A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. —Vera Nazarian
On Today’s Episode:
- Carla and I talk about gender equality
- How Southwest Michigan First became a women-led organization
- The importance of embracing specific needs of women
- Creating supporting policies
- Know better, do better
I always thought the idea that women are equally capable was normal and just good business—not something “progressive” or earth-shattering—and over the years a ton of research has been done to prove this. The Petersen Institute found that bringing more women into higher management positions boosts profitability, and McKinsey & Co found that when women are at 20% or more at the decision-making level, higher performance of the organization is measured.
The hard part of gender inclusion initiatives is that most are aimed at women only, which sees success in only 30% of organizations. But when men are engaged in gender inclusion programs, 96% of organizations see progress.
Question: Does your organization have specific measures to promote gender equality?