I have to encourage my strong, beautiful, independent women who work hard in a male-dominated industry. Sometimes we feel like we’re being mocked or ignored when really, it’s just us on the defense. You do know what you’re talking about! You aren’t losing your mind! You’re not being emotional! Men and women, even in the workplace, are different. Some are stronger then men and some are more “passive” than their male counterparts. Look at these statistics:
- Women made up 46.9% of the labor force.
- 57.7% of all women 16 years and over were in the labor force, compared to 70.2% of all men.
- Women comprised 51.5% of management, professional and related positions
SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Unpublished Tabulations from the 2012 Current Population Survey, “Table 1: Employed and Experienced Unemployed Persons by Detailed Occupation, Sex, Race, and Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity,” Annual Averages (2013).
Here are a few tips that will get you through your next board meeting:
Find out if women are valued. Before joining a firm in a male-dominated industry, make sure the company values and promotes women. Check to see if women are represented on the board and in leadership positions at the company.
Identify alpha and beta males. Separate the two types of men in the office and engage accordingly. Alpha males have a “get it done” mind-set, so when speaking to an alpha co-worker, use “goal-oriented” language and get to the point quickly. Beta males are more concerned with collaboration and partnership, so tailor your language accordingly.
Find a mentor. Look for a female employee at your company to mentor you.
Speak assertively. Eliminate the phrase “I’m sorry” from your vocabulary, unless it’s truly warranted. Women tend to apologize for situations that they aren’t responsible for, which demonstrates weakness.
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