Building a System of Gender Equity

Katica Roy, CEO of Pipeline Equity, a company driven to break down systemic barriers to gender equity, recently visited and shared her story and her mission with our Spartans. “Women aren’t broken, the system is,” Katica noted, before discussing ways to challenge systemic barriers to equity. As a child of immigrants who found success, she is passionate about equity across all dimensions. “By leaving women behind we’re leaving the next generation behind,” she said.

Ms. Roy tied her passion for this cause with her professional background: “I’m a researcher by trade, not an activist, and as I pursued my professional career I was surprised how many people are not angry enough about the disparity of gender norms in the workplace. Imagine a world where men are free from the stigma of being a stay-at-home dad. We need to redefine what it means to be a man, as well as looking to close the pay gap between men and women. “

Ms. Roy presented statistics ranging from the pay disparity for single-mother households to the deleterious effects of the binding arbitration agreements that have become commonplace at large corporations.

Students had researched Ms. Roy’s background and were ready with questions. They posed questions about the intersectionality of inequities across dimensions of race, gender, and language. You can learn more about Pipeline Equity at their website.