The lack of visible LGBT+ Women in the workplace
Accenture has been a long-time supporter of our growing LGBT+ community and our 100,000+ allies. We have an unwavering commitment to diversity, working tirelessly to enable our 469,000+ employees to have a full sense of belonging within our organization. Yet, only a small percentage of LGBT+ women are visible in our community—and most don’t feel they can be. We need more visibility for LGBT+ women in our workplace; for that matter, for all of our women.
Megan Cross, UK Pride Network co-lead, raises the question of why there aren’t more visible LGBT+ women leaders in the workforce. Megan highlights some of the key reasons why, as well as what the community and our allies can do to promote awareness. We have created an opportunity to increase our diversity. Let’s continue to push that agenda—to be out and proud and to be recognized as the leader we have proven that we are.
Why does it matter?
The fabric of leaders in any sector needs to be relentlessly and unapologetically authentic. As businesses work toward gender parity in the workforce, statistically there will be more LGBT+ women in the workplace. As such, businesses cannot be truly representative until they are more diverse, and the experiences of different genders and sexual orientations can be extremely varied. We need new perceptions, stories and experiences at the table. The more diverse our visible LGBT+ communities are, the more interesting our conversations will become, and the more impact we will have as networks that stand for all forms of gender identity and sexual orientation.
This is a prevalent issue affecting LGBT+ women, and creating a culture of equality helps LGBT+ professionals to thrive:
Take action: Addressing the workplace culture
The following proposes several practical and tangible measures to develop inclusive workplace cultures.