Group Discussion Guide: Gender in the Workplace

Lesson 2 — Called to Work Together

  1. It is central to Denise’s argument that, according to the Genesis account, man and woman bear the image of God together, and they are likewise called by God to work together.

    • Genesis 1:26–27 tells us that the image of God is plural—that is, it’s comprised of man and woman together (and not man by himself or woman by herself). What does this tell us about God’s character? What does it tell us about his design for human flourishing?

    • As the Bible sees it, no kind of human community—a family, a church, or a workplace—can thrive without both men and women. Think about your own work context. What would be lost without the men? What would be lost without the women?
       

  2. Women are earning business degrees at a higher rate than ever before, and more and more qualified women are entering the workforce. Yet women continue to be underrepresented in key leadership positions.

    • Why do you think this is? What factors are contributing to the underrepresentation of women in leadership across most industries?  
       

  3. As Denise demonstrates, our work cultures are often beset by systemic injustices that make it difficult for women to thrive in their professional lives.

    • Think about your own career development. Where have you seen this disparity at work?

    • This kind of injustice is very complex, with a lot of factors at play. What are some of the deeper issues behind policies and cultures that limit women’s access to opportunity and advancement?