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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    Ask a Catalyst Expert: Getting on Board(s)

    How do I get on a corporate board?

    Just the other night, a senior executive woman asked me, “What’s the deal with corporate boards? Every women’s conference I’ve been to lately seems to have a session on corporate board service. Does everyone really want to be on a board?” Interest in corporate...

    May 5, 2014 by Brande Stellings, JD

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    Paying It Forward Pays Back: A Conversation with Susan Allen, Monica Banting, and Danielle Cerisano

    Meet Susan Allen, a Partner at PwC and a 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Business Leader Champion for her stewardship of PwC Canada’s Women in Leadership (WIL) initiatives. Susan recruited Monica Banting, a Senior Manager in her office, to help lead these initiatives. As a result of their...

    May 2, 2014 by Susan Allen, Monica Banting , Danielle Cerisano

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    The Pay Gap: Behind the Numbers

    President Obama recently came under fire when he claimed in an Equal Pay Day speech that the average American woman makes 77 cents for every dollar a man makes—a gap of 23 cents.

    The President didn’t conjure this number from thin air. He was quoting a Census Bureau statistic comparing women’s...

    April 28, 2014 by Nancy M. Carter

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    Every Kid Deserves to Dream Big

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    I wanted to be an astronaut. Perhaps I was influenced by the fact that my grandfather built lunar modules. As I grew older, I was told by a boy in my class, “You can’t be an astronaut! Women have problems that make it difficult for them to go to space.” I...

    April 24, 2014 by Cheryl Yanek

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    Women Shouldn’t Have to Rely on Men to Retire with Dignity

    This month we’re featuring a series of posts on wage discrimination and other issues facing working women to highlight the ongoing gender pay gap. Today Australian blogger Conrad Liveris describes the growing crisis facing women in Australia and the United States as they near retirement.

    Most...

    April 22, 2014 by Conrad Liveris

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    How the “New Discrimination” Is Holding Women Back

    This month we’re featuring a series of posts on wage discrimination and other issues facing working women to highlight the ongoing gender pay gap. Today renowned scientist Rosalind Barnett and nationally recognized author and journalist Caryl Rivers describe the barriers to advancement women...

    April 17, 2014 by Rosalind C. Barnett and Caryl Rivers

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    Italian Labour Market: Far From Womenomics

    This month we’re featuring a series of posts on wage discrimination and other issues facing working women to highlight the ongoing gender pay gap. Today an Italy-based journalist who covers women and the economy explains why Italy needs more women in its workforce.

    In 1999, Kathy Matsui, an...

    April 15, 2014 by Barbara De Amicis

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    Worry About the Size of Your Paycheck, Not Your Thighs

    What “gap,” considered by many commentators to be a “myth” that is damaging to women, has been prominently featured in the news as of late? Why, the thigh gap, of course. 

    In the past year, the concept of the thigh gap has dominated social media. In case you’re not familiar with the term...

    April 10, 2014 by Kerry Goodenow

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    Pay Inequity in the Newsroom

    In 1978, I was a young reporter for a local newspaper. A recent college graduate, I had initially been hired to write wedding and engagement announcements for what was then known as the society pages. It was not the job I wanted, but it was a chance to get my foot in the door, which I soon kicked...

    April 8, 2014 by Maria Scrivani

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    Men Who Get It: Want Equal Pay? Eliminate Unequal Perception

    How can companies become more inclusive for everyone? By eliminating the double bind women face due to unconscious gender bias. “Very often we classify [assertive] women as aggressive, while for males this assertiveness is really expected and appreciated,” says Raymond Palmen, Director for...

    April 4, 2014 by Raymond Palmen