She said, “Violating gender stereotypes,” in response to, “What unique challenges do women in leadership experience.” I asked the question at the beginning of a presentation for a Woman’s Business Consortium.
When a woman is assertive she’s bossy and resented. She’s bitchy. But, when a man is assertive he’s powerful and admired. He gets things done.
Men can be men but women must be both.
If a woman wants to get ahead in a man’s world, there’s pressure to be like a man. To get ahead you must conform. A high-level woman in a large corporation told me she was encouraged to wear fewer dresses and more pant suits.
Men are liked because they are competent. Women, on the other hand, are either perceived as competent or liked. (Catalyst research) In our culture, it’s easier to like a woman who is less competent.
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