Julie Kratz is the author of One: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality.
Our 24-hour news cycle is filled with thousands of short-lived moments: a school shooting; government corruption; crisis in the Middle East. Each headline crowds out the next. It can be hard to focus on one story for any period of time. But every now and then, a story sticks around. It breaks through the noise of the busy news cycle. A moment becomes a movement.
From the admission of a presidential candidate that he had groped women and gotten away with it, to the Women’s March last year, and gaining momentum with the Harvey Weinstein revelations, the #MeToo movement began. Women are organizing, speaking out and taking action.
It’s important to remember that #MeToo is about more than sexual harassment and sexual assault. It’s also about equal career opportunities and equal pay for equal work.
Men may want to help, but may not know where to begin. There’s a new book available that deals with just this question of how to be a male ally. It’s called One: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality. It’s written by Julie Kratz, the founder of Pivot Point. She is a speaker, a trainer, and author. This book was written after extensive interviews with successful women and male allies.
In this interview, Julie describes what an organization might look like if it achieved gender equality. She contrasts that with the current reality. Julie describes the consequences to organizations who do not maximize the talents of women. She provides indicators that organizations can look for to indicate whether or not they are achieving gender equality. She provides some positive examples of organizations who are getting gender equality right.
Julie also lays out four key strategies for being a successful male ally:
- Channeling the women they empathize
- Asking for her HERstory
- Speaking up with her
- Doing the fair share
You can also read an explanation of each of these key areas on Julie’s blog here.
About Julie Kratz
Julie is a leadership trainer. She led teams in companies such as Caterpillar, Nationwide Insurance, and Adayana. After experiencing her own career “pivot point,” Julie developed a process to help women leaders create their winning career game plan.
Julie promotes gender equality in the workplace by helping women navigate their “what’s next” moments. Julie is a frequent keynote speaker and executive coach. Julie is also the author of Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan.
Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Julie Kratz
“When you have gender equality at the highest level of organizations, you have a much stronger profitability number.”
“We’ve accepted that things are changing. It’s going to be a slow, gradual change. But, that’s actually not true. If we don’t do something now, it can actually get worse.”
“It’s not a line-item on your financials, which is why I think there is not a sense of urgency.”
“There’s this unconscious bias, the subtle things we do every day with how we value women’s work.”
“You think about what has held women back, I don’t think we’ve been so good at including men in the dialog. We’re talking about 50% of the population.”
Social Entrepreneurship Resources:
- Book: One: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality: http://amzn.to/2Ed1FMa
- Book: Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan for Mid-Career Women: http://amzn.to/2lqHhOL
- Pivot Point: https://www.nextpivotpoint.com
- Pivot Point Podcast: https://www.nextpivotpoint.com/pivot-point-podcast
- Julie Kratz on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nextpivotpoint
- Pivot Point on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nextpivotpoint
- Julie Kratz on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-kratz-06a015b
- McKinsey report, Women Matter: Ten years of insights on gender diversity: https://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/gender-equality/women-matter-ten-years-of-insights-on-gender-diversity
- Michael Kimmel’s TED talk, “Why gender equality is good for everyone – men included: https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_kimmel_why_gender_equality_is_good_for_everyone_men_included
- Book: Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives our Success: http://amzn.to/2Ec6KEn
- Book: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World: http://amzn.to/2EbgyhR
- Book: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy: http://amzn.to/2Dve6S3
- Book: All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Business and How We Can Fix It Together: http://amzn.to/2DvwYQV
- HeForShe, sponsored by UN Women: http://www.heforshe.org
- Book: Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs: https://tonyloyd.com/book