Do you see this as an unusual volume of good news for gender equity?
I got weepy when Hillary Clinton locked up the nomination for president, not for political reasons but because it is historical. I celebrate what it says about the progress of women and what it does to our images of leadership.
If the word “feminist” evokes a negative image of angry, bra-burning women, listen to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudea. Being a feminist simply means valuing women equally with men. He thinks it is no big deal in 2016 to be a feminist. For the U.S. Presidential election, we may have a feminist or someone who is far from a feminist. What difference will that make on gender diversity and equality?
McKinsey has concluded that it will take 25 years to reach “gender parity” at the senior VP level and more than 100 years to reach parity in the C-suite. Is “parity” realistic and attainable even in a century? I don’t think so. Even if we could magically eliminate all unconscious gender bias, other factors would make parity unlikely. There are key reasons other than bias – like free choice. I will continue to help eliminate bias so choice is truly free.