March 8

Gender Equality for SMEs

Today is International Women's Day - so what can small businesses do about gender equality?

IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

Many small businesses feel they have little control over these issues, but here are some actions you can take:

💲 Conduct a payroll review to identify discrepancies in pay between men and women at the same level or comparable value. If a gap is identified, correct it.

👀 Observe and challenge your and your colleagues' assumptions and biases in hiring and promoting.

🤱 Ensure you provide paid parental leave, flexible working options and part-time roles to support parents to continue their careers.

📣 Ensure women have a voice in the business - encourage them to speak up and actively seek their input both on gender issues and broader business decisions.

🚀 Identify female talent and mentor them toward management positions and provide career growth opportunities.

🙋‍♀️ Support women outside the business - make connections for women in your network, join industry gender equality initiatives and speak to young women about opportunities in your sector.

You can learn more at WGEA.

About the author 


I believe in the power of small business to have mighty impact. After 15 years driving sustainability in corporates and government, I am bringing my expertise to support small businesses - those with the passion, innovation and agility to tackle the world's greatest challenges.


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