Don't ask women to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to figuring out how to keep them in the workforce. It's time for companies to step up and offer better solutions to women workers before they walk out the door.
The coverage of the pandemic’s impact on women has been long on details but short on solutions. But let me bottom-line it for you: we cannot afford to let these women walk out the door. Lest you believe otherwise, let me give you a glaring example of what happens when women are missing from the decision-making process.
California's board gender diversity requirements meant that Shift Technologies CEO George Arison couldn’t confine his search for directors to just his network (which he admits is mostly men). Now Shift's board of eight has three female board members. Diversity laws can make a difference.
Charles Scharf isn’t the first to say make a claim like there's a "limited pool of Black talent" and he won’t be the last, and while I realize little can be done to prevent an “off the cuff” comment, I don’t understand how it ended up being released in a memo. Isn’t anyone in charge of not letting the CEO say something so offensive?
Once upon a time, the process for confirming a new Supreme Court Justice took into consideration the broad ranges of values held across America instead of the extreme notions of a chosen few. It aimed at adding to the court the calibre of a legal mind worthy of replacing a Scalia or RBG, not a specific political viewpoint. And it was conducted with a respect for the power being entrusted in a group of nine individuals to protect our rights and guarantee justice for everyone, and instead of devolving into at trip through the sordid details of the nominee's memory lane.
Or maybe that was just an episode of The West Wing.Continue reading...
Boards that use "prior experience as a CEO" as a screening tool, knowing how few Blacks (and women and people of color) will be able to meet this requirement, might as well just say "only white men need apply."
Women striking out on their own can be a great solution, but it shouldn't be the only solution. Women shouldn’t have to opt-out of corporate America to make work and family work.