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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    C This

    Roughly 27 percent of American women work flexible schedules today, up from 11 percent in 1984. Can this shift of work styles explain the recent results of a poll finding high levels of work-life satisfaction among women? Find out more about the latest trends around work-life, plus news about...

    March 16, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    The Catalyst Accord

    Sometimes, pointing out the problem is not enough. You have to be part of the solution.

    We’re marking International Women’s Day 2012 by doing both. The problem? The 2011 Catalyst Census: Financial Post 500 Women Board Directors shows that women’s representation on FP500 boards has increased...

    March 9, 2012 by Deborah Gillis

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    The Challenge

    March offers a great deal to celebrate. Today marks International Women’s Day, Catalyst’s 50th Anniversary Celebration is only weeks away and it’s National Women’s History Month in the US. But while these occasions warrant applause, don’t strike up the band just yet.

    Early this morning,...

    March 8, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Looking Ahead

    What does the future hold for women and work?

    As Catalyst’s 50th anniversary celebration approaches, and with International Women’s Day less than one week away, I’ve been thinking a lot about the dramatic changes to the workplace we’ve witnessed since our founding and what might lie ahead. ...

    March 2, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    Catalyst spent the better part of last year busting myth after myth about women and their abilities. Women do ask for raises and promotions, women don’t lack ambition, and we do not get ahead simply by “doing all the right things.” Now, another myth bites the dust. According to new research,...

    February 24, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Small Steps for Big Change

    In December, I challenged CanCon readers to make 2012 the year we change corporate culture. As I wrote that, my colleague, Sylvia Apostolidis, alarmed and angry after watching the powerful documentary Miss Representation, was deciding what she could do to change some of the media images that...

    February 21, 2012 by Sylvia Apostolidis

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    Women of Color: Past, Present, Future

    In today’s guest-post, Catalyst’s Katherine Giscombe reflects on what has changed—and what hasn’t—since she published her groundbreaking 1999 report on women of color in the workplace. Catalyst research reveals that minority women today make up only 3.4% of Fortune 100 board seats—a...

    February 16, 2012 by Katherine Giscombe, PhD

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    Link In With Catalyst

    During the past little while, one of my favourite discussion groups considered the role of collaboration in effective leadership, the ways that our communications styles affect our careers, the value of volunteer experience, and the gender pay gap (did you realize that women in the United States...

    February 15, 2012 by Deborah Gillis

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    Take 5: Why Men Should Care

    Seventy-four percent of the men we interviewed in our series, Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives, identified fear and apathy as barriers to supporting gender equality. In today’s Take 5, we look at reasons why men should care. Men have a lot to gain, and nothing to fear from equality. Here’s...

    February 7, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang, Jeanine Prime, PhD

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    Ambition and Talent in India Inc.

    By Ilene H. Lang, Deborah Gillis and Deepali Bagati

    Earlier this month, we met with CEOs of Indian companies to discuss the importance of expanding opportunities for women and business in India Inc. Women currently make up 36 percent of the Indian labor force, yet 67 percent of Indian employers...

    January 31, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang