Women need to look out for other women instead of pulling them down. At work, find a mentor, or mentor someone. Help them. We need to lean in together.
“I believe that if more women lean in, we can change the power structure of our world & expand opportunities for all,” said Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and the author of the book ‘Lean In’.
It’s a thought that’s true to the very dot, but sadly that’s what it remains – just a thought, that we applaud, appreciate and at times quote. How many of us really take a step ahead and put it into action?
About time, you, me and everybody did because it is the need of the hour. We can’t just keep talking about feminism (equality of course I mean), fight the opposite gender to get things we have been deprived of, and argue incessantly on the need for equality today.
Take a step back and think, when the time came to help a fellow lady to either solve a crisis or guide to grow in a career, did you do it?
There are instances, when I have heard women professionals say, “Hire a guy for this job, it’s hard to work with girls, their crying and idleness!” or “She doesn’t deserve the promotion, she’ll soon be married.” Even times, when an HR professional (who are mostly women across companies) question a woman during an interview, “What are your future plans? Are you married?”
These questions are personal and all this should not matter while hiring someone – only their qualification and suitability at work. But the point is, we being women tend to drive such notions and perceptions about other women. If we cannot treat our fellow ladies better, how can we expect another gender to understand anything?
Yes I agree that not everyone would deserve your help or appreciation, but it’s the same for a lot of men in your work place too, right? Doesn’t mean you are talking about them too?
Well, this is the mindset that needs to be broken. We need to help each other grow in career, support each other to learn and most importantly mentor women in your team or subsequent teams to grow. Having or being a mentor, could help you learn, unlearn and discover a lot about yourself, giving you a clear picture of where you need to head ahead.
I have been lucky to have found a mentor, not early, but now – who guides me in making the right choices, giving a lending ear on the work and help me set my principles in place, always encouraging me to not move away from my ethics and beliefs. (Thank you Radhika.)
It’s time you find or be a mentor and grow together. Lean-in and be unashamed of loving to work, but at the same time be a light to another woman’s path as she finds her way to love work. Even doing simple things could do a great difference at work for women. Appreciate each other, share opinions, take feedbacks – work to grow and be better than trying to pull someone down to grow.
Lean-in ladies, if we don’t help each other, then who will?
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