International Women's Day provides a powerful platform for unifying women around the world and driving action for gender equality. In recent years, our country has made significant strides in the gender equality movement. The U.S. currently has more women in the House of Representatives than ever before, female CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are at a record high, and this year, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women earning their right to vote in the U.S.
Even with these and many other amazing accomplishments under our belt, we must remember that our fight for gender equality is not over. We must continue to inspire one another to be the best versions of ourselves and to be “each for equal” both in the workplace and in our daily lives.
As a woman and member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have encountered prejudice because of my sexual orientation. These experiences have shaped the way I view diversity and equality, and as a result, have helped me create healthy and safe work and personal environments for all people I encounter, whether it be friends, colleagues, family, prospective talent or those I’ve just met. I am proud to work for a company like Cushman & Wakefield that understands the value that different backgrounds, skill sets, identities and experiences have in driving innovation and creating ground-breaking real estate solutions.
As a member of a variety of Cushman & Wakefield’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) such as WIN (Women’s Integrated Network) and UNITY (LGBTQ+), I have had the opportunity to make a difference not only with my career in recruitment but in my community. Our ERGs help foster an inclusive culture where everyone feels valued, respected and heard. They provide a forum for all people from different walks of life to come together and openly reflect on topics such as equality, stereotypes, prejudice and bias, which promotes understanding and compassion.
Employees who feel comfortable in their workplace will push themselves further to accomplish their goals. Our inclusive workplace allows people to be their truest selves and achieve their greatest potential, which positively impacts our employee engagement, and, in turn, overall company performance.
I believe one of the best ways to achieve each for equal is to start with our youth. The next generation holds our future in their hands, and the health and harmony of our workforce will only continue to grow if we lead by example for those behind us. By teaching them that there is beauty and strength in treating others with respect, no matter what, we are setting them up to succeed. If we continue to challenge stereotypes and treat others with respect, we can create a future free of discrimination that inspires personal growth and employee engagement. Cushman & Wakefield will continue to be a fierce promoter and champion of gender equality over the next 100 years.
We all can make an impression on the world, so be kind, be inclusive, and above all, be each for equal.