Myth vs. Truth About Women in Business

By: First Union


Myth vs. Truth About Women in Business

Fortunately, many of the so-called "truths" about women in business have been debunked. However, several myths still do manage to linger. Below we look at a couple of the more prominent ones and consequently look at the actual truth behind the myth.

Myth: The Glass Cliff Factor is Why More Women Are Becoming CEOs

Unlike the term "glass ceiling," glass cliff refers to a situation in which a company is in crisis mode and subsequently promotes a woman to CEO. Such an example would be, for instance, Marissa Meyer at Yahoo.

Truth: Women Are Rising to CEO Roles on Their Terms

When considering the business sector as a whole, women have assumed more leadership positions across the board. A recent study showed that they own controlling shares of more than 40% of private-sector businesses.

Myth: Women Refrain from Applying for Jobs Thinking They're Not Qualified

Many assume that a woman will not apply for a position unless she believes herself 100% qualified for that particular role. Whereas a man will go ahead and apply with only 60% of qualifications needed. The thinking is the woman doesn't have enough faith in herself; she needs to build up her confidence.

Truth: Other Factors At Play

More often than not though, as studies have shown, a woman will not apply for said position, because she simply doesn't want to waste time and effort going after a position she believes they won't hire her for anyway. Additionally, there is a certain level of gendered language that women do encounter in job ads. Male coded words versus female coded words often appear in such descriptions; words such as champion and decisive over considerate and honest.

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