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About Maureen Fitzgerald

Maureen F. Fitzgerald, PhD is a Gender Diversity Advisor, xLawyer and Author. She consults to corporations and governments on how to advance women and specifically attract, retain and promote women. Maureen is author of twelve books, including Occupy Women, Lean Out and Invite the Bully to Tea. She has a business degree (BComm) from the University of Alberta, a law degree (JD) from the University of Western Ontario, a master’s degree in law (LLM) with distinction from the London School of Economics and a doctorate degree (PhD) from the University of British Columbia.

It took 13 years for discrimination case shame on lawyers

2300 women sue financial sector giant! Read this article in Bloomberg. "Gender discrimination case against Goldman Sachs has finally won class-action status. Three plaintiffs will represent as many as 2,300 current and former employees at the company who believe they have been treated unfairly because of their gender. This Bloomberg piece dives into the backstory of one of

By |May 4th, 2018|Categories: Gender, Glass Ceiling, News, Women Leaders|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on It took 13 years for discrimination case shame on lawyers

Are your training materials sexist?

I just found out that a big Canadian bank is training all of its employees by a UK company. The UK facilitator gave a free book to all participants called The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters. The book includes some fairly absurd ideas about how humans think. Worst of all , it is sexist. For

By |April 18th, 2018|Categories: Advancing Women, Gender, Women Leaders|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Are your training materials sexist?

Women Journalists win Pulitzer and Create Movement

This is absolutely fantastic. Read this NYT article. Here is an edited synopsis from Fortune: The Pulitzer Prizes—the most prestigious awards in the journalism world—were given out yesterday. The award for Public Service went to the New York Times and the New Yorker for their game-changing reporting on sexual harassment. Indeed the NYT's Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and the NYer's

By |April 17th, 2018|Categories: Advancing Women, Gender, News, Women Leaders|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Women Journalists win Pulitzer and Create Movement

Massive gender pay gap for women in finance

Did someone say that women suffer no discrimination?? Here is a great article from Fortune dispelling this myth. Here is a quote: "The bank revealed that it pays female employees in the U.K. an average of 56% less than their male colleagues, a disparity that widens to 72% when year-end bonuses are factored in. A significant factor:

Four WRONG stereotypes lead to women getting less money

Here is a great article in HBR on why women entrepreneurs tend to get less funding. Four harmful stereotypes were identified (and disproved): Women are cautious; women are reluctant to grow their businesses; women don't have resources and women's ventures under-perform. All are false. We need to challenge these assumptions AND ALSO a much deeper biases that

By |March 21st, 2018|Categories: Advancing Women, Gender, Glass Ceiling, News, Women Leaders|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Four WRONG stereotypes lead to women getting less money

Best Solutions to the Gender Gap by PwC!

Must read. I just saw the new report on gender equality published by PwC. Its called Time to Talk: What Has to Change for Women at Work. It suggests three actions: Transparency around pay and promotion; Strategic support for women including sponsoring women; and a new model for work-life balance that includes parenting time, re-entry programs