Saturday, February 9, 2019

There aren't enough blog posts about gender inequality

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Just kidding, there totally are enough blog posts about gender inequality, and looking at recent C-level announcements from large multinationals it seems to be working.

I too have written on this topic, although not recently, and it's been fun revisiting what I used to think, mostly because I used to be a lot funnier.

Besides my lamentable reduction in hilarity, my opinions haven't changed that much.  I've never bought into the glass ceiling, even back when I was a lowly product manager hoping to be promoted to director.  Fast forward, I eventually got the promotion, went on to be a VP, and have been approached about two C-level roles that I declined to apply for.  So, I guess you could say I still don't believe in it.

My journey hasn't been completely smooth or without a hitch.  I've had difficult colleagues, colleagues who thought I was the difficult one, and managers who didn't support my advance.  I've held the fort and worked part time while my husband focused on his career. I've taken maternity leave for three kids, and we're talking European maternity leave here (so longer than the two weeks or whatever it is you get in the US).

I've been in the wrong place at the wrong time, I've made my share of mistakes, and I've spilled various beverages on various white blouses right before important meetings.

But enough about me.  I get it.  The system is sometimes unfair, but it's a still great time to be a professional woman.  Network, ask for help, pay it forward, don't burn (too many) bridges, add value, learn stuff, take care of your customers, and tell people what you want.

And if you're a professional woman looking to navigate the system, or a working mom trying to have it all, don't believe everything you read - even if something is generally true, that doesn't mean it applies to you.

It's fine if you disagree but I invite you to read the following posts before you judge.

Is There Really a Glass Ceiling?
Poor Working Moms
There'll be No Cake in Hell
Debugging the Gender Gap

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