Celebrating the Power of Diversity All Month Long
This March boasts both International Women’s Day (IWD) and Women’s History Month. While female talent and contributions are recognized throughout the year, this month brings a unique occasion for us to highlight and celebrate women’s achievements in the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres, and to lead a discussion around what we can do today, and every day, to create a more gender-inclusive environment.
As the Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Peapod Digital Labs, I’m incredibly proud of the strong female talent we have across all levels of our company. It is important that our teams represent the people who choose our services, use our technology, shop our brands, and share our community. To celebrate these diverse voices and perspectives, this month our company will highlight our associate perspectives on why a gender-inclusive workplace is important and the role we play in it. This will include employee highlights, blog posts, and (sometimes painful) data about women in tech.
We’re doing this not because we want to showcase our female talent –although we’re certainly proud of all the associates who work for us – but to participate in the broader conversation about gender balance and gender-inclusivity. Today at Peapod Digital Labs we have about 45% gender diversity across our company, but we can do better. More inclusive representation is not just good for our company, it’s good business. Countless studies have shown that teams are stronger, results are better, and output is greater when diversity is present and respected. We need to have voices at the table who challenge stereotypes, fight bias, and broaden perceptions, because they create a better place to work and a better end work product.
So I encourage you to participate in the conversation too and commit to action. If you are a leader in business, challenge yourself and your organization to make sure that you are recruiting from diverse talent pools, that your language and actions in the advertising/interviewing/selection process reflect your commitment to diversity, and that your femme talent sees - and are encouraged to pursue - career paths that are inclusive of all genders and backgrounds. Host a discussion with your team and ideate on how to make your team or work environment more inclusive, educate yourself on the use of gender-inclusive pronouns, or volunteer with an organization that is doing good work for marginalized groups. Recognize the value diversity brings to both our personal and professional lives and the role you play in being a champion for change, today and every day.
An equal world is an enabled world. What are you doing to champion change?