Knowing When To Walk Away From Cash, And Other Actions for Allies

Each week, we share five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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Blurred image of a person carrying a briefcase walking away
leaving | in camera motion blur, playing at the AGO | Mary Crandall | Flickr

1. Know when to walk away from cash

Allyship becomes meaningless if it’s abandoned in the face of lucrative business deals or strategic partnerships. Allies, let’s remember our values and live them out.

2. Question methodologies that result in “dude lists”

“On @Forbes’s list of America’s 100 ‘Most Innovative Leaders,’ there are twice as many men named Stanley as there are women of any name. And there are only two Stanleys. That’s right: 99 of America’s 100 most innovative leaders are men, @Forbes says.”

A few days later, the editor of Forbes wrote about the methodology for identifying the list, and called it flawed. He admitted they focused on leaders of public companies versus the overall pool of innovative talent.

As we come across any kind of selection criteria, let’s examine it closely for how it might pre-determine the results. How it might narrow the pool to people who are in the majority, who are already successful, who are expected to be selected. How it might result in yet another “dude list.”

3. Don’t reinforce gender assumptions about the kind of person typically in a role

Takeaway #1: Don’t include images in job posts that reinforce gender assumptions about the kind of person “typically” in the role.

Takeaway #2: Listen, learn, and apologize when you make a mistake.

4. Use photos of actual employees on the careers page

5. Ask event organizers to include accessibility information

“If you come across an event that does not have accessibility information mentioned, contact the organizers to include it.”

Now that’s something we can all do.

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