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      Improve job satisfaction and abolish meetings

      Like fashionable facial hair for men, my professional ambitions have evolved in perplexing ways. In my twenties I aspired to...

    2. May 21, 2015

      Mumsnet founder advises on how to go part-time

      I am on maternity leave and want to return part-time to my job as a researcher at a large financial services company. My...

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    1. May 4, 2015

      Top European companies boost number of women in leadership roles

      Twenty-two of Europe’s largest multinationals have increased the proportion of women in leadership positions faster than...

    2. April 30, 2015

      Career counsel: Dementia is not an illness that employers should ignore

      We are a medium-sized business and are reviewing our HR policies. Is dementia something we should worry about? Do we have...

    3. April 29, 2015

      We need female chief executives, not just non-executives

      As I take up the chairmanship of the UK’s Institute of Directors, I cannot help but reflect on the fact that it has taken...

    4. April 23, 2015

      Women are retiring on far less income than men

      Women still retire on much less income than men. But the gap has narrowed since its significant increase following the 2008...

    5. April 21, 2015

      Female Goldman Sachs banker agrees settlement

      A senior banker at Goldman Sachs who claimed she was cheated out of millions of pounds in bonuses and subjected to sexist...

    6. April 17, 2015

      Goldman sued over ‘sex discrimination’

      A senior banker will next week begin an employment case against Goldman Sachs after alleging she was cheated out of millions...

    7. April 13, 2015

      Allowing disabled staff to flourish: ‘How do we make this work?’

      Four years ago, while struggling to come to terms with the consequences of a disabling paragliding accident, Toby...

    8. April 9, 2015

      University rowers make a splash for women in sport

      Women’s rowing has come a long way since the first boat races on the Thames in 1833, when the wives and daughters of...

    9. April 8, 2015

      America’s female labour force needs a new deal

      It is not often that companies as dissimilar as Walmart and Apple sing from the same corporate hymn book. When they do,...

    10. March 25, 2015

      Is it time for quotas for women?

      Lord (Mervyn) Davies heads the voluntary effort to increase the number of women on UK boards. His latest review on the...

    11. March 25, 2015

      Women on boards around Europe

      With Germany’s decision to enact quotas to nudge more women into leadership ranks, voices for Britain to do the same are...

    12. March 25, 2015

      Look to university leaders to fill corporate boards

      There are not enough women in the boardroom pipeline, it is true — and precious few female chief executives. Chairmen like...

    13. March 19, 2015

      Europe presses UK to increase female director numbers

      UK companies will face increased pressure to raise the number of women on their boards under European plans to remedy gender...

    14. March 19, 2015

      Boards fail to alter their mix

      There is an uncomfortable truth lurking behind the celebrated rapid increase in the number of women on the boards of the...

    15. March 19, 2015

      Women face a maze, not a glass ceiling

      We have, I suppose, come a long way since Richard Nixon said in the Oval Office: “I don’t think a woman should be in any...

    16. March 11, 2015

      Opaque path that leads to the boardroom

      Women receive more advice and encouragement to join boards as independent directors, but are less likely to have the...

    17. March 8, 2015

      Boards without women breed scandal

      Public companies with more women on their boards are less likely to be hit by scandals such as bribery, fraud or shareholder...

    18. March 6, 2015

      Large UK companies will be told to publish gender pay-gap details

      Large companies will have to publish the pay gap between male and female staff after a last-minute intervention by the...

    19. March 5, 2015

      Biocon founder is India’s fourth-richest woman

      When Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw decided to brew beer in the late 1970s, she met hostility from a male-dominated industry. So...

    20. March 5, 2015

      Corporations recognise benefits of gender diversity

      When Christine Wolff decided, aged 50, that she would like to move from her position as managing director for Europe and the...

    21. March 5, 2015

      Case study: Catherine Roberts, Defence Materiel Organisation

      Catherine Roberts’ curriculum vitae reads like a stereotypical Boy’s Own adventure. From the day she first strode into a...

    22. March 5, 2015

      Book review: ‘Taking the Stage’, by Judith Humphrey

      When Margaret Thatcher was nine years old, she won a poetry reading prize in a local festival. Her headmistress...

    23. March 5, 2015

      Gender and income equality in the Russian workplace

      Even though the economic crisis is forcing many Moscow retail outlets to close, fashionable cafés in the Russian capital are...

    24. March 5, 2015

      Gender gap narrows in a world in which men still rule

      Ripa Rashid is highly educated, has worked at some of the world’s top blue-chip companies, and is an expert in workplace...

    25. March 5, 2015

      Lack of programming skills puts young women at a disadvantage

      The emergence of mobile games such as Candy Crush Saga is helping to create a world where “gamers” are increasingly female....

    26. March 5, 2015

      Corporate peak still out of reach for most women

      Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara turned her second husband’s general store into a lumber and sawmill empire. As Mildred...

    27. March 5, 2015

      Women need courage on the ‘glass cliff’

      Sushma Rajagopalan was work­ing in the US when she was offered the opportunity to become the first female chief executive of...

    28. March 5, 2015

      Return-to-work schemes: support for women

      Returning to work after maternity leave is a challenge for many women in the financial sector, where senior ranks are...

    29. February 24, 2015

      Silicon Valley sex discrimination on trial

      A $16m test case for gender discrimination in Silicon Valley opened on Tuesday with the allegation that one of the world’s...

    30. February 18, 2015

      Career counsel: Taking paternity leave does not have to cost dads their career

      I’m about to become a father and would like to take shared parental leave, but I am concerned it will hurt my career. How do...

    31. February 11, 2015

      How mentor Lord Davies helped Beatriz Butsana-Sita win promotion

      Last year, Lord Mervyn Davies, former chairman of Standard Chartered Bank, met Beatriz Butsana-Sita, BT’s then managing...

    32. January 28, 2015

      Everyone knows nothing has changed

      “Everyone knows: if you go part time that’s it; you will never make partner.” This was just one of the frank comments made...

    33. January 21, 2015

      Jill Ker Conway: From author to activist with a few big board positions along the way

      As much as she tries, Jill Ker Conway is not doing a good job of clearing her diary. “I’m trying very hard to create another...

    34. January 16, 2015

      Sexism and the City

      Companies should not need to be persuaded to give women equal treatment. Talent no more discriminates between the genders...

    35. January 16, 2015

      London: Sexism and the City

      When she was molested after a night out with colleagues, Penny Duncombe* felt a mix of numb shock and vindication. After a...

    36. January 15, 2015

      City women call for quotas to combat sexism

      Leading women in London’s financial sector are calling for quotas for the promotion of female executives. The move comes...

    37. January 1, 2015

      Japan’s female truckers move into the driving seat

      Rumi Yoshida manoeuvres her 10-tonne lorry to a halt and leans back in her cabin after nine hours delivering food and drink...

    38. December 22, 2014

      A year in a word: Inequality

      Inequality noun — a parlous state of unfairness to which solipsistic western societies are inexorably being dragged despite...

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