Articles for In the News

What All the New Diversity Programs and Initiatives Tell You About How We’re Defining the Problem

by Julie Graber | on 30 Jun 2020

As companies scramble to find ways to address racism through their organizations, their “solutions” tell  you something about how the organization is defining the problem (and presumably what they think it will take to move the needle). So far, I’m not seeing anything that defines the problems we face any differently than they have been in the past - not a good sign if we’re hoping for real change.

Continue reading...

Mandatory Diversity Targets and Concerns About Unqualified Candidates

by Julie Graber | on 23 Jun 2020

Questions about the qualifications of women and people of color come from a place of privilege, where qualifications are assumed. That they only come up when we talk about women and people of color means they are also sexist and racist.

Continue reading...

Another White Guy

by Julie Graber | on 17 Jun 2020

I've threatened to do it for a long time - so here it goes - a running list of lost opportunities to create a more diverse, just world. It's the appointment of yet another white guy.

Continue reading...

Fix the System, Not the Women

by Julie Graber | on 16 Jun 2020

If women could fix the gender pay gap all by themselves it would be done. We don’t have time to mess around. We can’t afford what it costs us in lost wages to say nothing of bonuses and retirement contributions that are based on a percentage of our base pay. Suggesting that we can do it all by ourselves by changing who we are is yet another attempt to “fix the women” instead of fixing the system.

Continue reading...

Diversity Doublespeak and Discrimination

by Julie Graber | on 12 Jun 2020

If the Business Roundtable and other organizations are serious about tackling the issue of racial inequality in the US, they’re going to have to address the other D word that no one wants to mention: discrimination.

Continue reading...

Why Yet Another Committee Isn't the Answer to Addressing Racial Inequality

by Julie Graber | on 8 Jun 2020

If the Business Roundtable wants to be a part of the solution for racial inequality, they are going to have to focus their efforts inward, at themselves, and address the biases and privilege that got most of them where they are today. 

Continue reading...

Where You Won't Find African-Americans in the Fortune 100

by Julie Graber | on 3 Jun 2020

As I watch company after company issue statements on the protests sweeping the US I want to ask them one question: if you are so deeply committed to addressing the issue of racism, if you strive to create a culture where people of all differences can thrive, then why aren’t there more African Americans among your executive leadership?

Continue reading...

Data Table: Women and African Americans in the F100

by Julie Graber | on 2 Jun 2020

Fortune 100 C-Suite Organizational Charts - February 2020

Stanford Graduate School of Business: Corporate Governance Research Initiative

Continue reading...

C-Suite Diversity in the Fortune 100

by Julie Graber | on 1 Jun 2020

Women and racially diverse executives are underrepresented in C-suite positions that lead to CEO and board appointments and overrepresented in staff/administrative roles. That's not a good sign if you're looking for a company truly committed to diversity and inclusion. 

Continue reading...

Is the Company Serious About Diversity? Check the Executive Officers

by Julie Graber | on 27 May 2020

There is one indicator above all others that will tell you if the company is committed to diversity and inclusion at the gut level: the diversity of the executive officers.

Continue reading...

Moms Forced to Opt Out

by Julie Graber | on 26 May 2020

Her story went viral. The reaction has been intense. Yet I suspect there are a fair number of women breathing a quiet sigh of relief that the story isn’t about them. Women who can imagine a similar scenario playing out in their own home. Women who have already been pushed to the breaking point with the lockdown, women who don’t know what they are going to do long-term to manage the crisis it has created in their own families. Women who can imagine having to make the same decision under a similar set of circumstances. 

Continue reading...

In the News: Week Ending May 22

by Julie Graber | on 22 May 2020

ASX 300 boards: male and pale

Rooney Rule Changes in the NFL

Fortune 500 Female CEOs

Continue reading...

A Lifetime of Inequality Can Start With the Very First Paycheck

by Julie Graber | on 20 May 2020

Every paycheck you receive during your career, with a few exceptions, will build on that first paycheck. Every salary increase. Every bonus. Even matching retirement contributions. Since most employers use percentages to calculate all of the above, that first paycheck can be the start of something big. Except for women, it’s usually the start of something less. 

Continue reading...

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. 

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.” 


Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.)

Continue reading...

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?

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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).

Continue reading...