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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    Ending Equal Pay Day

    Today is Equal Pay Day—but don’t celebrate! April 12 marks the point in 2011 women must work to equal what men earned in 2010. Here are some quick facts about this frustrating milestone:

    - Women in America earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

    - The wage gap has closed at a rate of ...

    April 12, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Diverse Links

    Among the highlights from last week’s Catalyst Awards Conference was the standing-room only session, “Connections That Count: Using Social Media for Diversity and Inclusion,” featuring Catalyst’s Emily Troiano and Mike Otterman, plus social media and D&I experts Joe Gerstandt and Jessica...

    April 6, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Speak Up!

    Among the many insights shared at this week’s sold-out Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner (and I’ll be highlighting more on Catalyzing in the coming weeks), was this gem from Rhonda Joy McLean, Time Inc.’s Deputy General Counsel. “You better speak up for yourself, baby!” she told attendees...

    April 1, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Awards 2011

    The days leading up to the Catalyst Awards Dinner and Conference are always exciting. Anticipation is high, work is frenetic—and it’s all worth it!

    At this year’s sold-out dinner, I will be joined at New York City’s Waldorf=Astoria by close to 100 CEOs and leaders of major corporations,...

    March 25, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    New evidence of the recession’s toll on women has emerged—and it isn’t pretty. The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that of the 1.3 million jobs created in the last 12 months, about 90% have gone to men. This fact—combined with the Catalyst finding that women...

    March 23, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Going Global

    Catalyst turns 50 next year—the big Five-0. Clicking through our multimedia Timeline last week while flying back from the Middle East, I was struck by how we’ve evolved as an organization.

    In the beginning, we functioned largely as a career center supporting women one at a time as they tried...

    March 16, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Taking Stock

    March 8 marks International Woman’s Day, a global celebration of women’s social, political and economic achievements. This year’s official theme, “Pathway to Decent Work for Women,” highlights the deep links between women’s economic empowerment and a safer, healthier, and more...

    March 8, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Getting It Done

    What’s measured gets done. After all, if you’re not tracking and measuring progress, how do you know how far you’ve come? Or how much further you need to go?

    These are the takeaways from the just-launched 2010 India Benchmarking Report. While 68 percent of companies surveyed have formal...

    March 4, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Mumbai Launch

    News about the talent crunch in India still dominates headlines, with analysts predicting a talent gap of more than 5 million people by 2012. Fortunately, there is a solution— one way to keep India’s staggering 7% annual GDP growth humming along.

    The answer: The women of India.

    These women...

    March 1, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    An academic paper claiming that women are underrepresented in the sciences because of the lifestyle choices they make is getting a lot of play in the media. The only problem: the authors push aside clear evidence that sexism and institutional biases are to blame. Read more about this...

    February 21, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang