Together, we’re taking charge of our gender culture!

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 all genders have fair opportunities to succeed.

Let’s unite behind a bold new plan

Studies show that local action is the most effective for transforming culture. We’re using San Diego as our proving grounds for a 3-step process.

    1. Research: our 360 Assessment tool establishes community-specific benchmarks for workplace gender equity, and repeated every 3 years to track progress
    2. Playbook: the customizable Playbook will be designed with the help of local leaders to move forward as a united community, based on baselines from the 360 Assessment
    3. Gender Equity Collaborative (GEC) Certification: nationally consistent standards will be developed by members of the Collaborative to help the public identify organizations that are significantly moving the needle toward gender equity

    What is the Gender Equity Collaborative?

    The Gender Equity Collaborative is a partnership of forward-thinking businesses, agencies, organizations, and individuals who are dedicated to transforming the gender culture of their communities. The Collaborative also interconnects and supports communities throughout the country by sharing information, experiences, and tools.

    Our Collaborators pledge to:

    CARE: Advance and/or support workplace gender equity in action and word

    SHARE: Contribute resources to support Collaborative efforts, and participate in Collaborative internship and mentorship programs when possible

    DARE: Be transparent and ask for help when needed; allow the Kim Center to promote your gender equity successes, but also let us help you adhere to the Pledge in order to ensure the integrity of the Collaborative

    We use our collective power to build and strengthen the culture of workplace gender equity within individual communities. The Collaborative also helps communities connect and unite with each other to establish gender equity as a cultural norm in all of America’s workplaces.

    Take the Pledge

    Why Do We Need the Collaborative? 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 reveal 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:

    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.

    Take the Pledge

Gender Equity Collaborative

What is workplace gender equity?

It is the adding of support or removal of barriers to counter obstructive cultures created by gender bias.

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:

  • 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