How to Champion Equality and Attract More Women Workers

It’s sad but true; there’s a notable absence of women in the workforce in top level positions after the age of thirty. Why? Well, the answer is fairly obvious I guess. While there have been quantum shifts in social trends with more women having children later; until biology catches up with society, the ticking clock is still a reality.

Thanks to miserable maternity packages, childcare deficit, and lack of opportunity, many women in their mid-late thirties are forced to choose between a career and a family.

While some women have started freezing their eggs and delaying having children until they’re ready, their business has taken off, or they’ve landed the promotion they’ve worked so hard for, many others are forced to disappear into the home and the background.

Far from wishing to provoke a discussion about the value of being a Stay-at-Home-Mom (it’s the hardest job on earth, after all); I know from personal experience that while some women willingly choose to stay at home with their children, others would rather return to work.

There’s only so many episodes of Curious George a woman can watch when she’s used to overseeing meetings or running companies. And companies need a female perspective at the top level to add diversity to their team.




Embracing Your Female Voice

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I was once told by an employer that my voice was too high and too loud. Even worse, I raised it ever so slightly at the end of a thought, indicating a question or insecurity. He suggested I take lessons with a voice coach.

Eventually, I did reach out to a friend of mine who moonlighted as a voice coach and sent over the same product video that caused the initial complaint. I asked if my cadence and pitch did muddle my message when I spoke in that stereotypical “female” way. The answer surprised me a bit — it did not. I had expected to be corrected and coached, but instead, I was comforted.

As a former trainer and current director of sales/marketing, I do a lot of public speaking. Presentations are eclipsed only by coffee on my list of enjoyable activities when working. Because of that, I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating my voice after that initial complaint and comparing it to the voices of other executive females.

Here is what I’ve learned about embracing my undeniably female voice:



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