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By Munzoor Shaikh. Surprisingly, I think the answer lies at home. My wife and I hail from families of Bangladeshi lineage.
In many ways we live as a bridge between two worlds, one of tradition and one of the modern age. For example, in our current careers, I travel almost every week and my wife travels much less frequently. Recently she received a promotion to a C-suite position in her firm.
As a result, she had to travel to Europe for two weeks. At first, we were both nervous.
How would I handle my travel? Who would be with the girls this whole time? Would the girls miss their mom too much and would I suffice as the sole parent for two weeks? As we started to talk through the issue, we found that we both held unconscious biases about the role of men and women and how the mom is supposed to be closer to the. We assumed they would have a more difficult time with her travel than with mine. Once we unearthed the issue and articulated the belief, we could start talking about options and plan around logistics that made us nervous.
We even brought the girls into the conversation. Beyond logistics, we found that us working together as a family to talk about our roles and how to transform those roles lead to a deep and meaningful conversation.
Ultimately, she went to Europe for two weeks, enjoyed her trip, and got her work done, and I got to have some special time with the girls. We shared pictures of the places she would go to with the girls.
We had a wonderful time being part of the trip even though only my wife was there, and we were able to set an example to our girls on what women and men can do when working together. We are often quick to focus on the externally-facing actions we can take to promote inclusion and diversitybut I think one of the most meaningful ways to bring about success is to take an honest look internally at our own biases, and encourage others to participate in self-reflection as well.
It may be harder to do, but I believe it will have a greater impact that we seek in our respective worlds. How I built a creative career, from a female creative leader at West Monroe. So it's International Women's Day.
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