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The Research

Women professionals—and leaders—are everywhere and men are much more involved in parenting than dads of previous generations. How do we know that gender inequality isn't just hype?

While there has been progress and much has changed, research reveals that unconscious gender norms are still deeply entrenched. The resulting gender inequity affects women, men, families, organizations, and entire societies.

This section covers five research categories that will advance your understanding of key issues:

Delve in so you can separate the fiction from the fact.

Gender and Business School

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Rethink What you "Know" about High Achieving Women
HBR

The 50th anniversary of the admission of women to the Harvard Business School spurred research on the experiences of alumni from Baby Boomers to Millennials. The study explores the aspirations, professional satisfaction, and work-life integration of Harvard Business School graduates and finds gender playing a key role.

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The Myth Of The Ideal Worker: Does Doing All The Right Things Really Get Women Ahead?
Catalyst

This study captures how women and men graduates from leading business schools, who employ similar tactics in navigating their careers, experience differing outcomes.

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Men and Masculinity

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Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone, Men Included Michael Kimmel

How does gender equality benefit men?

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The New Dad: A Work (and Life) in Progress
Boston College Center for Work and Family

How do you anticipate combining career and fatherhood? This study highlights the changing role of fathers and the benefits and challenges they face in the modern workplace.

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The Unspoken Stigma of Workplace Flexibility
New York Times

Men who prioritize family face greater penalties than their female colleagues. What will help to eliminate—or at least minimize—this penalty?

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The Business Case

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Women On Boards: Global Trends In Gender Diversity On Corporate Boards
MSCI

MSCI explores the relationship between women on corporate boards and indicators such as financial profitability, governance-related controversies and accounting aggressiveness. The report tracks multiple growth trajectories for women on boards dependent on how aggressively organizations act to drive change.

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The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards
Catalyst

This study assesses the relationship between the financial performance of companies and the representation of women on corporate boards. Based on several years of financial data, the presence of women on corporate boards was linked to stronger financial results in both the short and longer term.

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Family Matters: The Business Case for Investing in the Transition to Parenthood
Families and Work Institute

This study provides an in-depth analysis of how business benefits from supporting employees’ transition to becoming parents.

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The Experience of Women at Work

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Women in the Workplace 2015
Lean In and McKinsey & Company

Based on a study of more than 100 companies across North America, women encounter an uneven playing field throughout their careers and are underrepresented at every level of the corporate hierarchy. The report provides a roadmap to gender equity.

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Women Want Five Things Executive Study
Center for Talent Innovation

Based on 10 years of research, this study explores a five-part value proposition for professional women who are in their peak career years, defined as ages 35 to 50. The research focuses on the role of power in women realizing their vision for success.

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Global Comparisons

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Unlocking Female Employment Potential in Europe
IMF

This report by the International Monetary Fund looks at the business case for women in the workforce, the drivers that influence women’s retention, and the role of policy in keeping women working. The report is focused on Europe.

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The Global Gender Gap Report 2015: The Case for Gender Equity
World Economic Forum

Worldwide comparisons through a gender gap index by country showcase how fundamental gender equity is to how societies thrive. Per capita GDP, global competitiveness, and human development metrics are tracked.

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No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report
Clinton Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This study tracks the gains and persistent gaps for women and girls worldwide. It highlights the positive multiplier effect—and the great opportunity—provided by investing in women and girls.

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