Really interesting article in Fortune magazine addressing the sad fact that often a working women’s strongest critics are actually other working women.
What I like most about the article is the call to action, noting that we as women have the responsibility and the ability to change office culture.
“It’s time to break that cycle, and it starts with the people doing the hiring. The way I acted in my twenties had a lot to do with denial. If I didn’t embrace or recognize the mothers on my team, then I didn’t have to think about what my future would be like. I see the same behavior in young women I talk to who are in charge of hiring, especially in the tech space. They are hardliners – and passionate lecturers – about women being in the office so they can be part of the company’s “culture.”
They don’t realize how that “culture” pushes women out because it’s too often set up around how men bond. Many of these young women are just toeing the company line. I don’t begrudge them. I feel sorry for them.
They’re hurting their future selves. Just like I did.
These women can help pave the path for their future selves if they start acting like allies rather than deniers.”
I feel so strongly that mentorship of young female attorneys is paramount to readjusting of some of these societal and professional expectations of women in the workplace. Showing young women both the challenges and joys that can be found in establishing a successful professional career and a meaningful work-life balance will certainly have an influence office culture in the future.