I’ve been working closely with Janice Tomich for a few weeks now and we get into some pretty great rip roaring conversations. As two women in the room, this one particular chat got fiery right away.
The topic has been debated at length, but please allow me to share our two cents.
Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, has been making the news recently re: her decision to recall Yahoo’s large work-from-home-force. It turns out that Ms. Mayer is a stickler for statistics, and that remote workers were not checking in to their VPN with enough regularity. Fair enough.
But instead of the story being about Yahoo employees not doing their jobs it becomes:
“Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. A Mom we love to hate”. That’s the headline in a recent issue of the Toronto Star.
Would you ever read the headline “A Dad we love to hate” in relation to a business decision in the daily newspaper? Maybe I’m wrong (it’s happened once or twice you know) but I strongly doubt it.
It reinforces to me that although yes we’ve come a long way as females in the work force, we still have a long way to go. After all, there are only 21 women CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. That’s only about 4 per cent. And we’re still largely being paid less than men in the same positions. It’s hard to believe that in 2013, it’s still a hot button issue.
Janice: “I want to see more woman in positions of power, sitting on boards, and in CEO positions. I see so many events where the men are up there doing the speaking when the audience is largely women. The fact is that men can be very good at promoting themselves while many women are hesitant. The bottom line is that if you are up there front and center you get the jobs, you gain the profile.”
I want to help more women get the jobs.
“ When I went back to school, 25% of the class were men and I was shocked to find that that 25% ruled that classroom. I just could not believe it. For the most part the younger women were much quieter. That’s where I realized that there is such a need for what I do.”
I believe you can communicate assertively, authentically, AND as a woman,”
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Have a fabulous day!