Each year, Management Today runs Inspiring Women events to encourage Britain’s young female business talent, to provide practical tips on reaching the top and to promote gender equality at work. And each year, we look around the room and think ‘where are all the men’?
Men created the system. They (largely) run the system. Men need to help change the system.
In the UK, women still earn 18% less than their male colleagues – and will have to wait until 2069 for pay parity. Men are still 40% more likely than women to be promoted into senior management roles. And there are still only six (soon-to-be seven) female CEOs in the FTSE 100.
We want to end gender inequality – and we want everyone to be involved.
That’s why Management Today has teamed up with the Women’s Business Council to launch an Agents of Change power list. We want to shine the spotlight on the army of male leaders who are fighting women’s corner and driving gender equality initiatives. We know you’re out there – and we want to share your great work.
'We can’t achieve equality in the workplace without involving men. Our Agents of Change powerlist will showcase those pioneering business leaders who are shattering glass ceilings and nurturing the female talent of tomorrow,' says Cilla Snowball, president of the Women's Business Council and group chair of advertising giant AMV BBDO.
Snowball will be judging this year's Agents of Change power list alongside Management Today's editor Matthew Gwyther and features editor Kate Bassett. Sir Philip Hampton, chairman of GlaxoSmithKline and co-author of the Hampton-Alexander Review on improving gender balance in FTSE leadership, will also be joining the judging panel.
The Agents of Change campaign is backed by Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Women, Equalities and Early Years. 'Equality is everyone’s business – and it benefits both men and women alike. Many men are supportive of gender equality but we need those men to actively drive this issue forward in their workplace,' she says.
'This campaign is a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate those men who are already working to make sure all employees reach their full potential, regardless of their gender. Whether it's the male CEO leading by example and sharing parental leave with their partner, or the male colleague who's striving to get more women into professions, let's showcase the good practice already happening in workplaces across the country and help encourage more businesses to smash the glass ceiling.'
If you're an Agent of Change, or if you'd like to nominate a male boss, colleague or friend, please fill in the (simple) form below – the closing date for entries is 18 January, 2017. You just need to provide a short biography, a photograph and a 300-word citation on why you should be named an Agent of Change. Our power list will be published in Management Today next March.
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