What is the Male Allies programme?
It’s part of LSE Power, LSE’s professional women’s network, and does what it says on the tin: through events, networking and training sessions, Male Allies aims to mobilise and promote the support of male professional services staff for better gender equality.
Many people might not have heard of it yet, because for the initial stages it has been important to start small and gather ideas. We’re now at the point of wanting to expand memberships and activities. To join Male Allies, all you have to do is email me and I’ll add you to the circulation list.
By the way, when we speak about Male Allies, we mean anyone that identifies as male.
Why is the Male Allies programme important to you?
It’s important because I think that individuals making small practical changes can, collectively, achieve something significant. As one of the Male Allies said to me recently, it’s easy to become disheartened when you don’t know how to achieve change, or feel like it’s happening infuriatingly slowly. Being part of the change you seek, however, is quite empowering.
What activities does the programme engage in, and how are these benefitting our School community?
The first step has been to build an initial membership. Now, we can start to roll out events that male colleagues can get behind: bystander training, flexible working, running meetings in a more gender-balanced way, and adjustments to working practices to promote inclusiveness.
What’s your favourite thing about working as the Manager of the new School of Public Policy?
That I work with so many talented and engaged people: professional staff, academics, students. Corny but true.
One track, one book, one luxury: what would you take with you to a desert island?
I don’t listen to a lot of music, but my book would be Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. As a luxury, a bottle of chilled Sancerre could be good.