INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
So March 10th – is the one and only day of the 365 days of the year that has been set aside for women.
That’s women, who work tirelessly all 365 days of the year. If you scream ‘Mothers Day,’ ‘Mothers Day’ …ok, ok that means we work 364 days of the year. BIG DEAL. WE GET A LUNCH OFF!!! Father’s Day involves the 365th lunch off. Get my point?
Whether mothers, carers or business women, there’s no woman (apart from the occasional Jeremy Kyle skank) that doesn’t work full time for herself or her family. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. Fact. Either emotionally or physically a women puts herself out for her family and that should be appreciated.
So what is it all about…William Golding, CBE, author of the Lord of the Flies, said it so well:
“I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been. Whatever you give a woman, she will make it greater. If you give her a sperm, she’ll give you a baby…if you give her a house she’ll give you a home. If you give her groceries she’ll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she’ll give you a heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be sure to receive a ton of shit.”
So are we getting a fair deal or a “break”? As far as our research goes there is no International Male Day. So maybe we are.
Digging into the facts and figures we have to officially say no. Every year the rise in female CEO’s of Fortune 500 Companies breaks the barrier. There is a marked 22% rise in female CEO’s in US companies from 2016 compared to 2015. Actually are we making progression but we have not broken the glass ceiling yet. We may think so but there are many factors that say not. For example, women in business have to have certain attributes… Be intelligent, be successful, be pretty, but not too pretty or overtly sexual, or run the ruin of landing in the shit as a famous CEO, Amy Jadesemi, tells.
“As the CEO of LADOL, I work with a number of oil and gas companies in Nigeria. Our petroleum sector is large with a wide range of companies and people, but one of the few common threads is that they are not used to seeing women in meetings, let alone leading them. The fact that I am Nigerian and female really makes some people uncomfortable. Early on as CEO I had a negotiation with a foreign company where the older male representative could not even look me in the eye or hear my words – yet when I had a male colleague repeat exactly what I said, suddenly we were on the same page. This is an extreme, but it still happens on occasion. To this day I still find myself in meetings where men don’t talk directly to me.”
Fortunately, we women often excel at teamwork, so leveraging our
team to aid successful negotiations is usually an effective antidote.
But are we being marginalised, pigeon-holed and forced into this celebration for the sake of it? “
“There is no doubt that women have progressed considerably among our global workforce, especially over the last few decades,” said Sherilyn Shackell, CEO of Highfield Human Solutions (UK) and an IMD International board director. “Yet, despite reports that women are breaking through the ‘glass ceiling,’ it appears that the ceiling is just ‘slightly cracked’ rather than broken.”
I learned that as a woman such interventions are most effective when we stay very calm (no matter the level of provocation) and patient.
According to the Guardian Newspaper: “Leading organisations realise that improving the representation of females is crucial to business success. CEB insights indicate that companies with strong female representation at top management levels perform better than those without. Additionally, gender-diverse boards have a positive effect on performance, including a higher return on equity and stronger stock market growth. But the road to those business benefits will be a long one if we just focus on the glass ceiling. First we need to fix the broken windows afflicting female employees’ career progress. Once this is done, we will find the ceiling much easier to crack.”
We will work it out, whatever side of the fence or glass ceiling you sit on.