As we shared in our last post, we are thrilled that our new book, ONE: How Male Allies Partner with Women for Gender Equality, will be available early October! Our next three blogs will feature sneak peaks of the new book, with exclusive content from our research and interviews with successful women and male allies. For the next wave of gender equality, it is critical that men are involved in the movement.
This post will unpack the four key areas where male allies partner with women for gender equality are by:
- Channeling the women they empathize
- Asking for her HERstory
- Speaking up with her
- Doing the fair share
Channel the Women You Empathize
Think About What You Want for Your Daughter, Mother, or Spouse. Male allies shared incredible insights into the strong women in their lives that they cared about, and acted as a source of inspiration to transfer that care and compassion to other women. These men often were selfless in their gives of mentorship, sponsorship, or in how they managed women. They saw them as humans just like them, and did what anyone would do. They downplay their extraordinary efforts as ordinary, yet as I shared this with women, they responded that they wished there were more men like this. Male allies, although all around us, are more of a rare breed than they realize. Our belief is that these men see themselves as “normal” because they have channeled the strong women in their lives subconsciously, seeing the women they work with as extensions of their “normal” reality.