It is happening all the time, in private, in public, in a work environment. Women are the easy target, for now. The last I heard was about women being labelled imposters at work if they were undecisive. Seriously!
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. – Coco Chanel
I remember the time I was told "I had good instincts", during a performance review. I wasn't smart, or God forbid, intelligent, I had good instincts. Like a hunter, or an animal.
This was a (couple) of decades ago, but from what I see and read now, not much has changed. Women still don't get the recognition for their work, maybe because they are less prompt to "brag" about it. Sorry, are we not all getting paid to do this job and to be good at it? Do we need to report on it constantly and tell our male managers how good we are, loud and frequently?
Women still struggle with feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, low self-confidence and confusion about how they, in fact, reached the high levels they’ve achieved.
As a result, they put more pressure on themselves not to fail than men do—in effect, giving themselves a much smaller margin for error than men in similar leadership positions.
It is time to end this, and I believe women need more confidence and assurance in their abilities to run their professional life. Let's not forget they usually run a private life, running household and being - most of the time - caretakers.
The time of the "English boys' club" is hopefully ending. Women are leading corporation, countries and communities. Their road is a challenging one and of course not all of us want to be on "stage" but that should not stop us of trying or dreaming the "impossible".
Want to be inspired ? Check the latest blogs in the "inspiring women" section. And my recent weekend video on the topic.
Don't be held back if you are the "quieter type"! Women are all very unique, so are you!
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