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How to work inclusion

96% of organisations saw inclusion progress

when equality not separated as a women's network or initiative,

instead where they involved men and women across the organisation.

Compared to 30% where men not engaged.

How Men Can Become Better Allies to Women

First step to being involved

Awareness inequality exists

Motivating towards advocacy


Maintaining involvement

Sense of inclusion

and be aware of:

reluctance to be involved

men may experience a backlash from other men 

being uncomfortable

cultural norms also 'polices mens behaviour'


'Male Champion'


Does the name draw men in?


Or create a division? 

“Really dude? We have to call you a champion just to get you to be fair, respectful, and inclusive?”

'pedestal' titles can motivate, and yet imbalance

 the level playing field you're seeking to create

How men can be better allies


Listen first.


Know that conferences on gender topics may involve the sharing of experiences of exclusion, marginalisation, and discrimination. Recognise these are an important step to gain greater understanding, in order to bring about solutions. Listen.

No mansplaining, please

At gender conferences or forums, step back from any form of speaking for women (including impromptu leading of a round table discussion), or mansplaining how women should approach gender equity efforts. Ask.

Be comfortable being uncomfortable

Learning about the professional challenges of women may produce feelings of shame or blame. One solution is acceptance, of the culture we all grew up in, and our part in moving it forward without blame.

Share your social capital

Share your influence, networks, information, knowledge, and organisational resources.

Ask, how you can best support equality in your organisation or wider network.

Be a public ally

Treating people equally in your actions and behaviours is great, and more impactful is to be a public ally, even when this may require you to upset the status quo.

How Men Can Become Better Allies to Women

W. Brad JohnsonDavid G. Smith.   HBR 

Succinct, fastest route to awareness

Shelley Carrell, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University


In 19 mins hear,

6+ studies,

what bias is,

how it plays out at work,

and 6 solutions.


Succinct, fast route to awareness.

'Bias' does it sound as if we're saying 'sexist' or racist'?  It's not.

In social psychology 'bias'  =  an error in decision making, through our minds natural shortcut thinking.

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