yolandaenoch + women-and-work   26

Commentary: Women's Friendships Hold Them Back in Careers | Fortune
I realized that despite the cultural moment female friendship is currently enjoying, the same strength, intensity, and deep connections being celebrated was also setting up a false dichotomy between personal relationships and the transactionality of business.

Women told me that when they asked a friend for business, they feared it would damage their personal relationships, took rejection personally, and became gun-shy about making another pitch. Even well-qualified women who had no qualms about asking (and were quite adept at it) were often met with avoidance, a brush-off, or no reply at all.

Women - who are able to successfully transact business with personal friends - do these things:

1. Ask how you can help (get specific, actionable responses) every time you meet with a woman—socially or professionally.
2. Recommend friends to friends (intentionally promoting each other as experts, leaders, and business resources).
3. Seek women out—don’t wait to be approached.
4. Take the meeting and play matchmaker. Even if you don’t have a pressing need, introduce her to a relevant contact in your network who does.
mallun-yen  friendship  career-advice  fortune.com  women-and-work 
4 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
Why the Confidence Gap Is a Myth - The Atlantic
According to another recent study, it’s most often a fear of this backlash, and not a lack of confidence, that prevents many women from self-promoting.

As with most misdiagnoses, the prescribed treatments for women’s supposed lack of confidence—practicing power poses, banishing vocal habits like “upspeak,” eliminating negative thoughts—don’t seem to have had any impact.

Smith, who has studied gender norms in the workplace, says that the strategies that make the biggest difference in women’s lack of self-promotion put the onus on companies, not the women who work in them. One simple tactic is for workplaces to normalize the practice of self-promotion, so that when women talk about their achievements, they are less likely to face the well-documented backlash.

Companies should also hold workshops that highlight for employees the research on the backlash that confident women often experience in the workplace, Smith adds. Not only would these trainings make people more aware of their deeply ingrained but often implicit gender biases, but they would also help otherwise-confident women understand why they might feel uncomfortable self-promoting.
stephanie-thomson  theatlantic.com  women-and-work  feminism  confidence-gap  career-advice  work-environment  culture 
7 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
1/Got a bunch of #wagegap deniers in my mentions so here’s a thread about reductive thinking about women’s “choices”
The gap, and women’s choices, experts know, are due to a sex-segregated occupational labor force, the persistent devaluation of “women’s work”, and good old-fashioned bias and discrimination.
wage-gap  income-inequality  women-and-work  Twitter-moments 
january 2018 by yolandaenoch
The New Midlife Crisis for Women
"I call my midlife crisis Betty," says a 43-year-old filmmaker in Brooklyn, New York. "Betty is on me about being single and broke. Not having money reaches deep into you, and it creates a vicious and pernicious situation." In their 40s, our parents' generation could expect to own a house and to have money saved. In our 40s, we are often still scrambling like we did at age 25, and not just in creative fields, like filmmaking. Fifty-six percent of women still live paycheck to paycheck, and, according to a 2014 study on women and their money by Prudential, Gen X women are less confident in their ability to achieve their most important financial goals than either millennials or boomers.
midlife-crisis  oprah  feminism  women-and-work  income-inequality  ada-calhoun 
october 2017 by yolandaenoch
Working While Female – Medium
Marty's (the male co-workers who did the experiment with her did a Tweetstorm about the experience):

https://twitter.com/i/moments/839950218099576832
feminism  work-environment  women-and-work  nicole-hallberg  martin-r-schneider 
march 2017 by yolandaenoch
You Can't Sit With Us
“Any other woman in the workplace is a threat.”

the only way to break any glass ceiling holding us in is for those women who have fought their way to executive positions to lend a helping hand, and give other women the support that they may never have received themselves.
sarah-zurell  women-and-work  medium 
january 2017 by yolandaenoch
What are some of the ways women are discriminated against that men are often unaware of?
This partner, and my firm, just assumed I’m going to be the primary care giver and that to retain me, they needed to help me with that role. >> By assuming I’m going to be the primary care giver and by setting policies to support that assumption, society is forcing me to choose between having a brilliant career and having a kid. My husband does not have to make that choice. That is discrimination. (jump to comment: https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-of-the-ways-women-are-discriminated-against-that-men-are-often-unaware-of/answer/Ellen-Vrana?srid=xBpb)
women-and-work  work-environment  work-life-balance  quora  maternity-leave  family-leave  parental-leave 
may 2016 by yolandaenoch
Fast Company features It's Not the How
The question is not if your company’s employees and leaders have the right skills; it’s if they have the potential to learn new ones. // You’ll often find that several candidates have the right credentials, experience, and competencies. Assess their motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. // It's possible to evaluate potential: great ambition to leave a mark in the pursuit of greater, unselfish goals; shows deep personal humility and invest in getting better at everything they do.
hiring  women-and-work  performance-reviews  women-in-leadership 
march 2016 by yolandaenoch
In Hiring Simulation, Male Potential Is Preferred Over A Female Track Record
Male job applicants are perceived to have high levels of leadership potential and are rated as a better employment prospect than a female applicant with proven leadership track record, according to a presentation at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Liverpool which discussed how 98 participants (39 women) participated in an online hiring simulation.
hiring  performance-reviews  women-in-leadership  women-and-work 
march 2016 by yolandaenoch
How Marissa Mayer's Maternity Decision Affects Young Women -- Whether She Likes It Or Not | Caroline Fairchild | LinkedIn
Do I think it’s fair that the decisions Mayer and other female CEOs make are scrutinized differently? Certainly not. But in 2015, this is the reality that we find ourselves in. It wasn’t until 1998 that young American women like myself had any female CEOs in the Fortune 1000 to look up to. Now, we have 51. Mayer, whether she likes it or not, is one of them. I am not advocating that she take more time off to appease the masses and I am certainly not encouraging her to hide her plans. What I am hoping is that she begins to understand that aspiring young career women like me are watching and taking copious notes. If she doesn’t, I fear the slow rise of women we have joining her in the C-Suite will continue along at this dismally slow rate.
marissa-mayer  yahoo  marketing-materials  women-issues  women-and-work  family-leave 
september 2015 by yolandaenoch
'I'm Not Your Wife!' A New Study Points to a Hidden Form of Sexism — The Atlantic
"We found that employed husbands in traditional marriages, compared to those in modern marriages, tend to (a) view the presence of women in the workplace unfavorably, (b) perceive that organizations with higher numbers of female employees are operating less smoothly, (c) find organizations with female leaders as relatively unattractive, and (d) deny, more frequently, qualified female employees opportunities for promotion." >>As the research shows, all most women seek is the opportunity to be judged as individuals, rather than viewed through the narrow lens of someone else's marital kaleidoscope.
women-and-work  women-issues 
march 2015 by yolandaenoch
Speaking Up As A Woman Of Color At Work
Center for Women Policy Studies found 21% of women of color surveyed did not feel they were free to be “themselves at work.” The same study found more than one third of women of color — ranging from 28 percent to 44 percent — believed that they must “play down” their race or ethnicity to succeed.
gender-bias  women-and-work 
february 2015 by yolandaenoch

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