Men Advocating Real Change – Part III
Now more than one year old, Men Advocating Real Change continues to make headlines. Recent clips include:
The Huffington Post:
Somewhere online men are talking about workplace equality. Not snidely or resentfully, but by story-telling and sharing advice in the same way as women do in their networks. Catalyst, the women’s advocacy group, has set up a website to allow this to happen. Participants are 70 per cent male, though women aren’t barred, and the age range is surprisingly diverse.
Why should men wish to discuss ‘women’s issues’? Because they are now everybody’s issues.
Today, the main workplace debate is often about ‘work-life’ and family, and these have no gender bias. At a recent gathering of senior businesswomen, one of the main topics of discussion focused on how to engage men in both parental responsibilities and in the promotion of more flexible workplace arrangements. Men need to be part of this conversation.
The Broad Experience:
I realized it had been a while since I’d featured any men on The Broad Experience, and it was time to change that. So I rounded up three guys who spend a lot of time thinking about the relationship between the sexes, particularly when it comes to the workplace: organizational behavior professor Martin Davidson, sociology professor and author Michael Kimmel, and Mike Otterman, who runs the Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) initiative at Catalyst.
And Peace X Peace:
Almost a year ago, Catalyst launched MARC—Men Advocating Real Change—a virtual community for men committed to workplace equality and inclusion. We launched MARC because we believe that men have a critical role to play in creating more equal workplaces, yet we learned from our research that men don’t always feel there’s a space for them to engage with each other, and with women, in tackling gender inequalities in the workplace. Very often, and with good intentions, organizations focus solely on women’s experiences—and the result is that gender gaps come to be seen as just a women’s issue, best addressed by women. With MARC we are changing all this: we’ve built a community where members can explore gender from men’s perspectives and be empowered to establish better partnerships both within and across gender lines. With more than 17,000 visits to the site and more than 500 members from around the world, the idea seems to be catching on. So far we’ve published more than 100 blog posts from experts around the world committed to fostering gender equality in the workplace.