Created in 2016, the Gender Equity in Museums Movement is an advocacy group formed to promote field-wide gender equity guidelines that confront bias and inequality in the workplace as well as recognize the essential roles that women play in the museum field. Their platform paper, “A Call for Gender Equity in the Museum Workplace,” discusses the history of museum workplace discrimination in hiring, promotion, and pay and calls for museums to make equality a priority through fair and transparent policies.
We believe museums are uniquely positioned to model workplace equity in a way that challenges how we think about the humanity of human resources. We’re at a crossroads where diversity, equity, accessibility, race, and identity are part of a highly charged national dialogue. As these powerful conversations coalesce, shouldn’t museums participate as role models for change?