By Catherine Fox
Being a girl, elevating little ones, succeeding in a management function and residing an entire existence continues to be a tall order in sleek Australia when you do not occur to be awesome. Being a lady on a board, operating an ASX most sensible –listed corporation, or operating a central authority division continues to be an exception instead of the norm. regardless of the growth made in the direction of a fairer place of work, within the dialogue concerning the loss of ladies on forums or the scale of the distance among males and women's pay, drained excuses are recycled. Catherine Fox labels those the seven myths approximately ladies and paintings.
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The research particularly took issue with the often-repeated idea that somehow women with enough ‘merit’ automatically make it onto a shortlist. Rodgers-Healey said: I challenge and debate the whole idea of merit appointments – women are never given the chance to develop merit. It’s a very elitist idea. How can you get to merit when you are not in the door? All the way through your career you are disadvantaged and can’t get that merit that will make you on an equal par as a man. The problems women face are more complex, and even those who get to the stage of identifying and applying for a board role may run up against indirect barriers.
They have rarely experienced the pleasure of being the only man in a roomful of women. When they do, it usually has a profound impact – and they are very often amazed to discover how uncomfortable it can be. And many women buy into the idea of a male style of merit too, she added. The result is that many companies only promote women who adopt male styles that can then be recognized as ‘talent’. This then creates a negative cycle where younger women are demotivated by the inauthentic, adaptive women held up to them as role models.
UK-based consultant Avivah Wittenberg-Cox works with companies around the world and sees the same thinking in many countries. In her blog, ‘Corporate leadership is still all about the boys’, she said: Most male leaders in the companies I work with are truly convinced that they work in a meritocracy ... Most male managers I work with have no idea how male normed today’s corporate cultures, management mindsets, and policy processes still are. Many haven’t given it a moment’s thought. As anyone who has worked internationally and cross-culturally knows, you have no idea how much you are a product of the country you come from until you leave it.
7 Myths about Women and Work by Catherine Fox