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Men, Are You Up to the Challenge? 

The 2021 International Women's Day theme is "Choose to Challenge." Women’s History Month is certainly a time to celebrate women’s achievements both past and present, from the Fortune 500 having the highest number of female CEOs in history to the victories of Kamala Harris and other women in recent elections. While there are many achievements to celebrate, the current state of women in corporate America is nonetheless troubling.

This year, International Women's Day and Women's History Month are coming at a time when companies are facing hundreds of thousands of women leaving the workplace in the wake of COVID-19's challenges. We have lost years of progress in women's leadership advancement in the space of 12 months. In addition, while the workplace has always been worse for Women of Color, we are finding specifically Black women are being disproportionately impacted by the difficult events of last year. 

IWD's 2021 theme of "Choose to Challenge" is a strong call to men, and I'm inviting men to join me in answering this call. 

It's time to take real action. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. Each of us can play a role to create a more inclusive workplace and world. It's time to commit to taking action.

Read my LinkedIn article, Men, Are You Up to the Challenge? for 10 Actions Men Can Take to demonstrate advocacy on a daily basis. Discuss it with your team using the questions below. As advocates for women, we must focus on taking ACTION! 


P.S. For more actions you can take as you #ChoosetoChallenge, check out Michelle King's 100 Actions for Equality.

Share with your network:

  • Take a look at the top six issues women face in the workplace that McKinsey noted in 2018. Discuss whether any of these are problem spots at your organization.
  • Knowing that senior-level burnout is a major factor in why women are leaving the workplace, what is one thing you could do to reduce burnout for your team during this challenging time?
  • Which of the 10 actions comprised by Listen, Learn, Lead and Have the Will can your team commit to taking in the next 30 days?
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