In her – or is it his – revelation in December on Copyblogger James Chartrand tells a story of how she created a male identity for herself to make more money. She was struggling for work as a female and making next to nothing. Her strategy worked.
Wow. Go James!
But not every woman has the luxury of being able to change her identity. Most of us who work in Corporate America (for example) need to go to the office every now and then, meet with clients, be heard on conference calls.
Another blogger suggests that businesswomen who have been successful at breaking through the glass ceiling look like men. Brace yourself for his blog post.
Ahem… Really? Okay, I admit that many businesswomen have short hair (myself included), but isn’t it possible that women do that so that they can free up twenty minutes in their morning routines?
This week I ran across another column on this theme. Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman shares the results of a study on nonverbal communication that suggest body language and silent signals could be holding women back. Her study indicates that women who take a leadership role in an intellectual discussion, tend to elicit more negative nonverbal responses than their male peers. And when one person in the room sends a negative nonverbal signal, others in the room tend to follow. And it’s not just the other men in the room who follow.
Yes, this is real. I know because I have seen it in action. Heck, I have not only seen it, I have participated in it. Are we all partly responsible?
James Chartrand wrote in her column:
… if just a name and perception of gender creates such different levels of respect and income for a person, it says a lot more about the world than it does about me.
There is a lot of truth in that.
What do you think?