Problem #1 (and yes, they called it a problem)? Men tend to start businesses to be the “boss” and women start businesses to be personally challenged and balance work and family.
The second article inTime Magazine touts the accomplishments of three Wall Street leaders who are women who were underestimated by men.
What I find most appalling about both these articles is that they set the standard of success/accomplishment/whatever on how the women compare to the men. It’s so 1980sWorking Girl that I have the urge to put on my acid wash jacket.
Let’s be honest here ““ if more women were willing to do what the top dog male executives and CEOs did to get to their position, then more women would be top dog executives and CEOs. A lot of women make choices that impact their income/status ““ me included. I worked part time for 5 years when my girls were younger. I don’t regret a minute of it ““ it was MY choice. I wasn’t being held back by The Man.
I would like to see an article about the strides that men have made in parenting. Today’s dads spend significantly more time with their children than their own dads spent with them – andthey wish they could spend even more time with them. Does it impact their careers? Of course it does. My husband and a lot of his friends took paternity leave after their children were born ““ and they paid the price at work. The old boys don’t like it when you do that.
The issue here is not a gender issue ““ it’s a generational issue. “Being challenged” and “balancing work and family” are legitimate reasons to start a business. I’veargued for a while that Gen Xers don’t define success the same way the Boomers do. If “bigger” is the only measurement of success ““ this myth that women are somehow not equal will persist.
If you want to achieve bigness, there’s a way to go ““ and both men and women can do it. If you want to achieve something else, there’s another way to go ““ and again it’s an option for both men and women. We don’t all have to be the same, but we do all have the same opportunity.