GENDER EQUITY COLLABORATIVE
The Kim Center for Social Balance is spearheading the Gender Equity Collaborative to reinvigorate America’s gender equity movement, and transform our workplaces into environments where women’s voices are heard and valued.
The Collaborative harnesses the collective power of our businesses, agencies, organizations, and people to build and strengthen the culture of workplace gender equity within individual communities. The Collaborative also helps these communities unite as a powerful network that will establish gender equity as a cultural norm in all of America’s workplaces.
The Challenge: Gender Equity Takes Hard Work
For decades, researchers have shown that businesses and societies increase in prosperity when they promote women’s success to the same extent as men’s. Yet women are consistently given lower status than men in most U.S. industries.
Why do we still knowingly sacrifice our economic and social future?
The difficult truth is that the road to gender equity is as riddled with subtle and closely guarded biases as it is with obvious ones. That is why the heart of the work remains to be done.
Many entities are trying to manage elements of discrimination against women by mandating equal pay or equal percentages of women in leadership. However, forcing people to change their behaviors simply masks the root of the problem.
Sustainable progress toward true cultural transformation will only be made one way: we must systematically daylight and address society’s entrenched belief that the voice of women is less important than the voice of men. Everything else, from unequal pay to homelessness and domestic violence, is merely a symptom.
The Reward: Gender Equity Increases Prosperity
Is such a long and difficult road worth tackling?
Consider the facts:
- Companies that increase the percentage of women in executive leadership positions from 0% to just 30% experienced a one-percentage-point increase in net margin — which could translate to a 15% increase in profits for a typical company.
- Communities that value the success of women experience higher economic growth. Evidence suggests that women who have the means to make financial decisions generally save more, are less prone to corruption, and tend to spend money on investments like healthcare and education.
- A society that empowers women experiences less domestic violence and violence against women. These communities are less prone to other violence — both within and with other communities — and are more likely to address social issues such as infectious diseases, lower life expectancy, household spending on cigarettes and alcohol, and poor child health.
Gender equity in the workplace is more than a boon to working women. Its impact can have far-reaching benefits for all women, men and children.
We must work together
Only then can we create the unstoppable momentum we need to carry each of our communities, and our country, to the forefront of prosperity and progress.
What does “workplace gender equity” mean?
Gender equity is a cultural state where people of all genders are offered resources and benefits based on what they need, without judgement, to take advantage of the same opportunities to succeed as others.
Equity is different from equality, where everyone simply receives the same opportunities whether or not they can use them.
Workplace gender equity happens when employers value and reward all employees solely on the basis of their ability to contribute to the success of the company. In today’s culture, this requires some key principles, including:
- COURAGE: Employers recognize that true company success often requires a break from conventional workplace models
- DIVERSITY: Hiring managers use inclusive practices to attract and retain employees from a broad range of backgrounds
- HUMANITY: Women and men are supported in balancing caregiving responsibilities with their work life, without negative repercussions in any form