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Is Our Personal Bar Too Low?

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on November 23, 2011


I recently read an article in the Boston Business Journal about the presence of women on boards. The results bothered me on many levels. Here is a short excerpt:

“An annual report on the status of women as corporate directors and executives shows little change since last year in the composition of leadership in Massachusetts’ 100 largest public companies.
Of the 836 seats in the boardrooms of these companies, women fill 93 of them — a number that hardly has changed over the past half-dozen years, according to the report.
Forty-one companies have no women directors at all.”

full article: http://www.linkedin.com/share?viewLink=&sid=s713711787&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ebizjournals%2Ecom%2Fboston%2Fprint-edition%2F2011%2F11%2F18%2Fnumber-of-women-on-boards-remains%2Ehtml&urlhash=3EK9&pk=nprofile-view-success&pp=1&poster=18003171&uid=5544465135852072960&trk=NUS_UNIU_SHARE-title

It seems to me that if there are more women than men in the workforce, this number is way off balance.

Who is to blame? The blame game is an easy one to play. This article talked about women, but the number for minorities is worse.

What do we do about it? I don’t care who you are, what gender you are, what race you are, what abilities you have or do not have. If you have a skill set, experience and have worked hard, ADVOCATE for yourself. Push others. Don’t accept the status quo. Nothing ever changes if people making bad decisions are never made to feel uncomfortable about it. You know who does a good job at this? Apparently, white men. This is not a knock on white men. The point is that someone is succeeding. Everyone should have a fair shot at succeeding. So why not YOU?

Find someone who has been successful at getting where you want to go and learn from them. Observe, take notes, ask for advice. Changes are happening, but we can’t depend on them to happen organically. The BBJ article made that clear in the numbers. It makes a difference in our ability to take care of our families, contribute to our communities and have public policy that reflects our needs.

Get motivated!!! Set your bar higher! Expect and demand more!

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?

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2 Responses to “Is Our Personal Bar Too Low?”

  1. YES!! Thanks for the push, always in the right direction!

  2. There’s no doubt that the good ole boys network is still alive and well but the only way to ever break into that is to STEP UP as individuals and eventually that group will dissolve. Thanks Georgianna!!

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