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Women Chairs: Who Does the Work?

by Julie Graber | on 27 Mar 2020

Research found that women directors step into leadership positions on boards up to two years faster than men. Is this a sign or progress or is it just a way to keep them busy?

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A Token for Vice President?

by Julie Graber | on 25 Mar 2020

Joe Biden recently made a commitment to pick a woman as his running mate (and also promised to nominate an African-American woman to the Supreme Court if given the opportunity - can you really call them tokens?

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When Women Seek Power

by Julie Graber | on 18 Mar 2020

Explaining the trajectory of Elizabeth Warren’s presidential run will undoubtedly be a hot topic in the post-mortems of this election cycle. A recent Guardian’s article on Warren's departure from the race suggested that Warren faced a common challenge for any woman seeking an executive role, whether it’s in business or politics. It's the problem we have with ceding to woman the power that comes from the position they're in - it's our problem with female authority.

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The Upside of Ticking a Box

by Julie Graber | on 17 Mar 2020

Another day, another article finding fault with efforts to encourage greater diversity on boards and in the workplace. This recent one, The problem with diversity targets in the workplace trots out the same old excuse - that targets, quotas, or requirements reduce diversity initiatives to ticking the box to fulfill the requirement. And we all know what that means: unqualified diversity hires. (Cue the scary music.)

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When Grandma Played Basketball

by Julie Graber | on 15 Mar 2020

Normally this time of year, my husband and I would be glued to the TV set during the weekend following women's basketball. We've been fans of the women's game since pro-legend Katie Smith was a freshman at Ohio State and the team made the NCAA Final (only to lose to Texas Tech & Sheryl Swoopes, 84-82). But my interest in women's basketball goes back even farther, though, because I grew up with stories about when my grandmother played basketball back in the 1920s. 


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90% of World Population Hold at Least One Bias Against Women's Equality

by Julie Graber | on 13 Mar 2020

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is reporting that nearly 90% of the world's population still hold at least one bias against women's equality. That is just one of the findings from the recently released Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI), and new report from the UNDP.

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What About All Those Unqualified Men?

by Julie Graber | on 9 Mar 2020

Why aren’t the people who are so worried about unqualified women being selected for boards equally concerned about all the unqualified men who are already there?

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African-American Women Blazing Trails on Corporate Boards

by Julie Graber | on 25 Feb 2020

I recently ran across a 1986 listing of the board members for public companies operating in Central Ohio (my hometown). Curious as to what I would find in terms of gender diversity way back then, I started working through the names, researching when needed to confirm the gender for each person listed.

As the work progressed, I started to notice that a good number of the women were African-American, which frankly surprised me - I would have expected maybe one or two women of color if any (remember - 1986). Further research led me to an amazing list of African-American women who were trailblazers for both their race and their gender in the corporate arena, including the very first woman to serve as a corporate board member.

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Just Because I'm A Woman

by Julie Graber | on 24 Feb 2020

Just because I’m a woman. After running across two examples of women bemoaning the idea that their gender might have opened a door for them, I had to say it - it's OK to be the token. It's what you do with the opportunity that matters.

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Women are Sometimes....

by Julie Graber | on 21 Feb 2020

Women are sometimes their own worst enemy.

Much as I dislike that phrase - it strikes me as similar to “boys will be boys,” a throw-away excuse for bad behavior - I have to confess that sometimes it’s true.

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