I ask this question because I have just started a new group for women on Linkedin. I had several names for it but eventually came up with Feminist and Feminine Professional Women as it summed up what it was and didn’t encroach on any other group names in LinkedIn. This is the purpose of the group:
This group is for professional women who want to get ahead in their careers, to network, share advice, share stories, etc, but who don’t want to have to behave like men to do so.
I invited lots of my connections to join me and most have but I have had one or two comments back saying the fact that the f word is in the title is putting them off. One woman said:
“I know it’s sad but I don’t want potential employers to see ‘so and so has joined a Feminist group’ on Linkedin.”
I suppose I shouldn’t be, but I am genuinely shocked. I quite understand women not wanting to join a group as they don’t feel it applies to them, but actually wanting to join but thinking having a ‘feminist’ label will disadvantage them! That’s a whole different matter.
Do you have experience of this? What do you think? Are you embarrassed to be called a feminist? Would it harm your career or business prospects? You may comment anonymously!
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Posted on May 11th, 2011 by Jane