HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT WOMEN?
HOW TO: ALLY
1. GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.
Acknowledge and give the women around you credit for the work that they do.
2. THE AUTHORITY FIGURE.
Women often downplay their authority and accomplishments. With authority and power comes labels. Women in power are often criticized on appearance, aggressive personality, lack of femininity and more. In an effort to avoid criticisms, they may downplay their accomplishments. Take time to acknowledge women's achievements.
3. IN CONVERSATION.
If you notice someone had a good idea, but was not heard, say something. Women can often be boxed out of conversations because of the power dynamics at the table. Take the simple step and elevate another person's thoughts and ensure that all voices are being heard. Use this fun tool (http://arementalkingtoomuch.com) during a meet to track when gender is dominating the conversation.
4. ALWAYS ENCOURAGE.
Encourage the women around you to lead. Women rarely receive direct encouragement to run for leadership positions. In fact, some women find themselves asking others permission. Permission is not needed to achieve dreams. Let aspiring female leaders know that you think they are capable, and qualified of dreaming bigger.