New Book: Leveling the Playing Field
"Imagine how much stronger Jewish organizations would be if women truly shared leadership with men," says Shifra Bronznick, co-founder of the national non-profit, Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community (AWP). Wouldn't it be nice if we no longer needed to imagine this?
Sadly, most of us are still dreaming -- yes, women represent a majority in the Jewish professional workforce, but so few rise to top positions of influence. It does feel like gender inequity has been on our radar -- and on our blog -- for quite a while ... so why has so little been achieved? What's taking so long?
The 7th anniversary of AWP is timed perfectly with the publication of a new book entitled Leveling the Playing Field: Advancing Women in Jewish Organizational Life. Edited by Shifra Bronznick, Didi Goldenhar, and Marty Linsky, and reflective of AWP's mission to propel women into leadership positions in Jewish communal life, Leveling the Playing Field paints a compelling picture of gender bias in North America's Jewish organizations, and explains why more equitable environments are essential to the success of these organizations and the long term health of the Jewish community. It also presents comprehensive strategies for anyone -- executives, staff, lay leaders, volunteers -- who wants to build an action plan for change within their own organization.
In conjunction with the book launch, the authors are releasing a "Conversation Kit" for people across the country to facilitate their own dialogues about advancing women and creating gender equity in the workplace. The free packet of materials enables groups to explore the challenges women face in organizations, brainstorm opportunities to advance women leaders, and develop an action plan for change. Conversation Kits can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's high time for change, so let's keep talking and take action!