I want to talk about three incidences and what it says about how women think about themselves:
(1) A brilliant consulting manager, really smart and tough lady, tries to convince me that men are superior to women. Really!?
(2) The female senior director of a large New York web design studio with clients like Vogue etc. tries to convince me that our logo should be a tie since we are business firm. That is one of the most sexist and ridiculous things I have ever seen in my life. That meeting ended in 17 minutes, since she never understood the implied sexism of the logo with a tie.
(3) A brilliant PhD student wanted me to use a tie in our icons and logos. Same as above, these little symbols all reinforce the idea that business is a male dominated field, and these symbols subconsciously feed the ridiculous narrative that women cannot succeed in management consulting.
The point is that women will never do any different unless they internally believe they are equal to men. It is baffling that the single largest consumer group in the world refuses to punish companies that are inherently sexist. Vote with your wallet!
This podcast discusses this internal barrier women face: they reinforce/encourage symbols of sexism which reinforce the concept of sexism. It’s the broken windows theory being applied to female career progression.