How 'Slut' and 'Sweetie' Challenge Gender Equity

Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate and recognize women’s contributions to society as well as the progress of the women’s-rights movement. But after more than 150 years, is true gender equity finally within reach


As shown in DiversityInc’s Women’s History Month timeline and facts, women have made considerable progress since the beginnings of the women’s-rights movement in 1857. Yet women innovators, political activists and other gender-equality pioneers have largely gone unrecognized. It’s something that our nation’s numerous women’s-history museums are striving to change.

Here, DiversityInc provides a selection of our top resources that highlight the need for continued awareness for gender-diversity issues, as well as research and best practices for including and promoting women in business. Also read The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Executive Women for a list of the best flexible workplaces with strong talent development for women.

When Words Hinder Progress:

Is This the End of Rush Limbaugh Advertisers Flee Show

The radio host receives explosive backlash after his misogynistic “slut” comment goes viral. He learns that in today’s social-media world, negative reactions are swift.

Is Professor’s ‘Hi, Sweetie’ Comment Sexual Harassment

Did this university overreact when a professor called the department chair “sweetie” and chucked her chin

Update on Giant Walmart Gender-Disparity Case, Plus Sex, Age & Disability Discrimination

Was “Good riddance, b—-!” sexual harassment when a male coworker shouted this to a female financial adviser who had just resigned Read this and other discrimination cases.

Things NEVER to Say to Women Executives

Before you make that harmless little comment to the woman in the next office, take a look at things you should never say to a female executive or coworker.

Best Practices:

How Women Benefit From Mentoring, Sponsorship

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ chief diversity officer provides seven ways women can take charge and start advancing their careers.

How Kraft Increased Promotions of Women in Sales by 39%

In one of 12 case-study examples, Kraft shares how to leverage employee-resource groups to increase representation of women, especially in senior management.

What Does It Take for a Woman to Become CEO

Against the odds, Beth Mooney became the first female CEO of a top 20 U.S. bank and is carrying on the culture of inclusion at KeyCorp.

Research Reveals:

Why Is Global Diversity So Difficult

Our exclusive research from 17 countries explores how the norms around advancing women vary between European and Asian nations and what companies are doing to address issues of gender equity.

Study: Women Still Not Getting to the Top Levels

Women make up more than half the workforce, but they still are significantly underrepresented on corporate boards and in C-level executive positions.

Where’s the Diversity in Fortune 500 CEOs

There’s a dearth of Black, Latino, Asian and women CEOs running major companiesbut the DiversityInc Top 50 companies have better stats.

For more best practices and research on gender equity and the inclusion of women in management, visit BestPractices.DiversityInc.com.

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