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Now More Than Ever: We Need More Women on Board

by Julie Graber | on 19 May 2020

I recently wrote about how women should not wait until retirement to work on securing a corporate board seat. As follow-up, someone ask me why it matters. If it's so hard for women to secure a board appointment, why fight with it? Why not find ways around it - other ways to have impact? This is why having women at the table is critical.

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Getting on Board: Don't Wait Until Retirement

by Julie Graber | on 18 May 2020

I am often asked by other women for advice on securing a board seat. My first piece of advice? Don't wait until you're ready to retire to secure that board appointment.

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Women and Salary Negotiations

by Julie Graber | on 17 May 2020

Negotiation: the fact that men do and women don’t is one of the reasons used to explain the gender pay gap and was the subject of the best selling book by Linda Babcock and Sara LascheverWomen Don’t Ask, in 2007. The book and its related research spawned thousands of workshops and classes aimed at teaching women to negotiate their salaries and close the gap. 

In spite of these efforts, the gender pay gap persist.

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A Woman's Right to a Life Without Violence

by Julie Graber | on 15 May 2020

It takes a special kind of coward to target a maternity ward for a terrorist attack. But that’s what happened in Afghanistan on Tuesday, when gunmen stormed a maternity clinic in Kabul, killing 24 individuals, mostly moms and newborns. The attack was clearly targeted, in a country where women live precarious lives at best. 

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Who's Going to Take Care of the Children?

by Julie Graber | on 12 May 2020

This is why having more moms in leadership roles is critical, because clearly no one around the decision-making tables has noticed that the plans for the next six to eighteen months are missing some resources - the ones that take care of the children while mothers and fathers are at work. 

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Men Take Risks, Women Take Responsibility

by Julie Graber | on 30 Apr 2020

Faced with a global pandemic, it hasn't escaped anyone's attention that it has been the women world leaders who have been most effective in handling this crisis while many of their male counterparts have stumbled. What explains the difference? One factor could be who takes the risks, and who takes responsibility.

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Women, Wicked Problems, & Pandemics

by Julie Graber | on 16 Apr 2020

There’s an irony in here somewhere: women’s typical career path through positions of support (not production) is the very thing that provides them skills and capabilities needed to lead in a time of crisis - in a time when the problems we face can only be described as “wicked.” 


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Office Housework: Women Do More

by Julie Graber | on 13 Apr 2020

Taking notes, getting a conference room, planning parties and retirement recognitions, straightening up after a lunch meeting - these are all tasks that have to be done, but they are not directly related to core business activities and don't help when it comes time for pay increases and promotions. So why do women end up with these assignments more often than not?

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What Drives My Work on Gender Equality?

by Julie Graber | on 7 Apr 2020

For the past 20 years, my work has been driven by a single question (that those of you who know me are probably sick of hearing): what if half of the leaders were women?

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