Family-friendly workplaces have a lot going for them, including basic decency and fairness, advancing the rights of women, and promoting the health and well-being of children, just to name a few major benefits. But they also offer measurable advantages when it comes to advancing businesses themselves and the business sector as a whole.
Why should you invest in women? Because it’s 2016. Because it’s the right thing to do. Because you want a better world for your daughter. But perhaps most importantly, because the business case for investing in women is now beyond compelling—in our opinion, it is overwhelming.
Do you remember when 62 million girls were denied an education?1 Or when a third of women worldwide experienced physical or sexual violence?2 Or 5,000 girls were victims of honor killings annually? 3 You should, because these arent references to the distant past. This is happening today - in 2016.
Unless youve been living off-the-grid in recent months, youve probably heard a lot about the gender pay gap. The topic has dominated headlines from the New York Times, to Fortune, to Freakonomics, to the Atlantic, to the Wall Street Journal-and was a point of discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
We often hear of a gender gap in politics. Well have to see what 2016 brings, but in the 2012 presidential election, women supported Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by 10 percentage points more than men did.