Women make up around 51% of the total workforce in the US. So why is it that we still suffer when it comes to career development? Sexism is still alive and well, even if it’s not always blatantly obvious. In fact, other factors can influence our careers including the reasons discussed below.
Have you ever heard the old saying “nothing in life is guaranteed except death and taxes”? It’s true, but as a woman… there are a few other things that we experience more often than our male counterparts.
The business world is filled with male-dominated industries. Many have discriminative practices against female employees, making it difficult for them to progress or find success in their careers. The tech industry has been exposed as one of the worst ones. It can be hard to get your superiors, coworkers, and even venture capitalists to take you seriously.
The #metoo movement empowered women everywhere to speak up about their experiences with sexual harassment, abuse, and assault. Sexual harassment has become a weed of the workplace landscape. And even though most companies have fairly harsh penalties and a stated low tolerance for harassment on the job, many acts still go unpunished.
Do you find yourself still tethered to your work email… even though it’s after office hours? Or, have you declined job offers, or not applied at all because it required too much travel and would keep you away from your family? Achieving work-life balance in your career can seem out of reach —especially when you want to move up the corporate ladder.
Did you know that in 1918 the British parliament voted in the Representation of The People Act? …which gave (some) women a voice in politics for the very first time. Much like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the passing of this legislation left much to be desired. The voting process was still skewed to favor the wealthy but it was a hard-won step in the right direction.
Even though women own 38% of businesses in the U.S., they still face challenges that men don’t encounter. Despite making monumental achievements in commerce, innovation, and marketing, life as a female entrepreneur can still be a hard-fought battle.