On March 6, we held the Americas Powerhouse Luncheon in partnership with Women Who Rock. The panel featured valuable insight from Canadian treasure hunter and geologist Ashley Kirwan, Argentine agronomist Andrea Grobocopatel, the Mexican force of nature Veronica Richards and Peruvian diplomat Ana Gervasi.
Here’s what we learned:
- “We need more role models.” By developing visible role models for women in industries like mining and geoscience, we can inspire more women to pursue careers in these fields.
- “The challenge of workplace equality starts in the cores of our homes.” Gender equality must operate at a social and family level- not just in the workplace. For example, true workplace equality includes equal paid paternity and maternity leaves, which encourages shared familial responsibilities between both parents.
- “You don’t have you give up your career and business goals in order to have a family.” In many societies today, women are still often deterred from starting a family because they fear that pregnancy and child-rearing will serve as setbacks to their careers and professional goals. As Ashley Kirwan (President and CEO of Orix Geoscience and mother to a 7-month old baby) taught us, it is possible successfully to navigate the obligations of a career and motherhood.