Summary of “Don’t Underestimate the Power of Women Supporting Each Other at Work”

Don’t underestimate the power of women connecting and supporting each other at work.
Senior-level women who champion younger women even today are more likely to get negative performance reviews, according to a 2016 study in The Academy of Management Journal.
According to a 2016 McKinsey report, Women in the Workplace, white men make up 36% of entry-level corporate jobs, and white women make up 31%. But at the very first rung above that, those numbers change to 47% for white men and 26% for white women – a 16% drop.
For women of color, the drop from 17% to 11% is a plunge of 35%. People tend to think that whatever conditions exist now are “Normal.” Maybe this explains men’s blind spots: at companies where only one in ten senior leaders are women, says McKinsey, nearly 50% of men felt women were “Well represented” in leadership.
I hope it lowered the attrition rate of women working at my company – rates that are, across all corporate jobs, stubbornly higher for women than men, especially women of color.
What are women in the workplace to do, when research shows that we’re penalized for trying to lift each other up? The antidote to being penalized for sponsoring women may just be to do it more – and to do it vocally, loudly, and proudly – until we’re able to change perceptions.
There are massive benefits for the individual and the organization when women support each other.
I’m thrilled by the rise of women’s organizations like Sallie Krawchek’s Ellevate Network, a professional network of women supporting each other across companies to change the culture of business at large.

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