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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    The Ropes

    This just in: the latest Catalyst research highlights deep challenges—and potential solutions—for women seeking to climb the corporate ladder.

    For the fifth year in a row, our Census of women leaders in the Fortune 500 showed that women are stuck. Women hold only 14.4% of Executive Officer...

    December 13, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Work@Home

    Almost every weekday morning, messages with the subject “W@H” sprinkle my work email. In Catalyst-speak, this means “working from home today.” While emails like these might spike the blood pressure of managers at other organizations, for me, every “W@H” email is an indicator of just how...

    December 7, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    Inspiration can come from unexpected places. In a recent op-ed for CNN, Nancy M. Carter, Vice President, Research, described how her grandchildren added urgency to her career-long fight to end gender inequity. “I want my four pre-school-aged granddaughters to have every opportunity to succeed as...

    November 29, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Our Right

    The recent blockage of the Paycheck Fairness Act in the U.S. Senate was deeply disappointing, but the fight for equal pay will continue. And it will pay off.

    What’s the source of my unabashed optimism? A movie.

    Made in Dagenham opened in New York City two days after the Paycheck Fairness bill...

    November 24, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Igniting India Inc.

    What is India Inc.? For me, it’s not just India’s booming business sector. It’s also a phrase suggesting tremendous opportunity for Indian women and business.

    India is undergoing explosive GDP growth—and a skilled labor shortage to match. Yet amid this tremendous thirst for talent, deep...

    November 18, 2010 by Deepali Bagati

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    Fair Pay Now—Not in 2058

    UPDATE: Disappointing news: the Paycheck Fairness Act stalled on Capitol Hill. Below is our official statement:

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    (Original Post) What will the world look like in the next 50 years? It will be filled with helper-robots, flying cars, quantum computers—oh, and one more thing...

    November 11, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Expose the Double Bind

    The number of women in Congress has gone down in 2010 for the first time in 30 years despite a record number of women who ran for the House and Senate. Gender stereotyping is behind the decline.

    “It’s always been tougher for women to get elected in a tough economy because voters tend to think...

    November 4, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    The Motherhood Debate Trap

    I’m a mother, but being a mom doesn’t mean I have some magical skills non-mothers lack. Yet the “motherhood debate” rages on—especially during the election cycle.

    “I think my experience is one of the things that sets me apart as a candidate for Governor. First of all, being a mother,...

    November 1, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Be Afraid, Very Afraid

    I was never a fan of scary movies because there are enough real scary things already out there! Below is a list of the Top Ten that my colleagues and I are scared about this Halloween. Freddy Krueger’s got nothing on these.

    The Catalyst Top Ten Halloween Fears:

    #10. That “zombie boards,”...

    October 27, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

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    What Generation Gap?

    Are all Gen Ys hip to the latest technology? Are all baby boomers resistant to change? Of course not, these are stereotypes. But these biases can be just as damaging to an organization—and careers—as gender inequity.

    Case in point: My friend’s daughter told me the other day that her job as a...

    October 21, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang