Many articles read about women’s role in business or technology, or the lack of it. Every excuse heard – the women aren’t qualified enough, they want to pay attention to their kids, they are too emotional, they lack confidence, they just need to work harder, they need to be more like a man. Enough!
We women are not all the same. Some of us have more aspirations for our children than ourselves. Some of us have ambition. Some of us have both, with not enough hours in the day. Some of us are students. Some of us are teachers. Some of us are both. We are individual people – same as anyone else.
A college professor in IIT (no less) once said to me –
What’s the point of educating girls to be engineers? You are just going to go have kids.
He never asked the same question of countless male engineers who never designed anything or built anything. Far too many of them became Investors. 18 years later, after having two kids, building many websites and educational apps, I ask –
What is the worth of a society that values moving money around more than it values caring for its next generation?
Having worked in corporate America for too long… I know it’s worth a lot of money, and very little happiness.
Corporations are changing… for the worse. The cubicle walls have come down. And now we are packed like chicken in smaller and smaller spaces. Only important conversations are whispered. Only whispered conversations are important. The cronies are no women. The women have no cronies.
Assuming that we should all aspire to rise in corporate ranks is a man’s idea. Assuming that we should all work all the time is a man’s idea. Assuming that women are treated fairly is a man’s idea.
If you want happiness, don’t be like a man. Aspire to something better. Discovering what that is… is a journey. Enjoy the journey. Don’t be like anyone else.
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