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The Mother(hood) Lode


With Mother’s Day just behind us in the United States, there have been many conversations about motherhood — who wants to be a mother but can’t, those who should or shouldn’t have children, or those who simply don’t choose motherhood. In addition, the conversation about abortion remains highly contentious as many states impose restrictions on access to abortion services. These are important conversations to be sure, but what’s even more important is the posture we take when we have them. Do we engage with the intent to be right or to understand where others are coming from? Do we launch into these potentially murky waters wanting to be heard or to hear others?

That’s exactly why we launched the 100K Conversations Challenge. This campaign was designed not only to encourage people to take the first step in initiating important DEI discussions but also to equip them with the tools and confidence to do it well.

Looking for more conversation starters? May is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, as well as home to the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (May 17). How can we use these established observances to increase awareness and inclusivity in our communities? While our 100K Conversations Challenge is about opening lines of communication, it’s even more important to do so with an open mind, and an ear for differing perspectives.

I recently had the opportunity to see comedian Ali Wong perform, and while it may not be wholly appropriate for the workplace, she had an interesting (and amusing) commentary about motherhood and womanhood in general. Her unique viewpoint helped me to see these concepts in a new way and to gain a greater understanding of how those concepts can differ between cultures.

So whether you find yourself in a conversation or commit to starting one of your own, make increased awareness and inclusion your goal. This is the only kind of conversation where everyone can win.

Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO


What does it mean to be a mother, especially at work? Join our 100K Conversations Challenge and commit to having a conversation about the unique challenges of being both a mother and a working professional. Not sure how to get started? We have all the tools and support you need to have effective and impactful conversations that foster greater inclusion at work.

Despite a consistent rise in the number of women who work outside of the home, societal stereotypes regarding the role(s) of women persist. A woman’s worth is not only in her potential to be a mother or caregiver. We must also acknowledge and value the unique contributions and aspirations of childless and childfree women in the workplace.  Check out the Female Quotient’s “Power of the Pack” conversation, which explains how we can foster inclusivity in the workplace by also respecting the choices and contributions of child-free women.

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Lead with Inclusion: Inclusive Actions at Work with Stacey Gordon

50% of women are going to hell

While we’re talking about women, let’s address the ongoing tension that’s occurring between women in employee resource groups (ERGs).  Are the efforts to include women in the workplace inclusive to all women? Here’s a Lead With Inclusion throwback that explains why 50 percent of women are failing to be team players.

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2024 California HR Conference, hosted by PIHRA
Spotlight Session: The DEI Tool That’s The Solution to HR’s Problems
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
Anaheim, California

The concept of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is on the defensive from legal challenges as well as ignorance of the concepts. This makes what was already a difficult role for HR even more precarious when attempting to create a culture of inclusion in the workplace. The workplace is in need of a solution that will address toxic teams, workplace bullying, and miscommunication, but does such a tool exist? Why haven’t our previous efforts been effective, and what is causing the rift in workplaces today? Join Stacey’s Spotlight Session as she dives into persisting issues in the workplace and demonstrates a concept that works. Register today!

Unconscious Inclusion Open Discussion Lab
Friday, May 24, 2024
11 AM PT / 2 PM ET

Join Stacey and other DEI professionals for another chat about creating inclusion in our workplaces. The theme for this month’s LinkedIn Audio event is “Censorship.” Learn more & RSVP.

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