Jacki Zehner, the Chief Engagement Officer & President of Women Moving Millions, gave an inspiring talk at the Boston Club earlier this year. She believes that at that heart of gender inequality is a dominant belief in a "properly working meritocracy" but that the reality is that the current system heavily favors those who fit a particular mold. She talked about the slow pace of change to date, and why she thinks that today we are on the brink of major change:
- There is more and more research to support the importance and the value of gender equity
- Men are starting to take up the cause, as exemplified by the Warren Buffet interview in Fortune Magazine. This will help end the framing that puts women's gains at the expense of men.
- We now have an ability to share information, mobilize and connect that we never had before because of technology. This new technology is democratizing power.
- People are increasingly willing to put all their financial resources behind creating a more just, sustainable and socially responsible world
Jacki stressed that we live in a world where money is power, so we must use our time, treasure and talent to support organizations that work on behalf of women and girls, and to invest with a gender lens. What we buy and where we buy it are some of the most important decisions we make every day, so we need to do it intentionally and thoughtfully. For example, she suggested that we shouldn't buy products from companies that don't have women on their corporate boards.
Wish you had been at the event? Here's a TedX talk that Jacki gave, which has a similar theme.