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In my environment the women "limit themselves" for a reason. When the women are "meek" everyone is comfortable, when the women speak up or strive it gets very uncomfortable. Is your environment truly safe for women to do so? I am now leaving a hostile workplace (which wasn't hostile while I "limited myself").
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Yes! I was a co-leader of a Women's Network for my company. It was one of the best experiences I've ever had. If you want some help or advice just send me a message and we can discuss the ins and outs. :)
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Hi Carrie! It feels so good to read that kind of answer :)) Your experience seems to be great, I'm super curious to know more about it. I will contact you very soon :) (I'm gathering a lot of information for now!) Looking forward to discussing it :)
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Hi Sandra, can you be a bit more explicit? :)
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A woman I know who is a veteran recruiter on Wall St., recently posted that men are statistically more likely to apply for a job when they only meet 60% of the requirements, while women need to feel 95% (or something close). My point is that I think that women do have a tendency to undersell their skills. I would probably just say that part out loud to the women in the company. I don't know if the greater organization is large enough for you to start an affinity group (for women), but you can certainly share that with the women in your group. I realized that once I personally knew that, I had nothing to lose when applying for jobs, and it's the upside to think of. Then, I think if they are uncomfortable with learning to speak up and lead, that coaching one another, and positive amplification of one another can be really useful. Making a conscious decision to say, "Janine, that was a great point..." to model and amplify your female coworkers voices creates a cycle of positive reinforcement. As a manager, I have just made it a point to ensure that the women in my groups have had equal opportunities, and to actively coach everyone to be productive contributors to the discussion, and presentations, even the reluctant ones.
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I think it's also that women know that only 63% of their qualifications will be recognized. So we better be at 95% to appear to "meet" 60%. Just this month yet another superior demanded of me "Prove it!". I am an highly respected expert in my company - but when I come upon a person that does not know me --- I am met with the typical gender-biased doubt. Sadly, studies confirm that is most situations (Unconsciously) Her 60% is not equal to His 60%; she (Unconsciously) knows it.
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Thank you for your reply Karin! I also heard the thing about men applying more easily than women to job offer. That sounds crazy in 2020, right?! Coaching sounds like a great idea to start! I will try to dig into it :) Thank you for your actions for equality! I hope this will lead the women you coach to share this too!