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 Ask, But Men Don’t Have To

    We’ve all heard the maxim that “women don’t ask.” This view is so prevalent that an entire cottage industry has sprung up to address it. The problem is that it’s simply untrue.

    Our new report, The Myth of the Ideal Worker, the latest in our series on high-potential employees, makes it...

    October 13, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Owning Advancement

    Following the release of Sponsoring Women to Success, I invited all three co-authors to share some of their most interesting—and important—findings about sponsorship. In August, we heard from Heather Foust-Cummings, who discussed how sponsorship offers a unique “triple win.” Today, Jennif...

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    Take 5: Bottom Line More than Money

    Study after study has shown how gender diversity on top correlates to greater company profits, but this isn't the only argument for why organizations should advance women to senior ranks. It pays to diversify for an array of other reasons too. Here are my Top 5:

    #1: More diversity, more...

    September 29, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    Women represent 40% of the world’s labor force yet hold 1% of the world’s wealth—does this seem fair to you? The latest World Bank report on gender equality and development paints a dark picture of global inequities across health, wealth and education. Find out the latest World Bank statistics,...

    September 22, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Female Firsts Only Go So Far in Bioscience

    In this guest-post, Catalyst’s Anika K. Warren, Senior Director, Research, discusses her latest report, Checking the Pulse of Women in Bioscience: What Organizations Need to Know. As Anika makes clear, the lack of women in leadership in this vital industry can have far-reaching implications. ...

    September 15, 2011 by Anika K. Warren, PhD

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    Real Action

    How do you approach your boss or other leaders about the value of diversity in a work environment that doesn’t think it’s important?

    This is a vital question—and I believe it merits a frank response, with input from a range of experts.

    Catalyst’s researchers and consultants—experts on women...

    August 31, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Mobilize This

    If women don’t vote for their best interests—who will?

    Women’s Equality Day, held annually in the US on August 26th, commemorates women’s suffrage and the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Although today voter turnout among women is typically higher than...

    August 25, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Sponsorship: Beyond Platitudes

    To mark the launch of Sponsoring Women to Success, I invited lead author, Heather Foust-Cummings, to discuss its key findings. In the coming weeks, we’ll also hear from Heather’s co-authors, Jennifer Kohler and Sarah Dinolfo. In today’s guest post, Heather cuts through the jargon and...

    August 17, 2011 by Heather Foust-Cummings, PhD

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    C This

    Working moms earn a lot more than just a salary. According to a new study, children of working mothers have fewer behavioral problems and are less likely to be obese. Check out more myth-busting findings about working moms and dads—plus the latest stats and solutions around gender leadership gaps...

    August 3, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Equality Down Under

    Last month, Catalyst’s Debbie Soon, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, headed “Down Under” to meet with leaders committed to diversifying Australian workplaces. In today’s guest-post, she outlines the lay of the land around gender diversity—including the challenges and opportunities...

    July 28, 2011 by Deborah M. Soon