Men and women deserve equal opportunities, but it’s important to recognize their differences.

Since the 2016 presidential election and rise of the #MeToo movement, more women have become inspired to pursue leadership roles and stand their ground in the ongoing gender equality debate. This year’s election cycle, for instance, more women than ever before – 575 – have signed up to run for the House, the Senate or governor; still, only one in five elected officials on Capitol Hill are female, according to Politico.

Even the credit union industry is taking a look at how it can empower more women, as well as minorities and young professionals, to rise to leadership positions – and it should be. I’m sure I’m not the only young female who feels a little out of place at a credit union conference. Sure, the industry has grown more diverse over time, but one look at a CU conference crowd, which is typically older, white and male, indicates we still have a long way to go.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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