We, as women, collectively should be quite proud of our accomplishments. No matter what the profession is, women in every corner of the world have accomplished a lot and reached new heights in their respective careers. Whether it is technology or entertainment or sports or humanitarian work, women such as Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Oprah Winfrey have led in just about every possible field.
There is however one thing, in my opinion, women in general still need to work on. Madeleine Albright once said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” And I couldn’t agree more! When I look back at my twenty years of corporate experience, I have had the privilege of working with very inspiring mentors who not only helped me achieve but also acquire new skills and expand my horizon. While I am eternally grateful to all my mentors, it breaks my heart to realize that not even one of them was a female!
Not all my experiences have been bad though, I got help from fellow female authors when I was trying to publish my first fiction book. When that happens, it seems like an exception and we find it so fascinating. But why should it be an exception, shouldn’t it be the norm? If a woman has achieved a certain stature, shouldn’t she be giving back by mentoring other women and helping them succeed? On the contrary, we sometimes come across situations where women are pulling other women down. That is one aspect that I am certainly not proud of. Call it my gender bias or an effect of my experiences, but I do have this perception of women in general not being supportive enough of other women.
If it were up to me, I would say each woman needs to have this superpower and desire to help support other women and certainly not pull them down. There are several ways in which one can approach this such as have discussions with other women about the topic, encourage each other to be supportive or at least try and mentor one female in their respective profession. Don’t wait to be approached, if you see an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, do so.
I would urge women all around the globe to change this perception and collectively become the gender that can proudly say that we support each other!