Illustration by Kirsten Essenpreis for The New York Times
This is a somewhat depressing article in the New York Times, however it had to be said. We need to rethink the way we educate young women….they need to speak up and assert themselves, if getting the top job is where they see themselves.
Its not good enough to work harder and hope that someone is going to notice. I had this very conversation with a relative, who, just happens to be head of Vic Education at a family funeral recently. Sadly this article confirms our discussion.
“What they say: Women are often seen as dependable, less often as visionary. Women tend to be less comfortable with self-promotion — and more likely to be criticized when they do grab the spotlight. Men remain threatened by assertive women. Most women are not socialized to be unapologetically competitive. Some women get discouraged and drop out along the way. And many are disproportionately penalized for stumbles.”
“For years I thought it was a pipeline question,” said Julie Daum, who has led efforts to recruit women for corporate boards at Spencer Stuart. “But it’s not — I’ve been watching the pipeline for 25 years. There is real bias, and without the ability to shine a light on it and really measure it, I don’t think anything’s going to change. Ultimately at the top of an organization there are fewer and fewer spots, and if you can eliminate an entire class of people, it makes it easier.”
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