There have been many moments in recent history that have been focal points in the movement of women’s rights. Greta Thunberg sparked a global movement for climate action. NASA’s Jessica Meir and Christina Koch completed the first all-woman spacewalk, and the first-ever image of a Black Hole was made possible by Katie Bouman. Women are moving up and we are here for it.
March 8th is International Women’s Day, and individuals and organizations are celebrating women's achievements and creating a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. A 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis discovered median weekly earnings for female full-time wage and salary workers were 81% of men's earnings. In addition, women’s representation is still limited in many industries. Women make up only 28% of the science and engineering workforce according to the National Science Foundation. Yet we know diverse teams are more productive and help deliver greater profits.
International Women's Day gives us an opportunity to raise awareness against bias and make movements toward an equal world in the workplace. Here are a few ways you can do this:
Shout Out the Women in Your Workplace: Regardless of your gender, make sure to lift up your fellow female co-workers. Women give themselves less credit for their work, so recognizing their accomplishments during a team meeting or email is important. Encourage them to go for a promotion, take on a new project, or voice their opinion in a meeting. Women, their colleagues, and their team members should speak up and help women get credit for their ideas.
Challenge the Stereotypes: While men are considered "determined" and "in control" when they are assertive in the office, women are often considered "bossy." Gender bias is still common in the workplace. When you hear a colleague make a comment about a female employee being "bossy" or "emotional," help remind them of this bias. It may change his or her way of thinking.
Hand Off the Office "Housekeeping": Women tend to be assigned administrative work or asked to plan the team lunch or party. Share the responsibility, and allow women on the team to focus on the conversation in a meeting instead of taking notes, or work on a project instead of planning an office baby shower. This may seem small, but it can make an impact on a woman's confidence, career, or leadership potential.
These are just a few ways you can improve gender imbalance in your office. An equal world is an enabled world. Take a moment to make a difference and join MicroStrategy this International Women’s Day by raising awareness against bias. Be #EachforEqual.