I am working in a Product Management consulting company in Paris, France. The company is young, super dynamic, there is plenty of space for everyone to suggest new things, to learn, to progress in our career, to work together in working groups, etc.
We (consultants) organize external events such as webinars, a monthly "show", and internal events such as workshops, presentations about our missions, etc. And everyone is super supportive of the others! I feel we are already super lucky to work in the very kind - not sexist - attentive environment!
Half of the consultants are women, which is a great score I think in the tech industry :)
I realized that women were less represented in the organization: in webinars, men are more likely to speak about their experience; internal presentations are mostly made by men; working groups are lead by men, even for groups that include mostly women;
And while my working group (2 men, 4 women) decided to organize great workshops for all consultants, absolutely no woman wanted to lead the workshop, leaving the space for the few men who were in the group.
My reading of this is that we are unconsciously afraid of failing, of not being the right person, of not having enough expertise, we prefer not being visible, and we end up letting the stage for men, who might not have more expertise than us, but in the end who feel more at ease with that kind of situation because they end up doing this maybe more often.
I would like the women of my company to realize that they are limiting themselves for no reason, and that they are legitimate to be visible and not only work in the background. And that this will help them progress even further in the end!
I discussed it with the female co-founder of the company, and she asked me to suggest whatever I want to try to work on this with everyone.
Do you have any similar experiences? Have you tried to implement something? What were the results?
Don't hesitate to share your suggestions! Whatever idea is welcome! Don't limit yourself ;)