Allow me to share a few articles from the women’s glossies this past month….
Article One – THE RISE OF THE FAUX SINGLETONS
In order to maintain male bonding and be seen as serious about your career many women are now faking being single and childless as if they admit to having a life outside of work or a family they see their opportunities dry up, feel invisible and watch their positioning as a serious player fly out of the window. Move over pregnancy discrimination, hello to a whole raft of others, too many to even consider creating terms for!
Article Two – EARLY TO RISE FOR WORKING WOMEN
Many women are now getting up at 5am to make sure they can fit everything into their daily schedule as if they rise at a more reasonable time one or two things always fall by the way side, more often than not the trip to the gym or me time.
I am saddened by both these articles and many others about bringing back the art of bitching, why I need to play golf and the rest! Whatever happened to equality and being true to yourself. And the hypocrisy!!! At the very mention of quotas many professional women start hyperventilating and rev up for a full on debate about how they do not want to be defined by their gender, they simply want promotion in response to doing the job well, they crave a meritocracy. Seriously, so we only get recognition if we fake our life, deny our children and dismiss our other halves? These women clearly did not get the memo and are letting the side down then are they not? Or are they just doing what they believe is necessary to get on and up?
If the latter is true how will we ever change the culture, 1950’s view of women and the positioning of smart women if we play make believe so the boys feel safe and unthreatened?
Is this the message for the next generation? A generation who are already turned off by corporate UK with its unequal pay and pyramid male structures, lack of agile working and few senior female role models and unworkable hours etc etc.
And as for trying to pack more hours into the day please ladies, let go a little. Sorry to state the obvious but if you have to get up at 5am to fit everything into your day then your day needs some serious restructuring. This is not sustainable and is Superwoman at full tilt. Attempting to be little miss perfect 24/7 is a recipe for meltdown and not pretty. Controlling everything does not give you power, it gives you a blinding migraine and is not a great model of behaviour to inspire young women to pick up the baton and continue our pioneering as judging by these and many more recent articles in the media, we still have work to do!
Argh! Breathe Jane and RELAX!