Agents of Change launched to showcase army of male leaders supporting gender equality

Management Today has joined forces with the Women’s Business Council to launch an Agents of Change power list, aimed at highlighting men who are driving gender equality.

gender equalityAccording to statistics women still earn 18% less than their male colleagues and will have to wait until 2069 for pay parity. Furthermore, men are 40% more likely than women to be promoted into senior management roles. There are currently six female CEOs in the FTSE 100.

The awards aim to “shine the spotlight on the army of male leaders” supporting gender equality initiatives.

“We can’t achieve equality in the workplace without involving men. Our Agents of Change power list will showcase those pioneering business leaders who are shattering glass ceilings and nurturing the female talent of tomorrow,” said Cilla Snowball, president of the Women’s Business Council and group chair of advertising giant AMV BBDO.

The Agents of Change campaign is backed by Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Women, Equalities and Early Years: “Equality is everyone’s business – and it benefits both men and women alike. Many men are supportive of gender equality but we need those men to actively drive this issue forward in their workplace,” she said.

“This campaign is a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate those men who are already working to make sure all employees reach their full potential, regardless of their gender. Whether it’s the male CEO leading by example and sharing parental leave with their partner, or the male colleague who’s striving to get more women into professions, let’s showcase the good practice already happening in workplaces across the country and help encourage more businesses to smash the glass ceiling.”

Entries must reach Management Today by 11 January. Nominations need to include a short bio, a photograph and 300 words on why you should be named an Agent of Change. The power list will be published in Management Today in March.

You can find out more information and submit your nomination here.

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