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Harvard launches Gender Initiative

The goal of the newly launched Harvard Business School Gender Initiative is to counteract stereotypes and “ground discussions about gender in rigorous research so that people can make better-informed decisions for themselves, their families, their companies, and their communities.” In May, when the initiative was announced, HBS also released a study identifying some benefits experienced by children of working moms.

The key finding of the study was that “Women whose moms worked outside the home are more likely to have jobs themselves, are more likely to hold supervisory responsibility at those jobs, and earn higher wages than women whose mothers stayed home full time, according to a new study. Men raised by working mothers are more likely to contribute to household chores and spend more time caring for family members.”

A panel of emerging leaders at the AWESOME Symposium, raised managing work and family demands as one of the major challenges that still face career-oriented women. Read more insights in the Future Leaders section of this web site.

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