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Women in Leadership

You’d have to be ignoring the news lately to not notice that there are a number of women in leadership positions in top companies.  But, not all of that news has been positive, or even healthy.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed that there has been a great deal of buzz in the media lately about Sheryl Sandberg, and her upcoming book.  What is interesting to me is the amount of negative commentary that has accompanied the buzz.  I’m seeing lots of comments about how she’s rich, she has no clue what it’s really like to be a working mom with all of the attendant pressures.  Of course, she leaves the office at 5:30 everyday, and how dare she have balance in her life?  And to add insult to injury I see comments about the fact that she’s a Harvard MBA, etc.  If she were a man, would we be making these same comments?  I think not.

There have also been a ton of articles about Melissa Mayer, and her job at Yahoo.  Frankly, I am stumped at the amount of space that is dedicated to the fact that she has just had a baby, and how she should be more sensitive to working moms.  Let’s get real here.  She happens to be CEO of a company that has been struggling, and she is doing the job that she was hired for.  I am stumped at the amount of commentary that people seem to be making about her personal life.  Once again.  If she were a man, would we be making these comments?  Again, the answer is no.

It seems hypocritical to throw so many stones at women who have been successful.  We, as women, have been working for many years to make this success a reality, and it is disappointing when success is finally being achieved to see it attacked so viciously.  Frankly, the viciousness serves absolutely no purpose except to make those people doing the attacking look like donkeys.  We live in the 21st century.  We are civilized.  We need to start acting like it.  For that matter, we need to start acting like we were taught in kindergarten.  By that, I mean – be kind to one another.  Keep the catty, nasty, jealous comments to ourselves.  Congratulate these women who have worked so very hard to reach this stage in their careers, and find a positive outlet for our energy.

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