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Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes

Christia Spears Brown from
October 23, 2014

A guide that helps parents focus on their children’s unique strengths and inclinations rather than on gendered stereotypes to more effectively bring out the best in their individual children, for parents of infants to middle schoolers.

Comment l’ambition vient aux filles?

October 20, 2014

Des histoires vivifiantes – 15 trucs et astuces pour réaliser ses ambitions
L’auteure mûrit les réponses à cette interrogation depuis 1983, quand adolescente en classe préparatoire, elle a participé à une émission de télévision consacrée à cette thématique, aux côtés d’Élisabeth Badinter et de Françoise Giroud. Avec cet ouvrage, elle livre au lecteur ses réflexions en la matière, nourries par [...]

Can a woman succeed where men have failed?

Isabella Lenarduzzi
October 17, 2014

The new Belgian government is proof that the glass ceiling for women still exists but it gets worse… it reveals the existence of a “glass cliff”. Only 4 women are among the 18 ministers in Belgium’s new federal government.

Eisenhower Fellowship – Women’s Leadership program

October 17, 2014

Unique seven-week fellowship in the US promoting women in leadership roles across all industries and sectors

Là où les hommes ont échoué, une femme peut-elle réussir ?

Isabella Lenarduzzi
October 15, 2014

La composition du nouveau gouvernement donne une nouvelle preuve qu’il existe un plafond de verre (glass ceiling) pour les femmes mais il fait pire … il révèle l’existence d’une falaise de verre (glass cliff).
4 femmes sur 18 ministres dans le nouveau gouvernement fédéral. Aucune mention de la compétence « égalité » dans les portefeuilles. Celle-ci ira-t-elle à [...]

Constructive vs Destructive Complaining

October 14, 2014

Sometimes you just need to whine a bit. Complaining is a natural impulse to experiencing things that we don’t like. Mary gives us a great gift in helping distinguish constructive complaining from destructive complaining. Sometimes we complain to figure out what the true problem is and imagine what a different world could be (eg: This process is ridiculous! I feel like we are wasting so much time. There has to be a better way for us to work.). Destructive complaining could be described as complaining about a problem that you and your team cannot solve (eg: how can we change the weather?).

Hacking Tech’s Diversity Problem

Joan C. Williams from
October 14, 2014

When Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Facebook disclosed their woefully low levels of female employment in the summer of 2014, admitting that they had a lot of work to do to improve them, they signaled a shift for the technology industry. Make no mistake: Improving those metrics will be challenging. A key feature of the tech culture—the shared belief that it’s a meritocracy—may work against change.An important study by Emilio J. Castilla and Stephen Benard has shown that when an organization’s core values state that raises and promotions are “based entirely on the performance of the employee”—in other words, when a company sees itself as a meritocracy—women are actually more likely to get smaller bonuses than men with equivalent performance reviews

L’ingresso delle donne nei templi del potere

Giulia Ferrari and Paola Profeta from
October 14, 2014

La presenza femminile nei cda di aziende quotate è aumentata grazie alla legge. Ma gli effetti positivi non si fermano ai numeri: i vertici risultano ringiovaniti (anche per la componente maschile), è aumentato il livello di istruzione, sono diminuiti i membri legati da rapporti di parentela e sono calate le posizioni multiple. Smentendo molte critiche preventive. Una ricerca fornisce tutti i dati

Are You Getting Women in the Door, but Not on the Elevator?

Rebekah Kowalski from
October 14, 2014

In 1950, the labor force participation rate of women in the US was around 34%. Today, that rate is almost 47% and the US Department of Labor projects that by 2025, it will climb to 58.1% (compared with 68.8% for men). Clearly, women are getting in the door, but what happens once they are in the door?A quick look inside organizations struggling with the issue of developing women leaders can be instructive.One of my clients had a world-class diversity program and a stated objective to grow women into leadership roles. Looking at their data, we discovered that they were amazing at getting women in the door, but they were losing them within three to four years. The organization missed two important connectionsFirst, the traditional career progression pathways that had worked well for a male-dominated workforce did not appeal to women. Second, the relatively young female talent they were bringing in the door could not progress quickly; a bulge of late-career employees holding middle management positions was delaying timely advancement. Since the company did not have a rotation program, talented women felt they were stagnating and left.

The Perils And Pleasures Of Perfectionism

Bev James from
October 14, 2014

For erfectionists: everything has to be perfect as possible before their even begin. They have high standards and work towards perfection. But it’s at the same time, a perk and a shortcoming.
For many people perfectionism is about striving to be fautless and wanting to become the best they can be.