If you want to support your female colleagues or run a company that recognizes the need for gender equality, you need to do more than install breast-pump rooms and comply with federal workplace mandates. Being an ally for women in the workplace requires mindfulness, change and, most of all, recognizing where your company culture and norms fall short.
Start by making sure you're including women in top-level meetings and any team social gatherings. Take suggestions from everyone about where to hold social events. Not everyone plays golf. Not everyone can go out for drinks after hours. Your work-around is not to call these events "optional." If they're face-time with the boss, they're necessary.