In the news: Women, Leadership, and More

From The New York Times, “The cost of devaluing women“, December 2, 2017 The bigger cost derives from how women’s ideas are discounted and their talent ignored.

From The New York Times, “The Myth of Women ‘Empowerment’“, October 5, 2017 It’s time for a change to the “empowerment” conversation. Development organizations’ programs must be evaluated on the basis of whether they enable women to increase their potential for political mobilization, such that they can create sustainable gender equality.

From The New York Times, “Inspired or Frustrated, Women Go to Work for Themselves“, October 3, 2017.  An ocean separates Chupi Sweetman-Durney, who lives in Dublin, and Lea Giovanniello of Vienna, Va., and they have never met. Yet their workplace experiences and career paths — at a time when women still struggle with both — are a testament to what’s possible. Here are their stories.

From The New York Times, “Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far“, September 23, 2017.  After revelations of harassment and bias in Silicon Valley, a backlash is growing against the women in tech movement.

From The Atlantic, “Boys Are Not Defective“, September 21, 2017 Girls in the Middle East do better than boys in school by a greater margin than almost anywhere else in the world: a case study in motivation, mixed messages, and the condition of boys everywhere.

From The New York Times, “Good News for Young Strivers: Networking Is Overrated“, August 24, 2017 If you make great connections, they might advance your career. If you do great work, those connections will be easier to make. Let your insights and your outputs — not your business cards — do the talking.

From The Atlantic, “Why Men Are the New College Minority“, August 8, 2017.  Males are enrolling in higher education at alarmingly low rates, and some colleges are working hard to reverse the trend.

From Barron’s, “Do Women in Leadership Roles Make for Better-Run Companies?”, August 8, 2017.  A Wharton professor questions the strength of any link, which supports the notion of gender-lens investing, but investment firms disagree.

From The New York Times, “Female Layers Can Talk, Too“, August 8, 2017.  Progress for women has been elusive. The barriers to real change have been more daunting than I expected. But if all judges — male and female — business leaders and the bar at large want to achieve real gender diversity in the legal profession, they have the power to make it happen. The road map to change is clear.

From HuffPost, “Changing the Narrative on Women in Leadership“, July 26, 2017.  We continue to see and tackle the challenge the same way that we have for decades, despite the fact that it’s clearly still not working. We could argue that many organizations invest time, money, and resources to address this issue but don’t see the ROI they should. So what’s holding us back and what do we need to do about it?

From TIME, “How Men Should Help More Women Lead“, July 20, 2017.  “Women talk to other women about the barriers to their achievement, internal and external, a great deal. But it’s men who can make the biggest difference.”

From USA Today, “Women are talking and these companies make them happiest“, July 17, 2017 Even with the rise of sites like Glassdoor and Monster, many women are still left wondering exactly how prospective employers handle gender-specific issues in the workplace like family leave and pay equity. To find out, female job seekers are turning to Fairygodboss, a job review site exclusively for women. The site provides crowd-sourced intel on how female-friendly company policy is at thousands of businesses.

From The New York Times, “The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women“, June 14, 2017.  Academic studies and countless anecdotes make it clear that being interrupted, talked over, shut down or penalized for speaking out is nearly a universal experience for women when they are outnumbered by men.

From The New York Times, “A Proven Way to Win in Business: Have a Daughter, Hire Women“, June 1, 2017.  The influence of daughters is consistent with previous research that shows that fathers of daughters support more egalitarian gender roles, and that male lawmakers, judges and corporate executives with daughters are more likely to support gender equity and policies that benefit women.

From Inside Higher Ed, “Women in Leadership Searches“, May 1, 2017.  Female candidates tend to do better as recruitment processes progress, a study finds.

From The New York Times, “Women Crucial Role in Combating Climate Change“, April 1, 2017 “A few years ago, climate change was considered gender-neutral,” said Naoko Ishii, chief executive of the nonprofit Global Environment Facility, which works on climate issues. “But when we did a gender analysis, gender neutral actually mean gender-ignorant.”

From The New York Times, “Not Leadership Material? Good. The World Needs Followers.“, March 24, 2017.  The glorification of leadership skills, especially in college
admissions, has emptied leadership of its meaning.

From The New York Times, “Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ is Terrible Advice“, June 4. 2016.  Next time people say, “just be yourself,” stop them in their tracks. No one wants to hear everything that’s in your head. They just want you to live up to what comes out of your mouth.