Finally, it all comes down to how companies can avoid, address, and work towards removing gender bias. It’s a not an easy problem to solve. But it helps to look at gender bias from the minority perspective when finding ways to close the gender gap in a company.
I became a big fan of #HeForShe movement, when it started in 2014. The movement believes that gender inequality isn’t just a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. It’s a movement for all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold and united force for gender equality.
Many of us have had allies who were not women. From a father who taught me how to fix my own bike and follow my own interests, to a husband who took a sabbatical so that I could commit to the job I love, I have been fortunate to have my share of #HeForShe support at home.
At work, having male colleagues and managers as allies for women teammates makes a huge impact on creating that gender balance. Often, terms like “feminism” and “sexism” are used only for and about women. In order to have gender balance, it’s important to understand that men can also be feminists and can take a strong stand against sexism. Cultivating such supporters is key to becoming successful with the balancing act for gender equality.
During International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, as a tech community, let’s take that simple step further to include all genders alike in a team. Let’s recognize a person working hard to grow in this industry and lend them a mentoring hand, irrespective of how they identify themselves. Let’s be a role model to other industries by creating a gender-balanced work environments. Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month 2021.
If you’re interested in learning more about navigating gender diversity and women empowerment in the workforce, you can watch our two on-demand webinars featuring a panel of women from Synopsys:
- International Women’s Day webinar featuring our North America team: Chief Security Officer Deirdre Hanford, Senior Director of Product Management Meera Rao, and Product Marketing Manager Niyati Shah.
- International Women’s Day webinar featuring our EMEA team: Ilona Herbent, senior manager, CSM; Molka Elleuch, cyber security engineer; and Per-Olof Persson, strategic security.