LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Tuesday professionals from throughout the city gathered at the Clinton School of Public Service to discuss a new innovative tool to help track, promote, and evaluate gender equity in the workplace.
“We have over 53% of our population women working right now,” says Anna Beth Gorman, executive director for Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. “You have to demonstrate to women that your business is an environment that is going to help them be successful.”
The new tool is a virtual online scorecard that can be sent electronically directly to the employer. It works by equipping businesses in Arkansas with the ability to evaluate the current state of gender equity in their workplace.
“When women are successful our business are successful,” explains Gorman. “By providing businesses a tool for evaluation, we facilitate understanding and start the process of making our workplaces more equitable which very much affects the bottom line.”
The score card is separated in six different categories; Financial Literacy, Flexibility, Job Skills, Leadership, Mentoring, and Resources.
“In partnership with Arkansas Businesses they’re going to start recognizing at the Annual Business Year Awards those participants in the work place,” says Gorman. “It’s important because I think Arkansans, we need to demonstrate we are a value striven state.”
The event included a panel of representatives from five participating business.