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The INSEAD Gender Initiative

Our latest research on women in business.

INSEAD launched "iW50" in 2017 as a year-long celebration of the anniversary of the first female students to attend the school's MBA programme. Our research reflects INSEAD's ambition to achieve a gender-balanced business world.

Our latest research on women in business.

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Economics & Finance

How the Daily Commute Affects the Gender Wage Gap

A. Roulet, T. Le Barbanchon, R. Barthelot

Women’s aversion for commuting motivates them to look for closer and not-so-well paid jobs compared to men.

Leadership & Organisations

Enabling Productive Thinking to Develop Gender Balance

Zoe Kinias

Subtle mental shifts can increase people’s responsiveness to the gender gap, and their commitment to doing something about it.


Integrating Diversity Into Business Education

Z Kinias, M Akinola, A Carter, M Norton, K Phillips

Conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion can be uncomfortable. But business school classrooms need to embrace them nonetheless.

Leadership & Organisations

Building Gender Balance Against the Odds

B Kessler, C Cortland, Z Kinias

To enable women’s advancement where it’s needed most, individual, interpersonal and institutional changes are required.

Leadership & Organisations

What Makes for Inclusive Working Cultures?

B. Kessler, C. Cortland, Z. Kinias, E. Sherman

Interventions designed to increase women’s cultural fit can also create a better working environment for everyone.

Economics & Finance

Creating More Economic Equality for Women

B Kessler, C Cortland, Z Kinias

How to address resource-based gender gaps across a wide variety of contexts.

Leadership & Organisations

Freeing Women – and Men – From Gender Stereotypes

B. Kessler, C. Cortland & Z. Kinias

Research from INSEAD’s 2nd annual Women at Work conference offers practical solutions for establishing gender-balanced workplace norms.


Women Are Risk-Takers, Too: Busting Gender Myths in the Start-up Space

Chengyi Lin & Dilara Gurcu

A tissue of stereotypes and pseudo-science forms the “rational” basis for gender bias in entrepreneurship.

Leadership & Organisations

Promoting Gender Balance Is Everyone's Business

Zoe Kinias & Jennifer Petriglieri

Progressive companies are moving from awareness to action, and systemic challenges must be overcome.
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What Women on the Board Need to Know

Three INSEAD alumnae share their wisdom as board directors.

Leadership & Organisations

Building Gender Balance Through Behavioural Design

Z. Kinias, C. Cortland

What can organisations do when changing mindsets isn’t enough?
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Leadership & Organisations

How These Leading CEOs Are Tackling Gender Inequality

Persistently setting new norms helps organisations battle stubborn gender imbalances.
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Leadership & Organisations

Social Support Sets Women Up for Success at Work

Zoe Kinias & Clarissa Cortland

Organisations are investing heavily to level the playing field for professional women, but they often lack a systematic approach.

Leadership & Organisations

Gender Balance: Moving From Awareness to Action

B Kessler, C Cortland, Z Kinias

A clear-eyed, nuanced organisational perspective can strengthen employee engagement and galvanise change.
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Leadership & Organisations

Three Ways to Build Resilience Against Gender Bias

B. Kessler, C. Cortland, Z. Kinias

Simple, low-cost psychological interventions can be part of an organisational toolkit for enabling gender balance.