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10 Steps to an Inclusive & Diverse Workplace

By Gabrielle Korn

How does a brand go about setting up a structure for actual, true female empowerment? It’s not an exhaustive list, but it covers the bare-minimum feminist-oriented elements of a brand that can honestly say it’s built on things like empowerment, diversity, and inclusion:

  1. Is your staff made up of a diverse group of people, including people of color, LGBTQ people, women, and combination therein? Are you treating them well?
  2. Are there people of color, women, LGBTQ people and combinations therein in leadership positions? More than one? Are those people of different identities from each other?
  3. Are you paying everyone fairly, based on the work they are currently doing?
  4. Do they have good benefits? Do they have parental leave?
  5. Does the product you’re selling actually improve the lives of the people who purchase or use it in a meaningful way?
  6. Do the images you’re using to sell your product show a wide range of women? Are those women paid and treated well?
  7. Are you giving back to the community that you’re making money off of?
  8. Does every step of the production process use fair labor? Is it environmentally sustainable?
  9. Can anyone of any body type use and benefit from your product?
  10. Are the people financially benefiting from the success of your product also invested in empowering marginalized communities? What are they doing to show that?

— from the collection of essays by Gabrielle Korn, former EIC of Nylon: Everybody (Else) is Perfect: How I Survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and Likes (Jan 26, 2021; Simon & Schuster)

Don’t miss Talent Fairy’s full interview with Gabrielle Korn:

Talent Fairy Q&A: Gabrielle Korn, Editorial & Publishing Manager of The Most at Netflix and former EIC of Nylon


Chandra Turner is founder and CEO of Ed2010 and Talent Fairy. She is a talent recruiter specializing in the content and media space. She also offers personalized career coaching for media professionals at all stages of their career. 

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