Mother and daughter team Barbara and Shannon Kelley write a fun and opinionated blog called 'Undecided' in which they discuss challenges specific to women in business.
One point keeps nagging me, far in the back of my mind. Today's post, about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, nailed down what's been niggling.
The Kelleys say "For generations, men’s roles have been predetermined, and unquestioned" and comment on the challenges of a woman who's trying to find the balance of being herself while fitting into what was, until fairly recently, a man's role.
Here's the thing: I've been doing that my whole life. Well, switch the roles, but in a lot of ways, I've never been fully comfortable with what the stereotypical man is supposedly like. I couldn't care less about sports. I'm much more interested in talking to a woman than staring at one. (I'm generally more interested in talking to a woman than to a man, too.)
My business model has always been focused on relationships, communication, emotional connections. I do not 'close' sales. I don't go for the jugular in business deals. I tend far more toward kind and gentle than sharp and assertive.
I deeply appreciate the struggle women have had to achieve anything near equality in a seriously unfair world. I know, a little, how it feels.