It’s here again…International Women’s Day! And with it the reminder of how far we’ve come… as well as the sobering reality of how far we have to go. While many women are facing incomprehensible setbacks across the globe, it is important to remember that we are not a monolith. Within the intersections of our collective identities lay a vast array of experiences, wisdom, and obstacles to success:
There is a popular phrase that we’ve used time and time again: “You can’t be it if you can’t see it.” But one also often can’t see inequity if they haven’t experienced it firsthand. While bringing visibility to the obstacles women face is a great first step, we need allies and action takers to step outside of their comfort zone and fight for equity for all. Fighting for gender equity isn’t simply about women; it’s about the many differences that define us as an industry and as a global community. We cannot fight for women without fighting for all women. We cannot achieve true parity without uplifting those who struggle to find equal footing.
If you want a place to start, the workplace is a good one. It is no surprise that, in a space built on hierarchy and power dynamics, women and other diverse professionals are often burdened with additional obstacles to success. Regardless of your position in said hierarchy, you can begin to bring an equity mindset into your workplace by listening to, and considering the realities of, your teammates:
Listen: we’ve been sharing this advice (as well as actions to take) for more than 15 years and, while we are grateful for every inch of support we’ve been given and continue to receive, it has not been enough to slow the tide of inequity in our industry or at large. Taking a group photo with your employees once a year while you pledge to address your pay gap has not been enough. Celebrating a new woman employee on LinkedIn has not been enough. We need action but we also need accountability — we need to see the change to be the change.
That’s why we’re doing something…dramatic this year. While the official 2023 International Women’s Day theme is “#EmbraceEquity” we want to take equity on headfirst to bring a more inclusive research industry into focus. That’s why we’re asking each of you to not only make a pledge to take action but to report back once you do. Here’s how we’ll do it:
Not sure how to take action? That’s okay….naturally, we have a few ideas:
We want to hear your ideas too — tag us on LinkedIn and let us know what you think Research and Insights professionals can do to tackle inequality in the workplace in 2023. If each of us is willing to take a pledge then imagine what we can accomplish together in the months to come!