, ...

    July 22, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Where is the women’s movement heading? What can we do better? Philosopher Nina Power outlines ten areas feminists should focus on. We must “campaign for fairer and better work, even in the midst of an economic crisis,” she writes. More of her points plus news about the gender pay gap, The...

    July 19, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    The Fear Factor

    What are men so afraid of?

    Seventy-four percent of the men we interviewed in our recent series, Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives, identified fear as a barrier to supporting gender equality.

    Some feared equality could only come at the expense of men—the zero-sum myth I wrote about previously....

    July 12, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Do you want ketchup with your kroner? In Sweden, the Feminist Initiative party held a barbeque to highlight the gender wage gap. Forget about franks and burgers. They grilled up cash! One-hundred-thousand Swedish kronor went up in flames to protest the disparity between female and male wages....

    July 8, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang