While women make up nearly half of today’s work force, they are still paid around 81% of what men are for the same work. It is imperative that men and women are compensated and treated equally in the twenty first century. The movement needs Transformational Leaders like Shelley Zalis, Founder and CEO of The Female Quotient, uniting leaders across industries to collaborate around advancing equality and bringing focus to women. This organization and its founder are remarkable in that they have a foothold in every major sports market, bring knowledge to corporations, and put a spotlight where it is needed.
Northouse discusses Kouzes and Posner’s model of fundamental practices that create extraordinary moments of leadership. This model describes Shelley’s objective or mission perfectly. The five fundamental practices are, Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart (Northouse, 2016).
So how are Ms. Zalis and The Female Quotient using these practices to change societies views on women’s equality? There is no better place to start then their Female Quality Lounge, it is a pop-up discussion forum where women can discuss issues and ways to improve the system, it is important to note that men also participate in these discussions. There are female CEOs, business owners, and other women in power who discuss their journey, the good and the bad, and their hope for the future. This is a great way to inspire women of not just this generation to stand up and be heard.
By using the FQ Media or more specifically social media, The Female Quotient reaches millions of people every day. They challenge the process by asking the hard questions, but mostly by challenging the companies they visit or who participate to make the changes needed for equality. To help enable them to act FQ provides the research and the tools companies need to understand the situation and how change can better their company or organization.
The Femael Quotient’s great strength in my opinion, is their ability to model the way and encourage the heart. The women who sit on these panels tell heart wrenching stories of what it took for them to get to the top, they speak of mistreatment and inequality. They also, however, speak of the rewards of making it, and the women who insured them to keep moving forward. These women give hope and knowledge to the next generation of girls who see these women as role models and mentors.
For more information go to www.thefemalelquotient.com
Northouse, P. (2016). Leadership: Theory and Practice, Seventh Edition. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.