In short, there is no single solution to advancing women leaders in American society and our workforce. We need to combine strategies from the three models below. All stakeholders need to play their part, and we can learn from each other. Gender parity is possible and everyone will benefit from such equality.
Public Policy & Legislation
Responsible parties: Government entities (local, state, national, and international)
- Laws such as the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act
- Bills such as these ones currently on Capitol Hill
- The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at the UN
Organizational Diversity Management
Responsible parties: Corporations and institutions
- Organizational policies and practices such as the United Nations (UN) System-wide action plan for gender equality
- Investing $300 million for workplace diversity as Intel has done
- Google's unconscious bias training program
Individual & Community Empowerment
Responsible parties: Individual persons communities, and organizations
- Joining women's networking groups such as Watermark or Women Get It Done in the Bay Area/DC or the Women's Information Network (WIN) in Washington, DC.
- Taking actions to advance one's own leadership and professional skills
- Programs such as those by Running Start and Emerge California encouraging women and girls to run for office