<![CDATA[It’s not surprising that many men feel they will have less opportunity if women get better access to leadership positions, higher pay, and more support at home. We seem to be hardwired as human beings to believe we will lose something if new people get access to opportunities that were previously restricted, consciously or unconsciously, to members of our group. But new research, reported by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in the New York Times shows that gender equality is good for men, too. Consider some of these benefits for men in organizations:
- Bringing on more women makes work teams more successful.
- Women bring knowledge, skills, and new networks to the table.
- Women take fewer unnecessary risks.
- Women tend to collaborate in ways that strengthen teams and organizations.
- Venture-backed start-ups with higher numbers of female executives are more successful.
- Firms with more women in senior leadership generate more market value.
When companies are successful, more rewards and promotions are available for both men and women. Men’s careers do better in the long run when companies grow, and leveraging diversity in the global marketplace helps companies grow.
Men also have a lot to gain at home by sharing the housework with their partners. Sandberg and Grant report studies that show happier marriages and longer lives—and more sex—for couples who share chores. All good, right? But wait! There’s more.
Fathers, mothers, and children all benefit when men become more involved in parenting. Men become more flexible, empathic, and patient, and they are more satisfied with their jobs and have lower blood pressure and rates of cardiovascular disease when they care for children. And the children are more successful in their lives, too, when they see fathers doing housework and mothers pursuing careers.
Gender equality is not only good for men, good for organizations, and good for marriages and families—it is also good for society. Sandberg and Grant reported
that “25 percent of United States gross domestic product growth since 1970 is attributed to the increase in women entering the paid work force. Today, economists estimate that raising women’s participation in the work force to the same level as men could raise GDP by another 5 percent in the United States.” Gender parity will be good for all of us.]]>
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