Recommended: Gender Intelligence

gender intelligence Based on more than twenty-five years of in-depth surveys involving 100,000 men and women across dozens of Fortune 500 companies, Annis and Marron provide a deeper understanding of the forces that create and perpetuate gender inequality. “Gender Intelligence” exposes common false assumptions and shows how a growing number of leading-edge companies have broken through the barriers to successfully advance women, making the transformation from compliance to choice – and how it can be done in any business.

Recommended: Lean In!

lean inYou HAVE to read this book. Sandberg set off a movement with her TED talk and this book expands on her views of why women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Here she supports her arguments with anecdotes, facts and research that are compelling. This is less a guidebook to success in a man’s world than an opportunity for reflection and asking yourself some of the hard questions as you read Sandberg’s journey. Have a look – click on the image to read more about it.

Recommended: Sticky Floors

it's not a glass ceiling it's a sticky floor Language is powerful and in this book title each describe the effect of women not reaching their leadership potential. Shambaugh argues that what really holds women back is right below their own feet — the sticky floor.

These sticky floors are self-limiting beliefs, assumptions, and behaviours that serve to limit a woman’s ability to achieve her  career goals and bring her greatest gifts and value to her teams and organisation.

Equality in the Dominican Republic

“Maria Teresa Cabrera, the first female president of the Dominican Teacher’s Union is an example of how the Latin America Project on Equality with a Gender Perspective strengthens unions and builds capacity in achieving quality education for all.”

 

This is a powerful video worth watching. To take on an authority role and then fight for rights is exemplary, especially in a country like The Dominican Republic. Kudos to Maria!

Glass Ceiling or Glass Womb?

I love Sheryl Sandberg. I love that someone like her is out there inspiring young women to believe that the world is at their feet. That there is nothing standing in their way except fear. Challenging them to seek out opportunities for themselves. Teaching them that there is no #glass ceiling and that if they are ballsy, confident and competent they will achieve great things.

While acceding that Sheryl Sandberg had done great things in raising awareness, continuing the cause and encouraging women to self-reflect, the author of this article raises the challenge of the enforced career break as being a major obstacle to career progression from which women may never fully recover.

In fact, she goes further and argues that paid parental leave is a disservice to women. Many might say that is heresy and women have fought long and hard to have time out from their career to birth and raise children without losing their jobs as a result of such a decision. By teh same toke, she has some compelling figures to back her claim.

I don’t for a minute think anyone would argue that a woman should lose her job due to maternoty yet how uch of a negative impact does a career break have? Do those who take a career break (eg long service leave) to study for a higher qualification suffer similarly?

This article raises an interesting topic that deserves more focus.

Read more: http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/the-glass-ceiling-may-be-cracking-but-the-glass-womb-is-far-stronger-30193786.html