At Rented.com we recently learned about Founders for Change and the great work they’re doing to shed more light on issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. They bring together venture-backed founders who are dedicated to improving diversity and inclusion within their companies, and desire greater diversity at the highest levels of VC firms.
We too feel these are important issues, but saying you care about something and actually doing something proactive to demonstrate you care and are willing to change your own behavior to create change are two very different things. It is akin to liking a post about the need to help the homeless on Facebook versus volunteering at a homeless shelter on an available weekend. One says you care, the other shows you actually do.
An example cropped up a couple of years ago when my daughter Talulla was born. Many of us claim to be appalled by the disparity between men and women in leadership positions at large companies, or the gap in career earnings that can easily be traced to when children are born. Yet when a mother takes three months of maternity leave, we think it’s normal, as opposed to when we see a man take two weeks of paternity leave and think it’s progressive and very modern. What? This is why my wife and I were very deliberate in splitting the time 50/50. We each took two months. We are equals in parenting just as we are equals in our careers. Action was required, and we took it.