Diversity & Inclusion

The enemy within: the isolated B in BAME

Let’s face it, no one wants to talk race – for some it is inelegant or frankly improper, for others it blurs the lines of political correctness, but for most of us it’s just outright uncomfortable! Yet whatever group we identify with, race is something we cannot circumvent nor ignore. It surreptitiously pervades every aspect of our existence.

With all […]

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    Once women embrace STEM, there’s no going back to the old culture of ‘pink-collar’ jobs

Once women embrace STEM, there’s no going back to the old culture of ‘pink-collar’ jobs

In 2020, the gender wage gap is essentially due to two main factors. First, occupational segregation, in particular the underrepresentation of women in maths and science in education and in the labour market, while these fields are important avenues of professional success and high earnings. Second, women’s weaker attachment to paid work: interrupted careers, shorter working hours, and higher […]

Transgender people suffer discrimination in the job market

Some may take the statement in the title of this post as completely obvious. It was therefore quite surprising to us that no study had previously attempted a rigorous experimental test of whether transgender applicants face discrimination in the hiring process. Previous studies have instead tended to rely on self-report measures where transgender people report experiencing relatively high rates […]

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    How firms can encourage courageous conversations about racism in the workplace

How firms can encourage courageous conversations about racism in the workplace

When black women were asked where they are most likely to experience racism the top answer was  work.

No company or country can say that they do not have a problem with racism. Organisations must tackle discrimination in the workplace, rooting out systemic racism, and accelerate gender and racial equity.

The global outpouring since the terrible murder of George Floyd has […]

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    Why male executives should not be praised for taking paternity leave

Why male executives should not be praised for taking paternity leave

Recently, I announced that my wife and I are expecting, and that I’ll be taking the full 12 weeks of paternity leave offered by my company, G2.com. I wasn’t prepared for the kinds of responses that would come rushing in. Through social media, emails, texts, and phone calls, I’ve been getting much more than congratulations. I’ve been praised, and […]

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    Board gender quotas bring women to the board but not to senior management

Board gender quotas bring women to the board but not to senior management

Gender-specific board quotas have become an end in itself. Previous research evidence from Norway and Italy shows that even though board quotas increase the share of women in the boardroom, they do not advance the prospects for women further down the career ladder. Unlike European countries, South Africa did not only introduce targets for company boards but most importantly […]

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    Gender equality: focus less on ‘fixing the women’ and more on engaging men

Gender equality: focus less on ‘fixing the women’ and more on engaging men

Most forward-thinking companies accept that creating an equitable and inclusive workplace is a leadership challenge and one which needs to involve men as active stakeholders. While it is reassuring to see less focus on ‘fixing the women’ and more on engaging men, there is a lot of confusion about what this actually means and how to approach it, or […]

Could teleworking benefit organisational neurodiversity?

The current pandemic has shed light on the inequalities encountered by women and racial minorities and raised serious questions about the impact of working from home on organisational diversity. However, not all may be negative. If teleworking is likely to become more widespread in the post-pandemic world, then a world where working from home is commonplace might, under certain […]

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    Breadwinner vs caretaker: the pandemic’s potential gender implications for families

Breadwinner vs caretaker: the pandemic’s potential gender implications for families

COVID-19 and the compulsory regime of domestic confinement in many countries worldwide have led millions of families to deal with unprecedented and challenging circumstances. To assess the coping strategies of family members, we designed two studies to explore whether gender plays a role in crisis management responses that individuals use under mandatory domesticity. We investigated emerging and evolving household […]

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    When men and women working long hours is the norm, women’s careers stall

When men and women working long hours is the norm, women’s careers stall

Women remain remarkably underrepresented in the partner ranks in professional service firms—as lawyers, accountants, and consultants—despite having gained parity with men at the associate level long ago.

This stalled advancement is surprising in light of companies’ efforts to improve the situation, often by means of well-intentioned work-life accommodation policies. Time and again, however, researchers document how taking accommodations has the […]

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    COVID-19 is highlighting BAME inequality, and now is the time to act

COVID-19 is highlighting BAME inequality, and now is the time to act

Imagine the scene. It is 1976, and the UK is facing a glorious summer of drought. In Delhi, a young man has just been refused a study visa to America. So his father, and he, waits outside the US Embassy to ambush and confront the visa officer who had the temerity to turn his son down, not once, but […]

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    Women are facing unprecedented challenges in the COVID-19 workplace

Women are facing unprecedented challenges in the COVID-19 workplace

COVID-19 has upended the world of work, but societal disparities have not changed. In fact, the pandemic has amplified gender, race, ethnic and socioeconomic inequities. East Asian communities are documenting a rise in racism, women are facing a disproportionate loss of jobs, and domestic abuse is on the rise. The pandemic is unevenly affecting people and nowhere is this […]

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    Moving from cheap talk to action: the case of diversity and inclusion

Moving from cheap talk to action: the case of diversity and inclusion

It is easy to talk about caring about diversity and inclusion. In fact, it would be hard to find a professional worker these days who would declare that they did not in public. It is also far too easy to write policies that are not enforced and make promises for change that go unfulfilled. This makes it all the […]

The future of work: opportunities for a gender new deal

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have sparked renewed fears regarding the future of work. One widely discussed solution to this perceived problem is a universal basic income (UBI), provoking debates about the justice, efficiency and political feasibility of such an entitlement, whether such an income should be conditional, and how to ensure that it mitigates rather than exacerbates gender  […]

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    Blocked pipeline: the career trajectory of women in strategy leadership

Blocked pipeline: the career trajectory of women in strategy leadership

The discussion of “fair” participation of female professionals in the workforce has been a hot topic in business literature and practice. Several large enterprises, such as Santander, Uber, PWC and McKinsey, to name a few, are putting policies in place to tackle gender inequality. The issue, however, seems to go beyond representation.

The following table shows some of the barriers […]

March 9th, 2020|Gender|0 Comments|
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    On average, women have just three-fourths of the legal rights afforded to men

On average, women have just three-fourths of the legal rights afforded to men

It was just 50 years ago that women’s role in the economy began to drastically change. Reflecting striking social and industrial movements during the 20th century, they increasingly entered the formal labour force as both employees and entrepreneurs. As the number of working women grew, it became clear: global prosperity and women’s economic participation are inextricably linked. Their empowerment […]

February 20th, 2020|Gender|0 Comments|
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    The number of older workers is increasing fast, yet they face growing age discrimination

The number of older workers is increasing fast, yet they face growing age discrimination

The days of collecting your carriage clock and waving goodbye to your workmates of 45 years are over, particularly as more people, whether through choice or necessity, are now working into their late 60s and 70s. In the EU, about one fifth (19%) of the population is 65 or more. A 65-year-old in the United Kingdom can now expect […]

February 5th, 2020|Gender|1 Comment|
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    The behavioural approach to gender equality: changing how we think about workplace culture

The behavioural approach to gender equality: changing how we think about workplace culture

Over the last decade, our approach to gender inequality in the UK workplace has remained relatively static. We’ve pitched the business case for change, tried to transform mindsets with diversity and unconscious bias training, and done our best to influence the leadership pipeline with development and mentoring programmes.

In 2017, I wrote about the urgent need to change tack. The UK’s Hampton […]

January 21st, 2020|Gender, LSE alumni|0 Comments|
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    Most party manifestos have taken women’s interests seriously

Most party manifestos have taken women’s interests seriously

Half of the electorate are women. Research has consistently shown that women are more likely to be floating voters and to make their minds up on how to vote later than men. Securing women’s votes is increasingly recognised as essential for parties as they seek to consolidate their voting base and capture undecided voters. This is something we have […]

December 7th, 2019|Gender|0 Comments|
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    Who has to ‘lean in’ for equal gender representation in leadership roles?

Who has to ‘lean in’ for equal gender representation in leadership roles?

Even though women surpass men in university graduation rates and other skill-based gains, the Conference Board of Canada (2011) found it will take over 151 years for women and men to achieve parity in middle management, let alone senior leadership. Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In (2013), invigorated a worldwide conversation about the representation of women in leadership roles. However, […]

November 15th, 2019|Gender|0 Comments|