The fight for gender equality has reached a tipping point. Through social movements such as #MeToo more women than ever before are speaking out about systemic injustices they face on the basis of gender.
“Sexism is not acceptable. Women and other targeted groups are no longer standing for it, and they shouldn’t,” says Ed Gurowitz who has been an activist since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. For Gurowitz, men are a part of the problem, and they need to be a part of the solution as well.
“Men have privilege,” Gurowitz says. “They have power. They need to use that power to be allies to women.”
Gurowitz has made a career combatting sexism both in the personal arena and the professional, teaching men how to be better allies. He has worked both as a family therapist and a corporate strategy consultant helping businesses to implement inclusionary leadership. The benefits are clear: “Businesses that embrace inclusionary leadership have better business results: from profitability to returns on equity, creativity, and innovation.”
For Gurowitz: “It’s time for change,” which is why he wrote his second book “Inclusion: The Role of Leadership.” His goal? “I want a better world for my granddaughters.”
With a PhD in psychology, Gurowitz’s research has focused on the neural functions of the brain that inform the root of prejudice and bias. By better understanding these phenomena, which he explains in detail in his book, we can then work to change them.
Brain science is an important piece of the puzzle because, according to Gurowitz, “Our brains are hardwired to perceive threat.” This is an evolutionary trait that humans have developed for survival and not a personal shortcoming. The problem is that now, the brain can also perceive a threat when there is none. This is what often happens when perceiving “otherness” in someone else, whether on the basis of a difference in gender, sexual orientation, or race.
Ultimately, Gurowitz’s message is a positive one: “Things can change, and it’s up to you—the reader—to change them.” His latest book is, in many ways, a call to action.
Publisher Lisa M. Umina comments, “This is a book that we all need to read. Gurowitz is helping us to understand the root causes for major problems that we face today and showing us a path forward.”
Gurowitz a founding partner of Inclusionary Leadership Group, which is a key sponsor of “The Better Man Conference” where his book will be available. This year’s conferences will take place in New Jersey on September 27th, San Francisco on October 11th, and New York City on November 19th. For more information about the event and the author visit https://bettermanconference.com/ and http://www.inclusionaryleadershipgroup.com/. “Inclusion: The Role of Leadership” is now available at Halo Publishing International, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Books a Million, and Kindle.