Ever been the victim of “Queen Bee Syndrome”? Ellevest CEO, Sallie Krawcheck has and goes into detail about the circumstances in this article in Women’s Agenda. Krawcheck says that the number one issue standing in the way of women is, other women! My first reaction when reading this was <insert expletive here> then I stopped thought and then uttered the same expletive again. I completely disagree!
I am not alone!
I help women. I use blogging, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to visibly and regularly raise awareness about gender equality, to help women. I am a coach, mentor and activist for women. Goodness, founded one of my businesses specifically to help women get ahead! I want an equal world where gender is irrelevant. So, I actively work to support the empowerment of women in work and life. To help women. And you know what? I am not alone!
What drives me is complex. However, here is a glimpse. My daughter (almost 22) and son (almost 26) do not have equal opportunities, do not enjoy the same wins, will not face the same challenges and thrive at life simply because of their gender. WGEA statistics tell us that my son will out-earn my daughter to the tune of ~25%, simply because he is male. I love him, but that is an unacceptable state of play for my daughter and all the women of her generation and mine. So I am helping those women. I am not alone!
“Coaching, mentoring and guiding the current and next generation of of female leaders”
By developing, coaching, mentoring and guiding the current and next generation of female leaders and business owners, I can help correct the gender imbalance for my children’s generation and the generation to follow. My strategy is to be a highly visible woman in business, coach women in business and guide men who have women in their businesses. How does that play out? By making sure I actively support other female entrepreneurs, leaders and business owners, vocally, financially, spiritually. And you know what? I am not alone!
Like many female entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate executives, I make informed buying choices for my business and my life. I buy from female founded and/or owned companies where possible (Boost Juice, Red Balloon are two high profile brands) or I buy from businesses and corporations that are demonstrably serious about gender equality. I advocate strongly in the workplace for the economic empowerment of women and I actively sponsor and promote other women, their aspirations and their businesses. And you know what? I am not alone!
“There is a special place in hell for women that don’t help other women”
Madeleine Albright once said “there is a special place in hell for women that don’t help other women’. I won’t ever occupy that particular part of hell. The women I know and work with won’t either! I know Sallie Krawcheck won’t; she has a mission to get women wealthy! Perhaps I am fortunate in that I have not observed systematic and industrialised Queen Bee syndrome. Perhaps I am happily naïve and have been focussed on smashing the glass ceiling to notice. However, I know that I am not alone in supporting other women. So on this matter, I am respectfully, energetically and optimistically disagreeing that women don’t help other women. What about you? I’d love to ear your thoughts.
Michelle founded her own business in 2016 to provide a safe, friendly environment to guide women who aspire to live a life well lived. Whether you are a female leader, entrepreneur, founder or business owner, or if indeed you are the employer of women, we will be a trusted guide and adviser to navigate the journey of life and work.