We’ve recently been reading an excellent book by Emily Chang called Brotopia. It investigates and examines sexism and gender inequality in the technology industry of Silicon Valley.
We were reminded of a time in 2013, when we ran a 2-day seminar with women leaders from the UK and Europe and an enlightened man from Italy. Everybody gained new distinctions and created a new peer group of high flying ‘A players’ (ordinary people doing extraordinary things).
We – women in leadership – had a blast! We nailed the concept of Gender Intelligence for Gender Diversity, but the overwhelming call was ‘where are all the men?’. Although we have seen minor improvements in the involvement of male figures in the Gender Equality Movement, it was disheartening to read this blog from 2013 and note that not a great deal has changed since then.
By the ‘Gender Equality Movement’ we mean the push for more Gender Intelligence. It is the understanding that the brain does not come in fixed types, that both gender and sex are spectrums of the same thing, and that all of these spectrums are natural and normal. Sadly, there is still an old world where some believe they are ‘right’ about the inflexible corporate culture we have all become accustomed to.
Today’s society has so much to learn about the importance of Gender Intelligence. If you want to be a part of making great changes for our future, the most important thing to remember is that there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people feel safe around you, so BE the change you seek in the world.
As we enter PRIDE week, we are reminded that it’s not just female equality that’s important but the equality of our whole society. PRIDE provides a celebration of LGBT+ life and a platform to continue the fight for equality and to challenge prejudice.
Remember also that there is no possibility in being ‘right’ – stay open minded and always be willing to learn from others. If somebody has a different viewpoint to you then be inquisitive – there may be something to learn. You cannot move or develop from a fixed frame of mind.
Talking of fixed positions – I invite you to watch this video of Tony Robbins on why fixed positions must be challenged: