The FQ Equality News 12.14.18
Welcome to the debut of The FQ Equality News, a weekly roundup that will keep you informed on all things equality. From equal pay to parental leave to women leaders to watch, we’ll highlight the big wins (and setbacks) happening on the road to equality, as well as bring visibility to the change agents who are taking action and making a difference.
Women, their stories, and their achievements have often been left out of history. It’s our time to shine: Tune in here each Friday where the spotlight is on women—and on the equality steps that are moving the needle forward to help us all be seen and heard. Now for this week’s highlights:
Women are leading the way for the 2019 Grammy nominations After last year’s trending #GrammysSoMale, more female artists are getting the recognition they deserve: Each of the big four general field categories is dominated by women, which are: record of the year (including Janelle Monáe), song of the year (including “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile), album of the year (including H.E.R.), and best new artist (including Bebe Rexha, who was in the Girls’ Lounge at Cannes).
Source: The New York Times
Quotas are working to get more women on boards More proof that change doesn’t just happen, we have to make it happen: In countries that have an average of three women on large company boards (a tipping point number in which you start to see a return on diversity), all but one also have mandated quotas. The takeaway: Having board quotas for women is a step in the right direction.
The wage gap may be bigger than we thought Women make 80 cents for every dollar a white man makes on average, according to the Census Bureau. A new study that accounts for the fact that women are more likely to take time out of the workforce or go part-time for caregiving—and face financial penalties when they return—finds that women actually make only half of what men make.
Women may help other women break through in male-dominated fields The shine theory used in the Olympics says when a female athletes helps another woman shine, we all rise. There is research to support this, with a study that finds women in the army assigned to groups with less women had only a 55% of staying for the following year, while women in groups with more women had an 83% chance of staying. Remember collaboration over competition will get us further ahead.
Source: The Harvard Business Review
More companies are offering equal paid family leave The US is one of the few development nations that does not have a paid family leave policy. The upside is that more companies are recognizing the importance of offering equal paid leave for all employees, with 20 companies—including Deloitte and Home Depot—adding or expanding their paid leave policies in 2018, according to the non-profit Paid Leave for the United States (PL + US).
Democratic women are taking on leadership positions formerly held by men Following the trend of a record number of women and minorities, mostly Democrats, running in the 2018 election, more female politicians are replacing men in leadership roles in Democratic organizations, such as the campaign arms for national and state races.
In The FQ News…Tune into Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient, as she shares her real-life stories about rising up into leadership in a male-dominated industry on Nell Daly’s latest #Unscripted vodcast.