Activism lives in organizations that work to remove barriers and facilitate the path for women in positions of leadership.
Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is #balanceforbetter.
Working collaboratively for a world with better gender balance is an economic issue. It’s a community issue. It’s a global issue. It’s not a male or female or non-binary issue. Although the movement had its genesis being led by women, it has as its fundamental premise that everyone can and should play a role in forging gender parity and that the benefits of such advocacy and action will be felt by all.
Gloria Steinem, world renowned feminist/activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”
And so, let’s continue to care. Let’s continue to dialogue. Let’s continue to do the work. Hold on tightly to your “why” so that you can keep up your energy during the bad days. For me, that why is my children. I envision a day where children will be supported to grow up to be adults who get to live authentically, contribute passionately, and not doubt themselves based on gendered constructs.
“Activism” in this regard is in your hands. It’s in my hands. It’s not only for those who paint signs and walk passionately at #metoo rally walks.
The activism lives in the woman who asks to be paid what her male counterpart is paid.
The activism lives in employee resource groups where community, collaboration, storytelling, truths and strategies can be shared.
The activism lives when someone says, “why isn’t there a woman on this hiring committee?”
The activism lives in the male allies who ask their colleagues- what can I do? How can I help?
The activism lives in companies who refuse to pay women less than men for their equitable contributions.
The activism lives in speakers who refuse to be a part of a panel where only male speakers have been invited.
The activism lives in organizations who consider gender, gender constructs and historical inequities in their professional and leadership development efforts.
These all begin with one person. One person who decides to speak up. To ask the question. To share their needs. To fight for the needs of others. Activism and action towards #balanceforbetter are truly in everyone’s hands.
So, how can organizations push for #balanceforbetter? It is essential that organizations take a thoughtful approach to address women’s unique workplace needs. In order to remove barriers and help facilitate the path for women in positions of leadership and influence, organizations must build a robust leadership development program.
Recognizing the importance of committing to the development of female leaders, we have created a webinar series which highlights key challenges women face in the workplace and how we can work together to create solutions.
Join us for our next webinar on April 2nd at 1PM ET – Tackling Women’s Unique Needs in Leadership Development- How to Conquer Imposter Syndrome hosted by Chantal Thorn, D2L’s Director of Learning and Development and Julia Meglei, Business Partner, People & Culture, D2L.