Posted by: ericaschlecht | January 17, 2013

Women and Leadership at CNU

We have progressed from a time when women were not even allowed to attend college to an era where at some colleges, including CNU, there are more females enrolled than males.  This speaks volumes for what kind of changes can occur if we continue in this direction of encourages women to get out there and pursue a career if they choose to do so.  When discussing the first readings from our class, a revelation came to mind when comparing women and leadership in a collegiate setting and out in the workforce.  In general at CNU, women tend to take on more leadership roles in college compared to later on in the work force.  This may have something to do with the fact that men tend to mature later than women.  Since most women in college are not thinking so far into the future as to having children, they can focus more on leadership roles during this time in their lives.  One of the main reasons why women tend to not hold more leadership roles in society today is because of the general stereotype that women should stay home, clean, and take care of children.  Therefor, it would make since for them to focus on leadership roles in college when they have the time to focus on their selves and their own goals.  

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Responses

  1. I agree with most of what was posted in this blog. It’s crazy to think that only a few generations ago, women couldn’t hold any type of leadership positions nor could they even get a college education. I feel honored to be a woman in the 21st century and to feel like I am making an impact in this world. I agree with the stereotype that women only take leadership roles in college because their calling after they graduate is to be a homemaker and not to take on leadership roles. I only agree that it’s a stereotype and I don’t believe that is true. If women are motivated and want to hold a leadership position, that they are just as equally capable as a man in getting that certain position if they put all their effort into it.

  2. I love that you decided to post on this topic since we discussed it in class. I find it so interesting that although women are usually the more involved in their collegiate careers but then men are more successful in getting jobs and excelling in the workplace. I agree with Jessica that it is definitely a stereotype that can be broken. I think not only should women strive to break this barrier, but MEN should try as well to get more involved and break the stereotype that they are less participative in their collegiate careers.

  3. There are many women who still do want to stay home and we should encourage that if that’s really what they want. It’s not a terrible thing to want to be at home and take care of the household (though it is getting a little more unrealistic with living costs nowadays). However, the drive of a good portion of women to be successful in the workforce should be recognized. Many times I think men have problems letting women into higher positions for reasons of inclination to power or possibly because they need the paycheck in order to make their family succeed. Women and men both have to do some eye opening and be aware of what they are asking of the other. Women have no problem in our society going out and finding a lower position or even maybe middle-level position job so at least we’ve broken through on that account. Its when the drive for women to make it all the way to the top of the workforce comes in that we see resistance and that’s where we need to focus our attention and understanding.

  4. I think it’s important to note that even if women are given opportunities, unless we change the culture then the increased opportunities are not going to make much of a difference. For example, my grandmother was the only one out of eight siblings to go to college, and she received a good degree so that she could become a teacher. You would think that she could go far for having a college education in a small mining town in the late forties and early fifties. However, the culture of that town was that women were supposed to be in the home, no matter what they had accomplished before they were married. Thus, my grandmother’s degree and career was put on hold indefinitely when she got married. Even today, my hometown still operates under a similar mindset. It is very common for women fresh out of high school to not go to college, or go to college only to come right back home. Of course there is nothing wrong with returning to your hometown if that’s what you want to do, but I know that my generation definitely felt pressured to return because that was what all everyone of the older generation expected us to do regardless of all that we had accomplished beyond our county lines.


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