Five ways to jump-start the gender equality conversation

What are you going to do to promote change in your workplace and make it more inclusive and gender neutral? Here are some tips to get you started.

Gender equality is not only the right thing to do, it's the bright thing to do. Despite the positive progress workplaces are making in this area, there's still work to be done. In its latest report, the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186.

This year's theme for International Women's Day on March 8 is #BeBoldForChange. What are you going to do to promote change in your workplace and make it more inclusive and gender neutral? Below are some tools and tips on how to stimulate discussions and create solutions to help narrow the gender wage gap in your workplace.

Download: Building the case for gender equality

Advancing Women in Leadership: Business Case Q&A explores the value proposition that women in leadership positions are good for business. The Q&A includes examples of the hurdles women face, the three cases for gender equality (the business case, the personal case and the moral case), and what can be done to help women advance in the profession.

Google: Equal Pay Day

In Canada, Equal Pay Day is commemorated on different days throughout the month of April. This day symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. It's important for both men and women to recognize the importance of creating measures to close the wage gap.

Participate: Become an ambassador

CPA Canada offers a variety of tools and resources to support the advancement of women into leadership positions. We invite both men and women to:

View: Breaking down the gender wage gap

According to research by Catalyst Inc., unequal access to high visibility jobs may be an underlying cause of the persistent gender gap at senior levels. As a profession, we can engage men and learn how to create inclusive cultures. This webinar will show you how to have the conversation around gender inclusion, transform workplaces, and understand the qualities of inclusive leaders.

Use: Career navigation toolkit

Our toolkit is used by female CPAs who want to learn how to overcome barriers and challenges in their career. We also have one for organizations that want to learn how to attract, retain, and develop women in the accounting profession.