In this fascinating TED talk, Michael Kimmel explores how gender equality benefits men just as much as women.
The virtues for women may seem obvious - whether it’s narrowing the gender pay gap, smashing through the glass ceiling or simply taking a more balanced approach to housekeeping and childcare.
But the idea of gender equality has some interesting perks for men as well. Men are able to have a better work-life balance when their wives are able to be just as committed to their careers as they are.
When men share housework and childcare, their children do better in school. They have lower rates of absenteeism, higher rates of achievement.
It is also good for companies. Research by Catalyst and others has shown conclusively that the more gender-equal companies are, the better it is for workers, the happier their labor force is. They have lower job turnover. They have lower levels of attrition. They have an easier time recruiting. They have higher rates of retention, higher job satisfaction, higher rates of productivity.
The film reveals many of the rewards gained from gender equality and the impact it has on our wellbeing as humankind. So we need to empower not only women but men as well to become a part of the dialogue. It’s only then we’ll be able to create more diverse, inclusive cultures, and happier, more productive teams.
Come join our next Breakfast of Change, Beyond the Gender Agenda, to explore how we can overcome unconscious bias to create more inclusive workplaces.