WOMEN AT WORK: MYTH VS. REALITY
ACTION ITEMS: GETTING TO EQUAL
HOW TO MOVE PAST THE MYTHS AND CHANGE THE REALITY FOR WOMEN AT WORK
aCTION: Fix the System, Not the Women
- Don’t buy into clichés that say women are less adept at problem-solving, less ambitious or less capable.
- Challenge the notion of “what a leader looks like”: Stop using male behavior as the standard.
- Recognize that some men interrupt or talk over women. Address the behavior in the moment so that all voices are heard.
aCTION: Tend To Your Talent
- Get intentional in hiring, developing and advancing women.
- Be creative. Broaden your traditional sources of talent to ensure a balanced workforce.
- Expect company leaders to develop young women and men equally. If only men rise to the top at your company, find out why.
aCTION: Think Differently About Tech
- Recognize that women are succeeding in all areas of STEM. Showcase successful women in tech as role models to attract more.
- Make sure your organization is not only diverse but also inclusive of women.
- Support programs that encourage girls to stay in STEM.
aCTION: Share the Load
- Recognize that there is nothing inherently masculine or feminine about cooking, cleaning and doing laundry.
- Broadcast the facts: Research shows that when men share housework and childcare, their children do better.
- Review your parental leave and flex-time policies. Acknowledge that both men and women want to be involved in their children’s lives.
aCTION: Take it Seriously
- Review your company’s guidelines on sexual harassment and ensure they are being followed.
- Put more women into leadership positions; research shows this decreases on-the-job harassment.
- Acknowledge that most men are potential allies who can help end workplace harassment.
“WOMEN AT WORK: MYTH VS REALITY” IN THE NEWS
- Helping Women Advance to the C-Suite—CBS
- Women Take Center Stage at Davos—CNBC
- Women and the World Economic Forum—Deutsche Welle
- Davos Takes On Sexual Harassment—Bloomberg News
- These Myths Are Holding Women Back in the Workplace—World Economic Forum
- The Most Common Excuses for Not Having Enough Women Leaders are Myths—Quartz
READ MORE ABOUT TOPIC OF WOMEN AT WORK
- A Study Used Sensors to Show That Men and Women Are Treated Differently at Work—Harvard Business Review
- Gender in the Workplace 2017—Lean In/McKinsey
- Research Suggests Women Are Asking for Raises, But Men Are Getting Them More—New York Times
- Women’s Leadership By the Numbers—American Progress
- Women-Led Companies Perform Three Times Better Than the S&P 500—Fortune