I have been working at my company for about two years now. We are very diverse in all departments and have been very welcoming to all - several of my coworkers who are female / minority / etc. have mentioned how much they have appreciated it.
Earlier this year we got a new VP of HR. One of her new initiatives has been a "Women's Support Group," where all women in the company are invited to a monthly catered lunch to either discuss a topic or listen to a presentation. These meetings have been on topics that are of general interest to all professionals, not just limited to "women's issues," e.g. interpersonal communication, leadership, etc.
Because this initiative is limited to women and there is no equivalent professional development opportunity available to men, I see it as discriminatory and am concerned that it will lead to tensions between genders that have never been an issue before. I would like to respectfully make my position known, but I'm unsure how to address such a hot-button issue without coming across as an ass. Initially I considered approaching the VP of HR directly but I'd prefer to stay off her radar for various reasons. I've also pondered writing a short "memo" requesting that we be more inclusive, and submitting it to her anonymously. Of course, there is always the snarky comment route ("shame we're so sexist and the dudes can't come, haha").
Is there a more effective way I can go about this? My goal is first to encourage inclusivism, and second to make my disagreement with the "Women's support group" initiative clear. Are either of these even worth doing, or is my best bet to keep my head down while looking for a company more aligned with my personal values?
Edit: two points of clarification.
- I'm female.
- Our company is pretty small, about 150 people, so we don't have things like a personal / department HR rep. I know it sounds silly to go directly to the top, but my options are slightly limited.