Unhealthy and unsafe gender norms continue to shape the lives of men and boys today. Crucially, these norms provide the scaffolding for a gender order which privileges men – especially powerful elites. Male privilege is so engrained in social relations and structures that it appears normal and natural, and remains free from scrutiny. But if men are still the prime beneficiaries of gender inequality, then dismantling male privilege is, at least in part, men’s work.
When Chicago-based investment firm Ariel Investments was founded by John W. Rogers Jr. in 1983, it was a breakthrough on Wall Street as the first black-owned mutual fund firm in the country. Over 38-years, Ariel has since navigated bull and bear markets and grown to manage $15 billion in assets.