It’s on all of us to be a champion for gender equality. Let’s rewrite the rules.
Today is Women’s Equality Day, which celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote on August 26, 1920. However it wasn’t until 1965, when the Voting Rights Act was passed, that more barriers were removed from preventing many African American women and other women of color from being able to cast their ballot. Too many barriers still exist today for all women, and we’re not giving up the fight.
We need to reverse the stereotype that women don’t support other women. There is research that shows women in particular benefit from collaboration over competition. Study after study shows women who support women are more successful in business.
"We’ve written new scripts for our daughters about strength and leadership, but haven’t written scripts for our sons in this new world." says Gary Barker, President and CEO of Promundo. "One of the reasons for so much anger to the Gillette ad is that many men are confused about what modern manhood is about, and many men don’t do well with confusion.”
In an effort to help both men and women better succeed in the workplace, the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland) have long been rewriting the rules of work by adopting more family-friendly policies, such as subsidized child care and paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers, as well it being common for companies to offer flexible schedules, work-from-home days and alternative working hours. So how has rewriting the rules of work paid off in terms of making equality a reality?
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