Search & Browse Over 96 (of 200+) Studies on Women, Leadership & Business
We use research to create a comprehensive basis for the advice and commentary on our blog and to talk about The Woman Effect at speaking events. In collecting this women in business research and talking to professional women about it, we’ve realized that a lot of women don’t know about the research that says they’re important to business and the economy. So – we’re publishing the index we use for you to use too!
We’ve indexed studies from powerhouses like Harvard, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, McKinse, Catalyst and many others that help to fill in some gaps. Search above. Browse below. (Know of a study we don’t have? Tell us!)
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The Facts Are The Facts – How We Talk About Them Matters
Pulling the facts together helps us understand ourselves and our lives more powerfully. For an example of this, see Dana’s TEDxMassAveWomen talk that references many fo the research studies indexed on this site.
In using all this research we’ve noticed something important – despite the best of intentions – many of the research writeups perpetuate the old narrative that women “need outside help” or to “buy into or change the current business culture” to achieve leadership positions. While we don’t dispute the good effects of culture change, mentorship and women’s leadership programs to address the lack of leadership positions held by women, we don’t buy into the old narrative. The Woman Effect says we’re already making a difference in business – with our unique feminine leadership style and we believe that women will be the ones to activate the powers that the research identifies help us in business. So we’re rewriting the narrative, one study at a time. The InPower Women research abstracts* that:
- pull out the most pertinent information for your career;
- reframe the findings in the new, positive and powerful narrative about women and power; and
- give you specific career coaching tips you can apply, based on the study’s results.
Browse Our Abstract Library
- IMPACT- female leadership’s impact on a business, society, organization or community
- CAPABILITY – abilities and/or behaviors that impact people’s performance in business, management and leadership
- PARTICIPATION – women’s involvement (including percentage participation) in societal structures such as businesses, market segments, economies
- CAREER ADVANCEMENT – behaviors, skills, attitudes and capabilities you can use to achieve career success
- CULTURAL TRENDS – Opinions, attitudes and trends that relate to gender and the workplace
- INFOGRAPHICS – Visual summaries of statistics and data regarding professional women.
*We opted to publish some of the studies prior to having the abstracts written so you have access to the data as soon as we index it. We’ll have all the abstracts written as soon as we can!
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