Three Reasons to Gender-Balance Your Business

By William Vogeler, Esq. on January 09, 2019 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

#MeToo is not a thing; it's a statement.

It says that women are demanding -- and getting -- better treatment in the business world. It's gone way beyond protection from sexual harassment, diversity in employment, and equal pay for equal work.

But if that's not enough to re-evaluate your company policy, here are three reasons to gender-balance your business:

It's About Time

#MeToo started a revolution against sexual harassment that has changed American culture. However, the groundswell for change has been rising for generations.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, featured in the newly released "On the Basis of Sex," is an icon for that reason. Her personal story of overcoming gender discrimination is the story about every woman's struggle in America.

"I ask no favor for my sex," she says in a separate documentary about her. "All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks."

It's About Law

In addition to changes at the top, laws are changing in every state to protect and promote women in the workplace.

California is leading the country with two new laws: one prohibits non-disclosure agreements in settlements involving sexual harassment; the other mandates companies include at least one woman on their boards of directors.

It's About Business

Prioritizing gender balance is good for business, says Forbes. It helps companies comply with the law, and it helps with their bottom line.

"Women are an economic accelerator," writes Callie Dickens. She says companies with gender diverse leadership are more likely to be profitable than those that are not gender-balanced.

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