This Month's Top Gender Equity Resources For Men

top gender equity resources for menWhat Our Members Wanted to Know

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By Jared Cline. The MARC Library is a pool of gender equity links relevant to men. These are the most popular links from March 2018.
Use them as pre-reads for group discussion, discussion starters during meetings, or as follow-ups to deepen learning. Save your favorites to your MyMARC account!
How to Change Men's Ideas About Gender
Filed under Tips and Tools. New research on Norway’s military shows that when men and women work together towards common goals, they become much more egalitarian toward one another.
Attitudes among men at boot camp shifted on the following sentiments:
  • “Teams perform better when made up of the same sex.”
  • “It is important for men and women to share household work equally.”
  • “I am feminine.”
 Part of the reason may be that men see mutual wins when cooperating towards common goals with women in their unit. This is related to Action 4 in our tool, Actions Organizations Can Take to Support Men’s Engagement.
5 Ways Men Can Improve Gender Diversity at Work
Filed under Tips and Tools. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has produced a report that really says it all: “Among companies where men are actively involved in gender diversity, 96% report progress. Conversely, among companies where men are not involved, only 30% show progress."
Their excellent suggestions for engaging men hit on Actions 3, 7, 6, and 10 on our list.
Study: Stay-at-Home Dads Seen as Less Reliable Than Moms
Filed under Men and Families. How lousy is this? Respondents in a recent study viewed stay-at-home parents as “less reliable, less deserving of a job, and—the biggest penalty—less committed to work, compared with unemployed applicants.”
Not only that, fathers are seen as “even less committed and reliable than stay-at-home mothers.”
This study makes a clear case for leaders to try Action 10 on for size: “Provide paternity leave and encourage men to use it.”
Eliminating Unconscious Bias in Talent Reviews
Filed under Tips and Tools. Always trust your gut… or not?
As more and more research shows, snap judgements can lead to inaccurate assumptions. This is a result of unconscious biases, which we all have.
Ironing out micro-injustices (Action 9) will ensure that workplace processes, like talent reviews and note-taking during meetings, aren’t skewed in favor of majority groups.
Why We Miss the Point When We Call Masculinity "Toxic"
Filed under Culture and Values. Toxic? Ouch. Sounds harsh, right? The term could be turning some men off.
We’ve added Library links about toxic masculinity in the past, but this piece takes the view that “toxic masculinity” is too tough a pill to swallow. 
A better way to talk about it, activist Ted Bunch argues, is through the Man Box (we’ve also got you covered there).
Here’s how we can reach men with a message that doesn't pit them against one another—and recognizes their individual identities (Action 4).
f3c223e56ea53d74eb3dd4cda12dcbfb-huge-weJared Cline is the Community Manager of MARC (Men Advocating Real Change), an initiative of Catalyst. Get in touch if you have any questions about the community, would like to write a blog, or are looking for ways to collaborate. He can be reached at

Posted by MARC Catalyst on Mar 28, 2018 1:45 PM America/New_York

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Business case
Mentoring and sponsorship
Paternity leave and fatherhood
Masculinity and gender
Actions to take