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This is part two of a two-part post by Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett, the authors of “The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance Is Hurting Women, Men-and Our Economy (Tarcher/ Penguin). In part one, they discussed three things women should be doing — but aren’t — to get ahead professionally.[…] Continue Reading »
Women earn the majority of advanced degrees, but these dramatic gains have not translated into money and influence. The pipeline is getting filled with educated and talented women, but their way forward is too often blocked. Under a veneer of progress, what we call the “New Soft War on Women” is gaining strength, based on stubborn stereotypes about what women can’t do.[…] Continue Reading »
For years, mentoring has been how many companies and professional associations have hoped to close the leadership gender gap, in which women barely achieve 20% of the C-suite slots and a smaller percentage at the board level despite being half the entry-level workforce. Every leader points to mentors along the way as key to their success, so this focus on mentoring for women makes sense — or does it?[…] Continue Reading »
On May 9, 200 women leaders gathered at the Forbes Women’s Summit. This wasn’t a conference about advancing women. It was a conference about women advancing the world, and in doing so, redefining the rules of power. With video appearances from Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Sandberg and live discussions with Janet Napolitano; designers Donna Karan and Tory Burch; Helene Gayle, CEO of CARE; and Ellen Kullman, CEO of Dupont, among others, we heard stories of how women are redefining power.[…] Continue Reading »
I just saw “Iron Man 3″ with my family, and it was a good time. Bad guys. Good guys. Destruction. Even humble pie big enough to go around. As I enjoyed the pyrotechnics and good-guy triumph, however, I was reminded of how completely our comic books reinforce the most unhelpful of bad boy leadership stereotypes.
In the three-part saga of “Iron Man,” Tony Stark is the lovable cad, the Hamlet-esque heir to the throne who takes his place as King by killing off his crown-aspiring uncle through brute force — in robot suits.[…] Continue Reading »