Women in the Workplace 2017

More companies are committing to gender equality. But progress will remain slow unless we confront blind spots on diversity—particularly regarding women of color, and employee perceptions of the status quo.

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.)

New Answers To The Gender Bias Challenge In The Workplace

When we think about gender equality, we probably first think about workplace issues and equal pay. We think about statistics like “7.2% of women are pilots” or “only 24% of women in public accounting are partners or firm owners.”

That’s important, but this writer examines other facts about gender bias in science and how it can bring us new answers to build a better, more inclusive work environment in business.

Why Gender Equality Underpins Success in a Digital World

Accenture’s Gary Heffernan delves into why the communications industry’s evolution will both create and require “the digital workforce of the future. That workforce will be a vital source of differentiation, and inclusion and diversity will be at the forefront of making it happen.”

It’s not just women that need to support gender equality in the workplace

The evidence for gender diversity in management is clear. Companies with female board members have 40% higher growth income and almost 50% higher average return on equity.  Hear one ‘manbassador’s take on why female leadership is needed in the U.S. and international banking industries.

Why Diversity Programs Fail

Harvard Business Review’s experts looked at how data shows that most diversity programs aren’t increasing diversity. Lab studies have demonstrated that popular measures such as diversity trainings, hiring tests, performance ratings and grievance systems can activate bias rather than stamp it out.  The authors examine which types of diversity programs really work and which may be counterproductive.

“Gender equality is everyone’s business” — Lakshmi Puri

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Forbes Second Edition of the Powerful Women Summit in Mexico on June 21, 2016.

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.

Microsoft CFO: Increasing diversity takes ‘relentless focus and relentless effort’

Men vastly outnumber women at Microsoft, and white people outnumber people of color – especially within the highest-paid jobs. That’s not just an issue for Microsoft, a 100 Percent Talent Seattle signatory who has made the pledge to tackle the wage gap. The issue pervades in most of the technology industry. At the recent KMPG PGA Women’s Championship, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood says top executives should sponsor promising employees by making sure they are recognized and have access to opportunities. “People don’t just show up in the C-suite overnight,” Hood said. “I feel deeply responsible as a leader to pay it forward.”