I read this piece — work ahead!
Easing into the New Year, one big hope we have for 2013 is that women continue to bridge the gender gap in terms of pay equality and access to leadership positions. So much of the news was good last year: women were better educated than ever, we continued to claim coveted CEO roles at companies such as IBM and Yahoo, and one study even reported that women were the primary breadwinners in a majority of households in the US. That sounds like progress.
Yet, in order to clear a path for greater advancement and parity in 2013, we need to address the difficult paradoxes that women leaders continue to face — these are the mixed messages and uncomfortable realities that complicate an arguably positive picture of progress….
1. Pay Paradox.
2. Double-bind Paradox: be feminine, be masculine.
3. Promotion Paradox.
4. Networking Paradox.
5. Start-up Paradox.
6. Careful-What-You-Wish-For Paradox.