Time’s Up For Gender Parity

 

On International Women’s Day, a new day is on the horizon and time’s up to press for progress for gender parity. Women—even though I’m straight-up one of you—you’re courage and sheer determination to use your voices and demand change left me in awe. From the Women’s March…

…to the day Tarana Burke‘s words broke the internet when Alyssa Milano roused millions to speak out about their sexual harassment and assault experiences. #MeToo

Time Magazine named 2017’s Person of the Year “The Silence Breakers.” Hollywood, media, companies, and even Congress listened and sexual predators faced actual consequences. Ousted. Turned out by society. I couldn’t shake the feeling that things felt different. Even pop culture…

Time’s Up was unveiled the morning of the Golden Globes—movie stars wore black and ditched their dates for activists. Then, Oprah.

They launched a Legal Defense Fund to empower all women.

The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It’s time to do something about it.

Frances McDormand won Best Actress at the Oscars and called on Hollywood actors and actresses to insist on inclusion riders to require diversity among a film’s cast and crew. If inclusion riders became commonplace, it could dramatically shift our culture.

And women are running for office in record numbers—25,000 reached out to Emily’s List.

Then a full-on #JobshareRevolution by West End stars happened. The UK’s best demanded job shares so they aren’t forced to choose caregiving over their careers. Just awesome.

Gender bias and The Motherhood Penalty are real and the truth is that a large part of the gender equality equation means women staying in the game without decelerating their careers. It’s become increasingly clear to me that job sharing is not just a flexible work practice but a real part of the gender parity solution. Women no longer have to trade flexibility for their careers. Job sharing makes pursuing their careers while caregiving possible.

Job share programs are a diversity & inclusion super tool to not only recruit and retain women but create more inclusive workspaces. It’s time for companies to re-imagine work and press for progress with:

  • Cross-generational job sharing — i.e. boomers and millennials
  • Cross-gender job sharing — i.e. women and men
  • Cross-gender identification job sharing — i.e. heterosexual and LGBTQ employees
  • Cross-cultural job sharing — i.e. people of different ethnicities, faiths, and cultures job share to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of one another

A new day is on the horizon and time’s up. I believe in you and together, we’ve got this!

Yours Truly,


Melissa Nicholson is the Founder & CEO of Work Muse, a job share solutions firm. Job sharing is a partnership between two people to share the responsibilities of one full-time position. Work Muse drives adoption of job sharing in business as a source of competitive advantage while helping individuals find work-life balance. Join the #JobshareRevolution here –– events, resources, and relevant content to empower you in work and life! For more info, hello@workmuse.com.

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