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Five Friday Highlights: Facing Inequity

While the world today is still unfair, especially for women, it is still possible to knock down walls and make progress. Today, five highlights about the specifics of facing inequity as well as strategies for supporting one another.

We will not be able to fully address gender inequality until we understand it. Take some time to delve into A CEO’s Guide to Gender Inequality from McKinsey & Company. I share the frustration of the authors, who ask “why is progress so slow?”.

In this analytically written yet personally candid post, Gini Dietrich of Spin Sucks describes how Gender and Pay Inequality is Alive and Well in her professional world. Nothing quite helps illuminate inequity like details reinforced by facts and feelings.

One of the points Gini Dietrich made in her gender and pay inequality post, was ” there is nothing worse than another woman not supporting women.” In Career Restartup: Five Ways Women are Helping Each Other Get Back on Track, Betsey Guzior of BizWomen writes that “51 percent of working mothers — compared to 16 percent of working fathers — said they found it difficult to advance in their careers.” She proceeds to share five ways women who have taken extended leaves (such as parental leave) can re-enter the workforce successfully.

Although inequity still flourishes, we can help each other overcome it, one action at a time. {TWEET THIS}

Zooming out a bit from gender-based issues to general employee engagement concerns, I recommend The Role of Communication in Employee Experience and Employer Branding from Talent Culture. Nothing says it better than the second paragraph: “Clear workplace communication leads to team success.”

Lastly, this piece touches on my interests in communication, gender, and culture. If you have ever had to present to a multi-cultural audience, you may have discovered that what elicits hilarious laughter in the US may not have the same effect in Taipei! The suggestions in The Serious Business of Being Funny are excellent.

What have you read this week that made you think differently or laugh harder? Drop me a line at *protected email* and let me know!

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Melissa Lamson

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Melissa Lamson, Founder and President of Lamson Consulting, is an author, consultant, and speaker who accelerates the business expansion goals of today’s most successful companies by developing global mindset, refining leadership skills, and bridging cross cultural communication.
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