Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all Break the Bias.
Tuesday, March 8 the world celebrates International Women’s Day. It’s exciting to see posts from people and companies across the world. This year’s theme is “Break the Bias” so we asked some of our team members what they are doing to to break the bias in their world.
I took a minute to educate myself on the state of the gender pay gap in the US.
In 2015, the controlled wage gap was 97 cents for every dollar a man made. Last year- 98 cents. In the last 6 years, the pay gap has only marginally improved.
This 2% pay gap may seems small, but is compounds over time AND is magnified when a woman making less takes on a new role and is made an offer based on her already diminished salary.
I’m “breaking the bias” by educating myself. In turn, I hope to be more aware of my own privilege!
I’m having conversations with the women in my life closest to me who will speak truth so I can see my own bias’ that may exist without my awareness.
I’ve been paying a lot of attention to “breaking the bias” in how I view raising our kids. It’s really easy to think mom and dad are associated with specific roles and tasks but we’re working to create an environment that we all thrive in based off who we are.
To help break the bias I will continue to encourage my adult daughters to be self-reliant and true to themselves. Furthermore guiding my adult sons to respect and hold up all women in their lives, be it their family members or friends. Their dad is an important mentor in this as well.
I am working on breaking the bias by honing into actionable empathy – working to see the possibilities and value brought from each circumstance rather than assuming an outcome based on bias or stereotype.