Can We Advance Women Without Men?
Only 14 percent of companies are doing Allyship Training.
Yes, you read that right – just 14 percent! This finding in the 2021 McKinsey Women in the Workforce report is discouraging because we will never obtain long-term systemic advancement for women without engaging male allies in the workplace. With men in roughly 75 percent of company leadership roles, we could say that we are 75 percent of the problem in advancing women. But men can also be 75 percent of the solution!
What is your company doing to engage men as allies and advocates?
In today’s business environment where every company needs to hyperfocus on competitive advantage in the workplace and marketplace, we need a deeply internalized approach to gender equity, delivered with a lens of intersectionality. A great resource to begin taking action and creating a sense of urgency at your organization is the YWomen Creating Gender Advocates virtual series, which is designed for BRGs to conduct as standalone programming for their members or as “Staff Meetings in a Box” for team-centered discussion. The first Mod, Why Women: The Leadership Imperative, is free for you to download and conduct your first session immediately!
Also, as a year-end special for the month of December, we are offering the entire series of 6 Modules for a 50% discount (a $500 savings) to encourage you to jumpstart your Allyship work. Simply click this link and when prompted, enter the code YEAREND2021. For those with remaining budget, for $500 you’ll receive a years worth of programming to use next year.
This week, gather your team and reflect on how to engage your managers and colleagues as allies and advocates in this important work by answering the below questions.
- What does Allyship training at your company look like? If your company does not offer it, what are some first steps your team could take to introduce it?
- What are some specific ways you can engage men as allies at your company today?
- Where can you make investments in gender equity programming through your BRG?
Drop me a DM and let me know how your conversations are going. How can I support your efforts?