New to Bravado and new to working in a corporate job alongside men. I know that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it's true. I have 10+ years of working experience and somehow have not worked on a team with men until recently. I went to an all women's college, have a degree in Fashion Marketing and after working years in retail (with women), I joined a medical device company with an office of all women for almost 5 years.
I've found myself in a bit of a pickle. I'm now part of a wonderful organization, with a mission I love. The thing is, I've never been more aware of being a woman. I notice how differently men are addressed, how men speak to me vs. other men, and how some women get ahead based on their behavior. You can call me naïve, especially since I have like no experience working with men, that's fine. But, is this just how things are? Is this what all of the articles on LinkedIn are talking about? Do I need to work for a company with women in leadership? Should I just quit and be a housewife?
Kidding (kind of).
This is by no means a knock against men - I know there are good ones out there. I'm married to one, work with a couple, and have two of the best bro's.
And don't get me wrong, I know how fortunate I am. I am a white girl in workplace, I know there's a difference. I'm not that naïve and I'm not trying to complain. I can't imagine what some people go through dealing with adversity. But, being a "girl's girl" in this corporate world, I'm just looking for some insight, advice or anyone going through something similar. Are there companies out there that have a truly equal corporate culture?
Looking for best practices, book suggestions, people to follow, companies that are killing it with promoting this culture, etc.
Let me know your thoughts!