McKinsey / LeanIn Study: Women in the Workplace 2017

Women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America, despite earning more college degrees than men for thirty years and counting. There is a pressing need to do more, and most organizations realize this: company commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high for the third year in a row.

Despite this commitment, progress continues to be too slow—and may even be stalling. One of the most powerful reasons for this is a simple one: we have blind spots when it comes to diversity, and we can’t solve problems that we don’t see or understand clearly. In fact, a majority of men and 1 in 3 women think that if women make up 10% of executive roles at a company, the organization is on the right path.

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.

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.

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.