Each year we make resolutions or promises to ourselves that are not kept. We promise to eat healthier than we ever have, read more, learn a new skill or forgive someone we haven’t spoken to in years. But, as we pile on our ritual resolutions we find that they are hard to keep up with. Let’s change that when it comes to advancing gender equality with four resolutions we should and must make.
1. Asking more women to run for office and more candidates to add women in leadership positions once elected. Vision 2020’s Rhode Island Delegates did just that with their Rhode Island GAP project, working Governor Chafee to elect more women in government. These women worked with their elected official to increase the number of women in state appointments from 15 percent (2010) to 34 percent (2013). In February, our Pennsylvania Delegate Dana Brown’s Ready to Run project will educate and train women who would like to run for office.
2. Mentoring or sponsoring a woman in your hometown. Did you know that women who have active sponsors are more likely to continue working at a company? Become a mentor or sponsor at least one woman you know. Learn more about how companies are using sponsorship here.
3. Adding the Pressure. Pioneers like Susan B. Anthony, Gloria Steinem, and our own Lynn Yeakel have paved roads that were once quite narrow for women by adding pressure and keeping it. We must continue to hold the media, elected officials, businesses, and others accountable for adding more women to leadership positions or removing demeaning images of women.
4. Giving back. Donating is just one way others can help. If we were to give just a few dollars to an organization that aligns with gender equality we can become one step closer to reaching a 50/50 society that will benefit generation to generation.