Today I would like to talk about receiving a job or promotion because you are a woman.
When Sheryl was named the Treasury Department's chief of Staff in 1999, several people remarked to her:
"It must have helped that you were a woman." (Pg. 144)Note there was no affirmative action for woman at the Treasury.
Oh my gosh! People have said something similar to me. When I was in school studying to be a CPA more than one person told me I would have no trouble finding a job when I finished because "I was a woman."
Not even two weeks ago, a male I know who works for a fortune 500 company, told me the only way you can be promoted today in his division was to be a minority female. Seriously, I can't imagine promotions are awarded to minority females over men just because of gender or race.
It was conversations like these that inspired Sheryl to begin talking about women in the workplace. Here is a quote from her very first talk on this subject:
I began my talk by explaining that in business we are taught to fit in, but that I was starting to think this might not be the right approach. I said out loud that there are differences between men and women both in their behavior and in the way their behavior is perceived by others. I admitted that I could see these dynamics playing out in the workforce, and that, in order to fix the problems, we needed to be able to talk about gender without people thinking we were crying for help, asking for special treatment, or about to sue. (Pg. 145)Have you ever been told you or someone else received a job or promotion because of gender? How do you think we can change these stereotypes?