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.

A Survey of Seattle Start-Ups: Insights on Org Culture & Diversity

This fall, a team including Martha Burwell, an independent consultant, Ruchika Tulshyan, and Artemis Connection, a consultancy focused on aligning strategy and team, were pondering the Seattle tech industry along with our oft-criticized tendency to not talk about issues like race and diversity. To understand what these facts meant for our startups culture, we surveyed more than 315+ employees at start-ups (defined as companies with fewer than 250 employees) in the Seattle area about their experience.

New Software Tools Aim to Increase Workplace Diversity

New software programs aim to do what unconscious bias training has not yet accomplished: Create blind hiring processes and diversify tech workplaces.

The State of Gender Equality in Housing

For our industry, recruiting and promoting women is crucial to expanding home-ownership and giving more people access to the American Dream. So what is the state of gender equality in housing finance? What progress has our industry made and what still needs to be addressed?

White House’s United State of Women: $50M toward gender-equality initiatives

The first United State of Women summit will be held this week in Washington, D.C., where companies are expected to announce some $50 million in backing toward gender equality initiatives. The summit will feature several top speakers who will campaign for the advancement of gender equality on several issues — including economics, education, business and violence against women.  “The primary goal of the Summit is to build a roadmap for future policymakers, stakeholders and advocates to continue to expand opportunities for women and girls,” the White House stated.

This Is the Fundamental Missing Piece of Women’s Equality

“Data drives results. Unless you can measure a problem—and thereby prove it exists—you can’t start solving it.”  Melinda Gates on the Gates Foundation’s commitment to investing $80 million toward gathering better data on women and girls in the world’s poorest places, and putting that data to use to improve policies and programs.

Gates Foundation Will Invest $80 Million in Data Collection on Women and Girls

At the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, Melinda Gates announced a Gates Foundation commitment to filling gaps in data about women’s unpaid labor, improving the accuracy of data around land and property ownership, and using that data to inform civil and government decision-makers about the effects of their existing programs and recommend areas for improvement.