Women In Biz-Do We Limit Ourselves?

Women In Biz-Do We Limit Ourselves?  - http://www.abilitysuccessgrowth.com Avatar Posted by 3keyscoach under Self-Development
From http://www.abilitysuccessgrowth.com 3963 days ago
Made Hot by: Small Business Tribe on January 22, 2011 1:23 am
This article was inspired by Carol Roth and Margie Clayman. It asks the question about whether or not women limit their growth in business by using women-centric groups and initiatives.





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Written by nialldevitt
3963 days ago

From the outside looking in, I am inclined to think that women only biz groups must be limiting but then the women involved report how necessary they are. There is also the social/supporting aspect that perhaps is sometimes overlooked in these dialogues. It strikes me as one of those grey areas or maybe that's just me a man being afraid to take a stand. Phew! when it comes to women, I always end up feeling confused :) - Niall



Written by 3keyscoach
3963 days ago

Niall,

It sounds like you picked up an important aspect to the women-centric groups. I remember a conversation at a networking event in which he told me that I wasn't "really in business" because I had small children. This is easy to say when you are not expected to be the primary caretaker of a family.

Are these expectations fair? Absolutely not! Is it fair to assume that a woman will not perform and compete at the highest levels because she might have personal obligations? Certainly not! And yet, these are some of the attitudes underlying many conversations in the business world.

~Elli



Written by sherisaid
3963 days ago

What an interesting conversation! People who label themselves "mommy bloggers" make me cringe. It's a booming arena, but it feels like a 50 year feminist setback. I can't imagine defining myself as a mommy, or even as a woman. I'm a businesswoman, and I want to be respected as such. I want to sit at the table with the big boys...and check my gender at the door.



Written by 3keyscoach
3963 days ago

Sherisad,

Thank you for adding your comment to this conversation! Wouldn't it be great to check gender at the door?! The tough part is taking the time to examine our own beliefs about gender and what keeps us from removing these lenses. Well worth the effort and it will eliminate distractions when men and women are at the table together.

~Elli



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