This year, over 1,500 professionals (admittedly—mostly women) attended the Bay Area Women's Summit to discuss the economic advancement of women in a country that largely does not see gender inequality as a current concern.
Josh garnered attention at the Summit, not for his minority male representation, but for his contribution as the leader of a nation-wide campaign to realign "corporate America's anti-dad, work-first culture." This business attitude-turned-policy, he argues, stems from our cultural disregard for nurturing or caring roles. Disregard rooted in social understanding of women (the nurturing default) as being less valuable than men.
"It’s a culture left over from the 'Mad Men' world of the 1960s that no longer fits in the digitally connected, 24/7 global economy ... what a recipe for societal unhappiness and dysfunction: Women’s work is not associated with economic value and men’s value is not associated with care."
Ultimately, Josh explains, this misguided and insidious national attitude towards male and female roles, and what is to be more or lesser valued, harms modern business and family structures at nearly every level of interaction. Both women and men are subjected to identities based on values that are not their choosing, and face scrutiny for mild deviations.
Read more about this year's Bay Area Women's Summit and attendants' conclusions here.