“A strong woman looks at a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” These words of wisdom from Indie Soul Sensation, Gina Carey.
Women were never weak. They have always contributed in every walk of life with great significance. But, let’s agree to this one point: We don’t have it easy. It seems “equal” opportunity is quite meaningless. We do get jobs, but that’s where it starts getting messy.
According to DOL Research Statistics, women are working in different managerial occupations.
The ratio of employed women is increasing with every year. There are many successful women who have inspired the world with their skills and ability, such as Sheryl Sandberg, Irene Rosenfeld, Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, Meg Whitman, Anne Sweeney—and the list goes on.
In this article, I am going to highlight four main challenges employed women face each day while they are working on their careers.
1. Gender Bias
As applicants and employees, we deal with stereotypes where women are considered less qualified and skillful than men. There is a perception that we are emotional and neglect practical solutions.
Office politics and conspiracies thrive against us. Then, there is the alpha-male syndrome. Some men think it’s essential to dominate women because we need to be led. Often, we are considered secondary when being hired on top managerial positions. People say that women won’t be able to handle pressure.
The facts are entirely different as employed women are bold and strong enough to cope with any situation. In many cases, women have proven to be more productive than their male counterparts.
2. Sexual Harassment
It’s sad to see that women are portrayed as objects of pleasure. In the past two months, we have witnessed a huge pile of harassment allegations popping up.The situation is very disturbing.
Many women do not report abusive cases until it gets very serious. Sometimes, it is never reported as ladies prefer to leave the job instead. Why oh why? Confront this evil. Suffering in silence is not the solution. Whenever you are targeted, hit back in the most lawful way you can.
3. Work-Life Balance
In general, women have a hectic life. We have to take care of our work, both at home and office. as she looks after children, husband, and home. Creating a balance in your personal and work lives is an art and a science.
Working Women has to listen taunts like Stay at home or Family comes first etc. She is responsible for children upbringing. She makes her husband happy. We had to go through many battlefields arena at the same time.
We also call working women as superwomen. She is managing every avenue effectively. She makes sure everyone is happy.
4. Growth Opportunities
According to the 2017 edition of Fortune 500 list, the number of women CEOs is at all-time high. Guess how many companies are headed by the ladies?
100? You wish! 😒
50? Not really. 😔
The number stands at 32. 😲
I rather roll my eyes. 🙄
When you are climbing the ladder of career, the path gets a bit narrower. For us, it gets steeper and laden with minefields. To become a CEO or a General Manager or anything important, we are generally ignored.
How can fix these problems?
Here is the thing ladies. First, we need to understand that not all men are the problem. Many of our male counterparts face discrimination too.
Second, we need to understand a ‘sisterhood’ won’t fix anything. Many women are the part of the problem. They create unfair circumstances where it’s hard to live a fulfilling life.
This is a war of attitude and that can only be won by temperance and strength. There are no quick fixes and no band-aids. It’s gonna hurt. It’ll be hard.
Who run the world? Girls.