Posts Tagged ‘equality’

Our Most Valuable Resource is Being Ignored


Celebrating International Women’s Day with CHIME for CHANGE

chime_for_changeToday, March 8, is International Women’s Day, with events running worldwide to help move us toward our corrected-course future of absolute equality. This day of recognition and action has been celebrated for over a century. It is, of course, embarrassing to all of us in this global family that equality is not simply a matter of course. It is beneath us that in some cultures, half the population is held back. It will be looked back on as abhorrent that women in every community are not constantly supported and celebrated, allowed to give and receive, allowed to learn and contribute. We have done ourselves wrong and impeded our own progress through history, and change is, thankfully, coming.

I’m pretty fond of a new organization that recently launched, Chime for Change, headlined by superstars like Beyonce and Salma Hayek, and sponsored by Gucci, to increase awareness among millions and create a global movement toward women’s equal access to health, education, and justice.

Do yourself proud, and your mother, sister, daughter, wife, girlfriend, aunt, grandmother, mother-in-law, cousin, neighbor, teacher, friend, doctor, lawyer, president, architect, astronaut, artist, construction worker, volunteer, engineer, firefighter, police officer, soldier, gardener, ship captain, fill in the blank…your actions and efforts to secure equality make you a better person.

Shopping List

Sure, Santa is making his list and checking it twice—but you have some list checking to do as well.

It is a crime that in 2009, this is still an issue, but there are corporations and businesses out there that do not take care of all of their employees equally. We have a duty to NOT give them our business until they drag their sorry selves out of the dark ages. Luckily, we don’t have to do a ton of our own due diligence to find out what companies have been naughty and who has been nice.

The Human Rights Campaign has once again done the homework for us, for the fifth year. They have released their Buying For Equality 2010 list so we can check up before we spend. Hundreds of America’s most popular brands and stores are ranked and scored based on their treatment of LGBT employees. The guide is broke down into categories:  Food and Beverage, Home and Garden, Apparel & Accessories, Banking & Finance, Eating Out, and Technology.

Just like when you were in school, the higher the score, the better they are. A “green” level makes every reasonable effort to provide workplace equality and gets a thumbs up for patronizing them. A “yellow” ranking business has some work to do but is on the way—shop there with discretion, and perhaps send along a message to management that your confidence would be better if their track record gets better. A “red” rating is given to a business that refuses to take part in the study or flat out does not work for equality. Don’t go there. They simply do not deserve your dollars. In addition to the stoplight colors, each business is also given a score, and in 2010, 305 of the businesses got a perfect 100%.

Buying For Equality 2010