Interesting article in La Presse, in which
She essentially says that people before tended to believe that if you really gave women equal opportunities, they would naturally bridge the career gap, but in fact the more choices girls were given, the more these choices were different than men’s. And she thinks it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
While I agree with her general idea, and do think women may (culturally?) find it easier to achieve self-realization in other ways than through their work (it’s certainly my case, and it was even before I had a kid), I don’t think it means women now have the same chances men have professionally. We ladies have come a long way, but I don’t think we’re there yet. Look around you, and tell me if you think women are well-represented in positions that really matter, not in terms of flashy status symbols or crass greed, but in terms of ability to take important decisions and make a difference. If you think young girls have many powerful, positive feminine figures they can look up to.
At work, the big boss of my office location is indeed a woman (a mother-of-two and one of only three ladies), and when she was recently promoted, everyone applauded and the company (a big, international one) had a really complacent attitude about it. But as much as I’m happy about her success and feel a strong feminine solidarity, I also have to remark that strangely, in the organizational chart, the feminine first names abruptly stop at her level, making way to a long line of similarly-suited men in various stages of graying hair.
In might not be the case in other areas, but in my experience, the general culture at work is still very man-centric, valuing strong leadership (as opposed to communication and consensus), hierarchy, individualism (as opposed to collaboration and team efforts) and extra long hours. You can be open to promote women all you want, but if you’re not willing to rethink this very model, it really just sounds like empty good sentiment.
What do you think?