This is Ruth Porat. She is the CFO of Google's parent company, Alphabet. She's also a particularly awesome CFO ”” Porat has been increasing transparency, and stocks are up. However, during Google's annual shareholder meeting, an investor thought it would be appropriate to call her something other than an amazing CFO.
The ladies of Google then claimed Thursday, June 17th as Lady Day as people continued to change their titles. During the meeting, Sonen Capital Associate director and Impact Manager Danielle Ginach spoke directly to the shareholder in question. "I am sorry to put another shareholder on the spot," she said, "But Ms. Porat is the CFO, not the lady CFO."
Lady Day even got its own official logo, but we'd expect nothing less from Google. "I wanted to do something fun and 'googley' that allowed us all to stand together, and to show that someone's gender is entirely irrelevant to how they do their job," said Meg Mason, Lady Partner Operations Manager, Shopping.
Pat Wadors, Senior Vice President of Global Talent Organization on LinkedIn, suggests that users take the battle to LinkedIn to prove their point. She told LinkedIn users, "Regardless of where you work or what you do, you can join in and support these conversations about equality in the workplace. This weekend, change your title on your LinkedIn profile to 'Lady _______,' share this post, lend your voice, and join me in raising awareness. Let's change the world together!"
"It's really inspiring to have women leaders like Ruth to look up to," Anya Estrov, a Google employee who also changed her title stated. "I hope that by seeing this, women will continue to push themselves."
In its 2014 diversity report, pictured above, Google stated that it was "miles from where [they] wanted to be." They stress that they want to combat both conscious and unconscious bias and bring all different types of people into their workforce.