Women are bad at math. Little girls must play with princess dolls, not construction toys. A woman can’t possibly lead a global automaker. Stereotypes like this couldn’t be further from the truth, yet as a society it feels as though we’re gently fed with skewed perspectives on a routine basis.
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted the fact that even though women comprise about half of today’s workforce, they are still only paid 77 cents on every dollar a man earns, which the president called an embarrassment in the present day. “It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode,” he said.
Touché, Mr. President.
Thankfully we’ve come a long way as a society and no longer live in the Mad Men era, but looking forward there’s still plenty of work to be done and discussion to be had — in particular about female professionals in corporate America and the myriad issues we face.
That’s why CareerBuilder is launching a Women’s Alliance to empower women to succeed in the workplace. The idea is to engage our female professionals in a series of intellectual conversations about how we can navigate the ups and downs of the world of work and, longer term, how we can continue to blaze a trail for generations of female leaders to come.
An inaugural event will be held for CareerBuilder employees in Chicago on March 24 and Atlanta on March 25 featuring a distinguished panel of female executives at CareerBuilder. These executives will lead quarterly sessions where key issues and challenges facing female professionals will be discussed.
We’ll be live tweeting our internal kickoff event at 5 p.m. on Monday (March 24), so make sure to follow us on Twitter @CBforEmployers using the hashtag #careerbuildHER so you can join the conversation online. Do you have a similar group at your organization? What has your experience been? What works? What doesn’t work? We want to make this a two-way conversation and would love to hear from you — just tweet us using #careerbuildHER.
We don’t have all the answers (shocking, I know!), but that’s good. The idea isn’t to wrap everything up into a neat package with a bow and never revisit it again, but rather to share a sense of camaraderie and have a public forum where we can continually raise issues and questions that matter to us. We’re looking at this as the start of an inspiring journey — and you’re invited to come alongside us.
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