Jennifer Sherman speaks out on all things women in the current marketplace and she does so with humor, intelligence, and plenty of experience. Jennifer herself was immersed in the business world and gives an array of facts referencing women today and the positions they hold-
58 %- Undergrad degrees held by women
53%- Entry Level Workforce made up of Women
37%- Women in Middle Management
28%- Women in VP Positions
14%- Women in Executive Positions
3%- Women in CEO Positions in Fortune 500 Companies
She even mentions a psychologist at the University of California Berkeley, Stephen Hinshaw who touched on what he calls the "triple bind facing adolescent girls." This is what he believes to be the sexualization and pressure we put on young girls,that we do not put on young boys. Jennifer says that no one is asking this of adult women. That society is telling us , "we must be Martha Stewart and Claire Huxtable rolled into one, sending our bright teens off to a good college." To top it all off these women must make time for being and looking youthful as well as staying fit (again with the multi-tasking). Lastly, the modern day woman must drive all of this home by being a top CEO or something equivalent while being 'hard' in nature, and driven. Being seen as a threat to her male counterparts in the board room.
"This in turn pits women against women, that we must adhere to this larger cause of women all over the world and out women the women at home and out men the men at work."
These young ladies grow up to be these almost entirely different adult versions of themselves. Lastly Jennifer mentions Barbie, and while the company may get flack for teaching young girls unattainable body standards, they develop this game in which no one looses. When girls play with Barbies they are roll playing and everyone is involved, while these young boys play games that involve a winner and a loser. (King of the hill or collect the marbles, Cowboys vs. Indians.) We have to empower women to keep their femininity in the workplace and to not 'rise' to this occasion of win or loose but rather embrace who we are and more importantly who we are in Christ. Our identity need not be in our power suits or promotions, but rather in how we treat others in the work place that says everything about us as women. To instead uplift each other in our identity in our Father as a whole and to enjoy work for the kingdom, as daughters of the King.
Click below to watch the full Ted Talk given by Jennifer-
Comment below with some of your favorite 'winning' moments at work and how this may have shown you your identity is not found in accomplishments-