Miles to Go: Stepping Up Progress Toward Gender Equality

There are 10 gender “impact zones” that need to be addressed in order to accelerate progress toward gender parity.

How to Accelerate Gender Diversity on Boards

Slow progress in adding more women to boards has dominated the conversation. But tips from standout companies are more likely to inspire others to take firmer action.

Breaking Down the Gender Challenge

To make meaningful progress on gender diversity, companies must move beyond the averages and focus on the biggest pain points.

Where Are All the Women?

You want to hire women. And women want to be hired. So what’s the problem? You need to change your game plan and make your rules more flexible. Here’s how to get started.

Female CEOs: A Steady Hand at the Wheel

Bottom Line: The number of women presiding over large companies still lags far behind men, yet the firms they lead tend to be more risk averse and more profitable over the long term.

Why Women Have Stalled and What Can Be Done About It

According to Professor of Organizational Behavior Shelley Correll, women are not seeing career advancement and opportunities they way they did in past decades. Despite good intentions by corporations and individuals, unconscious biases are holding women back. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.

The Organization Man and Woman

I was struck, yet unsurprised, by a new survey featured in the Financial Times showing that women view “workplace culture” as the biggest impediment to their careers by a significant margin. Although work–life balance continues to monopolize public discussion, the number of female respondents reporting that a workplace designed by and for male advancement was the primary barrier to their own advancement was nearly double … [ Read more ]

Say It Loud

Could differences in how women and men articulate ambition early in their careers play a role in determining what opportunities come their way?

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

Many companies still operate on the basic assumption that advancement is dependent on the appetite for power. Women by and large are not hungry for power and will not push for it. Corporate cultures that persist in regarding women as being insufficiently ambitious for the top jobs because they don’t display that hunger suffer from a huge blind spot. Unless firms can understand the differences … [ Read more ]

Why Gender Diversity at the Top Remains a Challenge

McKinsey’s survey of global executives finds that corporate culture and a lack of convinced engagement by male executives are critical problems for women.

The Real Payoff From an MBA Is Different for Men and Women

Women with MBAs face a gender-based pay divide that starts as soon as they graduate, and plagues them throughout their careers.

5 Do’s and Don’ts for Women to Get to the Top

There is no conspiracy to keep women from succeeding to the corner office, and in fact, there are developments that will likely result in an increasing number of women CEOs. Here are five tips for getting to the top…and staying there.

Editor’s Note: I was not impressed or persuaded by this article and nor, I think, will be the majority of women in business, but I … [ Read more ]

Fostering Women Leaders: A Fitness Test for Your Top Team

Posing five questions can help start a challenging management conversation.

Can Women Have It All? Using the Data to Find Out

In the contentious and at-times maddening public discussion about American women and their happiness, anecdotal evidence is abundant, particularly from and about superwomen who have had children and achieved high levels of professional success. But one thing is often missing: data. Marianne Bertrand has set out to correct this, replacing anecdotes with numbers, helping make possible a more data-driven, evidence-based discussion.

Why Diversity Matters

New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially.

The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get

You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

Editor’s Note: Something didn’t really resonate … [ Read more ]

Where Are the Women?

Increasingly, companies recognizing the importance of diversity at the top are investing in recruiting and developing talented women. So why aren’t we seeing more women in top roles?

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, … [ Read more ]

Madam C.E.O., Get Me a Coffee

This is the sad reality in workplaces around the world: Women help more but benefit less from it. In keeping with deeply held gender stereotypes, we expect men to be ambitious and results-oriented, and women to be nurturing and communal. When a man offers to help, we shower him with praise and rewards. But when a woman helps, we feel less indebted. She’s communal, right? … [ Read more ]