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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    For Diverse Women, Prejudice Lives On

    In this post, the second in a series on women of color, Catalyst’s Katherine Giscombe, PhD, describes the challenges facing diverse women and asks tough questions related to their status in the American workforce.


    Let’s call it what it is: prejudice.

    In a report released in July 2012,...

    August 9, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    A Conversation Worth Having

    The media often promote distorted depictions of female beauty, leaving many feeling helpless against the ubiquitous misrepresentation of women. Jenna Herman, our current summer intern at Catalyst Canada, shares her reflections on the motivating story of a young girl’s decision to stand up against...

    August 6, 2012 by Jenna Herman

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    A Conversation Worth Having

    Recently on Catalyst's Can Con blog, Deborah Gillis posted an inspiring call to action from Catalyst Canada intern Jenna Herman. Reproduced below is Herman’s take on distorted depictions of female beauty—and what we can do about them.


    As girls become young women, and seek a sense of...

    August 6, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    The more you work, the less you get done. Studies show that working more than 40 hours per week can decrease employee health and productivity. Find out how some innovative companies have tackled the counterproductive culture of “presenteeism” head-on, plus read about the latest news on women and...

    August 1, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Will They Know Success When They See It?

    Men dominate high tech industries in the United States, but this isn’t the only reason why Marissa Mayer’s recent appointment as the CEO of Yahoo! garnered so much press. In today’s guest-post, Catalyst’s Emily Cohen, Knowledge Management Librarian, digs deeper into the debate surrounding the...

    July 25, 2012 by Emily Cohen

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    Wisdom in 140 Characters

    A couple weeks ago, CanCon focussed on the power of one tweet to start a global calling out of sexism in daily life. Today, we’re featuring some of the informative and inspirational tweets that we’ve posted in our own Twitter feed.

    Recognizing the Power of Women:

    Women control $7 trillion in...

    July 24, 2012 by Deborah Gillis

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    Why We Need to Bust the Myth of Meritocracy

    One by one, myths about women’s abilities and aspirations in the workplace have fallen by the wayside. Jeanine Prime, PhD, Vice President, Research, now busts one more. Sparked by a surprising comment made at a public forum, and informed by the findings of a recent Catalyst study, Jeanine...

    July 19, 2012 by Jeanine Prime, PhD

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    Embracing the EU Tipping Point

    What's on the horizon for women in the EU? Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, General Manager, Catalyst Europe AG, reflects on the recent Catalyst Europe CEO Summit in today's guest-post. The high-profile event brought together CEOs and senior executives from top European and Europe-based companies to...

    July 12, 2012 by Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden

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    Feminists, Speak Up

    Feminism is so last century.

    If that’s what you believe, a visit to might have you rethinking that position. started when British journalist Linda Grant tweeted an experience she had when she applied for a department store credit card in 1979. The store...

    July 9, 2012 by Deborah Gillis

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    Women of Action

    It’s Independence Week: Canada Day was on July first, and the United States celebrated its Independence Day on the fourth. Last year at this time I asked the question, “Can you be truly independent if you don’t have equal rights under the law?”

    One year later, the answer remains “no.”...

    July 5, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang