It’s a great day to be alive! I don’t know about you all, but I am feeling ready to kick ass and get the most out of this Friday! Pardon my overuse of exclamation points and all caps in today’s post – I am still overcaffeinated from National Coffee Day (yesterday)!
Professional growth and progression does not (and will not) happen by accident. It needs to be an intentional journey and for women, that journey needs to be even more thoughtful and strategic. Do you know what barriers and/or bias exist for women in the workplace? Do you have the tools to climb over them, plow through them or get around them? In order to not let gender norms and bullsh*t bias hold us back, we’ve got to be aware and educate ourselves on what we may be up against.
The 2016 Women in the Workplace Report was released this week and it reinforced that women still have long way to go in gaining equity in the workplace. It’s a pretty lengthy article so I’m sharing what I call the “Sheryl Sandberg Spark Notes”. In this article she editorialized the major points of the report.
What you should know!
- Women are still underrepresented at every corporate level and hold less than 30% of roles in senior management.
- Women hit the glass ceiling early: They are far less likely than men to be promoted from entry level to manager, and they continue to lose ground incrementally the more senior they become.
- This gap in female leadership is not due to attrition; in fact, women and men are leaving their companies at about the same rate.
- The above challenges are even more pronounced for women of color. They make up the most underrepresented group in the corporate pipeline and experience the deepest drop-offs in middle and senior management
- A POSITIVE: Women are now negotiating for raises and promotions as often as their male peers. F*CK YES!
This report reminded me that women still have a long way to go in gaining equality in the workplace and shattering the glass ceiling. Be aware of the potential push back you may experience and be prepared to navigate that. I’m learning how to navigate this myself and how to be intentional with everything I do. Reading up on the relevant research and articles like these has been an incredibly helpful place to start.
This wouldn’t be Friday Fuel is I just threw these stats at you without offering some tools to take action, so, below are some good articles that offer tips/strategies in the workplace areas that women most often face push back:
- Negotiate! 37 Tips for Negotiating
- Find a mentor! – Every women needs a women mentor!
- Go for the promotion!
- Assertive vs. Aggressive – know the difference.
“If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” – Michele Ruiz
Our Friday Fuel life coach, Chumlee, is loving Central New York this Fall. I hope his face brings a smile to your face like it does to mine every day!
Embrace the day!