As a result, women in both these organizations felt as though they had to overcome the barriers to their advancement by outperforming their male colleagues, working harder and continually engaging in self-development. These strategies may help women navigate workplaces, but they do nothing to address systemic inequality.
We need to stop fixing women and start fixing workplaces.
But, we can’t remove barriers that hold women back at work if we don’t acknowledge they exist—and it’s the responsibility of all leaders to do both. Organizations that recognize and value difference enable employees to use their diverse perspectives and talents to thrive at work.
This not only benefits workers—it ensures companies can compete effectively. Technological disruptions are forcing companies to continuously innovate. An Accenture survey found employees are six times more likely
to have an innovative mindset in workplaces with more equal cultures.