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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    Transgender in the Workplace

    Some people consider transgender issues provocative or uncomfortable—at Catalyst we consider them squarely in the domain of women and work.

    In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, on June 14, Catalyst hosted a webinar to examine the challenges transgender people face in the workplace. As a group...

    June 22, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Take 5: Diverse Women Take a Hit

    Diverse women are double outsiders. Women of African, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American descent make up about 36% of the U.S. female population, but as today’s Take 5 highlights, many are excluded from high-paying leadership positions in corporate America:

    1) In 2008, African...

    June 16, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Rock the Boat

    In April, Catalyst’s Brande Stellings and I went to the 2011 Women’s Power Summit on Law & Leadership at University of Texas School of Law. Following the success of the 2009 Summit and creation of the Austin Manifesto, this year’s conference focused on the theme of power. As Brande makes...

    June 2, 2011 by Brande Stellings, JD

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    The Daughter Effect?

    Women earn, on average, 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man in the United States, with global percentages varying, but rarely better. Can having a daughter help close the gender pay gap, as some newspapers allege? In today’s guest post, Catalyst’s Jeanine Prime, Senior Director, Research,...

    May 27, 2011 by Jeanine Prime, PhD

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    Take 5: The MBA Pay Gap

    Attention Class of 2011: Women start behind, and stay behind, equally skilled men after graduating from prestigious MBA programs.

    In today’s Take 5—a new Catalyzing feature highlighting five important Catalyst findings—we look at our research into our best and brightest: MBA grads from top...

    May 23, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Check the Chart

    Commencement addresses are often peppered with inspiring quotes, stories of perseverance, and warm anecdotes intended to uplift and inspire the next generation. But in a recent piece for the Washington Post geared for college grads, I opted to get straight to point about the challenges ahead. The...

    May 17, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    Corporate boards have grown less diverse over the past six years—but why? Is the recession to blame, or an uptick in African-Americans choosing to retire from boards, or an unintended consequence of U.S. financial legislation? To find out more about the culprits—and what you can do to help...

    May 9, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Starts With You

    A 2010 New York Times headline posed the question: “Why take our children to work?”

    Amid criticism of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’s purpose and a decline in participation among some school districts, many parents have no doubt asked themselves the same thing as Thursday, April...

    April 27, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    Kraft Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld made her mark on the business world by constantly challenging herself. As she explained at last month's Catalyst Awards Conference, while at General Foods she volunteered for a role others shied away from: reviving a troubled business division. Although...

    April 21, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Getting Stung

    This week, media outlets in India, the UK and US ran stories about the so-called “Queen Bee Syndrome,” a phenomenon where women bosses ostensibly “wreck a woman’s promotion prospects.” In the guest-post below, Catalyst researcher Christine Silva tackles the myth of the Queen Bee. Don’t...

    April 14, 2011 by Christine Silva