Three ways to #embraceEquity on International Women's Day

Throughout history, women have played a crucial role in driving business and economic growth. International Women's Day is a time to reflect on the progress made towards gender equality and to identify the work that still needs to be done. 

According to a Gallup survey, gender-diverse businesses report higher average revenue rates and better employee engagement. This is because women bring a different perspective to the table, leading to more creative problem-solving and innovative strategies.

Here are three ways to embrace equity and work towards a gender-equal world:

Support women's leadership and empowerment

Women's leadership and empowerment are crucial for achieving gender equality. We can support women's leadership by advocating for equal access to education, mentoring and supporting women in their careers, and promoting women's representation in decision-making roles. Female mentors can offer unique perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that women face in the workplace, as well as insights into navigating gender dynamics and biases. It's also important to recognize and celebrate women's achievements and contributions to the workplace.

A couple of simple ways to ensure this happens, is for leaders, both female and male to ensure that women are asked for their opinions, ideas, and thoughts in meeting situations. Look for training opportunities for your team to learn and discuss how to make individuals more engaged, visible and successful in the industry. Opportunities like “Women in Security” groups are great and also embrace other opportunities that are NOT specific to gender. While these are good for all employees, it can make a significant difference for young women in the workplace.

Another way is by providing funding for women in the organization to attend leadership webinars and training programs to advance their skills. Additionally, introducing young women in the organization to mentors and peers who have helped you can also be a helpful step towards empowering women. These actions can assist in creating a more inclusive and diverse workplace where women can thrive and succeed. By offering such support and opportunities, organizations can foster a culture of equality, respect, and empowerment for women in leadership roles.

Foster an inclusive and diverse culture

An inclusive and diverse culture is essential for creating a gender-equal world. We should work to cultivate an environment where everyone feels valued and respected, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, or background. This includes promoting diversity and inclusion in our workplaces, communities, and schools. We can also challenge gender norms and promote positive role models for both men and women.

To cultivate an inclusive and diverse culture, there are various ways to approach it. One such way is to ensure that social interactions in business settings with customers, partners, and internal teams create opportunities for engagement and participation. Additionally, there are specific actions that can be taken to promote diversity and inclusion, such as organizing office hours with women in the organization to discuss leadership skills or celebrating and sharing stories and articles about women in leadership. Another approach is to recommend a management book that has been helpful in personal career development. By implementing these practices, organizations can foster a more diverse and inclusive workplace culture.

Challenge gender stereotypes and biases

Gender stereotypes and biases can be insidious and pervasive, often influencing our behavior and decision-making without us even realizing it. It's important to challenge these assumptions and be aware of our own biases. This can involve examining our language and the way we interact with others, promoting diverse representation in media and leadership positions, and actively seeking out and amplifying the voices of marginalized individuals. 

Achieving gender equality requires a collective effort from all of us. By recognizing and challenging bias and stereotypes, supporting women's leadership and empowerment, and fostering an inclusive and diverse culture, we can work towards a gender-equal world. Let's all do our part to #EmbraceEquity and create a better future for all.

To challenge gender stereotypes and biases in meetings, it is important to create an inclusive environment where all team members feel valued and heard. One way to achieve this is to encourage everyone to contribute their ideas and thoughts, especially those who are often stereotyped in traditional roles. By using inclusive language, such as addressing the group as "all" instead of "guys" or "ladies," and actively seeking input from everyone, regardless of gender or perceived gender roles, we can break down barriers and create a more diverse and collaborative team. This not only leads to better outcomes but also promotes a culture of respect and equality.