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  • Writer's pictureBianca Prade

Women at the Forefront: Inspiring Inclusion for Equity in Corporate America


As we step into the vibrant celebration of Women's History Month, I'm moved to reflect on this year's powerful theme for International Women's Day: Inspire Inclusion. In my over two decades in corporate communications, I've seen firsthand the transformative power of true inclusion and the enduring challenge of navigating corporate America as a woman, particularly as a Black woman over 40. This month, let's delve into the heart of what it means to inspire inclusion and how it's essential for paving a more equitable path for women in our workplaces.


The Invisible Load That We Carry

In the tapestry of corporate America, women are often handed an invisible load, a bundle of non-promotable tasks that, while necessary, do little to advance our careers. This phenomenon, strikingly detailed in "The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women's Dead-End Work," reveals that women, regardless of rank, shoulder a disproportionate burden of office housework. Imagine, dedicating a month each year to tasks that don't lead to recognition or promotion. It's a reality that many of us live, stunting our growth and dimming our shine in industries where we've worked tirelessly to prove our worth.


This Year's Beacon: Inspire Inclusion

"Inspire Inclusion" isn't just a theme; it's a call to action, a reminder of the power we hold when we champion the full participation and recognition of women in every sphere of corporate America. It's about breaking the cycle of invisibility and valuing the unique contributions of all women. Inclusion means creating spaces where we're seen, heard, and respected for our expertise and perspectives, where our work is valued not just for its completion but for the impact it has on our organizations.


Bridging the Gap: Actionable Steps Towards Change

As leaders, colleagues, and advocates, how do we foster an environment that not only welcomes but actively supports the inclusion of women?


  1. Champion Diversity in Leadership: It's imperative that we push for more women in leadership roles. Leadership diversity isn't just a metric to aspire to; it's a testament to our commitment to equity and a reflection of the world we serve.

  2. Recognize and Redistribute the Invisible Load: Let's start the conversation about the distribution of non-promotable tasks and advocate for fairness in these assignments. Recognition of effort, no matter how small the task, is a step towards valuing everyone's contributions equally.

  3. Celebrate Every Win: In a world quick to highlight our shortcomings, let's make it a point to celebrate every achievement, big or small. Let's shine a light on the successes of women in our midst, offering encouragement and recognition as fuel for further achievements.

In Closing,

As we observe Women's History Month and embrace the spirit of "Inspire Inclusion," let's recommit ourselves to the ongoing journey of creating a corporate America where every woman can thrive. It's about building a legacy of empowerment, respect, and equality—a legacy that not only honors the women who paved the way but also inspires those who will follow.

Together, we have the power to transform our workplaces into environments where every woman's contribution is recognized and celebrated. Let's inspire inclusion, not just in words but in action.


Together towards a brighter, more inclusive future.


Warmly,

Bianca Prade

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