“A new poll from Gallup shows that 63% of Americans say the country would be better governed with more female political leaders, which is up slightly from 57% in past polls in 1995 and 2000. But not everyone feels this way: While 78% of liberals as well as 78% of unmarried women think we need more female political leaders, only 46% of Republicans feel that having more women in office would result in better government, and almost one in five (19%) feel it would be worse.”
The more we look into what it means to be a woman in the corporate world, the more stories come to light—and it’s been a frustrating time in the world of women in leadership.
It’s hard to look away from stories like Dov Charney’s unbelievably sexist behavior, the words of Tinder cofounders that are a slap in the faces of entrepreneurial young women, not to mention the slew of depressing reports about nearly every aspect of the gender gap at work.
So, with the help of Elizabeth Plank, a senior editor at Mic (micdotcom), we’re changing the tone to check in with women who are doing us all proud. In the spirit of Lauren Conrad’s epic response to the question, “What’s your favorite position?” (spoiler alert: it’s CEO), Plank compiled a list of 23 women responding to that same question, and their answers.
Here are a few of our favorites.
Whenever someone calls or texts it, it reads back feminist quotes from the writer bell hooks. I called the New York number and got this lovely gem: “Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power—not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.”
“The word “girl” can be tricky.”
“Even if a female student gets perfect grades, she’ll remain unequal to her underachieving male peers. Overall GPA is higher for women, but men have significantly higher incomes.”
Grades can be strong, but the patriarchy is still stronger.
Because its editors are mostly male, an open-source map that provides data to companies like Foursquare and Craigslist may contain more strip clubs than day care centers.
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“I’m tired of the, ‘We need more women in tech’ thing. How about we stop treating the ones that are here terribly?”
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The publishing industry’s packaging of women’s literary fiction in stereotypically girly covers makes great books seem trashy.
“Even when their artistic merits are equal, women writers often still lack the cultural authority of their male counterparts, and this rampant trashy branding contributes to that disparity.”
“The study showed that Supreme Court judges with at least one daughter were more likely to vote in favor of women’s rights than judges who had no children at all or who had only sons.”
Matt Lauer asked GM CEO Mary Barra how she can manage to be a leader and a parent at the same time, something he’s never asked a man.
“The reluctance to take action often comes down to simple math. A company may decide its action based on whether it’s a bigger financial risk to lose a key person or to settle a few sexual harassment claims. When the individual starts to cost the company too much money, then there’s new incentive to take action.”
"Play is powerful. And the toys you play with impact the story you tell," Nadeau says. "I think there’s room out there to hopefully uncouple these more adult messages about beauty and sexuality and give back some of the power that exists. We’re not anti-dollar, anti-princess; we just want to let girls take ownership of these powerful, active storylines."
“When managers have little information about what an employee or candidate is actually like, they fill in the knowledge gap with these descriptive stereotypes, often to the detriment of women.”
“We don’t help women CEOs by focusing on her gender; we should focus on her results.”