Women Matter

Our research focuses on the business and economic case for gender diversity and what companies can do to achieve equality at all levels.

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executive briefing | McKinsey Quarterly

A CEO’s guide to gender equality

November 2015—The case for gender equality is strong. Why is progress so slow?more

interview | McKinsey Global Institute

At the United Nations, a push for true gender equality

November 2015—UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka discusses why stereotypes and prejudices can’t go ignored in the fight for greater women’s rights.more

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report | McKinsey Global Institute

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in India

November 2015—Achieving gender equality in India would have a larger economic impact there than in any other region in the world—$700 billion of added GDP in 2025—but comprehensive change is needed.more

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commentary | McKinsey Quarterly

Gender equality: Taking stock of where we are

September 2015—Why are women still underrepresented at every level of today’s corporations?more

Research reports

Framing the challenge

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    Changing companies’ minds about women

    September 2011—Leaders who are serious about getting more women into senior management need a hard-edged approach to overcome the invisible barriers holding them back.more

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    Moving women to the top

    October 2010—A majority of executives believe gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance, but companies take few actions to support women in the workforce.more

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    Sex bias: Still in business

    June 1976—Despite the lip service paid by management to equal opportunity, discrimination survives. Here’s how companies should correct a situation that is financially costly, as well as legally and morally wrong.more

Reaching for solutions

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    Addressing unconscious bias

    February 2015—Does lopsided male representation in media skew our perceptions? Geena Davis believes it does and corporations have a critical role in driving change.more

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    Promoting gender diversity in the Gulf

    February 2015—Companies in the region increasingly recognize the potential of women leaders to enhance organizational effectiveness.more

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    Championing gender equality in Australia

    February 2015—A group of business leaders is redefining the role of men in the promotion of gender equality—and improving the environment for women leaders in their own organizations.more


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