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    To fight the slow pace of gender equality in the workplace, attack the root cause

To fight the slow pace of gender equality in the workplace, attack the root cause

McKinsey reveals in its annual Women Matter reports that even companies doing all the “right things” to achieve gender diversity get disappointing results. The reports blame company cultures that fail to address underlying “mindsets,” which are “invisible, unconscious, and in the way.” McKinsey correctly identifies the cause, unconscious ways of thinking – or gender bias. To achieve and sustain gender […]

There may be some truth to the ‘gay jobs’ stereotype

There is an unusually high concentration of gay or lesbian workers in certain occupations. For example, both gay men and lesbians and are overrepresented in psychology, law, social work, and university teaching. And there are real occupational patterns behind some popular stereotypes, from the gay flight attendant to the lesbian truck driver.

Where does this kind of occupational segregation come […]

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    In countries with little work-family support, many women opt for self-employment

In countries with little work-family support, many women opt for self-employment

Entrepreneurs play a critical role in generating economic growth by creating new jobs and new markets for goods and services. But gender inequality in this segment of the workforce remains particularly high in most industrialized countries, suggesting that women are a severely under-tapped resource when it comes to growing a vibrant economy.

In the UK, only about 20 percent  of […]

January 12th, 2016|Gender, Sarah Thébaud|0 Comments|
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    Under-represented, underpaid, and over-exploited: economic policy remains sexist

Under-represented, underpaid, and over-exploited: economic policy remains sexist

Despite nearly 50 years of policy effort, the UK is still a long way from eradicating gender inequality. There has been progress on many fronts, but women are still far from prominent in political life; they are trivialised in the media; under-represented, underpaid and over-exploited in the labour market; and at risk of violence in the home.

Furthermore, there is […]

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    Exporters attract more competitive female workers, but pay them less than their male counterparts

Exporters attract more competitive female workers, but pay them less than their male counterparts

The link between globalisation and income inequality has received a lot of attention in economic research as well as in the popular press. However, the discussion has almost completely ignored one important dimension of inequality, namely the gender wage gap. At the same time, the debate about why the gender wage gap persists continues at full strength. We argue […]

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    Childcare is a central issue in women’s participation and advancement in business

Childcare is a central issue in women’s participation and advancement in business

The LSE Gender Institute has recently launched the report Confronting gender inequality — findings from the LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power. Drawing on LSE research and external experts, the commission was designed to inform public and policy debates in the UK concerned with inequality and power imbalances between women and men. The work focused on the four main areas of […]

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    The state of gender representation on corporate boards around the world

The state of gender representation on corporate boards around the world

Although women have increasingly achieved equality in some domains, there are vast differences in their participation at the highest echelons of the corporate world: boards of directors. In the EU, women hold 17.8 percent of board directorships; in the US, they represent 19.2 percent of S&P 500 board directors. Recently, several countries have taken proactive steps to introduce quotas (hard law) that […]

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    World Bank calls for changes in laws that hinder women’s participation in business

World Bank calls for changes in laws that hinder women’s participation in business

It’s no secret that gender equality is smart economics. If women played the same role in labour markets as men, as much as US$28 trillion could be added to global annual GDP by 2025. Worldwide, women own or operate 25 to 33 percent of businesses, and they grow faster than those owned by men. It should be obvious that […]

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    How we define competition fuels gender inequality in business

How we define competition fuels gender inequality in business

Being an active competitor in business has a certain logic when competition is the lifeblood of a free market economy. Competition can be dynamic and multi-dimensional, and many see it as a fuel for productivity, innovation and, of course, profitability.  But unfortunately too often it is consigned to a simplistic stereotype of winning and losing. The concept is unexplored, while competitive behaviour […]

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    Women CEOs in social enterprises earn 29% less than their male counterparts

Women CEOs in social enterprises earn 29% less than their male counterparts

Gender differences in pay are ubiquitous at all organisational levels including at the top. Entrepreneurship is hailed as one way for women to circumvent organizational norms and discrimination, because as CEOs of their own organizations, entrepreneurs largely determine their own pay. Moreover, social entrepreneurship may be a particularly gender-blind occupational choice; evidence indicates that women are more likely to start a social […]