Today, International Women’s Day (IWD), Siemens is hosting a virtual global event, bringing together voices from inside and outside of the company, for a full day of inspirational conversations to advance gender equality and empower all women to realize their full potential.
We are doing this to advance the theme for IWD 2021: Choose to Challenge. As the IWD campaign says, a challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change.
As global society rapidly evolves, the cry for gender equality and female empowerment has never been clearer or louder, particularly as record numbers of women are leaving the workforce due to the economic and domestic strains of the pandemic. Some research projections have indicated that women will need two years longer to recover their jobs than men will.
“This moment of change is the perfect environment to create a more inclusive future. We’re not going back—we’re going forward,” says Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton. “And we’re championing a company culture that empowers people and encourages them to always be their authentic selves.”
Siemens recognizes the important role that companies like ours can play in promoting the advancement of women in professional roles where they deserve to be. We’re engaging three key factors in the effort to increase gender equity companywide.
EMPOWERING PEOPLE RESPECTS GENDER: Every Siemens employee is empowered to use our technology to drive change, to solve problems and to do what they think will most help our company and customers. We support each other, and we trust our colleagues to do the right thing. However, we cannot truly empower people without championing inclusion, diversity and equity.
GOOD GROWTH MINDSETS RECOGNIZE WOMEN: To get the best results in our business, we need people with diverse capabilities and perspectives. This includes recognizing the unique skill sets that women bring to the workplace—skills that give businesses a competitive advantage. Working to cultivate the full range of talent that exists in society, both in our workforce recruitment and in our continuing education, strengthens our competitiveness. This is the growth mindset we put into practice.
VALID TECHNOLOGY MEANS INCLUSION & OWNERSHIP: Advancing gender equality is a shared responsibility, but leaders have a special role to play in shaping a culture that cultivates gender equality; a culture where people feel as if they can truly bring their authentic selves to work and own their careers. At Siemens, our mission to create technology that transforms the everyday also requires us to create technology that truly reflects the society that it’s meant to serve. We can only do that by advancing gender equality in our workforce.
This moment of change is the perfect environment to create a more inclusive future. We’re not going back—we’re going forward, And we’re championing a company culture that empowers people and encourages them to always be their authentic selves.Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton
Siemens is passionate about holding open wide the doors to our industry. We encourage and invite women to walk through them, to join us at Siemens. We want to be mentors and ambassadors for their success once they do. We’re here today on International Women’s Day 2021 to illuminate the value that gender diversity brings to our business, to our innovation and to our competitiveness. We intend to be a place where anyone can come and shatter boundaries.
Published: March 8, 2021