When I asked him if they would raise my salary to match my predecessor’s if I dumped my boyfriend, got married, had children and bought an apartment, I was told that I should be grateful that I was working in what had always been considered a “man’s job.” – Giselle Minoli, A Woman’s De-Liberation: There Never Was a Sexual Revolution
This has been the longest stretch of time I’ve been away from G+ in I don’t remember how long. I’ve been traveling non stop for two weeks, was chased across country by a nasty virus (it won), and by Meg Tufano, the publisher of The Journal for Social Era Knowledge, because I’d gone past the deadline she’d extended me to write A Woman’s De-Liberation: There Never Was a Sexual Revolution. My essay is a reflection on my own long, interesting, fortunate and challenging professional life, and is in part a response to some of the claims Sheryl Sandberg makes about women and work in her new book Lean In. Let’s just say I disagree with her.
I have posted quite a bit in the last month not only about Sandberg’s book, but about Marissa Mayer’s decision to discontinue WFH arrangements for all employees. You all have been wonderfully responsive to those posts and I have enjoyed and learned a tremendous amount from your comments and passion about these issues, which are not just working women’s issues, they are working men’s issues as well…and they therefore affect all of our families, our finances, our creative and professional futures and, let’s face it, our individual and collective health.
Let me just say that the women I have met in my professional life could run the world from now until the end of time if there were the opportunity for them to do so. There are reasons only 18 Fortune 500 CEOs were women in 2012. And it isn’t because women don’t step up to the plate ready to give the best of their game.
Thank you for reading, as always.
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