“When I was president of ASSOCHAM, it was assumed that I would not know much about things like the economy, banking, logistics, nuclear energy or manufacturing,” she says.
She used two strategies to counter this hurdle: “Before I met with the RBI governor, for example, I would read around 1,000 pages on the economy and would call in experts — friends who headed banks, for instance — for their insights. Knowledge helped me counter gender bias.”
She believes men can do their bit in the boardroom to help their female colleagues. “There are little things everyone can do to make women feel more secure at the office. This includes talking respectfully, listening to their points of view, accepting that women have dual responsibility of home and work and sometimes sick children must take precedence. Small changes matter,” she adds.
Humility, Workplace Policies & Encouraging Women’s Ideas: 5 Steps To Gender Parity
The International Labour Organisation estimates that two-thirds of the jobs lost globally due to Covid-19 belonged to women.
According to ET Evoke report, various surveys find that achieving gender parity at work can add $28 trillion or 26% to global GDP by 2025. India alone could add $770 billion or 18% to its GDP by 2025 if it enabled half of its productive workforce — women.
Here's how companies can achieve gender parity.
Research: Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, Forbes