“Gender Fatigue”?

A new study blames “gender fatigue” for the failure of companies to increase the number of women reaching executive ranks. “I call it gender fatigue, paying lip service to an underlying problem that people feel weary of discussing. They just assume that since policies are in place, the problem is solved and no more needs to be done,” says Dr. Kelan, a lecturer in work and organizations at King’s College London. In her research, she did in-depth interviews with 26 men and women who are employees of two large Swiss companies that promote themselves as having leading-edge policies and programs to promote gender equality. Kelan recommends holding business leaders responsible for change and spending more time making the business case for increasing the proportion of women. More can be found in the Globe and Mail article here.