December 5, 2020

This Sentence Is Everything Wrong With the Way We Think About Professional Women

The Project 28-40 report is a study of 25,000 people (23,000 of those women) by Opportunity Now and PwC that looks at the obstacles facing professional women in the UK.

The report itself is nothing groundbreaking, however it is courtesy of said report that we are given this gem:

A perceptions gap between women and men is creating an obstacle to solving the gender imbalance. Women see unfairness in pay and in access to career progression opportunities and feel that their organisational culture is male-dominated. Men do not recognise these barriers. When men, who hold the majority of senior leadership positions, can start to see the challenges women face, we will make progress.

So a report on the struggles professional women face fails to identify the greatest obstacle to professional women of all: men holding the majority of senior leadership positions. Instead of suggesting a crazy idea like, I dunno, figuring out how to put more women in those positions, the real path to progress is to make those men get it. Presumably because that's easier than putting women who already get it in more of those positions currently held by men?

I mean really, who would suggest such a thing?

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