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One of the biggest reasons women aren’t getting ahead at work, according to a new survey



In the past five years, workplaces have had many conversations about harassment and equality, with the rise of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements. But as a result, has anything really changed for women?

That’s what the fifth annual “Women in the Workplace” study from consulting firm McKinsey and Company and the organization Lean In looks to understand. For the survey, the organizations analyzed more than 68,500 employees to make conclusions about the state of women in corporate America.

The study collected information from 329 different organizations, employing 13 million people, between May and August 2019.

This is what the study’s authors found.

Progress to close the leadership gap

Women are making progress in the C-suite, where the percentage of women has increased from 17% to 21% over the last five years. That increase may seem small, but it does show that many companies have added women to the C-suite: Today, 44% of companies have three or more women in their C-suite, up from 29% in 2015.

“The average top team has one, two or three women now,” says Lareina Yee, a senior partner at McKinsey, who is the company’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. “Even though that is not a full step to gender equality, we think it’s really important because when you have women at the most important decision-making table weighing in, that matters for companies.”

Yee says this small increase in representation at the top can also have ripple effects.

“When you think about the women in the organization, someone who’s a first manager or a V.P., she can look up at the top and see role models, and women doing it. She’ll have more confidence that she can as well.”

Another sign that progress could continue to close the gap: Women are still asking for promotions and negotiating salaries at the same rate as men, which has been the case for the past five years.

And not only are more companies offering paternity leave, as opposed to just maternity leave for women, but more men are also taking that time off. In 2019, the report found, men were roughly as likely as women to take leave when they became a new parent

“That is a step in the right direction because you actually want all of your employees to be able to take time for families,” Yee says.

Persistent problems with the gender gap

Despite those signs of progress, there is more to do to make sure all women are well-represented in the corporate world, the report found.

Women of color are underrepresented at every level of business. And while one in five C-suite executives is a woman, only one in 25 is a woman of color.

“As a woman of color in business, it’s more personal,” says Yee. “There’s a huge disparity that starts very early … Women get stuck before they can even get through that very first promotion.”

McKinsey and Lean In evaluated first promotions, and found that for every 100 men getting their first promotion, just 72 women are promoted. And the numbers are much smaller for women are color, with 68 Latinas and 58 Black women promoted at that level.

“You can look at every level of a company and you’ll see a huge disparity for women of color,” says Yee.

The ‘broken rung’ problem

Many of these struggles create what McKinsey and Lean In call “the broken rung” — or the fact that women miss that first step up to manager.

The report says that based on five years of pipeline data from hundreds of companies, this “broken rung” is the biggest systemic barrier to gender parity.

An even bigger problem: The survey finds that few companies are aware of this broken rung, with human-resources leaders pointing to less access to sponsorship or a lack of women throughout the pipeline instead.

And many aren’t aware of a problem at all: 62% of men and 54% of women say they think women are well represented at the manager level, when one in three managers in their company is a woman.

If this “broken rung” is fixed, and women are promoted and hired to first-level manager at the same rates as men, the McKinsey and LeanIn survey says, 1 million women will be added to management in corporate America over the next five years.

Backlash for women

There is also the issue of backlash to the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, which have resulted in the ousting of a number of high-profile men following revelations of misconduct.

“I don’t think you need research to say that there’s some backlash,” says Yee.

But the movements have sparked needed conversations about sexual harassment, women of color at work and microaggressions in the workplace, she says.

“If that’s a hard discussion, let’s have that discussion. We have to have a more transparent and open workplace where we can talk about that. And I think it would be surprising if there weren’t men who are finding that an uncomfortable discussion.”


The best evidence in the McKinsey and Lean In survey that there will be more progress to closing gender gaps: More companies say they’re committed to closing gender gaps, and they’re holding their managers accountable.

The study suggests companies can make efforts toward equality and fixing the “broken rung” problem in their hiring processes, including putting evaluators through unconscious bias training.

The survey finds companies are actually less likely to provide unconscious bias training for employees who participate in entry-level performance reviews, rather than senior-level reviews. And that’s despite the fact that limiting bias at that an earlier stage has so many ripple effects.

Other solutions for companies include establishing clear evaluation criteria for hiring and promotion and requiring diverse slates for hiring and promotion. Another recommendation: put more women in line for the step-up to manager, offering leadership training and sponsorship.

The current statistics show plenty of room for progress: Company commitment to gender diversity has risen from 56% in 2012 to 87% this year. But only 52% of companies provide unconscious bias training to address diversity. And just 55% of companies hold senior leaders accountable for progress on diversity metrics.

There’s also the more amorphous challenge of fixing corporate culture: Just 32% of women and 50% of men surveyed say they believe disrespectful behavior toward women is often quickly addressed by their company. And 73% of women report experiencing everyday discrimination.

“Companies can’t necessarily just rest on their laurels and assume that their policies are the most advanced or are really working for women,” says Yee.

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A 13-year-old American kid is slaughtered in a snare in Mexico close to the US outskirt




A 13-year-old American kid was executed in Mexico while going with his family back to the United States, the kid’s dad and specialists said.

Oscar Lopez was shot in the two legs and kicked the bucket in an assault Saturday night in Tamaulipas state, close to the US outskirt, said the teenager’s dad, likewise named Oscar Lopez.

The dad said three different family members were harmed in the snare assault: his better half, 41-year-old Juanita Lopez; their other child, 11-year-old Abio Lopez; and his brother by marriage, 48-year-old Raphael Castillo.

The senior Oscar Lopez said the gathering was seeing family members in the Monterrey region for these special seasons, however he remained back in the US.

On Saturday night, relatives in two vehicles – both with Oklahoma tags – were driving on the Reynosa-Nuevo Laredo Mexican roadway in Ciudad Mier, as per an announcement from Tamaulipas state specialists.

Life in the midst of Mexico’s free viciousness

Life in the midst of Mexico’s free viciousness

The family was faced by obscure aggressors. Tamaulipas authorities said the family’s van didn’t stop, so the attackers collided with the van to compel it to an end.

“Equipped people confined them and shot them,” Tamaulipas specialists said in their announcement.

Mexican authorities said three individuals harmed in the assault were in stable condition at a Nuevo Laredo emergency clinic.

The senior Oscar Lopez said his better half was shot in the stomach, and the two his more youthful child and his brother by marriage were harmed in the legs.

Specialists discovered three vehicles affected by the accident – two with Oklahoma plates, and one with a Tamaulipas plate that specialists accept was utilized by the aggressors.

The assailants’ whereabouts were not promptly known. The killed kid’s dad said he has no clue why his friends and family were focused on.

A US State Department official affirmed one US resident was executed in the assault.

“We give our sincerest sympathies to the family on their misfortune, and we are giving them all proper consular help,” the State Department official said.

“We are intently checking neighborhood specialists’ examination concerning this merciless assault,” the authority included. “Keeping in mind the family’s protection, we have no further remark as of now

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Australia’s destructive out of control fires are giving no indications of halting. This is what you have to know




Australia is being attacked by the most exceedingly terrible out of control fires found in decades, with enormous swathes of the nation crushed since the fire season started in late July.

An aggregate of 24 individuals have kicked the bucket across the country, and in the province of New South Wales (NSW) alone, in excess of 2,000 homes have been decimated or harmed. State and government specialists are battling to contain the enormous bursts, even with firefighting help from different nations, including the United States.

The sum total of what this has been exacerbated by determined warmth and dry spell, and many point to environmental change as a factor causing cataclysmic events to go from awful to more awful.

There have been fires in each Australian state, yet New South Wales has been hardest hit.

Blasts have torn through bushland, lush regions, and national parks like the Blue Mountains. A portion of Australia’s biggest urban areas have likewise been influenced, including Melbourne and Sydney – where flames have harmed homes in the external rural areas and thick tufts of smoke have covered the urban focus. Prior in December, the smoke was so awful in Sydney that air quality estimated

bThe fires go in zone from little bursts – segregated structures or part of an area – to gigantic infernos that possess whole hectares of land. Some beginning and are contained in merely days, however the greatest bursts have been consuming for a considerable length of time. In NSW alone, in excess of 100 flames are as yet consuming.

What is causing the flames?

Every year there is a fire season during the Australian summer, with blistering, dry climate making it simple for bursts to begin and spread.

Regular causes are to be faulted more often, dislike lightning strikes in dry season influenced backwoods. Dry lightning was liable for lighting various fires in Victoria’s East Gippsland locale in late December, which at that point voyaged in excess of 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) in only five hours, as per state office Victoria Emergency.

People can likewise be at fault. In November, the NSW Rural Fire Service captured a 19-year-old volunteer part on doubt of pyro-crime, accusing him of seven tallies of purposely setting flames over a six-week time span.

Fire season in Australia is constantly hazardous – the 2009 Black Saturday fires killed 173 individuals in Victoria, making it the deadliest bushfire fiasco on record. However, conditions have been uncommonly serious this year, fanning the blazes and making firefighting conditions especially troublesome.

Australia is encountering one of its most noticeably terrible dry seasons in decades – the nation’s Bureau of Meteorology said in December that the previous spring was the driest on record. In the mean time, a heatwave in December broke the record for most elevated across the country normal temperature, with certain spots sweltering under temperatures well over 40 degrees Celsius (around 113-120 degrees Fahrenheit).

Solid breezes have additionally made the flames and smoke spread all the more quickly, and have prompted fatalities – a 28-year-old volunteer fireman kicked the bucket in NSW in December after his truck turned over in high breezes.

Specialists state environmental change has compounded the extension and effect of catastrophic events like flames and floods – climate conditions are developing increasingly outrageous, and for a considerable length of time, the flames have been beginning before in the season and spreading with more noteworthy force.

A few high-positioning crisis administration authorities, including the previous magistrate of the NSW Fire and Rescue Department, sent letters to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in 2019 notice of the effect of the atmosphere emergency on Australia.

Accordingly, Morrison underscored a guarantee to diminish carbon discharges – yet additionally said he would adhere to “reasonable” arrangements, and that there wasn’t “a solitary strategy, regardless of whether it be atmosphere or something else,” that can totally ensure against the flames.

What has been the harm up until this point?

Whole towns have been immersed on fire, and occupants over a few states have lost their homes. The heaviest basic harm happened in NSW, the nation’s most populated state, where 1,588 homes have been wrecked and more than 650 harmed.

Altogether, more than 7.3 million hectares (17.9 million sections of land) have been singed over Australia’s six states – a region bigger than the nations of Belgium and Denmark joined. The most noticeably terrible influenced state is NSW, with more than 4.9 million hectares (12.1 million sections of land) consumed.

To place that into point of view, the 2019 Amazon rainforest fires consumed in excess of 7 million hectares (about 17.5 million sections of land), as indicated by Brazilian authorities. In California, which is known for its fatal rapidly spreading fires, a little more than 100,000 hectares (247,000 sections of land) consumed in 2019, and around 404,680 hectares (1 million sections of land) in 2018.

An aggregate of 24 individuals crosswise over Australia have passed on this fire season

About a large portion of a billion creatures have been influenced by the flames crosswise over NSW, with millions likely dead – and that is a traditionalist gauge. That number could be as high as one billion across the nation, as indicated by environmentalists from the University of Sydney.

The figures for NSW incorporate winged creatures, reptiles, and warm blooded animals, aside from bats. It likewise prohibits creepy crawlies and frogs, so the genuine aggregate is practically sure to be higher, the scientists said.

Just about 33% of koalas in NSW may have been slaughtered in the flames, and 33% of their living space has been devastated, said Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley.

A few animal categories, similar to koalas, aren’t in any impending peril of eradication since they are spread out the nation over, said the college scientists. In any case, others that live in more specialty situations with lower populaces, including specific kinds of frogs and winged animals, could be cleared out altogether if their living spaces are hit by the flames.

These are quite acceptable evaluations dependent on past research on populace thickness – however until the flames stop, specialists have no chance to get of looking over exactly how broad the harm is, and precisely what number of creatures have passed on.

What is being finished?

State and government specialists have been attempting to battle the fire emergency for a considerable length of time.

Right off the bat in January, Victoria announced a condition of calamity and NSW pronounced a highly sensitive situation – both allowing remarkable forces and extra government assets to fight the flames. The territory of Queensland likewise quickly pronounced a highly sensitive situation in November.

There are in excess of 2,000 firemen dealing with the ground in NSW alone, and more help is headed – the US, Canada, and New Zealand have sent extra firemen to help.

The government has likewise sent in military help like armed force faculty, flying corps air ship, and naval force cruisers for firefighting, departure, search and salvage, and tidy up endeavors.

The Morrison organization propelled a recuperation finance worth 2 billion Australian dollars ($1.39 billion), to be discharged over a two-year-time span, to help revamp networks struck by the fires.

The head administrator prior said up to $4,200 will go to every one of the volunteer firemen doing combating blasts for over 10 days. Other alleviation measures incorporate repaid pay and additional leave for volunteer firemen.

When will the flames end?

Sadly, Australia is just barely entering its mid year season. Ordinarily, temperatures top in January and February, which means the nation could be months from discovering alleviation.

The flames are probably not going to end totally since they are an every year happening occasion – and may even deteriorate if ongoing years are a guide.

How might I help?

Gifts can be made to a few associations moving in the direction of unfortunate casualty help and recuperation, including the Australian Red Cross, Salvation Army Australia, the NSW Rural Fire Service, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society Australia.

You can likewise help the crushed creature populace by providing for untamed life salvage and treatment bunches like WIRES, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

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Bolivia’s Spirits to call crisp political race after OAS review




Bolivia’s Leader Evo Spirits has said he will call another political decision after worldwide screens scrutinized the consequence of a month ago’s race.

Talking at a news gathering, the long-standing pioneer additionally promised to supplant individuals from the nation’s political decision board.

The Association of American States (OAS), which observed the races, required the outcome to be abrogated.

Mr Spirits’ declaration comes following quite a while of against government fights.

The president, who was first chosen in 2006, denies any bad behavior and has disregarded calls to leave.

He told journalists that he settled on the choice “to safeguard the new Bolivia, life and vote based system”.

What did the OAS state?

In its primer report on Saturday, the OAS said it had discovered “clear controls” of Bolivia’s democratic framework and it couldn’t confirm the aftereffect of the 20 October race.

The worldwide body finished up it was improbable that Mr Spirits had won by the 10% edge required for a triumph in the first round.

The controls to the PC framework are of such greatness that they should be profoundly researched by the Bolivian State to get to the base of and allocate duty in this genuine case,” it said.

Why has there been resistance to the political race result?

Bolivia has been shaken by fights, strikes and barriers since the evening of the political race.

At any rate three individuals have passed on during conflicts. The city hall leader of a community was additionally assaulted by dissidents recently, who hauled her through the roads shoeless, shrouded her in red paint and coercively trim her hair.

Strains initially flared after the outcomes tally was mysteriously delayed for 24 hours. The conclusive outcome gave Mr Spirits somewhat more than the 10% lead he expected to win by and large in the first round.

On Saturday, in a critical acceleration to the fights, various formally dressed cops joined hordes of demonstrators in a few significant urban areas.

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