29 Aug BEING A WOMAN IN LEADERSHIP
Acceptance of women in leadership roles has increased substantially from when I purchased my first navy blue pinstriped suit. That is not to say that our society has achieved gender equality in the workforce.
Throughout my career, the accomplishments of women in business and the professions have frequently been dismissed, diminished, or discounted by our male counterparts.
It has always been a mystery to me how the fifty-fifty chance of anatomy alone could make someone a more capable – thus more valuable – employee. On the executive level, a demanding male is seen as decisive. A female with the same standards and expectations is labeled a bitch. Even in the enlightened twenty-first century, women are still generally treated as second-class citizens in the boardrooms of America. It is politically incorrect (not to mention against federal law) to consciously discriminate against women. That is a wonderful theory, but it does not stop it from happening covertly and regularly in practice below the surface. It is important to remember as a woman that there is a fine line of pursuing things in a professional manor compared to objectifying yourself for leverage. Perhaps today is the day as a working woman you choose to exercise your rights and demand the increase of respect and close the gap between pay rates of a male versus female. In any case use your voice and be heard.