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Gender equality

It’s been more than half a century since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act and seven years since President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. But the gender pay gap stubbornly persists.
Retail and consumer goods companies are adept at attracting women for entry-level roles and advancing them to middle management, but are not promoting them to top-level executive positions, according to recent research by McKinsey & Co.
The retail and food and beverage industries lag behind education, healthcare and hospitality in senior women's leadership, according to a recent global study by Grant Thornton.
A dozen Network of Executive Women partners were recognized by the National Association for Female Executives as 2016 Top Companies for Executive Women.
Digital fluency — the extent to which people use digital technologies to become more knowledgeable, connected and effective — can help level the playing field for women at work, according to a new report by Accenture.
Women, especially younger women, are happiest working for companies that give them the same opportunities as men and offer pro-family policies, according to Fairygodboss, a website that collects women’s anonymous reviews of their employers.
Self-esteem increases with age, from adolescence to adulthood in people around the world, but at every age, men tend to have higher levels of self-esteem than women — and the gap has no correlation with economic empowerment, according to a survey of nearly 1 million men and women.
Public companies with strong female leadership see a better return on equity than companies with fewer women in top roles, according to a study of 4,200 public companies by investment research firm MSCI.
If the retail and consumer products industry wants to get serious about advancing women leaders, we're going to have to get rid of the B word — bossy.
More and more, organizations are realizing the importance of male engagement in their efforts to advance their women’s leadership initiatives. Simply stated, the industry will never obtain gender parity without the active advocacy of men.