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Okay, so last week I stumbled across a 1956 article from the Toronto Star, titled Why Few Women Become Executives, and I was flabbergasted. I had to share with you. I thought this would be a great share. So this article discussed why few women were able to become executives during that time. We're talking about 70 years ago, more or less. And by analyzing the content and comparing it with today's business world for a woman, I thought it was very interesting to see those differences, and I just had to tell you about that, and let me know what you think. I thought it was very interesting.
But first, let me share with you a few sentences that were written in this article. So first of all, the headline was this one. Neurotic competition, jealousy, possessiveness are some of the reasons why women rarely rise to the top in the 25% of Canadian jobs they hold. So that was the headline, and in the attempt to explain why few women are getting executive roles, here's what it said. It says, "A prominent psychiatrist believes many married working women are neurotic." No more, no less than that. Neurotic. "And the only reason they leave their small children to hold down jobs is a desire to keep up with the Joneses."
And then it gave other drawbacks as to why women are not promoted to executive roles, and here's one of them. "Women have a feeling of jealousy towards other women who are getting ahead for fear the female would fail." And then period. "Possessiveness." That was just one sentence. "Inability to plan as accurately as men. Refusal to meet problems head on. Becoming too easily discouraged."
But things were really starting to change, because we can also read... So I mean, we read that today; we find it almost funny. But at the same time, I felt that reading the article, we felt the transition into today's mentality and what we actually see in our culture a little bit more today. It says, "Even with these drawbacks, women have eliminated the traditional undervaluation of their abilities. Womanpower is now an essential part of national planning. That's why leaders of the US and Canada got together in Washington to take part in a conference on the effective use of womanpower."
So comparing that 1956 article to today's business world for women, a few things I found. How people see women at work: back then, 1956, many people thought women were not good at handling big jobs, and now today, more people understand that women can do any job.
Next thing I felt there was a big difference was having a woman as a boss. Back then, even though many women were working, very few were bosses, and in the article it was saying that the majority of women in the workplace were teachers, bank clerks, et cetera, but not executives or leaders or bosses. But now there are more women bosses today, but there's still room for more, I think. I think we're going in the right direction.
Another difference is taking care of family and working. Back then, people thought that women should be at home taking care of the family, not working, and now I think both men and women are expected to balance work and family, and some companies even help with that, which is great.
I mean, it's just short. I just had to share with you. I just came across that. I'm like, "I have to talk about it." So overall, I feel that a lot has changed since 1956 and women have more opportunities at work today, definitely. So discovering this article just made me realize, yes, how much has changed since 1956 for women at work, and also, it made me super, super grateful to be in the time I'm in today. It definitely is a great time to be female at work and we have the possibility to take on so many more opportunities, make a difference, and it just made me very grateful.
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