Why are companies’ gender equality efforts failing?

A new McKinsey report found that of 69 companies employing more than than half a million people, very few had targets, milestones or programs aimed at helping women reach leadership positions. While more than half of companies considered gender diversity a top 10 strategic priority, just 14 percent had clearly articulated a business case for change.

3 reasons tech matters for gender equality

A United Nations Political Forum on Sustainable Development is in full swing to track progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals formally adopted two years ago.

Goal No. 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and calls for enhanced use of enabling technology to promote the empowerment of women.

2017 Best Companies for Multicultural Women

Looking for a workplace that embraces diversity? The companies below have leading-edge programs in place to hire more women of color and make sure their careers progress as far as possible. See how Washington ranks. (100% Talent Signatory, Deloitte, makes the list.)

Campaign to diversify startup boards launched by Redfin, Madrona, Pioneer Square Labs and others

Real estate technology company Redfin and several prominent tech investment firms will encourage startups in their portfolios to recruit an “independent, diverse board member” within two years of funding — marking a new effort to boost diversity amid rising allegations of sexual harassment in the industry.

How Microsoft HR chief’s fight with cancer informed new paid leave policy

Microsoft, a 100% Talent founding signatory, has added a new family paid leave benefit allowing employees to take as much as four weeks off to care for a family member with a serious health condition.

Men Join Corporate Boards With Less Experience Than Women

More than three out of four new male company directors are rookies, appointed without any prior corporate board experience, according to a new study of the world’s biggest publicly traded companies.