Gender equality has been gaining momentum for the past couple of years, especially after the #MeToo movement. Women are slowly getting their voices heard and their influence is now improving.
While there is a significant change over women’s rights and opportunities, it is different when it comes to working. There are still a small number of women who are in senior roles in many corporations and businesses and while women do have the potential to step up in the career ladder, they are not stepping up to fight for the position.
Are they underselling themselves and why are they doing it? Here are the reasons why women are underselling themselves:
When women enter the workforce, they usually take into consideration their life outside work, especially for married women.
For most single women, they don’t have another job to think about at work.
For married women, they have a second job to think about and that is being a housewife and take care of the family. Because of this “second job”, they could not promote themselves for a higher position because it will clash with their schedule even if they deserve the position.
I can’t lie and say this doesn’t affect me. As much as I was a high-flying career woman, once I became a mother, I do need to take my family dynamics into considerations.
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If my spouse travel all the time for work, I can’t have a job that require me to travel too. Otherwise, we’ll never see each other and our daughter. If I need to work erratic hours, then my spouse will need to work lesser hours in order to take care of our daughter.
This doesn’t mean it can’t work out. I have met plenty of high-career women with home-staying partners.
Women also do not promote their skills that much because there is this unconscious belief that they know they won’t get the position. If you look at the positions in any company, most of the senior positions and administrative positions are held by men.
With this in mind, they may have certain preferences on how they want their female workers should be like.
Furthermore, they also believe that during their interview, the interviewers will be biased against them even if they show their credentials.
I always had people with disbelief whenever I told them I was in the IT industry. Many had asked if it was difficult to work in a male dominated environment.
It is also possible that women are underselling themselves on purpose because they don’t believe they qualify for the job even if they do.
When you compare it with men, men will go for it even if they can only fulfill 60% of the requirements.
Women also do not promote their skills because they believe their workplace won’t give them much leeway when it comes to the workplace.
In many workplaces these days, workers are expected to follow a set schedule for work and they cannot get a special arrangement if they have family events or issues to attend to. This sucks big time! When both parents work and a child is sick, it is almost always the mother who will take leave to attend the sick child.
Some would even require their workers to attend after-work parties, which can be hard to manage. How would your child or your spouse feel if you only come home after midnight almost everyday?
In Other Words…
Women have the same potential as men to be better in the careers they have selected for themselves. However, if you undermine yourself because of the four reasons above, you are not giving yourself a chance to be who you can be.
Don’t be afraid to promote yourself and work a way with your boss to get the job and still manage your life after work. Time passes by so quickly and if you do not grab the opportunity, when will you reach your goals?
Be confident and grab the opportunity today before the chance slips away from your grasp.
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