EDITOR’S NOTE: This guest post is authored by George Faithful, Ph.D., in response to our recent National Girlfriends Networking Day, held June 4, 2013.
I am a man. I recently attended the second annual National Girlfriends Networking Day lunch in New York. Why was I there?
My wife does design and marketing consulting for the New Agenda; we are both good friends with Amy Siskind; and there was food. Those were all viable reasons. But I left the event with a better one.
I left the Girlfriends Networking Day worried. I was not worried that I, as a man, would be deprived of my rightful job because a woman got the position instead. Rather, I left worried that we, as a nation, are not living up to our full potential, despite all of the progress we have made.
Employment is not a zero sum game. The sooner there is true equality of opportunity at every step in all individuals’ career development, the sooner those in positions of political and economic leadership will be the best qualified, regardless of gender. I want the best people to be hired for every job. It is the duty of all of us, male and female, to ensure that that happens. Otherwise, we are missing out. I don’t want the second-best deciding whom to hire and fire, and where to allocate funds to create jobs or whether to downsize.
As long as approximately 50% of our workforce does not receive the chance to advance to its full potential, America will not be at 100%. Women’s networking benefits all of us.
George Faithful is a historical theologian with an interest in tracing the interrelationship between different branches of Christianity and between Christianity and other religions. He currently serves as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Seton Hall University, where he teaches freshmen and sophomores in the Core Curriculum Program, which blends theology, philosophy, and history. You may learn more about Faithful and his work at his website: www.georgefaithful.com.