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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    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

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    Supreme Parity

    “It’s fine to be the first, but I didn’t want to be the last,” said Sandra Day O’Connor at the University of Kansas, reflecting on her appointment in 1981 as the first female Supreme Court Justice.

    I had no idea O’Connor and I shared similar views about female firsts!

    O’Connor is...

    April 15, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    This week’s roundup includes a video promoting the Toronto-based 2010 G(irls)20 Summit, plus articles about the upcoming Equal Pay Day, Justice John Paul Stevens’ exit from the Supreme Court, boardrooms Down Under, and the unwritten rules that still hold women back. Oh, and a word to the...

    April 13, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Empathize This

    Change can happen in the least likely of places.

    At the Waldorf during our Awards Conference in March, I overheard a well-dressed man grumble: “Now I know what it feels like to be a woman.” He didn’t say this during a break-out session—he was waiting in a long line for the men’s bathroom! Staff...

    April 7, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This Now

    C This is a new feature on Catalyzing that highlights specific articles, podcasts, and videos on the topic of women and work that caught my eye. Have you seen something this week that you don’t see listed? Let me know in the comments. Enjoy!

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    April 2, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Catalyst to Disband—Parity Reached

    I’m happy to announce that after nearly 50 years of changing women’s lives, Catalyst has accomplished its goal of total gender parity and will shut its doors. Thank you all! We couldn’t have done it without you.

    The latest Catalyst research reveals that women now comprise 50.3% of Fortune ...

    April 1, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    2010 Catalyst Awards Reflections

    “If you want to understand the past, look at current conditions,” said PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi at last night’s Catalyst Awards Dinner, quoting an old Chinese proverb. “But if you want to understand the future, look at today’s actions.”

    All the great speeches and conversations about...

    March 25, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang