We are so excited to announce that our new book, ONE: How Male Allies Partner with Women for Gender Equality, will be available early October! Our next four posts will feature sneak peaks of the new book, with exclusive content from our research and interviews with successful women and male allies.
In working with successful men and women leaders throughout my career, and in my research, there is a clear and integral role for women helping one another, as well as the importance of men supporting women. We rarely recognize the “male allies” behind successful women, and this book is intended to help men and women understand the importance of “male allies,” and also to provide strategies, tools, and ideas for women and men to partner together for gender equality.
From our research, we believe that feminism failed to produce results because it was negatively perceived as “man haters” and left out 50% of the population in its cause. Now is the time to showcase examples of what good looks like, and the man’s role in creating positive change. As many of the male allies we interviewed said, it’s the small things that make a big difference. From everyday men in business, to men in academia, to executive women leaders, to bestselling authors, to Ted Talk speakers, we interviewed dozens of extraordinary men that have done ordinary, and extraordinary things to support women.
This is not a tug of war; it’s not a zero sum game. We all stand to benefit when we welcome men into the conversation about gender equality. We’re not going to solve this problem as women alone. We need the support of male allies to win together. And, as we found in our research, there are benefits for both women and men. It’s a win-win.
There are four key areas that we believe holistically represent what male allies do to support women and what women do to engage male allies. It truly is a collaboration across genders.
- Heart: How Men Channel the Women They Empathize, and How Women Start the Dialogue with the WIIFM
- Story: How Men Ask for HERStory, and How Women Share Their Story
- Speaking: How Men Speak up with Her, and How Women Speak Up with Him
- Work-Life: How Men Do the Fair Share, and How Women Practice Self-Care