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Additional Resources and Research from Penn Law and Beyond
The following institutes and groups are conducting important research in the field of leadership, gender equality, and diversity. Reports, projects and compendia on these topics are highlighted below.
Global Institute for Women's Leadership (King's College London)
Chaired by Julia Gillard, the only woman to have served as Prime Minister of Australia, the Global Institute for Women's Leadership (King's College London) brings together rigorous research, practice and advocacy to better understand and address the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions across sectors and countries and the way gender negatively impacts the evaluation of women leaders.
Women and Public Policy Program (Harvard Kennedy School)
The Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School closes gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education by creating knowledge, training leaders, and informing public policy and organizational practices.
Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe: Three Essays on Moral Leadership
Student Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the Women Peace and Security Agenda
Student Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the Women Peace and Security Agenda
In the Fall of 2019, the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School was fortunate to welcome the UN’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, to teach a course on the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda. As the author of the UN’s 2015 Global Study on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, few, if any, are better placed to comment on the agenda. In conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania’s own Associate Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, a small group of law students met over the course of several weeks to discuss the agenda’s four pillars: participation, protection, justice, prevention. The authors of the essays in this report all attended this reading and discussion group.
Global Women’s Leadership Project - UN Women’s Family Law Database
UN Women’s Family Law Database
Provides information on laws that govern women’s status in the family, developed by the Global Women’s Leadership Project (GWLP); identifies laws that govern property, inheritance, custody, guardianship, marriage, divorce, residence, citizenship, domicile, age of marriage, guardianship, female genital mutilation (FGM), “husband obedience “ and sex-selective laws; covers the 54 African countries; the 19 civil law countries in Latin America* and 32 states of Mexico; the 51 independent states of Europe; Israel; India; and Pakistan.
WAPPP (Harvard Kennedy School) - Gender Action Portal
Gender Action Portal
The Gender Action Portal (GAP) by the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School is a collection of summarized research evaluating the impact of specific policies, strategies, and organizational practices to close gender gaps in the areas of economic opportunity, politics, health, and education. GAP focuses on experimental approaches to evaluate policies – both in the field and in the laboratory – and draws from multiple disciplines, including economics, psychology, and organizational behavior. GAP serves as an online tool for decision makers across sectors to utilize evidence-based research in order to create better informed policies and procedures.
Thomson Reuters - Transforming Women's Leadership in the Law
Transforming Women's Leadership in the Law
The content on Thomson Reuters' Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law page will highlight organizations’ successes in removing barriers to the advancement women and spotlight some of the most powerful women in law, business, government and academia, who will share their experience of their rise to the top.
The goal of our new initiative is:
- To curate conversations between law firms and general counsels to discuss the barriers that hinder women’s advancement.
- To enhance connections between senior women in law firms and corporate counsel offices.
- To enable law firms and business to explore, identify and implement solutions to remove structural and organizational obstacles that impede women’s advancement.
World Bank - Women, Business and the Law
Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform
Women, Business and the Law (WBL) is a World Bank Group project collecting unique data on the laws and regulations that restrict women's economic opportunities. WBL provides new insight into how women’s employment and entrepreneurship choices are affected by legal gender discrimination by examining ten years of Women, Business and the Law data.
World Bank - Compendia of International and National Legal Frameworks
Compendia of International and National Legal Frameworks
Law and legal frameworks are a foundation to ensuring that solid institutions and policies are built to help countries tackle their most pressing development challenges. These in turn help alter norms and behaviors that favor progressive development outcomes, benefitting women and men equally across all fields and improving societies at large. But many challenges remain across countries, with issues such as child marriage, female genital mutilation, and domestic violence remaining prevalent as various forms of gender-based violence. How can countries improve their laws and policies to addressing these forms of GBV? What exists and remains to be done across countries in order to improve the legal frameworks that would tackle these issues?
Spearheaded by the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency, the compendia of international and national legal frameworks are a set of practical tools that not only inform about existing laws, but also provide a baseline to help countries identify opportunities to intensify their fight across these areas of focus.
World Economic Forum - Global Gender Gap Report 2020
McKinsey and Co. - Women in Law Firms
Women in Law Firms 2017
Law firms have many of the right policies and programs in place to improve gender diversity, but more can be done to translate stated commitments into measurable outcomes.
As part of our broader Women in the Workplace 2017 research, we conducted a deep dive on women in law firms in North America. The survey finds that law firms are taking important steps to increase gender equality. They are providing senior-leadership support to advance attorneys’ careers and offering programs that provide flexibility and address major work-life balance issues.
McKinsey & Co. - Women in the Workplace
Women in the Workplace 2019
This year marks the fifth year of our research on women in the workplace, conducted in partnership with LeanIn.Org. We look back on data and insights since 2015 from close to 600 companies that participated in the study, more than a quarter of a million people that were surveyed on their workplace experiences, and more than 100 in-depth one-on-one interviews that were conducted.
McKinsey & Co. - The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in Africa
The Power of Parity: Advancing Women's Equality in Africa (2019)
This report explores the “power of parity” for Africa, looking at the potential boost to economic growth that could come from accelerating progress toward gender equality. It builds on MGI’s global research on this topic since 2015 and further develops the thinking contained in McKinsey’s long-established research on women in leadership roles and, in particular, its report Women Matter Africa published in 2016.
Deborah L. Rhode - Women and Leadership
Women and Leadership by
Call Number: HQ1233 .R463 2017
Publication Date: 2016-11-01
For most of recorded history, men have held nearly all of the most powerful leadership positions. Today, although women occupy an increasing percentage of leadership positions, in America they hold less than a fifth of positions in both the public and private sectors. The United States ranks78th in the world for women's representation in political office. In politics, although women constitute a majority of the electorate, they account for only 18 percent of Congress, 10 percent of governors, and 12 percent of mayors of the nation's 100 largest cities. In academia, women account for amajority of college graduates, but only about a quarter of full professors and university presidents. In law, women are almost half of law school graduates, but only 17 percent of the equity partners of major firms, and 22 percent of Fortune 500 general counsels. In business, women constitute athird of MBA graduates, but only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.In Women and Leadership, the eminent legal scholar Deborah L. Rhode focuses on women's underrepresentation in leadership roles and asks why it persists and what we can do about it. Although organizations generally stand to gain from increasing gender equity in leadership, women's underrepresentationis persistent and pervasive. Rhode explores the reasons, including women's family roles, unconscious gender bias, and exclusion from professional development networks. She stresses that we cannot address the problem at the individual level; instead, she argues that we need broad-based strategiesthat address the deep-seated structural and cultural conditions facing women. She surveys a range of professions-politics, management, law, and academia - and draws from a survey of prominent women to develop solutions that can successfully chip away at the imbalance. These include developing robustwomen-to-women networks, enacting laws and policies that address work/life imbalances, and training programs that start at an earlier age. Rhode's clear exploration of the leadership gap and her compelling policy prescriptions will make this an essential book for anyone interested in leveling theplaying field for women leaders in America.
Iris Bohnet - What Works: Gender Equality by Design
What Works by
Call Number: HD6060 .B64 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-08
"Compelling, lucid, and filled with actionable insights, What Works draws from a deep well of research to explain how we can end gender inequality."--Adam Grant, author of Give and Take and Originals
"A pathbreaking work, packed with insights on every page... The best book ever written on behavioral science and discrimination."--Cass Sunstein, coauthor of Nudge
A Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Finalist
Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back, and de-biasing people's minds has proven to be difficult and expensive. Diversity training programs have had limited success, and individual effort alone often invites backlash. Behavioral design offers a new solution. By de-biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts. Presenting research-based solutions, Iris Bohnet hands us the tools we need to move the needle in classrooms and boardrooms, in hiring and promotion, benefiting businesses, governments, and the lives of millions. What Works is built on new insights into the human mind. It draws on data collected by companies, universities, and governments in Australia, India, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, and other countries, often in randomized controlled trials. It points out dozens of evidence-based interventions that could be adopted right now and demonstrates how research is addressing gender bias, improving lives and performance. What Works shows what more can be done--often at shockingly low cost and surprisingly high speed.
Top Law Reviews 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Publication
Women and Law a Publication by the Top 16 Law Schools
A series of essays compiled by the top 16 law reviews commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment as well as the first time all the editors-in-chief at the flagship law reviews of the top 16 law schools in the country were all women. The writers we've their personal experience to underscore their individual journey as well as the impact gender has had in the pursuit of their careers.