December 12, 2013

thursday’s thought

Last night I saw this on my fellow green beauty blogger The Green Product Junkie‘s Facebook page and it really struck a chord with me. I’m in the middle of reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In which has forced me to be more acutely aware of the double standards that are allowed to exist in our professional and personal lives. How many times are women in the workplace considered bitchy, bossy or a ball buster versus assertive, confident and ambitious like their male counterparts?

Women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere – 190 heads of state, 9 are women; of all the people in parliament in the world 13% are women; in the corporate sector women in the top C-level jobs tops out at 15-16% and have not moved since 2002; in the non-profit sector women at the top comprise only 20%.

Disregarding the actual product advertised in this video and how much I disagree with what that corporation stands for, you can’t deny the message is a powerful one. It acts as a signal for women to finally be liked for their professional success and not labelled with negative terms. My generation will not change the numbers quoted above, but can you imagine a world where half of our countries and companies were run by women? I’m hopeful future generations can and will.

stats source: ted talk
  • Margie

    The other day I had a male taxi driver tell me that if there were more women in positions of power the world would be a far better place! Amen!!

    • lifeinblush

      just think of what could be accomplished! how different/better the world could be.

  • katie

    I’m glad you liked it. I think it’s awesome. I also sent to to a friend, she re-posted it and her friend (a male) wrote: “Don’t back down! We need women leaders desperately! You do the world no favors by not challenging this bull-hockey. We need you.” I loved that.

    • lifeinblush

      I loved it! And we more of that guy’s reaction in every boardroom to neutralize the attitude that women are just sounding desperate or blowing things out of portion.