Many men ask me what they can do after they have been made more aware of gender inequalities.
Yes, many men, nay, most men, are blissfully ignorant of gender inequality.
Once they have become aware, however, things begin to change. The world looks different. Their minds never regain their original shape. And they are left wondering what they can do.
They are also left wondering about all the things they have done in their lives that were sexist, and how they might do them differently. As you might have gathered from my earlier blog article about men opening doors, it is as simple, and as complicated, as that question.
This post leads you to a very thoughtful article by Kathleen Davis – Leadership Editor at http://www.fastcompany,com – providing some suggestions for things men can do in the workplace to help along gender equality in the workplace. These are quite useful ideas, many of which one might say are starting small but designed for those who wisely ask the question about what they can do to make things better.
Remember, small change is where big change begins.
Her five main action areas are:
1. If You Have It, Take Parental Leave (And Encourage Other Men To Do So Too).
2. Share the Second Shift
3. Mentor (both men and women)
4. Pay Attention To Double Standards In Language
5. Don’t Participate In Panels Of A Bunch Of White Men
(With due credit to Kathleen and Davis FastCompany for this graphic)