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Why Gender Equality is Good for Men | Part One

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Gender equality is one of those loaded topics that can bring conversation to a halt. Women’s empowerment has been portrayed as a link to all that men have lost, whether its perceived loss of professional opportunities or loss of the privilege of not having to deal with housework or childcare. There is a fear that expectation of females being subordinate …

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The Game Changing Power of Allies

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In the challenging work of supporting diversity in the workplace – and diversity as it relates to social justice more broadly – allies play a critical role. But before exploring why allies make such a difference, it makes sense to begin with the question: what exactly is an ally? The definition that most accurately captures my vision of a diversity …

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Hidden Truths about Making Gender Equality Possible for Ambitious, Dual Career Couples

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Most millennials, particularly those that are highly educated, see an egalitarian marriage as the ideal. Yet despite improvements, a clear divide persists in how women and men perceive – and experience – gender equality. Men are far more optimistic about progress for women in the workplace and both genders don’t see eye-to-eye regarding what the other contributes to the care of …

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The Business Case for Gender Diversity: Necessary But Not Sufficient

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The business case or economic justification for gender diversity is front and center in any discussion of the subject. Yet as a veteran diversity consultant, I don’t see the business case is getting the job done. It’s not that the business case is unimportant. Clearly, it’s critical but while the business case is necessary, it’s not sufficient. There has long …

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Let’s Move from a Gender War to a Gender Partnership

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Gender equality is not about winning a war! The war metaphor distracts us with finger pointing, blaming, and endlessly seeking to justify who’s the perpetrator and who’s the victim. The war metaphor keeps us stuck. The reality is we all – both women and men – fall victim to highly gendered thinking. We are stuck in gender binaries and it …

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Women in Corporate America Continue to Feel Like a Square Peg in a Round Hole

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Gender diversity is on the radar in corporate America after more than 10 years of research highlighting the economic benefits of women in leadership roles. Companies have invested in gender initiatives that aim to support women’s advancement and diversify the leadership pipeline. Some companies have been at it for multiple decades. Yet, the results seem to be much ado about …

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Blog Talk Radio: Feminism in the 21st Century

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Feminists wore bustles, marched for the vote, burned their bras and demanded equality. So is it mission accomplished? Why are some women rejecting feminism? Why are some men embracing it? What role does feminism play today, and what does it mean to be a feminist in the 21st Centruy? Lisa Levey, diversity consultant, advocate for men in the gender debates, …

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Blog Talk Radio: Why Doesn’t He Help With Housework? Maybe It’s You

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It’s an age-old complaint: men don’t do their share of housework and child care. But maybe it’s not just because they won’t. Maybe it’s because women resist it. Sounds like an old Phyllis Schlafley idea (Google it, kids). We women work hard and we want men to help pull the domestic weight. But consultant Lisa D’Annolfo Levey, a national advocate …

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What Do Women’s Advancement and the Sandy Hook Massacre Have In Common? More Than You Might Think

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Women have earned the majority of bachelor’s and master’s degrees for more than 30 years. They’ve represented over 40% of law school and medical school graduates for more than two decades. Women are the majority of the management and professional workforce in the U.S. Yet, they account for only 25% of senior-level officials in the Fortune 500, 27% of state …

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The Valentine’s Day Gift for Men that Keeps on Giving: Gender Equality (Part Four)

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How gender equality affects their children, their workplaces, and a man’s mate. I’ve had the good fortune to see the many ways in which gender equality is good for men through my consulting, my research, and in my own life. And I have also come to understand how loaded and confusing gender equality can be for men. At a presentation …

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Madame President: It Makes My Heart Soar

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Madame President or Mrs. President, which should it be? We are on the cusp of developing a whole new vocabulary for describing the first woman to be the leader of the free world yet, there has been strangely little focus on just how historic this is. I know I share the sentiment of so many women, and men, in saying …

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The Valentine’s Day Gift for Men that Keeps on Giving: Gender Equality (Part Three)

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Gender equality starts with the recognition that idealized roles—at work and at home—constrain us all. This four-part series on why gender equality is powerfully beneficial for men began with data. In comparison to men who share less equally with their partner or spouse in the care of their children, those men who are more involved: Are healthier, both mentally and …

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The Valentine’s Day Gift for Men that Keeps on Giving: Gender Equality (Part Two)

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Men’s experiences of and satisfaction with work and income This article is a follow-up to an earlier piece published on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. The central message was: Men in egalitarian marriages and relationships enjoy many benefits. This is not common knowledge. The article highlighted findings from a study of millennial fathers conducted by the Boston College Center for Work & Family, …

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The Valentine’s Day Gift for Men that Keeps on Giving: Gender Equality (Part One)

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Research shows gender equality for men translates to greater career flexibility, more financial security, and more time for life outside of work. As Valentine’s Day approaches, many men feel pressure to send the flowers, buy the jewelry, arrange and pay for the nice dinner while you seem to hear much less about what women need to be doing ahead of …

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