With the rise of female networking groups, private member clubs and published material with the sole aim of empowering and enriching women there was bound to be some noise.
I believe in balance. Especially Gender Balance. Yes this blog is aimed towards empowering women and predominantly about women, it doesn’t mean I am against men. Infact, the men in my life are allies, best friends and of course, my partner.
The UNFPA commented – “Gender equality is intrinsically linked to sustainable development and is vital to the realization of human rights for all. The overall objective of gender equality is a society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, rights and obligations in all spheres of life.” And I agree.
Of late, Male comments have been – ‘what about a Man’s networking club?’ or ‘Where are the Men in STEM groups?’ Although I find the comments to be disagreeable… I wanted to explore their points.
‘What about a Man’s networking club?’
Back in the 18th Century there was the introduction of the Gentleman’s clubs which were private places that were designed to allow men to relax and create friendships with other men. In the 19th and 20th centuries, clubs were regarded as a central part of elite men’s lives.
It was back in 19th Century when the Women institute was formed and now in the 21st Century we have vibrant, collaborative, global platforms, like Allbright, The Coven and Step Up Club which include memberships, networking and courses to enable their female members to grow into success, learn new skills and connect with other women.
To summarise: There are private members clubs for men and for women. There are also clubs that allow both genders.
‘Where are the Men in STEM groups?’
According to a study by Women in Stem showed from the percentage split for current female students to graduates and professionals working in STEM in the UK.
Female – 4,525 – 19%
Male – 19,550 – 81%
Total – 24,090
When we looked at the UCAS data for students studying computer sciences related degrees, only 19% were female, with a staggering 81% of students being male.
Engineering and technology
Female – 23,650 – 19%
Male – 102,970 – 81%
Total – 126,660
So, That’s why Women in STEM and Women in Tech groups and organisations exists. It is to attract women into positions to help build more diverse teams.
Barack Obama famously Said:
‘It’s easy to absorb all kinds of messages from society about masculinity and come to believe that there’s a right way and a wrong way to be a man. But as I got older, I realized that my ideas about being a tough guy or cool guy just weren’t me. They were a manifestation of my youth and insecurity.’
‘That’s what twenty-first century feminism is about: the idea that when everybody is equal, we are all more free.’
‘While I’ll keep working on good policies—from equal pay for equal work to protecting reproductive rights—there are some changes that have nothing to do with passing new laws. In fact, the most important change may be the toughest of all—and that’s changing ourselves.’
I hope these quotes fill you will some inspiration.
RESOURCES FOR MEN
Networking Groups and clubs for Men
Publications for Men
- Men’s Health Magazine.
- Coach | Do Something.
- The Coolector | Men’s Lifestyle Magazine | Design, Gear & Fashion.
- British GQ Magazine.
- Mens Fashion Magazine Online | Latest Men’s Fashion and Style Magazine.
- Menswear Style Digital Magazine.
- Men’s Running magazine.
Want to support Women? Read this here: https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/5-things-men-can-do-to-support-an-ambitious-business-woman-cmtt/
Support for Men
Do you have any recommendations? What is your story for supporting men and women?