Executives and Women

Why is that my company is 80% women, yet all the executives are men? Mostly everyone here has children, so it's a very family friendly culture. People definitely understand the need to leave early or come in late as it relates to children. But I still wonder why a company that has a large female majority doesn't have any female executives?

Well, I guess I shouldn't say there aren't any, since the owner's wife has the title of VP. She is a wonderful women and obviously had a lot to do with the success of the businesses. However, the presence of mostly men at the top makes me wonder about promotion strategies. If my goals are to be in upper management, does it make sense to strive for this here? More and more lately, I'm beginning to see why so many women start their own business. I'm pretty sure I'll be taking that route within the next few years. Shhhh....! Don't tell on me.

Comments

jolene said…
I hear ya! At least at your company you have a family friendly culture ... my company is probably over 80% men and it is not family - make than anything non-work - friendly at all. There is this sense that unless you give up your role(s) as a woman, wife, mother that you won't get anywhere in the company. I have always been in a man's world being an engineer but I am already starting to feel the struggles of being a women in the business world and wondering if my success will be stinted because I choose to have children or more of a work/life balance. I honetsly feel that women are better multitaskers and that we are also more efficient then men or at least that is the case at my company! Just because I am not at the office at 6:30pm doesn't mean I don't put as much effort as the guy that does ... anyway, I hope as I move on to other companies that people see the value in being efficient and also in having a balance to work and life!
Oh! Also, I've met a few women who work for companies with women CEOs and it sounds like a completely different world! I think the culture of the company comes from the very top so if that top is a male and doesn't see the value in what a women with many hats can offer, very few of the execs will be women.

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