Gender Equality Council
Center for Talent Innovation
Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University
Presidio Knolls School
Levi Strauss & Co.
Christine De Groot
Emily M. Murase, PhD
San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
Gender Equality Challenge Launched at City HallOn April 15, 2013, Supervisors David Chiu, Malia Cohen, and David Campos joined the City's Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Christine Falvey, Executive Director of the Department on the Status of Women, Emily Murase, PhD, the Gender Equality Council, leaders from San Francisco companies, and more to launch the Gender Equality Challenge. The goal of the Gender Equality Challenge is to motivate organizations to join the effort to advance gender equality in the Bay Area and to improve the working environment for all women and men. The Challenge will collect and highlight gender-responsive model practices that can be measured, shared, and replicated.
Earlier last week, Mayor Ed Lee set the tone for the Challenge, saying: "A thriving 21st Century San Francisco workforce requires that we honor the principles of equality so that both men and women are treated equally in the workplace. Along with our valuable corporate partners, we are committed to creating workplaces in our City that will be recognized models for our entire nation.”
Dr. Murase opened the April 15 event on a similarly enthusiastic note. Addressing the packed house at City Hall, Dr. Murase called attention to the global momentum around issues of gender, innovation, and equitable workplaces. She thanked the Gender Equality Council - a working group comprised of representatives from leading Bay Area companies - for crafting the Gender Equality Challenge to tackle these critical issues.
Supervisors Chiu, Cohen, and Campos described the need for a public-private partnership to advance workplace equality. They cited dismal female leadership and equal pay statistics, and emphasized that the time for change was now.
Ms. Falvey highlighted Mayor Lee's strong connection with gender equality in San Francisco, and how 15 years ago, as director of the Department of Public Works, he implemented the very first gender analysis of a City department.
Ann Lehman, Policy Director of the Department on the Status of Women, outlined the Gender Equality Challenge and the 7 principles on which it is based. "Gender equality is not just the right thing to do," she said, "It is the smart thing to do." Gender equality in the workplace is essential for:
She then described two Deloitte practices that fall under the following principles:
Ms. Joseph explained that Symantec is actively re-framing how it approaches gender equity and inclusion at all levels in the company. She shared her personal experiences with setting goals, and the importance of having CEO support for practices that promote equality.
Dr. Murase concluded the event by challenging Bay Area companies to do their part for gender equality and smart business, and apply to the Gender Equality Challenge.Check out great photos from the event on Facebook.
Read more about the launch on SFGate.
Bay Area Companies: Take the Challenge!
Starting NOW, we challenge Bay Area companies to share a model practice based on one of the 7 Gender Equality Principles.
Join us as we advance the conversation on 21st century workplaces at a number of upcoming events. For more information, please email Elizabeth Laferriere at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you!Thank you to everyone who joined us for the historic launch of this new initiative. We are grateful for the ongoing support of Mayor Ed Lee and Christine Falvey. We are honored by the commitment of Supervisors David Chiu, Malia Cohen, and David Campos to advancing equality in San Francisco. The inspirational words of Teresa Briggs and Cecily Joseph move us and lead us all in the right direction.
The Challenge would also like to thank the Gender Equality Council Members for their dedication and vision; Alexis Koelbl and Nick Despota for their creative insight; the Department on the Status of Women staff for their time and commitment; the Commission on the Status of Women and Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women for their ongoing support; and to all of our private sector partners, present and future, for committing to build a 21st century workplace where women and men can thrive equally.