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Women top managers are a rare sight in Norway

December 5, 2014

There is a law in Norway requiring publicly traded companies to have both men and women on their Boards of Directors. At least 40% of the seats on the board must occupied by men, and at least 40% must be occupied by women. A recent collection of essays tells more, Made in Norway: How Norwegians have used quotas to increase the number of women on company boards.

International Men’s Day Has Its Uses

Cliff Leek from onthemarc.org
December 4, 2014
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What if we celebrated it differently?

Most people probably don’t know it, but November 19th is International Men’s Day. According to the website for International Men’s Day, coordinated by the Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation, the “objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.

A Winning Formula For Gender Equality

Mark Shopiro from onthemarc.org
December 4, 2014
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It’s better business, and I am 100% certain about that.

I’m a big 80-20 guy. If I’m 80% sure, I’ll make the decision and live with the consequences of the unknown 20%. Now while the 80-20 rule might be good words to live by when making decisions for myself, I’ve learned it isn’t a winning formula when it comes to the makeup of the workplace, especially at senior levels.

Feminism, Because We All Benefit

Noah Prince from onthemarc.org
December 4, 2014
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Our sons and daughters are counting on us.

When I was in my undergraduate years I took an intense course that still impacts me daily, 15 years later. It was called “Black Feminist Thought.” As a white male who thinks, I found the class to be challenging, engaging and ultimately liberating. One of the main takeaways for me was that if we want an equitable society that is a true meritocracy and democracy, then we have to examine the intersection of race, class and gender and listen to the voices of our fellow countrywomen that live complex identities in this space.

„Frauennetzwerke“: Das große Missverständnis bei Gender Diversity

Michael Stuber from de.diversitymine.eu
December 4, 2014

Es ist bereits ein Reflex geworden: Zur Arbeit am Thema „Gender“ gehört zwingend ein Frauennetzwerk. Einer der gut gemeinten Ansätze, auf den vor allem Top-Manager häufig stolz sind. Sie glauben, Frauen Raum, Struktur und Sichtbarkeit zu geben. Wie so oft ist auch hier gut gemeint das Gegenteil von gut gemacht. Denn die Zielsetzungen vieler Frauennetzwerke sind häufig entweder unklar oder unrealistisch. Unklarheit entsteht meist aus einer Überfrachtung der Ziele oder Erwartungen. Ein Frauennetzwerk erhält mitunter eine kaum zu bewältigende Agenda mit strategischen, operativen, konzeptionellen, politischen, repräsentativen, kommunikativen und weiteren Aufgaben. Nicht nur fehlen dafür meist die Ressourcen. Schwerer aber wiegt der Profilverlust, der mit den mannigfaltigen Aktivitäten einhergeht. Dies wirkt sich negativ auf die Mitgliederwerbung und auf die Außenwirkung aus.

Support Women By Taking Paternity Leave

Michael Kimmel from onthemarc.org
November 27, 2014
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What’s one thing that men can do to support women in the workplace as their colleagues?

How about this: take paternity leave.

Huh? How does my taking paternity leave help women in the workplace?

Good question.

Superman Style Leaders are Alienating Women: Why Can’t We Solve This?

Dr Samantha Collins from aspirewomen.co.uk
November 13, 2014
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The “superman” style of leadership – predominantly masculine, authoritative, assertive and with a tendency to command and control – still rules supreme in many large organisations. However, a new generation of women leaders are emerging and I’m convinced they have the potential to challenge the business status quo and change corporate culture for good.

Is Italy going forward or backwards on gender equality?

Serena Romano, International Consultant, Gender Issues
November 13, 2014
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Italy is always surprising; hardly anything is ever simple or consistent. It has the lowest women’s employment rate in Europe (except for Greece and Malta) at 47% but enjoys one of the most advanced laws in the world on gender representation of boards of publicly listed companies. Similarly, whilst the government boasts 50% of women ministers, no gender parity minister is to be found in the Bel Paese (Beautiful Country).

Superman Style Leaders are Alienating Women: Why Can’t We Solve This?

Dr Samantha Collins from www.aspirewomen.co.uk
November 12, 2014

The “superman” style of leadership – predominantly masculine, authoritative, assertive and with a tendency to command and control – still rules supreme in many large organisations.

Emma Watson Fights For Gender Equality With Powerful UN Speech

Lauren Duca from huffingtonpost.com
October 9, 2014
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Emma Watson formally invited men to join the fight for gender equality in a moving speech on Sept. 21, launching the HeForShe campaign. In her role as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, she spoke about how impossible it is to achieve equality of the sexes if only one sex participates in the fight:

I was appointed […]