I am often told that I got lucky with my career, and that this was a blessing in disguise, which I agree with. I am at a very good place in life for my age, and years out of college. But I don’t think it has to do with luck (maybe a little bit about being at the right place at the right time), it has more to do with work ethic and your will to succeed. Being a woman in a male dominated industry can be walking with a cloud over your head. You don’t even think about it, until someone points it out to you, where that little light bulb goes off.
I recently had the pleasure of reading “Lean In”, recommended by my female boss. My first impression was that I was going to dislike this book. There is nothing more that rubs me the wrong way than privileged people complaining. I was brought up with the morals of if there is food on the table, and there is a roof over our head, we shouldn’t be complaining about anything.
The best part about this book was that the author wasn’t complaining, but merely stating facts that we don’t recognize in everyday life. She has many different roles, and goes through many different experiences, as she is “climbing” up the career ladder (if you read the book, you’ll see why I put “climbing” in quotes.
I suggest this book to any woman who is engulfing in a career, new or old, and any man who wants to understand where women who speak up are coming from. Many times, the issue isn’t that these things are happening on purpose, but our society has been this way for so long, no one realizes the thoughts they think are false.
Let me know if you have read this book, and what you thought about it!