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More than 100 years after the first International Women’s Day, equality is still lacking

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I just finished reading a novel about a female lawyer in the UK in 1924, only two years after it became legal for women to practice law. It is a lovely page turner with a murder investigation and a love story, but what I found most interesting was reading about how these women had to negotiate the many obstacles of practicing law in a society that was clearly not accepting of it.

The author did her homework and incorporated historical women, events, and the challenges they faced: working for hardly any pay, not being admitted to certain venues, only being given cases that had little chance of success anyway. She only gets to a certain level of success when an influential, male lawyer, believes in her and takes her under his wing. He enables her to do her work and gives her a voice when she finds herself in a situation where she cannot make herself being heard.

We have come a very long way in these past 100 years, and I am extremely grateful to all these women pioneers who created a path for us professional women and to all those men who have believed in the capability of these early female pioneers and helped them create a path for themselves.

However, we still have a long way to go. I myself, sometimes find myself in a situation where a man simply does not listen to me merely because I am a woman. Fortunately, this happens less in my professional life, but more in my personal life, especially when I am making an IT purchase or dealing with tradies. How do I deal with this? I mostly manage by taking my custom to someone who does treat me with respect, however, in some situations this is not possible, and I have to persevere or simply endure the disrespect. I must admit that as a last resort, I have sometimes asked my husband to step in. I must admit I feel a bit of a cheat when I do that, but I have found that in some situations, unfortunately that is the only solution. What have you done as a woman faced with these situations, that has worked? It would be great if you can share how you managed your way out of a situation where you were not taken seriously as a woman.

About the author: Liddy Bakker is a Director of Productivity People