We've Come a Long Way in Wrong Direction
I doubt today's working world is what the suffragettes were thinking of 100 years ago when they marched for a woman's right to vote and a few other crumbs of equality.
I doubt, too, this is what mid-century feminists expected when they knocked on boardroom doors and corporate glass ceilings.
Those pioneers wanted opportunities. They wanted alternatives. They wanted to change society -- enhance, improve and feminize the old system of business and politics as usual.
Fast forward a few decades, and the remnants of these great expectations remain in unlikely places.
"Women bosses are the worst," a friend griped the other day. She had been reassigned to a new job, new department, new supervisor. "You'd think they would be more flexible and more understanding of family commitments. But it's just the opposite."
I argued that female bosses were no different than their male counterparts. She disagreed.
"Most of them are too busy acting tough to be themselves," she insisted. "They want to out-man the men."
The quality of women bosses has been a perennial source of debate among the working class, but my friend's words came back to me when I read about the hotly contested
In another race, two men claimed they had sexual relationships with
All the finger-pointing raises the question: Now that they're being accused of behavior traditionally associated with men, have women finally arrived?
Politics has always made for strange bedfellows but, truth is, the gender gap has blurred in other fields, and not always for the better. A recent study by
While insurance rates remain higher for teenage boys, an
This is not just about teens, though. A study released earlier this year by
Which brings me back to my friend's premise about women out-manning men. She believes -- and I've heard this argument before -- that some women have lost their souls in their search for equality. Bosses, politicians and teen drivers are examples of a shift to more assertive and aggressive behavior that doesn't always play to our advantage.
Is that true? Have we shed our best qualities? In trying to reach the tarnished brass ring, have we forgotten to bring along our empathy, our listening skills and our scrub brushes?
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