With Equal Skills and Ability, Women Want Equal Opportunities
In recent years, the term ‘feminism’ has become very popular and a topic to debate amongst. Basically, the term is all about denying gender specific roles and offering equal opportunities to deserving women as men. According to the Fortune Global 500 published in July 2019, among 500 companies, only 14 (2.8%) have female chief executives. It has also been observed that mostly women get less salary than men, even if both have same qualification and skills, same work profile and position. Also, they don’t get promoted for better positions easily.
But things are changing. Now many organizations are taking initiatives to work for gender equality in work environment. Health Enterprise Partners recently announced that it has taken the ParityPledge. The ParityPledge asks companies to commit for interviewing at least one qualified woman candidate for every open position, vice president and above. The ParityPledge is an initiative of Parity.org, a non-profit organization focused on bringing gender equality to the highest levels of business.
Cathrin Stickney, Parity.org founder and CEO said, "While women represent 51 percent of the population, barely 20 percent of S&P500 corporate executive teams and boards are represented by women. We are thankful for organizations like Health Enterprise Partners that are willing to become a role model for change. We believe their public commitment and example will help us realize exponential progress toward reaching parity at the top."
Also, many organizations like Leading Women, The 3% Movement, and Watermark etc. offer programs or conduct workshops/events. These activities or training sessions help women to develop leadership skills and improve communication across cultures and generations. The 3% Movement claims that through their community and professional development, they have helped to raise the number of female Creative Directors from 3 to 29% by guiding the agencies to upskill female creative talent and leadership.
In December 2019, at a private event in Singapore, former U.S. President Barack Obama was asked about how the world would look like if run by women. Mr. Obama replied, “Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you’re better than us [men]."
He also added, “I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes.”
Experts have always believed that for a healthy growth of the society, all the genders need to be equally treated and must be given equal opportunities. This also applies at workplaces for improved productivity and efficiency.
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