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    Understanding the dearth of women in STEM: A look at academia

Understanding the dearth of women in STEM: A look at academia

For decades scholars and activists have been working to close the gender gap in STEM fields by focusing on the so-called “leaky pipeline.” The pipeline metaphor reflects the fact that along the educational pathway to pursuing scientific careers in STEM (the “pipeline”), disproportionately more girls and women end up “leaking” out at various stages.

Progress has been made in narrowing […]

August 15th, 2017|Cayce Hughes, Gender|0 Comments|
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    How the rise of the service sector boosted the demand for women workers

How the rise of the service sector boosted the demand for women workers

The rise in female participation in the workforce has been one of the most remarkable changes in the labour markets of high-income countries since World War 2. In the U.S, for example, the employment rate of women has more than doubled from about 35 per cent in 1945 to 77 per cent at the end of the 20th century, […]

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    BBC pay: We need equality all the way down – not just for the elite

BBC pay: We need equality all the way down – not just for the elite

The BBC recently published the salaries of all staff earning above £150,000 a year, sparking much controversy over the rewards apparently being received by its ‘star’ broadcasters and on-screen ‘talent’.

Of particular concern were the huge pay differentials between men and women. Of the top 20 highest earners, three quarters were men, with Chris Evans topping the list with an […]

Sexual harassment in the creative industries

In the beginning I thought, ‘Let my work speak for itself’. But you know what? It just doesn’t work like that at all. I remember meeting an owner of an exposition place. I had taken a few paintings and drawings with me. He closed the door and said, ‘You look a lot better than your paintings, sweetie, but I’m […]

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    Glass walls: Australia’s highly gender-segregated workforce

Glass walls: Australia’s highly gender-segregated workforce

The Australian Parliament has recently published a report exploring the reasons for workplace gender inequality in the country, and making nine recommendations for a national strategy to close the gap. The study describes not only the existence of a glass ceiling, but also glass walls. In the words of the chair of the Parliament’s Finance and Public Administration Committee, Senator Jenny […]

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    How employee networks can help boost a company’s bottom line

How employee networks can help boost a company’s bottom line

Lately, there has been a good dose of discussion around the impact of employee work groups. While many companies are interested in launching these networks, there is often an unconscious assumption questioning their business impact. Are work groups and networks really just social clubs or are they a valuable business resource for companies?

Catalyst uses the term ‘employee resource group’ […]

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    Why have the gender divisions of work and care been so slow to change?

Why have the gender divisions of work and care been so slow to change?

Changing gender relations has meant that young people increasingly expect to share paid work and care in their relationships. Yet there is continued evidence of ‘gender fates’. This can be seen in fewer girls than boys choosing STEM subjects at school, the dominance of men in trades occupations and women in early childhood roles, the predominance of women choosing […]

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    Even holding the same job title, men and women play different roles at work

Even holding the same job title, men and women play different roles at work

During the second half of the 20th century, our understanding was that one of the primary drivers of the gender wage-gap came from the type of careers that women chose to pursue. There was an assumption that as more women would enter the ranks of traditionally male occupations, we would observe a gradual decrease in the gap.

Thankfully, the gender […]

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    Kate Brodock: ‘Some Silicon Valley firms are leaders in parental leave’

Kate Brodock: ‘Some Silicon Valley firms are leaders in parental leave’

Women 2.0 is a for-profit company founded in 2006 as a hub where women in the technology field could network and help each other professionally. Today it has expanded into a media company whose goal is “to close the gender gaps in founding, investing, the workplace and leadership.” LSE Business Review managing editor Helena Vieira spoke with CEO Kate Brodock […]

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    The effects of good looks on professional success: It’s complicated

The effects of good looks on professional success: It’s complicated

Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, and profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, and chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference: beauty demands to be noticed; it speaks to us directly like the voice of an intimate friend. If there are people who are indifferent to beauty, […]

Gender quotas and the crisis of the mediocre man

A common criticism against gender quotas is that they are anathema to meritocratic principles. This research on Sweden shows that the opposite can be true: Quotas actually increased the competence of politicians by leading to the displacement of mediocre men whether as candidates or leaders. The results may also be relevant for judging gender quotas in business.

More than 100 countries […]

Diversity is a fact; inclusion, a choice

An organisation’s competitiveness may depend on its ability to create an inclusive workplace that uses the talents of a diverse workforce. Yet many organisations struggle with this, despite research linking an ‘inclusive’ culture, where all talent feels valued regardless of gender, ethnic background or sexuality, to higher reported innovation and teamwork.

People who feel different from the dominant majority can […]

How your sexual orientation affects your salary in the UK

Finding the right data

Since the mid-1990s, labour market discrimination based on sexual orientation has been investigated by a number of researchers (Badgett 1995, Black et al. 2003, Arabsheibani et al. 2005 and others). These studies frequently find sizeable earnings differences: 1) partnered gay men earn significantly less than partnered heterosexual men; and 2) partnered lesbian women earn significantly more than partnered heterosexual […]

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    Tracking the pesky myths that blame women for the glass ceiling

Tracking the pesky myths that blame women for the glass ceiling

For too long myths about women in the workplace have reigned supreme; and they go something like this. Women aren’t ambitious and they don’t want the top job. Furthermore, women don’t help other women, and they (all women?!) lack confidence; and just need to negotiate.

It’s quite a damning list to label half of the world’s population with, especially when […]

Economic growth strategies affect female employment

Eastern European countries had the highest female employment rates in the world during the socialist period. While the transition to capitalism had an initially negative impact on labour markets across the region, by the end of the transition some of these countries managed to recover their female employment to the high levels they had experienced prior to 1989 (see […]

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    Guessing our colleagues’ gay and lesbian identities can be harmful

Guessing our colleagues’ gay and lesbian identities can be harmful

Have you ever made assumptions about your colleague’s sexuality? Yes, no, possibly? If you have, you are certainly not alone. However, most scholars hold the assumption that non-heterosexuality is hidden or invisible and needs to be disclosed to others (to be known), indirectly inferring that sexual minorities have full control over when, where and how they ‘come out’ at […]

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    Fed interest rates meetings: where women’s voices are rarely heard

Fed interest rates meetings: where women’s voices are rarely heard

FOMC meeting in Washington, D.C., Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Public Domain
In the wake of the great recession, the Federal Reserve gained new prominence as it kept interest rates low in an effort to prop up an ailing economy. Changes to the Fed’s interest rate are decided by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which is made up of Fed […]

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    Why we seldom hear of transgender employees in our workplaces

Why we seldom hear of transgender employees in our workplaces

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Given advances in the gay, lesbian and bisexual movement over the last several decades, society assumes that the achievement has been similar for the transgender community (those whose gender identity does not correspond to the sex they were assigned at birth). Despite the increasing public presence of transgender (or ‘trans’) individuals in entertainment and […]

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    A CEO shows us how promoting diversity is not an exact science

A CEO shows us how promoting diversity is not an exact science

GRAM Family Drop-In Studio, by Steven Depolo, under a CC-BY-2.0 licence
I spent the first 10 years of my career in one of the very best, but also perhaps least diverse, organisations around.

The British Army taught me a huge amount about leadership, but those lessons did not include how to handle the conversation with a woman coming back from maternity, or […]

November 15th, 2016|Gender, Ian Rand|0 Comments|

Women who quit their careers: a group rarely investigated

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Diversity and gender equality programmes are now a well-established feature of leading employers’ human resources strategies. Supporting women to remain in the workplace and achieve senior leadership positions is regarded increasingly as not just ‘right’ but also profitable – there is a business case for creating and maintaining a diverse workforce.

However, the focus in […]