The GenderWorks Blog

When It Comes To Work-Life Balance, It’s Hard to Know What Dads Really Want

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According to recent anthropological research, men played an active role in child care and egalitarianism ruled the day in the earliest human societies. It was with the advent of agriculture — and the ability to accumulate resources — that gendered roles began to take hold.   Fast forward several thousand years and the struggle for gender equality persists. We have …

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The Secret Sauce for Driving Innovation

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Innovation is critical to business success yet does not come about by telling employees, “Be innovative!” or by asking employees, “What’s the new thing? The new product? The new discovery?” Instead innovation is facilitated by creating an environment that allows employees to imagine, to wrestle, to explore and to iterate. It results from providing opportunities to link nascent thoughts and …

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Companies Take Note: There’s Incredible Talent Hiding in Plain Sight

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A few years ago at a wildlife center in Alaska, the naturalist told a group of us that the magnificent hawk perched on his arm was in ‘stealth mode’, hiding in plain sight. At a professional breakfast last week, the OnRamp Expo, sponsored by reacHIRE at Boston’s Innovation Center, I witnessed the same phenomena. Let me explain. I watched a …

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Using Representation Data to Assess Diversity Progress: Help or Hindrance?

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One of the most challenging aspects for those seeking to drive diversity progress in the business world is the slow rate of change. As an organizational consultant working with clients to create more inclusive work cultures and to “move the numbers,” I know how frustrating and discouraging this can feel at times I recently read a report, The Diversity Paradox: …

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Massachusetts Singles Out Gender Equity in the Workplace As Its Next Big Challenge

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Massachusetts is known for being in the vanguard on controversial issues. Same-sex marriage in 2004. Check. Health care reform in 2006. Check. Next up on the list: gender equity in the workplace. The drive to accelerate gender balance in the workplace is in the air in Massachusetts. Last fall I blogged about the Manbassadors, a group of male allies at …

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Advance Your Career OR Raise a Family: American Women Can Only Pick One

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U.S. women’s workforce participation has been on the decline since 1999. According to a recent New York Times story “Why U.S. Women are Leaving Jobs Behind,” Europeans countries—which have expanded family-friendly benefits such as paid parental leaves and protection for part-time workers—have witnessed an increase of mothers with children under 18 in the workforce. Alternately in the U.S., which remains …

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Men at the Harvard Business School: An Unexpected Voice for Redefining Success

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Something exciting is happening along the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. The voice of men at the Harvard Business School — future business leaders of tomorrow — have joined with their female counterparts to support gender equality, including better work-life balance for all. During National Work and Family Month, this is surely cause for celebration. In the fall of 2013, …

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How Much Is Enough?

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The hustle and bustle of the holiday season seems a perfect time to ask “how much is enough?” It’s a question I ponder frequently, especially as I notice my strong tendency to be planning, organizing, executing — doing, doing, doing. For so many families, too much in key aspects of our lives — work, parenting, consuming — collectively makes us …

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The Gender Connection: A Conversation About the Future of Boys

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Between Mark Sherman and Lisa Levey, 10 of the people they love the most are boys and men. The issues of men and boys is critically important to them. They are starting a conversation to try to bridge the gender gap. Mark Sherman, PhD, is an emeritus professor of psychology at SUNY, New Paltz, where his main interest has long …

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