500 Words On The Lack Of Female Leadership In The Workplace

500 Words On The Lack Of Female Leadership In The Workplace

The problem is more complicated than many self-proclaimed feminists believe.
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Throughout history, women have rarely been regarded as leaders, ambitious, high-achieving or outspoken. As a result, they face an exorbitant amount of adversity while trying to reach leadership positions in the workplace today; they must counteract centuries-long-enforced traditional roles as quiet, soft spoken caretakers and homemakers to reach the top level and be awarded the leadership-related traits that have been so long-associated with men. Unfortunately, women can’t just simply adopt the traits associated with (male) leadership to be promoted -- when they do, they are seen as pushy, unpleasant and overbearing. Instead, they have to balance traditional gender roles with leadership qualities to be seen as eligible, like a tightrope walk to the corner office. But, they obviously have to be working in order to be eligible for a promotion. Sadly, female employees are often squeezed out too soon to have a chance.

Often, when a woman is motivated to challenge tradition and pursue a career and a family, it is often impossible. When women take charge, speak up and ask for flexibility in their schedules, employers stubbornly refuse the option and leave many women with no option other than quitting so they can maintain their household responsibilities, clearly eliminating them from the race to the top. Even when they are working though, women’s achievements often go unnoticed-- not something that helps one’s chance at getting a promotion.

Embarrassingly enough, studies have shown that the most effective method to get women’s voices heard is a no-interrupting rule, enacted while people are presenting. Without this elementary technique, women are consistently either ignored or seen as pushy/bossy when sharing their ideas. Obviously, likability plays a role in promotion consideration, so who are the ones with no chance at promotion? The weird girl quietly sitting over in the corner and the bitch who always rudely interjects into the discussion.

Unfortunately, women themselves are also responsible for their failure to reach the c-suites. Immediately after college, only 7% of women negotiate their starting salary compared to the 57% of men that do. The lack of confidence to demand more is purely tied to the gender roles that have undermined their motivation and ambition from birth. As a result, women consistently underestimate themselves and downplay their own achievements, often brushing off praise with comments accrediting their success to outside factors-not their own prowess.

Women who don’t ask for promotions and raises and new projects rarely get them because, well, they do not ask for them. Women who do ask for promotions and raises and new projects rarely get them because no one wants to reward someone who is pushy, overbearing, aggressive. For females in fields across the board, speaking up and not speaking up lead to the same result: no raise and no recognition, just suffocation.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.
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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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