Who is your #girlcrush?
Actually, I have three:
Christine Lagarde: Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.
Sallie Krawchek: CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, and former CEO of Merrill Lynch
Sheryl Sandberg: COO of Facebook, author, and founder of LeanIn and Option B organisations.
I was honoured to attend a breakfast meeting this week with one of the local Lean In chapters who welcomed Sheryl Sandberg.
She is so, so impressive and inspiring.
So much great advice and tips she shared from a career perspective (e.g. “Have a short-term plan and a long-term dream”, “Think big!” I'll share more of these in other comms), as well as from the perspective of societal change (“Equality isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s good for you.”)
I came back totally on fire and more committed than ever to help women find their voice, set clear, healthy boundaries, so they can uncover their power and confidence to become impactful leaders and inspiring role models in their lives and careers.
Switched on LinkedIn and saw another inspiring article from my other #girlcrush, Christine Lagarde, speaking from the World Economic Forum’s Davos meeting about the advancement of women and their place in society...
...to which I ‘liked’ and responded with a comment that included the phrase “Happy women mean happy societies.” One eloquent individual responded to my comment with,
“What a lot of baloney.”
BAM! Dropped from a height.
I didn’t respond (If he is not going to make an effort for intelligent discourse, my energy is better used elsewhere.) I get it. When you get visible and vocal, not everyone agrees. I’m OK with differing opinions.
Here’s where I was going with the statement, “Happy women mean happy societies.” It’s in the same vein as Sheryl Sandberg’s comment that equality is “good for you.” Studies have shown:
That men who support inclusion rise through the ranks quicker than those who don’t.
That companies with diverse boards perform better financially and are more innovative than those who don’t.
That children whose mothers work outside the home are better socially adjusted.
That women whose mothers work outside the home are more likely to hold positions of responsibility and earn higher wages.
That men whose mothers work outside the home are more likely to contribute to the household and spend more time caring for children.
Essentially, what makes a woman happy has the effect of making those around her happy or at least, more content. Women are the gatekeepers on relationships and they set the tone for them. They contribute significantly to social cohesion, social inclusion, and social empowerment which the World Economic Forum describe as factors leading to a happy and decent society.
And if that’s baloney, I’m a spicy sausage! :D
Children Benefit from Having a Working Mom, Carmen Nobel, Harvard Business School Newsroom https://www.hbs.edu/news/articles/Pages/mcginn-working-mom.aspx
What Makes a Happy Society? Claire Wallace, World Economic Forum https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2014/11/makes-happy-society/