It’s not lost on me that I am writing about this from a place of privilege; I have a job I love and I'm able to work from home. And I'm surrounded daily by an amazing team of individuals who are driving this business forward. It just so happens that many of them are female.
But, around the world, many livelihoods are being stripped away. So, we’re making the commitment to not only bear witness, but to act. My Skillsoft colleague Rosie Cairnes says, “You have to have the courage of your convictions, to use your voice for change. Your voice is powerful. Don’t compromise ... and do have the courage to act.”
Whether women or allies, here are a few things leaders can do to help drive meaningful change:
- Review employee benefits and enhance areas most important to women.
- Invest in the development and nourishment of a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy.
- Provide training and tools for women to grow competencies for the most in-demand opportunities.
- Direct more resources to hiring, developing, and advancing women in the workplace.
I believe meaningful change begins at our own (home office) door. Patronize and promote women-owned businesses. Mentor new recruits and offer networking opportunities. Reach out to other women in your community and let them know they are not alone. Volunteer your time and offer help when you can.
We are not all in the same boat. But, as women, we will sink or swim together. Let's reach that safe harbor.
For more insights on the Pink Pandemic — and more ways we can all improve things for ourselves, our colleagues, and our company — join me as I give the keynote address on this topic at the eWOW 2021 Virtual Summit on Saturday, April 24.
And don’t forget to download Forging New Pathways for Women's Careers: A Pink Pandemic Recovery Plan