For International Women's Day, Eaton Senior VP Mary Kim Elkins explains why sponsorship is key for advancing women's careers


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Eaton VP discusses sponsorship and gender equality for IWD

Eaton VP discusses sponsorship and gender equality for IWD

Eaton celebrated International Women's Day across its entire company and thanked all the women around the world who bring depth and innovation to their organizations every day.

For IWD, Mary Kim Elkins, Senior Vice President, Eaton, shared her thoughts on the advantages of sponsorship for supporting women's careers.

Why sponsorship is key for equality

Mary Kim believes it's so important for women to have sponsors, because it leads to opportunities for which women might not have been considered.

"I have seen sponsorship serve as one of the most successful catalysts in creating gender equality. It is an intentional decision that opens doors and leads to greater equality," she explains.

She also quotes the business advantages of sponsoring women, for example, how women introduce new approaches to managing people and working in teams.

"And they often lead the way to new ways of working that support work-life effectiveness, such as alternative and flexible work programs," she adds.

"The importance of sponsoring women can’t be underestimated – they represent half the labor force, earn nearly 60% of bachelor’s degrees and more than 50% of post-graduate degrees."

Mary Kim has advice for sponsors who want to support a woman's career progression: "Look at their capabilities and resist the urge to make assumptions about a woman’s capacity or desire to progress in her career. It requires courage on both sides of the sponsorship equation to meet people where they are, build a trusting relationship and break through perceived obstacles."

"When we take chances on people by presenting them with opportunities, providing coaching and setting them up for success – we are paving the way for a richer, more diverse and gender-equal workplace," she says.

Read Mary Kim's official IWD Influencer Statement.


Employees actively supported International Women's Day activity 

Eaton - International Women's Day celebrations

Eaton - International Women's Day celebrations

Eaton - International Women's Day celebrations

Eaton - International Women's Day celebrations

Eaton - International Women's Day celebrations


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Disclosure: Where Women Work researches and publishes insightful evidence about how its paid member organizations support women's equality.

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