Achieving gender equality in the workplace will happen more quickly and more effectively if both genders work to make it happen. That’s the idea behind #LeanInTogether, a new campaign from LeanIn.org, the women’s empowerment organization created by Sheryl Sandberg.
The case for men and women working for equality in tandem was made in a March 5, 2015, New York Times editorial written by Sandberg and Adam Grant, a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In the final installment in their four part “Women at Work” series for the newspaper, Sandberg and Grant argue that “equality is good for men, too.”
“Equality is not a zero-sum game,” they write. “More profits mean more rewards and promotions to go around. The risk is in not including women. Teams that fail to leverage the skills of a diverse work force fall behind. Two chief executives, John T. Chambers of Cisco, and Carlos Ghosn of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, have said that they can’t be competitive in the global economy without increasing their percentage of female executives.”
Sandberg and Grant argue that the way we advocate gender parity should change from focusing on fairness to articulating why equality is not just right but desirable for both women and men. #LeanInTogether was created to articulate that idea.
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