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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!


    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

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    Awards Time

    It’s finally here!

    This Wednesday, March 24, I will gather with thousands of Catalyst supporters, CEOs and other leaders at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York for our annual Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner. The day will be filled with lively panels on women’s advancement into leadership,...

    March 23, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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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