Posted on December 28th, 2016 by Jane
Let 2017 be the year you no longer hide your your shining light!
To paraphrase one of my favourite quotes:
We’ll know we have true gender equality when half of all senior posts are filled by women and half of them are rubbish at their jobs!
For too long women have been held to different standards from men and, as many of the remarkable women I’ve interviewed over the years will tell you, we’ve had to be better than men to achieve to the same level.
Most of that is down to the unconscious bias inherent in us all. The systems and culture we’ve grown up with, ‘the patriarchy’.
Perhaps the most relevant phrase here is ‘in us all‘. We women are not immune to thinking we have to be better than men to succeed. We hold back from applying for jobs until we feel confident that we can do them, 100% and have all the necessary experience. That’s unrealistic (but understandable) and disadvantages us at work and in business.
Here’s a quote to illustrate the point from my recent interview with Ann Boden:, CEO of a brand new bank:
If you’re prepared to work twice as hard and are twice as ambitious, you’ll get as far as men do. You will have to be brighter than the competition and have more energy and work harder. You’ll get on if you do all these things. It’s about tenacity. Until decision-makers are unbiased, it will always be harder. There’s a huge amount of bias in men and women. You have to fight harder, longer. Find your role models and mentors, build your support network. They’ll make the fight more bearable.
So, this is my wish for you in 2017:
Know your worth.
Care more about what you think of you, not others views.
Have confidence in your abilities.
Don’t wait any longer, now is your time, resolve to grab every opportunity that comes your way in 2017.
Follow Your Dream and Be the Best Version of You.
My very best wishes to you for 2017, and thank you so much for your support and sharing of the blog.
Posted on December 20th, 2016 by Jane
Meet Polly Neate, CEO of Women’s Aid: “I would make it a legal requirement for every new policy, national or local, to be analysed specifically for how it will impact on women, and be required to promote women’s equality.” Hear, hear!
Posted on December 13th, 2016 by Jane
Could Donald Trump be the feminist saviour? No, I haven’t gone mad. Gender equality is good for business. Donald loves good business. Ergo…
Posted on December 7th, 2016 by Jane
Gender inequality is the problem that won’t go away. Research project after research project tell us it still exists but it can feel such a big problem to tackle. Here are a few ideas to think about re promoting gender equality in your workplace.
Posted on November 30th, 2016 by Jane
Meet Anne Boden who is starting up her own unique bank, Starling. She has worked in finance all her career and never been troubled by the gender divide or sexism. “You just have to be twice as good…and work twice as hard”.
Posted on November 22nd, 2016 by Jane
A very special offer to women who subscribe to the blog for women. Unique, personalised coaching with Jane C Woods throughout January to make 2017 the year you achieve your goals at a very special price. Plus, why men and women do it differently.