What the U.S. Can Learn From Europe About Gender Equality in the Workplace

What the U.S. Can Learn From Europe About Gender Equality in the Workplace

Gender equality has been proved to have solid economic benefits. Research conducted by both Catalyst and McKinsey & Company (PDF link) demonstrates that companies with significant numbers of women in management have a much higher return on investment than companies that lag on this front. In addition, a study from London Business School shows that when work teams are split 50-50 between men and women, productivity goes up. Gender balance, the research argues, counters groupthink — the tendency of homogenous groups to staunchly defend wrong-headed ideas because everyone in the group thinks the same way.

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