California has a new law: No more all-male boards

Companies headquarted in California can no longer have all-male boards. That’s according to a new law, enacted Sunday, which requires publicly traded firms in the state to place at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019 — or face a penalty.

Set clear, concise goals to create gender equality in the workforce

Accenture’s group chief executive for growth markets outlines their company’s goal to achieve a gender-balanced workforce by 2025.

Boston Consulting Group’s New Report: Why Paid Family Leave Is Good Business

BCG reviewed the policies of more than 250 companies. Their finding? Employers see a solid business case for offering paid family leave, including benefits such as improved talent retention and attraction and their own ability to manage the costs of the program through thoughtful policy design.

A Coalition of Female and Male CEOs Is Pushing for Gender Parity

Twenty seven prominent company leaders, a mix of men and women, have just come together to launch Paradigm for Parity, an organization committed to making significant progress toward gender equality in the business world by 2030. The new coalition comprises current and former CEOs from companies like 100% Talent signatory Bank of America, LinkedIn and the Huffington Post.

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.

It’s Time for Companies to Try a New Gender-Equality Playbook

Gender equality is a priority for most CEOs, but their companies fall short. Dominic Barton of McKinsey explains why that’s so and how to remedy it.

UK Women Face Increasing Discrimination For Taking Maternity Leave

While women across the pond might enjoy access to maternity leave, that doesn’t mean they’re not struggling with many of the same issues that American women are.  On Monday, British charity Citizens Advice released a report revealing that women in the U.K. are increasingly concerned with workplace discrimination as it relates to maternity leave.

President Barack Obama: “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like”

“In my lifetime we’ve gone from a job market that basically confined women to a handful of often poorly paid positions to a moment when women not only make up roughly half the workforce but are leading in every sector, from sports to space, from Hollywood to the Supreme Court.”  President Obama reflects on the work done and work left to do in achieving gender equality.

IMF Analyzes Fiscal Policies That Promote Gender Equality, Releases Toolkit

The IMF has conducted the first-ever global review of policymakers’ use of tax and spending policies to promote gender equality and has released an online database toolkit of gender equality indicators worldwide.

Microsoft Names Cindy Rose as CEO of Microsoft UK

Cindy Rose will soon take the helm of Microsoft’s efforts in the United Kingdom.  The new CEO said, “I am thrilled to be joining Microsoft and to be asked to lead the UK business at such an opportune moment in the company’s history and such an unprecedented moment in the country’s history.”