February 3, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang
One year ago, we launched Catalyzing with the belief that until women achieve parity in business leadership, we will be marginalized in every other arena. More than 70 blog posts and 65,000+ page views later, we’ve only scratched the surface.
What gives me hope amid entrenched pay and leadership gaps, and setbacks like defeat of the Paycheck Fairness Act, are inspiring interactions with women and men who share our vision of changing workplaces and lives. As I blow out the candle on our 1-year anniversary, I wanted to leave you with a selection of comments from readers. Brace yourself—they are funny, angry, and even sad. Taken together, they serve as a potent call to action, and a reminder that we will not stop until we achieve our goal:
Ilene, congratulations on using your blog to “catalyze” the use of the gender lens. The Economist’s “We Did It!” cover aside, women have a LONG way to go and corporations need to look at their advancement efforts with fresh eyes before we get to the 50% at the top that women reflect in the pipeline.
Susan Colantuono 2010/02/16 at 9:33 am
The glass ceiling is not only still here, it’s an illusion that it is window pane thin. It is about 10 meters thick and all you can see when you look up is the bottom of a man’s $350 shoes looking down at you like a gerbil treading a wheel that goes nowhere for their own amusement.
susan clark 2010/03/04 at 6:00 pm
How can you fix what you don’t know is broken? I have a much loved uncle who, when I told him about the wage gender gap refused to believe it existed….I then spent the remainder of that Thanksgiving breaking down how it occurs, why it hasn’t stopped, etc., and by the time he left, he was writing a letter to his congressman asking why there weren’t laws against it. Hopefully there are more ah-ha moments happening every day
Shayna 2010/04/09 at 3:33 pm
We hear so much about the importance of senior men mentoring women (and it is important), but it’s very refreshing to reverse this and think about the benefits of women mentoring men.
Lynn Harris 2010/04/28 at 1:54 pm
I have implemented many mentoring-projects for women with mentoring men in Austria. Thanks for your blog, because I really think that it is time for an change. We have so many good women, who would be great mentors for open minded men.
Daniela Stein 2010/05/04 at 3:19 pm
It kills me to see the outrage that we all should feel over the continual wage gender gap splashed all over the news for about one week (if that) each year…and each year the papers profess shock and amazement – and then quickly return to their regularly scheduled programming of speculating over which reality television stars have broken up. Closing the gap is something that requires constant work and vigilance – not a token day of acknowledgement.
Shayna 2010/06/25 at 10:37 am
To end hunger, educate women. To save the environment, educate women. To stop war, educate women. To end terrorism, educate women. Educate women.
Anne Perschel 2010/07/06 at 12:54 pm
We must continue to talk about sexism in the workplace. It exists and it’s a factor when it comes to women’s careers. But lately we seem to be talking around the issue. Thanks for bringing it back to the conversation.
Hello Ladies 2010/08/09 at 11:58 am
We need our sons and daughters to see the difference that women — and mothers — are making in the world!
Susan @WhyMommy 2010/08/24 at 9:50 am
A lot of old dogs HAVE learned new tricks, and are leaving their younger competition in the dust! And many others have been fortunate enough to build great multi-generational teams that benefit from the great energy and the diverse thought processes of the members.
Susan Critelli 2010/10/21 at 10:02 pm
A number of years ago, I had a male mentor while working at a Fortune 500 company. He taught me a lot about thinking strategically. I was the first woman at my company to work part time and hold a management position (I was doing so because I had little kids at the time). My mentor, who had a stay-at-home wife, did not think that I would be able to move ahead in the company as long as I continued to work part time. We never moved 100% to each other’s point of view but I learned a lot about what others thought of my part-time status and he learned a bit about what it took to hold down a job and manage a family. My mentor helped me see that I needed to manage the perception others had of me. And he grew to respect my part-time contributions.
Judy Lindenberger 2010/12/12 at 10:40 pm
In 2011, I wish for real change. Solid change. Big huge marble blocks of change. Change that tells me we are still committed to the cause and that there is widespread support from powerful men to make the change. I wish for measures that track progress and candid conversations that remove obstacles that hurt everyone. I wish for the new generation entering the workforce to want and need change as much as we felt we needed change in the 60s and 70s. I want my daughter and her friends to never experience in 2011 the obstacles we have tried so hard to remove in the last twenty years. We need their fabulous energy, passion and fearlessness to continue to make progress. I want the boss down the aisle to treat his female employee like she is a real person instead of a machine to be abused. I want all of the women in the world to have choices and freedoms that we have in the U.S.
K Major 2011/01/07 at 10:56 am