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Fast Company published three articles that address important issues about gender, the workplace, and leadership. If study after study confirms that businesses with diverse workplaces fail less often with higher returns on investment, why do there seem to be so many examples of gender inequity in business?

Each of these articles raises important questions.

1. The Ugly Truth About Silicon Valley’s Diversity Problem

Silicon Valley likes to think it can predict the tech future, but few forecasts include women in the mix. Why?

And more importantly, what will this unfair imbalance end up doing to our start-up tech success rate?

2. What We’re Really Saying When We Talk About Jill Abramson’s Firing

This article addresses the reaction to the firing of Jill Abramson from the New York Times, in particular the fact that how “we talk about women in power is vastly different than the way we talk about male leaders.”

Does the reaction show a difference in how leaders are treated versus the general public?

3. Closing The Gender Divide: Why Confidence And Leaning In Alone Won’t Cut It

Research shows that women tend to underestimate their worth. This threatens small businesses and their future success if women don’t believe they can succeed.

It also forces business leaders more broadly to question: How should we react?

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About the author, David Shriner-Cahn

David is the podcast host and community builder behind Smashing the Plateau, an online platform offering resources, accountability, and camaraderie to high-performing professionals who are making the leap from the corporate career track to entrepreneurial business ownership.

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