“What you personally do and say as the CEO defines the culture and attitude toward gender. Your commitment to a gender-balanced organization, or your indifference, predicts your organization’s success at being truly balanced. Are you explaining and leading the company’s efforts? Who is accountable for the change? If it isn’t you and your executive team, you’re wasting your time.”
To change the story for women in Vermont, it takes ALL of us – including men.
We are calling upon men to align with us as Champions for Change – using their personal and collective leadership to elevate gender equity as an issue of social and economic importance in our state.
On November 30th, we brought together 50 male community and business leaders. Here are some of the ideas they had on how they could personally promote gender equality:
- Talk to the women at my workplace about their experience – ask what works and what doesn’t
- Normalize being a male feminist
- Look for the “unknowns” inside our organizations
- Review pay of my direct reports and adjust for bias
- Make intentional space for women to share their ideas
- Partner with local organizations to identify job opportunities for underprivileged women
- Raise strong independent daughters and push for more paid family leave
- Advocate for affordable statewide childcare
- Reassess our policies and actions
- Continue this conversation at staff meetings and in daily conversations
- In conferences I organize, reach out to female speakers to ensure a more diverse panels of presenters
Easy Ideas for the Workplace:
Ask the women you work with whether they feel supported and how you can help.
Take stock of where you’re recruiting candidates. Assess where you build relationships and network.
In meetings, be aware of who is speaking and whose ideas are being taken seriously. If a woman presents an idea and a man repeats it as his own, make sure the credit goes to the right person.
Review job descriptions and job postings – introduce yourself to the concept of gendered language.
Be aware of who is doing office housework, organizing meetings and taking notes.
Event Slide Deck (slides from Nov. 30’s event)
HBR: The Men Who Mentor Women (Dec. 7, 2016)
Sign the VT Equal Pay Compact (Check out the 100+ organizations that have already signed on)
15 Things You Can Do.pdf (Easy, every day things you can do to support women and girls)
Male Champions of Change Progress Report 2015 (Australia)
Jackson Katz’ TED Talk – Violence Against Women – It’s a Men’s Issue (Jackson Katz asks a very important question that gets at the root of why sexual abuse, rape and domestic abuse remain a problem: What’s going on with men?)
Michael Kimmel’s TED Talk – Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone (The author of “Angry White Men,” Michael Kimmel is a pre-eminent scholar of men and masculinity.)
Change The Story Resources (a searchable database of articles and tools)