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 Catalystos

    Are you a Catalysto?

    A Catalysto is a man who wholeheartedly supports the work of Catalyst. He is an advocate for women, a role model for other men, and a positive force for change.

    Catalystos are influential. In March, at the 2010 Catalyst Awards Conference, Frank J. McCloskey, Vice President of...

    August 30, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    An Inalienable Right

    On the night of July 20, 1848, the first convention to discuss the rights of women drew to a close at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York. Lucretia Mott, an outspoken Quaker deeply influenced by the Iroquois, was first to sign the closing document. The Declaration of Sentiments listed...

    August 26, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    The Invisible Woman

    Look at the money in your wallet. Consider the name of the street you live on. Think about the great monuments in Washington, D.C., or your favorite Hollywood director.

    Chances are you’re thinking about men.

    Women make up 47% of the non-farm U.S. workforce and 50.7% of the U.S. population, but...

    August 23, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    American women got the vote 90 years ago this month. It wasn’t easy. After 70 years of hard state-by-state campaigning, suffrage came down to a final vote in the Tennessee Legislature. The deciding ballot was cast by Harry Burn, a 24-year old who switched to “yes” after receiving a last-minute...

    August 20, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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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


    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