Ask a Woman is a resource for men seeking to strengthen their professional relationships with women and improve the workplace for everyone. Edited by Catalyst staff writer Raina Lipsitz, the blog asks women thought leaders to weigh in on an array of important issues, including equal pay, equitable advancement, and what true partnership means—in and out of work.

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Welcome to the MARC Blog

Conversations about gender are frequently one-sided and tend to focus on women’s perspectives. But in order to work more effectively with women to achieve gender equality, men can benefit from an online community that focuses on men’s perspectives where they can consider what gender means in their lives and how to advocate for change at work and beyond. This is what the MARC blog is all about. 

What does it mean to be a man at work and in society? Does male privilege hurt men too? What can men to do to change the workplace so that women and men have equal opportunities for advancement? MARC bloggers tackle hot topics like these—and more. But we also want to hear from you about the key issues you’d like us to address. What questions have you been asking yourself? What questions do you wish you could ask your women colleagues—without looking either clueless or sexist? 
The MARC blog is a resource for men seeking to strengthen their professional relationships with women and improve the workplace for everyone. Let us know if you have questions that need answers or topics that should be addressed—we’re happy to take them on! 

We’re also happy to pose your questions—anonymously, if you prefer—to an appropriate member of our growing panel of experts. Contact us for more details.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Latest Posts

"By working with others who do not look like you, think like you, or work like you, you can sharpen and expand your own thinking."

Posted by Raina Lipsitz on Nov 11, 2013 4:16 PM EST

"I was the only woman in my group of twenty or so men on Wall Street. Being a minority or woman in investment banking, where there are few, is like walking into a cocktail party where you don’t know anyone. It’s not impossible to navigate, but it takes more effort."

Posted by Raina Lipsitz on Jul 16, 2013 1:39 PM EDT

"My mind is racing. What on earth did I say or do to get this invite? I’ve been speaking to this man about his wife and kids, and about my husband. I excused myself from the conversation and have not had any other incidents with this person. I did report it to HR. He is still in a top position."

Posted by Mike Otterman on Jun 26, 2013 11:21 AM EDT

A great male boss should trust the people who work for him and make sure they know he’s on their side, plus ask for their feedback and include them in decision-making and problem-solving.

Posted by Mike Otterman on Feb 22, 2013 11:07 AM EST


"The glass escalator explains why men out-earn women, even in predominately female professions like nursing and teaching."

Posted by Mike Otterman on Jan 25, 2013 10:41 AM EST

"Catalyst research finds that some women of color feel 'guarded' in the workplace and are uncomfortable disclosing sensitive information—including information related to their developmental needs."

Posted by Raina Lipsitz on Dec 17, 2012 5:44 PM EST

"The demographics of corporate America will not change overnight . . . be prepared to 'kill with kindness.'"

Posted by Mike Otterman on Nov 26, 2012 6:47 PM EST
Peggy R. Mastroianni
"If you decide to share this information . . . and your employer finds out and punishes you for doing so, you have a right to file a discrimination complaint . . . While the prospect of retaliation may be intimidating, you should bear in mind that the law on retaliation is very favorable to employees."

Posted by Raina Lipsitz on Nov 14, 2012 4:45 PM EST
WMFDP Founder: Jo Ann Morris

"When in doubt, don't stop yourself from offering a compliment. But why not pause to ask yourself what your colleague’s potential response might be first?"

Posted by Raina Lipsitz on Oct 15, 2012 5:20 PM EDT

"Only recently have we begun to understand that we need a critical mass (usually considered one third of the members of any group) for women and other 'outsiders' to be seen as unexceptional."

Posted by Raina Lipsitz on Oct 2, 2012 10:45 AM EDT
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