The myth about women’s roles
We have grown up with stories such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty- all portraying the beautiful, helpless girl who is rescued from an uncertain future by a dashing, fearless and very handsome prince. He sweeps her off her feet, they fall heads over heels in love, and they live together happily ever after.
I love a good, sensible love story, but would we not be stretching it too far, if in reality, we expect all females to be clueless as to how to build their future? Should we admire the female who cannot see past the flutter of her eyelashes and then, brandish the opposite a feminist? Why should parents dedicate themselves to having their daughters educated, and in expectation, should expect NOTHING?
Elizabeth Gilbert stated, “I was not rescued by a prince; I was the administrator of my own rescue”. The animated movie Brave appears to be an attempt to deviate from the image of the fairytale stereotypical female.
More females are taking up critical roles in society and in the boardroom. Young girls deserve to have more of these role models, to inspire and encourage them in their own growth and development.
Picking up a copy of the Harvard Business Review, the cover of a silhouetted female looms, with the caption:
Emotional, Bossy, Too Nice
The biases that still hold female leaders back- and how to over come them. If there is a single barrier that affects all women, its exclusion from networks and conversations that open doors to further development and promotions.
Below, are some quotes from the magazine:
“I was often the only woman or Asian sitting around a table of senior executives. I experienced plenty of meetings outside my organization with large groups of executives, where people assumed that I couldn’t be the boss, even though I was.” – Andrea Jung (Former CEO of Avon).
“My mother was one of eight children. She used to be a very brilliant student, and when the time came to go to college, she wanted to become a doctor. Unfortunately, her mother had to explain to her that there was not enough money in the family, and that the money for college was going to the boys and the girls would instead have to marry. After hearing that story, I said I would never do anything to hurt someone based on segregation” – Carlos Ghosn
(CEO of Nissan Motor Company)
“I believe very strongly that whatever barriers race presents in the workforce, they pale in comparison to the barriers that women face when creating the close monitoring relationships that are necessary to be promoted.”- Ken Frazier
(CEO of Merck).
“Three women on the board made individual comments that were similar in direction, which I didn’t respond to. Not long after they spoke, a fourth person, who happened to be a man, made a comment in line with what the women
had been saying, and I said, ‘I think Jeff’s got it right,’ not even aware of what I had just done. To their great credit, the women didn’t embarrass me publicly.
They pulled me to the side and played it back to me. It was a learning moment for me.”- Jim Turley (CEO of Ernst and Young)
To be continued