Would you prefer to work for a man or a woman? Leah Eichler examines the reasons behind the biases that we all hold when it comes to the gender we want our managers to be.
The message of Sheryl Sandberg in her new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead has gotten people talking. Here’s a roundup of the reactions– both positive and negative– that leaning in has inspired.
The latest OECD survey revealed that while men spent more time doing paid work each day, the women did the larger share of unpaid work which includes doing things like childcare and household chores. This is true for both women who are working full-time or part-time and those who decide to stay at home.
So how do we explain the high investing anxiety of four out of ten women? I suspect because, deep down, they fear it will bankrupt their femininity. But if women don’t feel comfortable handling their own money, it’s unlikely that they’ll feel comfortable handling a P&L for their firm — and if you don’t feel comfortable with P&L responsibility, you’re not going to make it to the top ranks of management.
What kinds of homes Americans needed has always been a question without a simple answer—with many competing perspectives. The designs of our home not only allocates our belongings throughout the house, it structures the ways in which we interact with one another and the communities in which we live.
n my experience, women tend to look to other women to make connections for them. We may feel more comfortable proceeding that way, but in order to gain enough power to make real progress, we have to seek out male help as collaborators, mentors, and connectors. The empirical evidence is undeniable that men can offer women power and a leg-up in many ways that other women cannot. We need to leverage that reality.
Although the idea of a meritocracy sounds logical, even reasonable, it unfortunately doesn’t correspond with the realities of the business world. And the notion that women would get further ahead if only they tried harder ignores plenty of research and evidence indicating otherwise.