Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Campaign for Women's Rights

In its Women in Leadership series, HBR's Insight Center asks, Tell Me Something I Don't Know About Women in the Workplace. Several authors have contributed comments and insight on gender issues in the workplace, and so far they have covered just about everything the title suggests - and it is all we've heard or read about in the mainstream media. What has changed from past posts, however, is an inclusion of men into the campaign for gender equality. So the results have pretty much remained the same from past years, only the gap between the gender inequality has narrowed slightly. Not the change we were expecting, but it is changing in favor of women. 

But I'm not covering those figures on this post, although a link will be included for anyone who wants to see them. Instead, I want to discuss what measures are in place to help women thrive in the workforce. Once again, I'm leaving out the numbers and just listing the opportunities presented for women to help make their lives easier at work. 

- There has been an increased attempt at luring women into entrepreneurship. Several agencies are available catered exclusively to women with resources to starting a business. The Small Business Administration has a site marketed to women alone, which includes videos, online discussions and links to external sites.  

- Along those lines, log onto to just about any government entity and there is a special section dedicated to women and their empowerment. There are all types of materials on women-related topics and needs. Best part is, the material is available for free and there are always extra links to detailed information. The Department of Labor is one such entity. Their site includes links to work related benefits and investment advice. 

- Financial literacy is on the minds of everyone in recent years - literally. Campaigns at the local and global levels have made it a point to reach out to more women and educate them on personal budgeting and financing. On the global scale, there's the United Nations and the World Bank that have taken the lead on women's finances. Log on to their website and you will find tons of information. Your bookmarked pages will be spilling with unread material. Unlike official data of the past, the material is intelligible with a mix of facts and personal journeys from women everywhere. Once again, there are plenty of links to other sources and free info. 

- Businesses are on everyone's radars these days, and it's not for profit seeking purposes. Advocates are putting the pressure on to accommodate women more in the workplace. There are rallying cries for additional remote work and increased flexible schedules. They are ready and willing to protect women's rights and take any injustice right to the steps of Capitol Hill. I have the privilege of working with one of those champions. While the YWCA's reputation of late has been as an advocate for low income and abused women, the group actually works on behalf of all women. More importantly, it works closely with other pro-women groups to pass laws that protect women. 

It's been a long road to equality for
women, but the commitment and passion is greater than any other time in history. Now with the help of international agencies, and men of course, the momentum should pick up. 

Here's the link to that HBR women's series: http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hbreditors/2013/08/tell_me_something_i_dont_know.html

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