Doing Your Bit
Think about how you can bring change within your role at your organization. Do you work in human resources? Push for equitable hiring practices that strip the potential for employee bias out of the hiring process. Is your role in purchasing? Patronize woman-owned businesses to level the playing field for female entrepreneurs. Members of leadership may be able to enact more sweeping policies, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the team can’t make change.
Change can start with something as small and radical as talking openly about pay equity and workplace bias. Men who speak openly about how they balance work and family are taking action – work-life balance should be, but often isn’t, seen as a gender-neutral issue. Calling attention to someone who ignores or downplays their female co-workers in meetings is powerful – and anyone can do it. Don’t let yourself imagine that change only trickles down from the top. Change starts with you.
How to Take Action
This year, in honor of International Women’s Day, NEW has launched its own campaign for action.
Maybe you’ll support that woman-owned business or join a diversity employee resource group. NEW has laid out 15 ways you can support women and #EachforEqual, all based on our proprietary learning programs. Take a look at our action list, and spread the word on social media when you take a positive step for gender equity in your workplace.
Honor International Women’s Day beyond March 8 by taking action in your day-to-day life to champion #EachForEqual.