Women Do Like to Compete — Against Themselves About 10 years ago, when we were both Ph.D. students at Harvard, we were invited to participate in an unofficial and largely secret wrestling tournament organized by a fellow student. The idea … Continue reading Fostering self-competition
Wall Street Diversifies Itself Wall street is an unlikely vanguard against corporate America’s diversity problem. The white shoes of investment management are still worn almost exclusively by white men. So it’s notable that the surging business of exchange-traded funds, or … Continue reading Diversity matters
Can Financial Inclusion Change Gender Norms? Imagine a young married woman living in a small village in rural India. If the opportunities to work in the village are limited, she may choose to supplement her household’s income by participating in … Continue reading Women’s empowerment
A global survey shows women are more satisfied with their lives than men are Women are happier than men. Or so they say. Across the vast majority of countries where surveys have been conducted, the average woman responds that they … Continue reading The happiness gender gap
Fixing Discrimination in Online Marketplaces In the late 1980s, law professors Ian Ayres and Peter Siegelman set out to learn whether blacks and women got the same deals as white men when buying a new car. They trained 38 people—some … Continue reading Digital discrimination
The truth about the gender wage gap Nearly 10,000 people graduated with MBAs from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business between 1990 and 2006. In 2009, three economists decided to study a quarter of those graduates. They asked a … Continue reading Why does the gender wage gap exist?
Gender is not a spectrum What is gender? This is a question that cuts to the very heart of feminist theory and practice, and is pivotal to current debates in social justice activism about class, identity and privilege. In everyday … Continue reading Is there a gender identity?