Catalyst BlogCatalyzing 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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    Watch Your Headline

    “It is grievous to read the papers in most respects,” wrote Mary Ritter Beard, the renowned early 20th century author and historian. “More and more I skim the headlines only, for one can be sure what is carried beneath them quite automatically, if one has long been a reader of the press...

    March 18, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Think Bigger Than Firsts

    Back in 2005, I received a flurry of interview requests concerning Laura Bush’s selection of Cristeta Comerford as White House executive chef—a first for a woman.

    Yes, it’s an achievement, I noted, but I was not surprised she got the job. I was amazed that it had taken more than 200 years for...

    March 10, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Women on Board?

    Canadian and American women dominate the ice— but not the boardroom.

    Our new Canadian Census reveals that women make up 47% of the labor force in Canada, but only 14% of board directors in FP500 companies. In the United States, the numbers are also low. Women comprise 47% of the U.S. labor...

    March 3, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Zero-Sum Myth

    If a woman lands a job, does a man lose one? Online commentary about our latest report, Pipeline’s Broken Promise, suggests that many people still believe this.

    The study revealed that women MBAs from top business schools begin their careers, on average, in lower-level positions, are paid less,...

    February 24, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Think We Did It? Think Again

    Recent headlines such as “Schools Close the Gender Gap,” “Women Now a Majority in American Workplaces” and “We Did It!” give the impression that women have finally hit parity with men. Change has come. Women and men are equal. Hurray!

    Not so fast.

    Not only is the glass ceiling firmly...

    February 18, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Bottom Line on Work-Life Effectiveness

    A CEO on Catalyst’s Board of Directors recently told me, “The business world is 24/7/365—people are not.” In managing her employees, she works from that mindset. She places more value on their levels of engagement and productivity and less emphasis on the hours they log at their desks.


    February 9, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    It's 2010: What Do You See?

    Clicking through the news last night on my laptop I was struck again by the obvious. Despite the gains women have made over the past 50 years, I realized it still looks very much like a man’s world.

    One need look no further than images of captains of finance testifying on Capitol Hill, senators...

    February 1, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang