On this International Women’s Day, we join with the global community and hope to inspire you to #BeBoldForChange. This call to action is a challenge for all (men and women) to stand up and make a decision to change the world to be more gender inclusive. In whatever corner of the world you find yourself, endeavor to take specific action - big or small - to effect tangible change for women.
As it stands today:
- Only 24 percent of senior management in the workplace are women.
- Only 50 percent of women of working age are in the labor force, compared to 77 per cent of men.
- 1 in 5 members of lower or single houses of parliament worldwide is a woman.
- Women in most countries earn on average only 60 to 75 per cent of men’s wages.
Women continue to be marginalized in the workplace. But the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. Without BOLD steps, we will continue to fall short of the ambitions of last year’s #PledgeForParity campaign.
Fostering inclusion at LMI
The LMI Research Institute (LRI) pursues research interests in three areas: invention and innovation, thought leadership, and outreach. Internally, LRI has an Idea Lab for staff to provide program insights and updates; share informative resources; and provide all LMI'ers a platform for sharing ideas, information, and resources related to how LMI does innovation. This Lab, has also resulted in various ideas for gender inclusion in the workplace.
For example, through the Idea Lab LRI has implemented Breakfasts & Brainstorms series to bring LMIers together to share knowledge and information, identify resources and opportunities, and do some ideating about the future. Most importantly, the series highlights the success of women at LMI and provides a platform for them to share their expertise and lead. This is one of the best systems at LMI to cultivate inclusion.
In addition to the LRI’s Idea Lab, LMI fosters a collaborative inclusive workplace through a focus on diverse workforce. On this Rinku Deol, consultant in the Civilian Health group, explains “I work with a number of different people on my projects. Each with a diverse educational background, life and work experiences. They all bring a unique perspective, which translates into better outcomes.”
Shanta Whitaker, a consultant in the Civilian Health group, also echoed these sentiments when asked about how to collaborate at LMI to create an inclusive workplace. “We all come from different walks of life and that makes for a good project group. If we truly make an effort to see the beauty and wealth embedded within the diversity, it will be easy to cultivate inclusion.”
LMI is dedicated to improving both the diversity and gender inclusion within organization.
Take steps to #BeBoldForChange
You can also take steps to foster gender inclusion at your job, school, community, church and community. Endevor to #BeBoldForChange:
- Decide to buy from companies that support women
- Choose to work for a progressive employer for women
- Support or back a woman-owned business
- Take a junior female colleague to a major meeting or event
- Build conducive, flexible work environments
- Appoint a woman to the board
- Mentor a woman and sponsor her goals
- Invite women into situations where they're not already present or contributing
- Measure and report on gender parity gaps and keep gender on the agenda
- Create new opportunities for women
- Challenge stereotypes
- Call it out when women are excluded
- Monitor the gender pay gap
- Point out bias and highlight alternatives
- Call for diverse candidate shortlists
- Embrace inclusive leadership
- Redefine the status quo
Take additional action today:
- Access IWD 2017 #BeBoldForChange resources and activity guidance.
- Watch the IWD videos or use them as an inspiring resource at IWD events.
- Submit your IWD event or publish a page.
- Read the latest IWD 2017 news from across the world ... and more.