Posts Tagged ‘women in the workplace’
Q. What’s a woman’s favorite position?
A woman’s place is in the kitchen, unless we don’t want it to be. Fortunately, women are no longer confined to the home, we have many choices. It is no small thing that each day women leave their homes, proving they are every bit as qualified as men to run companies, research and develop things, build things, grow things or make their mark on the world in whatever way they wish. Women have broken barriers to become leaders in fields once exclusive to men. There has never been a better time or place to be a woman. Today women have countless venues in which to demonstrate their capabilities and competence.
Though many women still choose home over career, there is no place a woman cannot succeed, whether it be managing millions for a corporation, training men to do their jobs, or making a roomful of rambunctious children as quiet as a library. We may have different strengths than our male counterparts, but we are every bit as capable. This is why, it still amazes me to see women of extraordinary competency being rendered powerless by men.
They are such simple creatures. Compared to single-cell organisms, like say a paramecium, they are complex, but compared to females, they are simple. Simple creatures with the ability to confuse us, infuriate us and neutralize us.
Once upon a time, women got married. The end.
That was then. Times have changed and many women begin “Dating: The Sequel” a few decades past Sweet Sixteen. With 20 or so years of things learned, life experienced and all the wisdom that provides, one would think females should be better equipped than ever to succeed in their relationships. Ironically, men are still able to make even the most competent and powerful women weak.
A women may be able to go head-to-head with any man professionally, yet a man she desires can quickly turn her into jelly on legs. I remember an a female friend who was a published author, scholar and professor at a good university. Lamenting her romantic foibles, she said, “As a professional, I’m holding a royal flush, but my personal life is still a crap-shoot.” Even she realized the dichotomy of being able to take charge in everything but her love life.
Why is it that the woman who can convince venture capitalists to give millions, has trouble convincing a single individual to give his heart? Why does a woman attorney too powerful to wait on anyone, agonize as she waits for “him” to call, or a woman exec, making enough $ to afford her own driver, can’t keep a man from driving her crazy?
On the one hand, we owe everything to “feminism” for changing the rules that once held us back, on the other hand, feminism hasn’t changed our gender. We are still women–the same as always, with tender and vulnerable hearts. They are still men. They still make us crazy. We still need them.
They hold power over us, because deep inside of each of us is the need to connect. We crave the intimacy of a loving relationship with another human being. We still need them, we still want them. Next time, I will address one reason men can make a woman cry herself to sleep, and not even have a clue why.