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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    Mobilize This

    If women don’t vote for their best interests—who will?

    Women’s Equality Day, held annually in the US on August 26th, commemorates women’s suffrage and the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Although today voter turnout among women is typically higher than...

    August 25, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Sponsorship: Beyond Platitudes

    To mark the launch of Sponsoring Women to Success, I invited lead author, Heather Foust-Cummings, to discuss its key findings. In the coming weeks, we’ll also hear from Heather’s co-authors, Jennifer Kohler and Sarah Dinolfo. In today’s guest post, Heather cuts through the jargon and...

    August 17, 2011 by Heather Foust-Cummings, PhD

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    C This

    Working moms earn a lot more than just a salary. According to a new study, children of working mothers have fewer behavioral problems and are less likely to be obese. Check out more myth-busting findings about working moms and dads—plus the latest stats and solutions around gender leadership gaps...

    August 3, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Equality Down Under

    Last month, Catalyst’s Debbie Soon, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, headed “Down Under” to meet with leaders committed to diversifying Australian workplaces. In today’s guest-post, she outlines the lay of the land around gender diversity—including the challenges and opportunities...

    July 28, 2011 by Deborah M. Soon

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    Take 5: LGBT@Work

    On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed J. Paul Oetken for a federal judgeship in New York City, making him the first openly gay man to serve on the federal bench. While his confirmation is a milestone and a step in the right direction, it’s important to think bigger than firsts.

    The LGBT...

    July 20, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    The Root

    Let’s talk about sexism.

    Now I know the word “sexism” carries baggage. But no matter what you call it—gender bias, systemic inequity, inequality, or discrimination—the belief that a woman is not as capable as a man simply because she is a woman is at the root of many challenges we face....

    July 13, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Independence Day?

    Can you be truly independent if you don’t have equal rights under the law?

    In the United States, Independence Day—held annually on July 4—commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The document’s second sentence is one of the most famous and consequential in American...

    July 5, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    New research shows that 29 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 have no women on their board of directors or among their top five highest-paid officers. The lack of women atop S&P 500 companies aligns with Catalyst research on the Fortune 500, where women hold only 15.7% of board seats and 7...

    June 29, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Transgender in the Workplace

    Some people consider transgender issues provocative or uncomfortable—at Catalyst we consider them squarely in the domain of women and work.

    In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, on June 14, Catalyst hosted a webinar to examine the challenges transgender people face in the workplace. As a group...

    June 22, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Take 5: Diverse Women Take a Hit

    Diverse women are double outsiders. Women of African, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American descent make up about 36% of the U.S. female population, but as today’s Take 5 highlights, many are excluded from high-paying leadership positions in corporate America:

    1) In 2008, African...

    June 16, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang