Fun fact: we’re just over 50% in women to men here at Gapingvoid Culture Design Group. Kind of like the United States: the women outnumber the men by just a bit. Not that we designed it this way, it’s just how it should be if you’re fair and honest about it.
Another fun fact: The International Monetary Fund is now run by Christine Lagarde. The first ever female Managing Director for the IMF. She ran a study (the first of its kind) of all 188 member countries to see what the chances are of women getting to work, versus men. Seems pretty reasonable that we should all have access…
Except that 90% of member countries have provisions in their constitutions and legal systems that prevent women from contributing equally. Some countries don’t allow women to work at all, others to own property, to drive, etc… 90% !!
What is the gender spread at your company?
I’m suggesting this is a big opportunity. Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs love diversity by nature. When a diversity of ideas and perspectives come together, innovation is born. Diversity of thoughts, backgrounds, neuro-diversity..
Now, Christina Lagarde is campaigning to allow women to contribute in working. Not as an equality issue, but as an economics issue. Equal access to diverse mindsets is a key driver to better economies. Seems pretty obvious?
A lot of biases exist without us even seeing them. It’s just the way it’s always been done. If you’re not hiring equally sexed folks, it may be worthwhile to take a step back and ask, based on your current rules, why not?
To hear more from the IMF, there’s a great Freakanomics Radio discussion HERE.