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.

Gender Equality in Medical Research Long Overdue, Study Finds

Research labs may be short-changing women by ignoring differences between male and female animals in experiments to discover new drugs, suggesting sexual equality in scientific studies is overdue, researchers said on Monday.

Sheryl Sandberg On Gender Equality’s Power In Advertising And Business

Just after ‘Fearless Girl’ took home the Glass Lion award for empowering women, Sheryl Sandberg talks about the gender bias that persists in advertising, and the progress that is being made in the media industry.

These Major Advertisers Are Joining Forces Against Sexist Ads Once And For All

Sexism is increasingly less and less marketable. Some of the world’s largest companies and advertising agencies, led by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have launched a new initiative to banish gender stereotypes from advertising. A partnership between U.N. Women and several major global companies — including 100% Talent signatory Microsoft, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Mattel, Facebook, Google and others — the Unstereotype Alliance aims to spread “realistic, non-biased portrayals of women and men” in their ads.

‘Radical change’ needed on unpaid care work, report finds

With women still bearing the burden of unpaid domestic work around the world, a new report is calling for a “radical” change of laws, policies and social attitudes to address the imbalance. The extra time women spend on unpaid work is undermining progress on gender equality, the report’s coordinators told Devex, laying out a series of recommendations for reform.

Edelman: Over Half Of Consumers Will Buy Or Boycott If Your Company Doesn’t Champion Gender Equity, Other Issues

Earned Brand Report finds that brands are increasingly expected to speak out on gender equality, immigration, and environmental regulation.

Women Lose Ground on New Board Seats for First Time in 8 Years

After seven years of progress, gender equality has taken a step back in the board room. Just under 28 percent of the 431 open board seats in Fortune 500 companies were awarded to women in 2016, down from 30 percent the year before.

Oregon Senate passes Equal Pay Act of 2017

Neighboring Pacific Northwest state unanimously passes Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017. The bill aims to shrink the stubborn pay gaps between genders, races and other protected classes that are disadvantaged by pay discrimination. Importantly, the policy also encourages companies to proactively examine their own pay practices before a lawsuit is filed.

World Science Festival: Pioneering women scientists put gender equality under the microscope

Inspiring young women to pursue science and building their confidence is only the first step in bridging the gender equality gap in STEM fields, female scientists say.

Co-working space for women The Riveter is launching in Seattle to build community and challenge ‘bro-working’

Two Seattle’s women and their vision to launch The Riveter, co-working space where women don’t feel excluded from the business world because of their gender.