Last week, the latest Women in the Workplace report by McKinsey and LeanIn.org was released, ironically coinciding with the death of Australian singer Helen Reddy, who was famous for her Grammy-winning hit “I Am Woman: Hear Me Roar.”
Like the song, the report had one clear refrain: Disproportionately affected by the Covid crisis, women—particularly working mothers—are roaring, asking to be heard.
Will their message fall on deaf ears? Or will organizations realize now is their time to lean in and support their female workforce in the face of the unprecedented challenges 2020 has brought?
“What we are seeing in this report should terrify all of us,” said Sheryl Sandberg, author of the best-selling book from which the Lean In movement originated, in an interview with NPR. “We are pulling the alarm bell here.”
As a board director, my job