Headline, April29, 2014




She topped her public school,  and got an undergraduate degree at Harvard, and was then accepted into Harvard Law School.

Despite the thriving aerobics class she'd started on campus  -where she says she learned to smile even when she didn't mean to  -she went to work for the World Bank for her former professor, Larry Summers.

Professor Summers had been her thesis adviser   -she wrote about the economics of spousal abuse. The prof  noticed her  because she was the best student out of  75  or  80. After two years of international aid work, and partly on Summers' advice, she went for the M.B.A.

FROM an early age, girls get the message that they will likely have to choose between succeeding at work and being a good wife and mother.

Today, in the developed world, women are far, far better off than ever before.

"But the blunt, nay, the very sharp truth is that men still run the world. While women continue to outpace men in educational achievement, we have ceased to make any real progress at the top of any industry,"   says the ever bright, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief of Operations.

Women hold around 14% of Fortune 500  executive officer positions and about 17% of board seats, numbers that have barely budged over the last decade. This means that when it comes to making the decisions that most affect or world, our voices are not heard equally.

It is time for us to face the fact that our revolution has stalled. A truly equal would be one where women ran half of our countries and companies and men ran half our homes. The laws of economics and many studies of diversity tell us:

That if we tapped the entire pool of human resources and talent, our performance would improve.

Through out my career, I was told over and over about inequalities in the workplace and how hard it would to have a career and a family. I rarely, however, heard anything about the ways I was holding myself back.

From the moment they are born, boys and girls are treated differently. Women internalize the negative messages we get throughout our lives   -the messages that say it's wrong to be outspoken, aggressive, more powerful than men  -and pull back when we should lean in.

We must not ignore the real obstacles women face in the professional world, from sexism and discrimination to a lack of flexibility, access to child care and parental leave. But women can dismantle the internal barriers holding us back today.

As the real world has it, by the time they are in college, women are already thinking about the trade-offs. In a survey of Princeton's class of 2006,  62%
of women said they anticipated work/family conflict, compared with  33% of men-

And of the men who expected a conflict,  46% expected that their wives would step away from their career track.

These expectations, yield a predictable results among professional women who take time off for family,  only  40% return to work full time.

But women rarely make one big decision to leave the workforce. Instead, they make a lot of small decisions along the way. A Law associate might decide not to shoot for partner because someday she hopes to have a family.

A sales rep might take a smaller territory or not apply for a management role. A teacher might pass on leading curriculum development for her school. Often, without even realizing it, women stop reaching for new opportunities.

By the time a baby actually arrives, a woman is likely to be in a drastically different place than she would have been had she not leaned back. Before, she was a top performer on par with her peers in responsibility, opportunity and pay.

But by not finding ways to stretch herself in the years leading up to motherhood, she has fallen behind. When she returns to the workplace after her child is born, she is likely to feel less fulfilled, underutilized or unappreciated.

At this point, she probably scales her ambitions back even further since she no longer believes that she can get to the top.

There are many powerful reasons to exit the workforce. No one should pass judgement on these highly personal decisions.       

The Honour and serving of this post will continue on regular basis in the future.

With respectful dedication to all the Female : Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

"' Changing The Balance Of Power "'

Good Night & God Bless!

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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