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Noteworthy Research Studies and Reports

The CWB develops curated research reports on key gender and workplace diversity topics:

Current, noteworthy studies inform and inspire organizations and individuals to take action and create an inclusive workplace where women can reach their full potential.

Topics Include:


Gender Diversity: A Business Imperative

Moving Towards Gender Balance in Private Equity and Venture Capital
Oliver Wyman, 2019

Gender Insights Report
LinkedIn, 2019

Fixing the Flawed Approach to Diversity
Boston Consulting Group, 2019

Global Recruiting Trends: The 4 Ideas Changing How You Hire 
LinkedIn, 2018

Delivering Through Diversity
McKinsey, 2018

Accelerating for Impact:2018 Gender Inflection Point
Mercer, 2018

Guide to Hiring a Diverse Workforce
OpenView, 2018

Gender Differences in Accepting and Receiving Requests for Tasks with Low Promotabiltiy
American Economic Review, 2017

Women Matter: Time to Accelerate
McKinsey, 2017

Improving Diversity in the Life Sciences Industry
MassBio/Liftstream, 2017

The Global Gender Gap Report 2017
World Economic Forum, 2017

Sodexo's Gender Balance Study
Sodexo, 2017

Winning the fight for female talent: How to gain the diversity edge through inclusive recruitment
PwC, 2017

State of the American Workplace
Gallup, 2017

When Women Thrive: Financial Services Perspective
Mercer, 2016

Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Survey
Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2016

The Power of Parity: advancing women's equality in the United States
McKinsey & Company, 2016

The Power of Parity: how advancing women's equality can add $12 trillion to global growth 
McKinsey & Company, 2015

Why Diversity Matters
McKinsey & Company, 2015

A CEO's Guide to Gender Equality
McKinsey & Company, 2015

Innovation By Design, The Case for Investing in Women
Anita Borg Institute, 2014

Unlocking the Full Potential of Women in the U.S. Economy
McKinsey Quarterly, 2011

Global Diversity and Inclusion: Fostering Innovation Through Diverse Workforce
Forbes/Insights, 2011


Leadership and the Status of Women in the Workplace

2019 KPMG Women’s Leadership Study
KPMG, 2019

Women and Leadership 2018
Pew Research Center, 2018

New Wharton Research Defines What Makes Companies Good Employers for Women
Wharton, 2018

Advancing Women as Leaders in the Private Sector
Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders, 2018

Women in the Workplace
Mckinsey & Company, 2018

Closing the Gap: Leadership Perspectives on Promoting Women in Financial Services
McKinsey & Company, 2018

State of Women's Leadership Development in Massachusetts 2018
The Commonwealth Institute (TCI), 2018

Time to Talk: What has to change for women at work
PwC, 2018

When She Rises, We all Rise
Accenture, 2018

The Female Leadership Crisis
Network of Executive Women, 2018

Transforming the C-suite: Developing and Advancing Women Leaders
Fortune Knowledge Group, 2017

Women in Business: New Perspectives on Risk and Reward
Grant Thornton, 2017

Women in Leadership, Tackling Corporate Culture from the Top
Rockerfeller Foundation, 2017

Claiming the corner office: Female CEO careers and implications for leadership development
Wiley, 2017

Day-to-Day Experiences of Emotional Tax Among Women and Men of Color in the Workplace
Catalyst, 2017

State of the American Workplace
Gallup, 2017

Women CEOs Speak
Korn Ferry, 2017

Journey to CFO: What's changed for women in 2017?
Deloitte, 2017 

The Status of Black Women in the United States
Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2017 

The 2017 Census on Women Directors and Executive Officers
The Boston Club, 2017 

Women in the Workplace
McKinsey & Company, 2017 

The Data on Women Leaders 
Pew Research Center, 2017 

Women in S&P 500 Companies
Catalyst, 2017

Dispelling the Myths of the Gender “Ambition Gap”
BCG, 2017

Charting the Course: Getting Women to the Top
Bain & Co and LinkedIn, 2017

Women in Business: Turning Promise Into Practice
Grant Thorton, 2016

Women in the Workplace
McKinsey & Company, 2016

Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership
AAUW, 2016

Managing to Clear the Air: Stereotype Threat, Women, and Leadership
The Leadership Quarterly, 2016

Women Matter 2016: Reinventing the workplace to unlock the potential of gender diversity
McKinsey & Company, 2016

Breadwinning Mothers Are Increasingly the U.S. Norm 
Center for American Progress, 2016

KPMG Women's Leadership Study
KPMG, 2015

Women in the Workplace
McKinsey & Company, 2015

State of the American Manager
Gallup, 2015

Everyday Moments of Truth: Frontline Managers Are Key to Women's Career Aspirations
Bain & Company, 2014

The CS Gender 3000: Women in Senior Management
Credit Suisse, 2014

Talent Management Best Practice Series: Women in Leadership
Korn Ferry, 2013

Women as Mentors: Does She or Doesn’t She? A Global Study of Businesswomen and Mentoring
Developmental Dimensions International, 2013

Unlocking the Full Potential of Women at Work
McKinsey & Company, 2012

The Double Bind Dilemma for Women in Leadership
Catalyst, 2007 

Critical Mass on Corporate Boards: Why Three or More Women Enhance Governance
Wellesley Centers for Women, 2006


Women of Color and Intersectionality

Corporate Equality Index 2019: Rating Workplaces on LGTBQ Equality
Human Rights Campaign, 2019

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
ADA National Network

Day-to-Day Experiences of Emotion Tax Among Women and Men of Color in the Workplace
Catalyst, 2018

Getting To Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage
Accenture, 2018

Advancing All Women: How Women of Color Experience the Workplace
Network of Executive Women, 2018

Corporate Equality Index
Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2018

A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LBGTQ Workers Nationwide
Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2018

Class Advantage, Commitment Penalty: The Gendered Effect of Social Class Signals in an Elite Labor Market
American Sociological Review, 2016

Out in the World: Securing LGBT Rights in the Global Marketplace
Center for Talent Innovation, 2016

Engaging in Conversations about Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace
Catalyst, 2016

Discrimination against Queer Women in the U.S. Workforce: A Résumé Audit Study
Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 2016

Leading at the Intersections: An Introduction to the Intersectional Approach Model for Policy and Social Change
Women of Color Policy Network, 2016

Intel Diversity and Inclusion: Mid-Year Report
Intel, 2016

Identity Covering at Work- A Major Phenomenon
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, 2015

Feeling Different: Being the “Other” in U.S. Workplaces
Catalyst 2014

Intersectionality Toolkit
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex Youth and Student Organization, 2014

Optimizing Mentoring Programs for Women of Color
Catalyst, 2012


Women on Boards


Early Leadership Development

Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children’s interests
Journal of Science Magazine, 2017


Men as Allies

The Status of Men as Allies for Multicultural Women
Working Mother, 2017  

Men in the Workplace: An in-depth exploration of what men think of gender diversity in the workplace
Fairygodboss, 2017  

Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives: Stacking the Deck for Success
Catalyst, 2009  

Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives: What Change Agents Need to Know
Catalyst, 2009  


Workplace Flex

The Future is Flexible the Importance of Flexibility in the Modern Workplace
Werk, 2018

2018 Global Talent Trends Study: Unlocking Growth in the Human Age- Report
Mercer, 2018 

Re-Engaging Talent Post- Maternity Leave: Enablers and Barriers to Positive Reintegration
DCU Business School, 2018

The Future is Flexible: The Importance of Flexibility in the Modern Workplace
Werk, 2018

Transitioning to the Future of Work and the Workplace
Deloitte, 2018

"The Once" Alternative Workplace Strategies
Global Workplace Analytics, 2018

Trends in Workplace Flexibility
Flex Jobs/World at Work, 2017

Independent Work: Choice, Necessity, and the Gig Economy
McKinsey & Company, 2016

Quality of life: Balancing Work-Life Demands
PWC, 2016

Flexible Work, Flexible Penalties: The Effect of Gender, Childcare, and Type of Request on the Flexibility Bias
Project Muse, 2016

Survey on Workplace Flexibility
WorldatWork, 2015

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The 2015 Workplace Flexibility Study
Workplacetrends.com, 2015 

SHRM Research: Flexible Work Arrangements
Society for Human Resource Management, 2015

Caregiving in the US
National Alliance for Caregiving & AARP, 2015

Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility
The Council of Economic Advisors, 2014

Leveraging Workplace Flexibility for Engagement and Productivity
Society for Human Resource Management/Success Factors, 2014

A Flex-able Future: Integrating Flexibility at Financial Institutions
PWC, 2014

Flex Works
Catalyst, 2013

The Great Debate: Flexibility vs. Face Time—Busting the Myths Behind Flexible Work Arrangements
Catalyst, 2013

PwC's NextGen: A Global Generational Study
PWC, 2013

Flex Strategies to Attract, Engage, & Retain Older Workers
Boston College: Sloan Center on Aging & Work, 2012


Workplace Re-Entry

Re-Engaging Talent Post - Maternity Leave: Enablers and Barriers to Positive Reintegration
DCU Business School, 2018

Adult Caring Report
Unum, 2018


The Gender Wage Gap

Global Gender Pay Gap Has Narrowed but Still Exists
Society for Human Resource Management, 2019

Is an MBA an economic mobility engine for women and minorities?
Forté Foundation, 2019

Five Keys to Getting Compensation Right
Willis Tower Watson, 2018

The Slowly Narrowing Gender Wage Gap
Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 2018

The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap
AAUW, 2018

5 Keys to Getting Compensation Right
Wllis Tower Watson, 2018

Do Women Ask?
Wiley Library, 2018

The Pipeline Problem: How College Majors Contribute to the Gender Pay Gap
Glassdoor, 2017 

The Gender Wage Gap: 2017 Earning Differences by Race and Ethnicity
Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2017

The Economic Impact of Equal Pay by State
Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2017

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap
American Association of University Women, 2015

The Status of Women in the States: 2015 (full report)
Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2015

How Equal Pay for Working Women would Reduce Poverty and Grow the American Economy
Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2014


Multigenerational Workforce


Unconscious Bias 


Women Entrepreneurs/VC

The Growing Market Investors Are Missing
Morgan Stanley, 2018

The 2017 State of Women-Owned Business Report
American Express, 2017


Women in Tech/STEM