Walking the Talk: Our pledge for parity
March 8th is no ordinary Tuesday; it is International Women’s Day. This day means much more than gifting flowers to the women in your office or family. It celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women globally. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
We at Aperian Global want to do our part not only to advance the discussion of gender pay parity, but also to move beyond simply raising awareness. We support organizations around the globe to develop and be accountable for tangible gender diversity goals and inclusive behavior at all management levels.
However, as a consulting company, we also need to walk our own talk: Our leadership team has therefore taken the Pledge for Parity, with specific actions for each leader to focus on. (See above image)
Currently, Aperian Global is proud to be a gender-diverse organization, with 71% of employees female, 29% male, and featuring a gender-balanced leadership team.
Why do we still have to Pledge for Parity?
Within the span of one year (from 2014 to 2015), the World Economic Forum had to adjust its estimate of which year the planet would achieve gender pay parity, from 2095 to 2133. Instead of progressing towards a measurable goal of inclusive behavior (i.e., paying equal salary according to qualifications and experience, without the significant influence of gender), we have managed to drift further away from parity.
What can you do?
- Start with yourself. Examine your own (unconscious) biases and how they might stand in the way of inclusive behavior. Test your implicit bias here
- Take the online #PledgeForParity and display the #PledgeForParity button/theme on your website or social media profile
- Become a vocal advocate and educator, share information on social media. Those not affected are typically not aware of these numbers. Find a wealth of resources to back your arguments here
- Organize a local event to promote gender diversity and pay parity
- Organize a lunch & learn with your organization’s resource group for women
- Mentor a female colleague or friend and support their development
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