November was a huge news month
The World Economic Forum's global gender equality report is brilliant. It measures gender equality across all areas of life and showed slow but steady progress almost everywhere. (The UK comes in at 18th place overall).
And Cranfield's FTSE Board Report painted the same picture. Just keep quiet about the tiny percentage (6%) of women in executive director roles.
HSBC failing in diversity
Stuart Gulliver admitted that HSBC was too male and pale; and LinkedIn's Professional Women's Network highlighted just how traditional the views of many leading male executives are when it comes to marriage and nuclear families.
And if you're wondering whether to lean in or lean out, perhaps it's a bit of each... That's the view of Debora Spar's great new book "Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection". Lean in and chill out seems to be the message.
Flexible working tops the list
Results of the Family and Childcare Trust's huge working parent survey were out - flexible working 3 times more important than lower energy bills!
Meanwhile quotas across the EU took a step closer to reality with Germany leading the charge - they're committed to 40% female board representation by 2016.
Getting to grips with shared parental leave
The complexities of these planned changes is why we've recently published the My Family Care Guide to Shared Parental Leave.
Wins for women
And finally some good news. Two bits actually. The general Synod voted (finally) to embrace the idea of female bishops and Liv Garfield looks set to become the latest and youngest female CEO of a FTSE company.
Congratulations all round.