What Is Gender? A Tool to Understand Gender IdentitySep 18, 2019
In recent years, our society has been reevaluating the concept of gender. A wave of social movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up have thrust the subject into the mainstream and inspired calls for change in how we think about and address this charged topic.
You may have already been asked by your family, friends, or employer to change the way you approach and define gender. For some people, this transition may be relatively straightforward. But for many, it can be challenging. Compounding the difficulty is the sense of urgency that companies feel about addressing gender-related issues, creating the impression that managers and HR professionals should “get it” without having questions or making mistakes.
Catalyst created this tool to help. It provides both the vocabulary to examine this complex, multifaceted topic and a series of exercises designed to stimulate introspection. By examining your own beliefs and assumptions about gender, and understanding how gender impacts you, you will be better able to become an ally to friends, family members, and colleagues. In so doing, you can also become a change agent, role model, and leader in your workplace, helping to create a gender-inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.
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