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On this ‘Giving Tuesday’ help erase the gender gap among government executives

Dan Gilmartin MML

A recent 16/50 Project training program in Lansing

While you often hear about the gender gap in corporate and political leadership, Michigan’s municipal executive leadership has a broad gender gap, too. Did you know that only 16% of Michigan’s municipal managers are women when women make up 50% of Michigan’s population? The 16/50 Project, a new initiative kicked off by the League this year, aims to close this gap.

This #GivingTuesday, help the Michigan Municipal League Foundation raise $1,650 for 16/50. Together, we can cultivate Michigan’s next women municipal managers by giving them the tools and knowledge they need to lead our communities forward.

In its first year, the 16/50 Project trained 25 women pursuing municipal management in municipal budgeting, municipal finance, economic development, council-manager relations, and leadership development through the Women’s Municipal Leadership Program.

Embracing diversity in all its forms—including gender—is essential for the health and prosperity of Michigan communities. The 16/50 Project is addressing changing demographics to ensure the municipal workforce at all levels reflects the communities being served. The argument for women goes further than gender balance: putting more women in the executive seat is better for our communities. Gender diversity and women in leadership positions help government organizations reach higher levels of innovation and success—and governments are more effective when they better mirror the populations they serve.

Your donation will do three major things to improve the gender balance:

  1. Prepare women with the knowledge and professional development they need to pursue higher levels of management in Michigan communities;
  2. Extend outreach and recruitment to bring the next generation of women graduates to the profession; and
  3. Educate elected officials, who hire municipal managers, on the inherent bias in the selection process that put women at a disadvantage.

How much can you give to turn 16/50 into 50/50? Whether it is $16.50, $1650, or any amount at all, you will be improving community outcomes by improving the gender balance.

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Dan Gilmartin

Dan Gilmartin is the executive director & CEO of the Michigan Municipal League. Through his work with communities, Dan is recognized as a national leader in the fields of urban revitalization, placemaking, local government reform, and transportation policy. Under his leadership, the League was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as a “Cool Place to Work” in 2011.

Model D Media recently referred to him as “an urban thinker with an eye for the small, oft-unnoticed changes that can make ‘places’ out of streets and buildings.”