What We’re Reading Now – May 2016

“Q&A: Heather Boushey on Why Work-Life Policies Aren’t Just ‘Something for the Ladies’” by Anna Louie Sussman, The Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2016

Heather Boushey, an economist and author of the book “Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict” discusses her views on the evolution of the family structure, why work-life balance is an economic issue and the hesitation in some arenas to developing policies that assist employees with care-giving responsibilities.

“More Time” by Melinda Gates, 2016 Annual Letter, February 22, 2016

Bill and Melinda Gates were recently asked by some high school students in Kentucky recently, “If you could have one superpower, what would it be?” Melinda Gates explains why her response is “More time!” and how working together to reduce the amount of time women spend doing unpaid work can help globally.

“What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taught Me About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad” by Ryan Park, The Atlantic, January 8, 2016

Park clerked for Justice Ginsburg at the Supreme Court before becoming a stay-at-home dad for a period of time. Park discusses the number of ways his clerkship prepared him for the full time job of caring for his daughter and also the factors all men and women take into account when deciding how to balance their families and their careers.

“All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation” by Rebecca Traister

Traister’s book traces the history of single and late-married women in America and how changing marriage patterns have coincided with the history of social progress in America.

“Sisters in Law” by Linda Hirshman

“Sisters in Law” is a dual biography that considers the journeys made by Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first women to serve as Supreme Court justices and how these two justices have played a role in the wider women’s rights movement.

“I Want to End Banking’s Macho Culture” by Damian Whitworth, The Times, March 23, 2016

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, the CEO of Virgin Money undertook a government-commissioned review of women in finance that has resulted in a new charter for leading banks to sign, designed to improve gender diversity in financial services. Read the government news story here, and the full report here.

“French Companies Are Scrambling to Get Women Onto Their Boards” by Claire Zillman, Fortune, March 22, 2016

Claire Zillman discusses the “mad dash” of many French companies to meet their 40% quota of women board members before the deadline next year.

“The Power of Parity: How Advancing Women’s Equality Can Add $12 Trillion to Global Growth” by Jonathan Woetzel, Anu Madgavkar, Kweilin Ellingrud, Eric Labaye, Sandrine Devillard, Eric Kutcher, James Manyika, Richard Dobbs and Mekala Krishnan, McKinsey Global Institute Report, September 2015

The McKinsey Report discusses the global gender gap and how narrowing such gap could potentially double the contribution of women to global GDP growth between 2014 and 2025, with a full potential scenario (where women participate in the economy equally to men) adding up to $28 trillion to annual global GDP in 2025.

“What’s Holding Back Women in Tech?” by Lindsay Gellman and Georgia Wells, The Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2016

A report by McKinsey and LeanIn.org looks at women in technology and has come to the conclusion that women are underrepresented at all levels of technology firms. This article by Lindsay Gellman and Georgia Wells looks at some of the reasons as to why this may be the case, including a lack of women leaders in the industry.

“Female Employees Save Their Companies Millions on Travel” by Women in the World Staff, April 18, 2016

A study by the Harvard Business Review has found that female employees save their companies significant amounts of money on travel each year, because female travelers generally tend to plan their travel more in advance than male travelers do.