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Lean In supported organizations to #BalanceforBetter for International Women’s Day


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Lean In believes a balanced world is a better world and we all have a role to play to create it.

Gender bias hurts women’s careers – and continues to hold women back all over the globe. That’s why Lean In is supporting the 2019 International Women’s Day campaign, #BalanceforBetter - and encouraging organizations to come together to discuss the most common ways gender bias plays out in the workplace, with concrete actions you can take to level the playing field.

Download Lean In's free ready-to-use presentations below, including interactive activities to host an International Women’s Day event at your organization.  

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Host a 50 Ways to Fight Bias workshop to help people recognize and combat bias at work

Developed in collaboration with gender experts from the Stanford VMWare Women's Leadership Innovation Lab and Paradigm, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm, 50 Ways to Fight Bias gives people the tools to address gender bias head-on.

This 1-2 hour workshop presentation highlights fifty specific examples of gender bias in the workplace, brings people together to have real conversations about specific everyday examples of bias - from how people of all genders view mothers at work to the compounding effects of double discrimination - and offers research-backed recommendations for what to do.

Use this presentation to:

  • educate people on how to identify gender bias using 50 specific examples
  • encourage solutions-oriented discussion and get research-backed recommendations for what to do (this activity works well for mixed-gender groups)
  • ​commit to one action that you will do to #BalanceforBetter this year

Get all the help you need via the IWD Lean In:

  • Moderator Guide & Speaker Notes
  • 50 Ways to Fight Bias video
  • Printable Participant handout

Download the IWD Lean In "50 Ways to Fight Bias" resources here

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Introduction to Lean In Circles: Bring women together to learn from each other and achieve their goals

Lean In Circles - small groups that meet regularly to learn and grow together- are a place for sharing ideas and advice, gaining skills, and building community. Whether your organization’s goal is skill development, retention, or mentorship at scale, you can tailor your Circles program to complement your existing diversity and inclusion efforts and achieve your organizational goals.

Today, there are more than 42,000 Lean In Circles in 173 countries and 1,400 organisations worldwide and Lean In knows they work - 86% of Circle members credit their Circle with a positive change in their lives. Join the global community of Circle members around the world who stand shoulder to shoulder to advance equality and #BalanceforBetter.

Use this presentation to:

  • get a snapshot of the state of women in the workplace, and why organizations and individuals need to #BalanceforBetter in 2019 and beyond
  • learn what Lean In Circles are and how they support individuals to achieve their goalsplay connection cards, an activity to experience the power of peer mentorship
  • guide individuals to commit to one action that they will do to #BalanceforBetter this year

Download the IWD Lean In activity notes and resources here

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Lookback: The State of Women at Work

In ways good and bad, last year was a big year for women. A record-breaking number of women ran for office in the United States -  and won. Trailblazing women around the world became “the first.” Countries and orgaizations took important steps to support women and families. At the same time, there's no question that we're still a long way from equality. To get a better sense of what the year represented for women’s progress, we take a closer look at one realm in particular: work. What happens in the workplace tells us a lot about whether women are gaining power and opportunity - or whether we're frozen in place, or falling behind.

Download this very useful and insightful IWD resource which is a special presentation from Lean In. It provides an overview summary of the state of women at work for last year, 2018, in terms of the gains made, the inequities that remain, and the challenges that lie ahead. In the fight for equality and forging a #BalanceforBetter, we have our work cut out for us. And many women around the world are leading the way.

Download the IWD Lean In 'State of Women' presentation here

Show your support and engage others​

Selfie Cards provide a useful way to show your support, engage your audience and drive awareness raising.

Use the vibrant IWD Lean In Selfie Cards with powerful messages on social media with the hashtags:

  • #BalanceforBetter
  • #LeanIn
  • #IWD2019

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Download the IWD Lean In Selfie cards here

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Discover further resources to support women and create more balanced workplaces

Looking for even more resources in addition to the IWD resources above?

Browse Lean In's library of expert talks, discussion guides and resources to help the women in your workplace advance their careers and to identify and interrupt gender bias.

Access Lean In's further Education Library of resources here

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Balance for Better all year long

Lean In works with more than 1,400 global organisations who are committed to closing the gender leadership gap and it’s making a difference: Lean In partners report that more women on their teams are taking the lead and more employees are talking openly about gender issues.

If you are looking for ways to #BalanceforBetter all year long, consider starting a Lean In Circles program at your organisation.

Find out more about Lean In’s programs that help organizations create more equal workplaces.

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