This fact check is aimed at leaders in business, the social economy, sciences, and media. It looks at the most common myths about gender equality, and employs data-driven analysis. As such, this fact check forms the basis for an objective analysis of the status quo and current action areas.
Myth 1: „The differences will resolve themselves“
- Over time, current trends alone will lead to gender equality
- Despite the increasing proportion of female university graduates and young professionals, the ratio in management positions has barely changed – because the percentage of women decreases as the career level increases
Myth 3: “Gender equality is just an image thing”
- Gender equality is important for the reputation of a company, but not its performance
- Companies with women on management boards are healthier and financially more successful – because women are relevant for strategic decisions and collective intelligence
Myth 4: “Only women are given preferential treatment these days”
- Targeted advancement of women disadvantages male staff and is contrary to the principle of meritender equality is important for the reputation of a company, but not its performance
- Performance ratings reveal significant differences in how both genders are rated in various areas – although men especially are often not aware of this
Myth 5: “Nothing will change despite the raft of measures”
- Despite the spread of introduced measures, there are no clear successes
- Formally introduced, programs do not often show tangible success at first because clear commitment and targeted implementation at management level is critical to the success of diversity measures
What can we do?
What are the success factors?
- Clear commitment from senior management
- Development and implementation of tailored initiatives
- Inclusion of middle management
- Change in attitudes