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As a Woman-Owned Business, we are proud to uplift women and support women’s empowerment in our organization daily. We put together a list of eight tips to empower women within your own organization – because amazing things can happen when we lift each other up.

Women’s Equality in the Workplace: Why now?

Unfortunately, September of 2021 saw one of the biggest declines in women’s employment from the labor force statistics since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, creating the nation’s first “female recession.” This trend was also seen last year around the same time as most professional women have had to make the hard decision to leave their jobs in order to balance the needs of their families. At least a decade of women’s progress in the labor force has been wiped out by the pandemic recession.

The events of these past few years have had a lingering disproportionate effect on women in the workforce, as statistically female-dominated industries have been more significantly affected by the pandemic (such as travel and hospitality, restaurants, and in-person retail careers). We are excited to see that these female-dominated industries are finally returning to their pre-pandemic vitality, and this data just proves it’s more important than ever to advocate for and uplift the hard-working women in our lives and within our organizations.

How You Can Help

As of 2019, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 57.4% of all women participated in the labor force, and we expect to see that number continue to grow. Over half of all management positions are held by women and around 10 million businesses are owned by women, including Career Group Companies!

By advocating for women in the workforce we continue to make strides toward equality which means more women achieving their goals, taking on leadership roles, and finding career success!

Here are Eight Tips on How to Empower the Women in Your Office:

1. Amplify Women’s Voices and Ideas

Give women a seat at the table. All too often women’s voices are overshadowed by their male counterparts. Studies show that video meetings can make it even harder for women to get a word in. Combat that by making sure women in your organization are getting credit for their ideas and that women feel empowered to speak and share their important input.

2. Mentor Girls and Women

It can be so impactful to take other women under your wing. By being a strong resource for the next generation of female leaders, you are giving them a leg up on their journey to success and ensuring a bright future for women in the workplace. We recently partnered with Gyrl Wonder to mentor ambitious young women of color and provide guidance and resources as they enter a competitive workforce. To learn more about their amazing organization or to get involved, visit their site!

3. Promote Women

In more ways than one! Promoting women from within your company into management and C-level positions is inherently empowering and speaks to their capacities as both an employee and a person. Plus, studies show that organizations with women in power outperform those without women in these high-level career positions. Recently, we saw countries with female leaders were able to better handle the pandemic. Promoting women is a win-win.

4. Be a Role Model

By asserting yourself as a strong leader, role model and someone who consistently empowers women, you are demonstrating your own power and strength in the workplace. Leaders of all genders can become role models and advocate for women in the effort of achieving gender parity and equality. Being a role model also means being approachable, open to feedback from women, and willing to offer help in gender-specific work situations.

5. Help Close the Wage Gap

Women still earn on average only 83 cents to every dollar a man makes. Research shows women also have more student debt as a result of pursuing higher education, and the wage gap is even wider for women of color. Close the wage gap in your organization by ensuring employees in equal positions with similar experience are earning equitable salaries, regardless of gender or race. Conduct regular pay equity audits and correct any discrepancies.

6. Enact Fair Parental Leave Policies

Establishing parental policies for your employees is absolutely essential for gender equality in the workplace, as it encourages both new mothers and fathers to have a healthier work/life balance, and makes no assumptions about which parent is taking on the responsibility of child care. Today’s employees shouldn’t have to choose between a thriving career and parenthood. Fair policies ensure employees know they will be treated with respect when and if they decide to start and support a family.

7. Give Women Opportunities

Men will more often be given career opportunities based on potential, while women will be given job opportunities based only on previous experience. Turn this around, and give early-career women a chance to prove themselves within the company. If a new project comes up and you think a woman on your team would be the perfect person to take the lead, put her name forward and back her up as the best choice!

8. Remove Gender Bias in Your Organization

Studies show different expectations are placed on women and men in the professional workplace. The myth of female rivalry at work stems from the idea that there aren’t enough opportunities for women to go around, and your work culture may be contributing to this idea. Are women in your organization expected to take notes in meetings or plan all office events? Are women in leadership roles expected to be more aggressive? You may have unconscious gender biases about the kinds of tasks or roles women are more suited to, or the dynamics of workplace relationships. Removing gender bias and empowering women at all levels will create a work environment where teams can advocate for women and root for each other’s success.

Let’s show the world what we are capable of — because when we empower women, we empower ourselves!