A Victorious, Devastating Shift: The Future of Women and Work

A Victorious, Devastating Shift: The Future of Women and Work

The relationship between women and work is based on structure and systems that do not serve women. 

Mothers were forced to declare work as primary priority, above family or health, to retain credibility in her field.  

The gig-based economy is on the rise. According to a study by MBO Partners, more than 34 million Americans now work as independent contractors, temps, freelancers and consultants. And that number is only going to grow. The reason for this shift is clear: businesses are looking for ways to reduce costs and become more agile in a rapidly changing world. But what does this mean for women?

People are newly aware of their own ability and value, reaching for possibilities, rebuilding career paths, and creating ways to contribute to their household bottom line. 

The water level is certainly rising, and if we use our resources to steer this ship well, the future bodes a living, breathing, working life for us all – and especially for women who have worked for less pay, with less opportunity than me and you, and the community around us. 

All boats lift as we invest time, energy, and finance into businesses that are managing the shift toward holistic humans in their working environment. Holistic means valuing our lived experience as expertise and not a distraction from the bottom line. 

 

The time for us to show up is right now.

Any major revolution throughout history has been sparked by the masses coming to a similar awakening.  

And just like those revolutions, this one promises to leave what we once considered precedent on the history pages as unacceptable.

The US Chamber of Commerce reports that 1 million women have yet to return to the labor force. Ask yourself why?  Forecasts anticipate that 50% of people in the workforce will be gig workers by the end of 2023.  Women by the masses are abandoning the corporate ladder, deciding the cost of the climb no longer outweighs the benefit. Why is leaving the only choice?

 

I see two causes for this drastic exit. 

One: A surge in desperation (due to a reduction of options).

Many of the ladder-leavers are motivated by the belief that circumstances simply no longer permit for their access to influence.  They are giving up passion and position because their reality leaves them no other option.

Two: The other reason, conversely, is a surge in self-belief and confidence.   

For some, the pandemic forced a separation from the relentless hum of micro-aggression and marginalization, allowing the voice of self-belief to take its place.

Many got a taste of a healthier environment and have no intention of returning to the abuses they once considered part of their normal, everyday life.  

As a result, we are, in this moment, living in an economy of turned up soil for philanthropists to aid both sides of that coin in a shift toward healthy, equal, accessible opportunities that reclaim the boundaries of humanity from what the mechanism of unhealthy corporate structures have taken from women. 

 

We need women in corporate America.  

We need their voice and influence.  

We need their perspective and investment.  

We need their reasoning, their intuition, their understanding, their lived experience. 

We need the older generation to stick around and mentor the younger so they can stick around and mentor the next.  

We cannot lose the ground we’ve gained.

So, what do we do?  

We fund the agency of women. 

 

We support women by investing in and mentoring the women who are taking steps toward building their own businesses and companies with the same values they left the corporate ladder to pursue.

 

Let’s be creative, change mindsets and open new pathways and new ways of being for women in business so they can succeed and thrive in a system that values all they bring. 

We examine our investments for equal access of influence, healthy work-life expectation, and whole-person value.

We develop strategies for women and mothers caught in the rip tide that is the post-pandemic reality – a Post Pandemic Marshall Plan for mothers that will allow them to get back on the ladder without sacrificing the very thing they began climbing for.  

One thing I know about the community of women in philanthropy that I’ve come to love: we’re not here to just throw money at the problem. We are here to love, encourage, support, encourage each other – and succeed together.  

 

So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get hands on while the getting is good to steer this ship into the future we’re all eager to see come to fruition.