Posted by: madisonmccormick0173 | January 14, 2019

You Do You

As the topic of women and leadership has been discussed, one of the main focuses has been on the fact women have not been given equal opportunities in the workplace. It is important to make the shift of empowering women to take on leadership roles in the workplace but also women should not be shamed for choosing a “stereotypical” path of life. Women should not feel pressured to have children, a stay at home mom, or caretaker but women who do choose that path of life (because they want to not because society told them to) should not be shamed for “conforming” to societal pressure. The emphasis is on choice. Whether a woman wants to pursue a CEO position in a company or pursue raising a large family, both decisions should be praised due to the need of both.

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  1. I like the title of your post! Women should have the opportunity to choose, and I feel as though that’s one of the next steps in equality/equity between men and women. Women should not be chastised for wanting to stay at home and fulfill the once typical and expected role for women. I liked the example we discussed in class about someone’s family member completing her college degree and then choosing to raise a family instead; sometimes that’s just what women want to do for whatever reason, and that’s totally okay and should be accepted.

  2. Maddie, I agree completely! Many women enjoy being stay at home mothers or staying at lower levels of their careers so that they have more energy for their families. Other women would like to pursue those higher level positions. It is all about personal choice and what they value. We need to realize that we cannot change women’s values and convince them to give up one or the other (family vs. advanced careers). We should not shame women off of the choices they make for their life.


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