By Catherine Fox
Being a girl, elevating youngsters, succeeding in a management function and residing an entire lifestyles continues to be a tall order in smooth Australia for those who do not occur to be striking. Being a girl on a board, working an ASX best –listed corporation, or working a central authority division is still an exception instead of the norm. regardless of the development made in the direction of a fairer office, within the dialogue in regards to the loss of ladies on forums or the scale of the distance among males and women's pay, drained excuses are recycled. Catherine Fox labels those the seven myths approximately ladies and paintings.
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I’m realistic about challenging these structures and know we can’t transform society and the corporate world quickly by just rebutting the myths. But I’m optimistic that we can influence our cohort and have found that a judicious sprinkling of facts and research to defend one’s point of view is an important tool when this topic comes up. It’s remarkable how the same questions arise in just about any debate relating to gender and jobs, and I have reflected this in my selection. Obviously there are areas of overlap too, so I have tried to cross-reference my myths as much as possible and in the process realised that belief in the classic meritocracy, or even playing field myth (myth 1), has a lot to answer for, playing a part in just about every myth.
Many of these will be examined a bit more closely in the next chapters to assess if they are helping or hindering the myth-busting. While I’m not suggesting all these efforts should be ditched, it must be acknowledged that there are some time-wasting diversions around too. On the other hand, I think women do need forums to talk about this topic because it’s all too easy to believe the barriers they encounter are all their own fault and they need to learn from others’ experiences. Getting men involved in this conversation is a great idea too, as is examining how bias can infiltrate business practices.
Yet there is nothing wrong with calling the proud human rights movement for women by its established and historically resonant name – despite successful campaigns to co-opt the word so it is synonymous with man-hating extremism. It’s a shame because without feminism we would not even have the myths to bust, because access to paid work would be a pipe dream for most of us. I love the advice from journalist Caitlin Moran, in How to be a Woman, to not only use the word but to add ‘strident’ to the description just to make the point.
7 Myths about Women and Work by Catherine Fox