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Men, Gender Equality, and Fear: It’s Time for a New Approach (Part 2)

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Incremental progress toward realizing gender parity in leadership, coupled with men’s widespread fear of harassment accusations spurred by the Me Too movement, together make a compelling case for new thinking and strategies for achieving gender equality in the workplace. Part One of Men, Gender Equality, and Fear: It’s Time for a New Approach identified 7 elements that distinguish a new …

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Men, Gender Equality, and Fear: It’s Time for a New Approach (Part 1)

This post originally appeared in LinkedIn on 

The Me Too movement has shone a spotlight on the scale of harassment in the workplace and catalyzed new norms of accountability. It has simultaneously spawned widespread fear among men. LeanIn’s recent survey findings What Women Are Up Against at Work showcases the problem with 6 in 10 male managers reporting discomfort interacting with women in everyday work activities, such …

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Overcoming Biases Requires Humility, Not Value Judgments

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In the U.S. today, bias has become a value judgment. In reality, it’s an adaptive function of human biology. Bias results from our ability as humans to learn, to hardwire learnings into long-term memory and to retrieve those learnings in order to respond instantaneously to familiar situations. While these instinctive reactions meant the difference between life and death for early …

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Let’s Move from a Gender War to a Gender Partnership

This post originally appeared in The Glass Hammer on 

Gender equality is not about winning a war! The war metaphor distracts us with finger pointing, blaming, and endlessly seeking to justify who’s the perpetrator and who’s the victim. The war metaphor keeps us stuck. The reality is we all – both women and men – fall victim to highly gendered thinking. We are stuck in gender binaries and it …

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The Game Changing Power of Allies

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In the challenging work of supporting diversity in the workplace – and diversity as it relates to social justice more broadly – allies play a critical role. But before exploring why allies make such a difference, it makes sense to begin with the question: what exactly is an ally? The definition that most accurately captures my vision of a diversity …

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The Business Case for Gender Diversity: Necessary But Not Sufficient

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The business case or economic justification for gender diversity is front and center in any discussion of the subject. Yet as a veteran diversity consultant, I don’t see the business case is getting the job done. It’s not that the business case is unimportant. Clearly, it’s critical but while the business case is necessary, it’s not sufficient. There has long …

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Why Gender Equality is Good for Men – Part Two of Three

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Part One of Why Gender Equality is Good for Men looked at the positive effects for men in their relationships with their spouses and children. Part Two focuses on the positive health implications – both physical and mental – for men with a more egalitarian world view. Gender equality benefits men’s physical health Gender is highly linked with health risks …

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Why Gender Equality is Good for Men | Part One

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Gender equality is one of those loaded topics that can bring conversation to a halt. Women’s empowerment has been portrayed as a link to all that men have lost, whether its perceived loss of professional opportunities or loss of the privilege of not having to deal with housework or childcare. There is a fear that expectation of females being subordinate …

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Hidden Truths about Making Gender Equality Possible for Ambitious, Dual Career Couples

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Most millennials, particularly those that are highly educated, see an egalitarian marriage as the ideal. Yet despite improvements, a clear divide persists in how women and men perceive – and experience – gender equality. Men are far more optimistic about progress for women in the workplace and both genders don’t see eye-to-eye regarding what the other contributes to the care …

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Women in Corporate America Continue to Feel Like a Square Peg in a Round Hole

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Gender diversity is on the radar in corporate America after more than 10 years of research highlighting the economic benefits of women in leadership roles. Companies have invested in gender initiatives that aim to support women’s advancement and diversify the leadership pipeline. Some companies have been at it for multiple decades. Yet, the results seem to be much ado about …

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