9 Ways You Can Choose to Challenge Gender Inequity
Celebrate International Women’s Day with These Mentorship Ideas
Challenges faced together are often easier to manage. That’s true no matter your age or stage in life. Having someone who is by your side to help you face challenges is the power of mentorships! So, for this International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the power of mentoring women and girls – in all its forms – in order to challenge current systems and eliminate inequity and gender bias.
Here are ten ways you can challenge gender bias through mentoring.
- Encourage friends and family to become mentors.
Create community by sharing the benefits of mentorship. In the workplace, mentees gain a broader perspective of their industry, develop a network and draw value from it. A more robust network also helps generate more professional opportunities and supports the mentee learn from their mentor’s expertise.
- Share social posts that uplift women.
Post content that empowers women to combat how social media can tear them down. . Share an article about the increasing numbers of women running for office. You can lead by example and inspire other women to do the same by taking this step. #WomenUnited
- Start a mentoring program at your local house of worship or community organization.
Start with a community you are familiar with and truly maximize your reach. Be a role model to your community to make impactful social change.
- Encourage a male friend or family member to fight gender bias.
Challenging inequity is not just women’s work. Everyone can play a role! For example, men can examine their prejudices, change their outlooks, and get involved in mentorship by mentoring a woman or girl they know or connecting that person with a female leader.
- Call out gender bias when you see it.
Whether you are quiet or outspoken, it’s essential to spread awareness and call out inequity wherever it exists. By speaking up, you bring attention to a phenomenon some people might not be aware of. #BreakTheBias
- Start a conversation about basic terms.
Once you find a young woman to mentor, start talking about language and phrases connected to inequity and gender bias. What does inequity mean to both of you? What are some examples of gender bias? Brainstorm ways to fight against them. Consider culture, religion, education, socioeconomics, and how they can influence how gender bias is presented.
- Give a presentation to your coworkers about the benefits of becoming a mentor.
Again, awareness is the keyword here. Ask your employer for an opportunity to give back. By sharing your experience, you could make an impact that you would not have expected.
- Join your local Women United group to find a mentor.
Women United is a global organization with over 70,000 women strong. If you or someone you know needs support, consider joining your local chapter to find a mentor.
- Join your local Women United group to become a mentor
Mentors are in great demand as well. Forge a powerful relationship that will change the life of a young woman or girl.
To support Women United and their work in the Central Florida community, text “WomenUnited” to 85511 or visit https://bit.ly/HFUWWomensHistoryMonth2022.