Cummins’ plan to help close inequality gap praiseworthy

Women are important to our families, our communities and our workplaces.

However, gender inequality remains a problem, to varying degrees, worldwide.

Education, career opportunities and advancement, and lower wages are among barriers many of them face.

Columbus-based Cummins Inc., a global power company and diesel engine maker, is dedicated to help close the inequality gap.

On March 8, which was International Women’s Day, the company announced its multi-million-dollar global initiative to empower women and girls, called Cummins Powers Women.

The initiative includes investment in programs that will focus on areas where significant barriers exist to advancement of women and girls. It also includes partnerships with eight nonprofit organizations in regions around the world, including:

  • Girls Inc. in North America
  • Rise Up in Africa, Latin America and India
  • Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, in Ghana
  • China Women’s Development Foundation in China

Cummins Powers Women is part of the company’s long-term commitment to gender equality, diversity, inclusion and improving communities and people’s lives. The initiative is an extension of past efforts such as mentoring and teaching of women and girls, entrepreneurship, leadership development and advocacy.

We believe Cummins Powers Women is a great idea and applaud the company’s decision to invest in it.

Women deserve fair and equal opportunities to learn, contribute, advance and succeed. Doing so allows more opportunities for positive contributions, which benefits and strengthens communities, businesses and organizations.