A woman can be labeled too self-serving and be penalized in future advancement.
Barra, a mother of two teenagers, revealed an astonishing fact in an interview with Fortune. She said she’d never asked for a raise and never asked for a promotion.
That approach obviously worked for her. But for other women to advance, it’s going to take much more proactive pushing from them, their male and female co-workers and spouses, and their workplaces.
In 1964, no women had ever been the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, according to Coleman’s report. Today, women run 23 Fortune 500 companies — in other words, less than 5 percent of such firms.
You’ve come a long way, baby (as the Virginia Slims ads used to tell us). But not nearly far enough.
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