International Women’s Day: a selection of research and analyses on IÉSEG Insights



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International Women's Day


International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

To mark the day, here is a selection of articles published on IÉSEG Insights (and the Conversation France) based on research and/or analysis of our professors, and highlighting themes related to inequality, stereotypes, and potential action to be taken to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

Tough at the top: Leadership and gender

Are virtues and character strengths universal? Recent research highlights subtle but consistent gender differences in the importance attributed to character traits in leadership. Plus, a gender bias in the assessment of these characteristics. With increasing recognition of the need for diversity in organizations – especially in terms of leadership – these results pose significant questions about achieving gender balance and tackling wider diversity issues.

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Does boardroom gender diversity drive CSR engagement?

Recent research from a team of international researchers has shown that a higher representation of female directors on a company’s board leads to an improved engagement in its socially responsible activities.

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Female role models to reduce self-censorship in access to credit

Despite remarkable progress over the last twenty years, female entrepreneurs are still less likely than men to apply for bank credit. Yet access to credit remains a key element in sustaining a company’s performance and growth, enabling it to seize investment opportunities and cope with economic ups and downs.

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Access to credit: do laws (really) protect women around the world?

Despite a growing number of legal measures, discrimination against women remains omnipresent throughout the world, and more specifically in terms of access to banking services. In 2008, for example, the Bank of Ghana enacted the Borrowers and Lenders Act, designed to prohibit all forms of discrimination in the allocation of credit. Yet, according to studies carried out by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), only 11% of companies receiving start-up financing are run by women.

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Please note that more articles and analysis are also available in French and on the Insights website.

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