Creating work environments that reflect the reality that both women and men are working and raising children is critical to not only women, but to the competitiveness of the economy. We are not maximizing the talent pool when 50 per cent of the population is absent from the vast majority of leadership roles that shape our economy.
Election season is heating up. The leaders debate on economic policy is almost upon us. And my mother wants me to say a few things to those who aspire to lead our country. She wants me to say that, as a strong woman who is the mother of a strong woman and grandmother of a strong granddaughter, we need to do better.
Few topics stir up more heated debate than how women fare in the workforce. Bloomberg columnist Ramesh Ponnuru recently took on this issue, detailing research that shows discrimination isn't the primary reason why men continue to out-earn women. Yet the bearers of this good news for women -- and it is good news, after all -- are derided as women's enemies. Why are cheerleaders for women's equality so disturbed by research revealing that their cause is further along than they thought?