“I’ll never be a #GirlBoss”
That was the first thought that ran through my head after I burst into tears during a particularly emotionally charged meeting. Of course, that realization also made me cry.
I am phenomenally lucky to be born into a generation of women who rarely see overt sexism in the workplace and take for granted our ability to become leaders. Being female in the workplace has never held me back. In some ways it’s been an advantage.
Changing sexism at work
Of course, sexism hasn’t disappeared, it has only changed. Hidden in complex company politics is a systematic and undeniable prejudice towards femininity. Or I should say, qualities that are normally associated with femininity like being emotional.
The unwritten rule for women in a mans world
A recent study by the Stanford School of Business defined this problem as a “double bind” or an unwritten rule that women who act in feminine ways are unlikely to be seen as leaders, and women who operate like men are often judged as being bitchy and disliked.… Read the rest