February 7, 2012Seventy-four percent of the men we interviewed in our series, Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives, identified fear and apathy as barriers to supporting gender equality. In today’s Take 5, we look at reasons why men should care. Men have a lot to gain, and nothing to fear from equality. Here’s why:

#1: Good business sense. Gender bias inhibits problem solving and hinders innovation. And study after study has linked increased female leadership to stronger, on average, financial results.

#2: Boost your net worth. Women in the US lose about $380,000 due to the gender pay gap over the course of their lives. If your partner is a woman, closing this gap makes good financial sense for you and your family.

#3: Increased personal freedom. Imagine a world where you do not need to hide family responsibilities from co-workers and you have the freedom to admit you don’t know something without calling your masculinity into question.

#4: Live longer. Sometimes being a man—especially if it means never asking for help—can compromise your health. Equality has shown to improve health and quality of life.

#5: Your children. Equality now ensures that the next generation will have all the opportunities to succeed on an equal playing field for all.