I’m proud to share that a report I helped write about how to advance women in the workplace has been released nationally and to leaders in the White House.
Last summer I participated in an online forum hosted by Bentley University’s Center for Women and Business (located in Boston). I was invited to share my thoughts through a connection of mine, and a total of 350 professionals posted their comments.
Out of these 350 folks, 11 women were selected to participate in a writing collaborative to boil down the comments into an actionable, thoughtful report. That included me!
We worked on several categories within the report. I focused on what we called “work-life integration”, which included ideas around maternity leave policies, availability of quality childcare, healthy learning experiences for kids so families could supplement school less in the limited time available at home, and biologically respectful schedules to honor children’s and working families’ time.
Behold, the release of that collaboration! The report, Work of Our Own: An Action Plan to Solve, Resolve, and Ultimately Advance Women in Business, has 78 solutions for an audience of CEOs, public policymakers, and women. Included are also 24-Hour CEO Challenges for how business can make a difference for women (p.40), and advice directly for working women to help themselves (p.41).
You can find the spotlight on me specifically on pages 30 and 48. Otherwise, my ideas and thoughts are woven throughout, particularly in Recommendations 8 through 10 (p. 28-38).
The experience reinforced my belief that working women’s issues are men’s issues, too. They are family issues. Our society can’t ignore that the norm today is for working families to struggle to do it all, from working, parenting, doing household duties, building community, supplementing education, taking care of the administrative tasks of life in the 21st century, and more.
When I am with my friends, conversations almost always inevitably drift to how pressed we all feel—that we are struggling to find a healthy lifestyle that integrates work and family priorities, and fun! It’s time to make some changes in our own lives, in the workplace, and in our society. America is better than this. We deserve better than this. Let’s make it happen. This report offers some solutions as starting points.