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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    Women Save the World

    One by one, people are starting to get it. What’s good for women is good for the world.

    Last month began with the Women Deliver conference in Washington, DC on the economic impact of global maternal health. Then, days after the inaugural G(irls)20 Summit in Toronto, nearly 40 CEOs endorsed a UN...

    July 6, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    Strike up the band! ForbesWoman called Catalyzing “an insightful blog,” and named it and the Catalyst website to its roster of the top 100 websites for women. Toronto hosted an inaugural G(irls) 20 Summit. Australia swore in its first female Prime Minister. Good news galore in this edition, but...

    June 28, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Pay Gap Persists

    Equal Pay Day has come and gone, but not the pay gap. Nor the work to get it closed.

    Last week, a New York City Council hearing was held on closing the gender wage gap. It was organized by the New York Women’s Agenda (NYWA) and the Equal Pay Coalition of New York City. Both groups are fighting...

    June 24, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Double Outsiders

    “He doesn’t like me because I’m a woman,” my friend said recently about her boss. “And he hates me because I’m a lesbian.”

    My friend is a “double outsider”—she battles two sets of stereotypes every day. One is based on gender, the other on sexual orientation.

    Lesbian, gay,...

    June 21, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    In this edition, myths about working mothers are busted, the importance of engaging women on climate change is explored, and Australia's "blokey," or chauvinistic, culture is analyzed. Author Susan Douglas takes on “a new, subtle form of sexism,” and we look at disturbing information about the...

    June 14, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Lessons From Norway

    Guest blog by Morten Huse, Professor of Organization and Management, BI Norwegian School of Management and President of the European Academy of Management

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    In Norway, 40% of the board members of publicly traded companies are women. That’s because...

    June 8, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    The Better Boss Trap

    Last year, an interview with Elle Group Senior Vice President Carol Smith made waves online when Smith fired off a list of gender stereotypes. She was asked if women made better managers. “Hands down, women are better. There’s no contest,” she said. “In my experience, female bosses tend to be...

    June 1, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    This edition of C This looks at the relevance of cavemen to modern office behavior; some lessons from feminists that resonate even more today; the widening financial gap between white and black Americans; and how stilettos may (or may not!) be a predictor of market performance. Enjoy!

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    May 25, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Mentor a Man—Change the World

    One of the world’s first mentors was a woman. Aptly, her name was Mentor.

    When Odysseus went to fight the Trojan War, he left the education of his son, Telemachus, to his old friend Mentor. What he didn’t know was that Mentor was actually Athena in disguise. As Mentor, she schooled and...

    April 27, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Mind the Gap

    Happy Equal Pay Day—today you’ve just earned as much as a man!

    April 20th marks how far into 2010 women must work from January 1st 2009 to match what men earned last year. Women in the United States make about 77 cents to every dollar made by a man. The gap is worse in other other countries....

    April 20, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang