Debunking the Myths of Why Women Struggle to Get Ahead- Mackenzie Foust

For the last half century, analysts have studied the behavioral patterns and success of women compared to that of men.  In his observation of why women struggle to get ahead in the business world, Frank Kalman discusses several reasons and debunks them as false.  He references a study by Catalyst, a nonprofit research firm.  Catalyst found that while men and women are using the same tactics for career advancement, they are not coming up with the same result.  Their study sample included, “3,345 men and women who didn’t have kids, had aspired to reach the CEO level, were graduates of full-time MBA programs and didn’t take extended time off from work” (Kalman, 2011).  Catalyst found women were already playing catch up from the get go

Men are more likely to earn greater compensation once they leave their first job after school… men move on from their first post-MBA job and they go to a new employer, their compensation grew by more than $13,000,… women who have changed employers two or more times post-MBA earned more than $53,000 less than women who stayed with their first employer long term (Kalman, 2011).

            So while women and men are using to the same tactics for advancement, maybe they shouldn’t be?  It seems to pay off for women to stay put after graduate school.  They have already proven their track record and shown their loyalty, and with a payoff of over $50,000 , I think it’s worth sticking around.


Kalman, F. (2011, November 22) Diversity executive. Debunking the myths of why women struggle to get ahead.  Retrieved from