At Clarivate we value every voice. As we continue to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, we amplify a few of our women leaders’ voices and their pledges for equality. Featuring diverse perspectives from across our global business, this article is the second installment of an ongoing series throughout the month of March. See other articles here.
At Clarivate, we are committed to empowering and uplifting our women colleagues. A diverse workforce that values every voice assures broader, richer solutions for our customers, and creates a community where all colleagues can succeed.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge. We can each help to create a gender equal world when we choose to challenge gender bias, act for justice and celebrate women’s successes and contributions. From challenge comes transformation, and by choosing to challenge, we will change the world for the better.
At Clarivate, our women leaders share what equality means to them and how they choose to challenge:
Dani Mazzarella, currently Racial Equity Fellow, CEO Action sponsored by Clarivate
As Ruth Bader Ginsburg rightly said, “women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” Although progress is slower than we’d hope for, we have recently seen a rise in organizational and societal awareness of the importance of having diverse thought and representation at the table. More recently, the U.N. highlighted how women have been at the helm of institutions carrying out effective and inclusive COVID-19 responses, from the highest decision-making levels to frontline service. I am confident that women will have a crucial role in leading our move towards a new digital world focused on innovation, growth and continuous change.
Personally, Clarivate has been a breath of fresh air. After years of chipping away at the glass ceiling, I feel Clarivate recognizes my value and work and provides the right environment and tools to empower women to grow and play an equal role at work and in society.
I #ChooseToChallenge myself every day by making a conscious effort to be mindful of biases, continuously educating myself to understand other points of views and make well-informed choices. I #ChooseToChallenge others by staying true to myself and speaking out for what I believe and those who have no voice, recognizing intersectionalities and being a supportive cheerleader to those more disadvantaged than myself. Ultimately, I choose to focus on people and building environments that support growth through change.
“I am confident that women will have a crucial role in leading our move towards a new digital world focused on innovation, growth and continuous change.”
Diane Thomas, Senior Sales Director, Academic & Government, Clarivate
Much earlier in my career I was naïve or maybe even oblivious to inequalities in the workplace, but as I look back, these certainly have existed. Obviously women’s equality at work is critical for any successful business. But this doesn’t mean that we can’t acknowledge and even celebrate the differences between what men and women bring to the workplace.
I chose to challenge certainly by being my authentic self, sharing my views and challenging the views of others where I feel it’s necessary. Also, I am deliberate about championing other women where I can and where it is warranted, particularly because I feel that women tend to be less likely to do this for themselves. This includes being my own champion of course!
“I chose to challenge certainly by being my authentic self, sharing my views and challenging the views of others where I feel it’s necessary.”
Lynn Yoffee, Publisher at Clarivate
I’ve always viewed business and life through the lens of being a person, first. Rarely have I thought that I had to proceed differently because I’m a woman. I’m extremely conscious of and grateful that I’m able to do this only because of the women before me who broke through so many barriers. I’m very aware that many women today still face myriad inequalities. All of us should continue to help break down those barriers. Don’t underestimate opportunities to implement change one step at a time.
My favorite quote about women’s equality comes from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice, women’s rights activist and icon, whose philosophy mirrors mine about not only the court, but all organizations, including businesses: “When I’m sometimes asked, ‘When will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]?’ and I say, ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’s been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”
I can’t think of a single instance in which women are treated differently from men at Clarivate, and that speaks volumes. We all have an equal voice at the table and a common opportunity to help grow the business along with our careers.
I challenge everyone to stop during their busy days and take five minutes to call attention to something that needs to be changed. I challenge others to stop and take five to ask for or implement a small change, because many small steps stretch the effort to miles of change.
“I challenge others to stop to ask for or implement a small change, because many small steps stretch the effort to miles of change.”
In continued celebration of women’s achievements and leadership, please look for feature interviews with Clarivate women leaders, researchers and scientists throughout the month of March.