Eps 1: Empowered Women Empower Women
I was discussing employee diversity with my boss as one of the sustainability indicators our (and many other) organizations have been reporting on a regular basis through annual report. Despite the notion that it appears to be a checklist exercise, I believe that a report on employee diversity (e.g., number of employees based on diversity indicators such as gender and age group) would help in determining which issues are of particular importance to certain segments of the governance bodies or employees.
Having an equal number of male and female employees, or even a higher female-to-male ratio, appears to be exceptional. Is it, however, truly fair to apply it to all markets? Markets in both developed and developing countries?
It might come down to the socioeconomic environment in which the company/institution operates, where female talent is typically in short supply, especially for specific skillsets.
So, this question requires a response that addresses two aspects of the story: 1) Demand: how committed the organization is to promoting equal opportunity in its culture (rather than just looking good in the report); 2) Supply: the systematic change required to boost more female talent in certain skill sets in the market.
Coming from a scientific background, I am constantly surrounded and awestruck by my female friends who study or work relentlessly in the STEM sectors (Science, Tech, Engineering and Mathematics). I believe their energy as women in STEM are more than valuable to share, regardless of the career path they choose, or those who decide to become full-time moms but nevertheless apply their strategic thinking from previous education/work experience to their homes.
I’m taking a small part in women’s empowerment by sharing my personal notes and insights gained from conversations with other women in STEM over a cup of tea. As a sustainability professional, currently working in the investment business, I’m interested in hearing their perspectives on sustainability issues, thus I’d add my fellow women in finance to the list.
Hoping to see more and more women on top!