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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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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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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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Moms Need Not Apply

by Julie Graber | on 5 Dec 2019

The Miss World organization says that only single, childless women can handle the rigors of Miss World’s hectic schedule. The world cannot survive if the only people who can be leaders are men and women who aren’t moms. And if we’re going to realize my dream of a world where half of our leaders are women, we’re going to need to make room for moms at the table.

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Kay Hagan and Senate Pool

by Julie Graber | on 29 Oct 2019

Among her many accomplishments, Sen. Kay Hagan scored one small splash for women in the Senate pool.

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On the Likability of Political Candidates

by Julie Graber | on 12 Aug 2019

I was reminded of Judith Butler’s work on gender as a social construction while reading Rebecca Solnit’s Unconscious Bias is Running for President and Ella Nilsen’s “Likability” ratings in a recent New Hampshire poll show just how tough female candidates have it in the space of an afternoon.

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The Untested Rape Kits - What Happened Next

by Julie Graber | on 8 Aug 2019

Remember the backlog of untested rape kits reported in the news a number of years ago? This article provides an in-depth look at what has happened in the wake of this scandal.

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Calling Out the Mike Pence Rule

by Julie Graber | on 5 Aug 2019

Promoted by Mike Pence, the rule to not be alone with a person of the opposite sex has become the latest battle cry for conservative political candidates. As more candidates jump on the bandwagon, where will it leave women who just want to do their job? And let’s be frank - women are the ones paying the price.

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JPMorgan Chase's Hypothetical

by Julie Graber | on 6 Jun 2019

JPMorgan Chase’s 2019 proxy statement included an interesting hypothetical in its response to a shareholder resolution that would have required the company to provide a report on its global median gender pay gap.

As you can probably guess, the JPMorgan Chase board recommended that shareholders vote against this proposal. The company, like so many others, states that “[g]lobally, women at the Firm are paid 99% of what men are paid, taking into account factors that potentially impact pay” (an intriguing claim given that the “Firm” reported a 26% gender pay gap for its operations in the UK where such reporting is required by law).

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