Read: What’s women really holding back?

This article reveals how strong narratives about gender roles when it comes to take care of kids in combination with a professional career are.

Eli and Padavic conducted research within a big global consultancy firm to help them figure out why women were progressing less than men career wise within their company. They conducted interviews and revealed a strong narrative:

High-level jobs require extremely long hours, women’s devotion to family makes it impossible for them to put in those hours, and their careers suffer as a result. We call this explanation the work/family narrative.

However, the men they interviewed talked about their struggle to balance their work with family life as well. They started investigating deeper why men progressed in their career despite feeling as much pressure finding a balance between work and family as women.

Their main conclusion:

Women were held back because, unlike men, they were encouraged to take accommodations, such as going part-time and shifting to internally facing roles, which derailed their careers. The real culprit was a general culture of overwork that hurt both men and women and locked gender inequality in place.

Using company data they revealed some disconnects between the company’s narrative and actual behaviour. There was no higher turnover rates for men and women, career progression of childless women was just as low as mothers’ progression, accommodation was almost only taken by women while two-third of male interviewees struggled as much as women in work-family balance and many of the interviews questioned the 24/7 work schedule mentality to overdeliver to clients who don’t really need that.

This is what they told the leaders of the company after their research:

For the firm to address its gender problem, it would have to address its long-hours problem. And the way to start would be to stop overselling and overdelivering.

And of course the leaders….dismissed this solid piece of advise and held on to the existing narrative that women were struggling to keep a balance between work and family and therefore solutions have to target women specifically.

The rest of the article, the researchers dive deep into why these leaders rather hang on to the existing narrative rather than to accept that long working hours are counter productive and holding women back. Read it. It’s an excellent piece of work.

Door |2020-04-20T18:00:12+02:0020 april 2020|flow, vrouw|1 Reactie

One to keep watching: Simone Giertz (108)

A long time ago I fell a little bit in love with Simone Giertz. A young female version of Adam Savage (Mythbusters), with a silly kind of humour. I first got to know her when she built a wake up machine (a hand slapping her in the face (and causing her hair to get stuck). Over the years she built many shitty robots, as she calls them. Spring 2018 she got diagnosed with brain tumor (a non-cancerous slow-growing one) which returned at the beginning of 2019. I was really impressed how openly she communicated this on her channel. And you know what? Despite her fears of not being able to work due to radiation therapy, she is still going strong. She converted a Tesla 3 into Truckla (which attracts a lot of attention) and the latest build she shared on Youtube goes back to the roots of her channel: a rather shitty but shiny paper shredder featuring her brain. She inspires me.

Door |2020-04-17T11:14:02+02:0017 april 2020|366, flow, vrouw|0 Reacties

Lokke Moerel over online privacy

Vandaag viel mijn oog op een interview in de Volkskrant met Lokke Moerel van vorig december. Heerlijk hoe zij van leer trekt over de cookiemuur van de Volkskrant zelf.

‘Jullie schrijven geregeld kritisch over grote techbedrijven die onze privacy te grabbel gooien. Terecht. Maar dan nu de site van de Volkskrant, die heeft een cookiemuur, waardoor ik alleen op de site kan als ik alle cookies accepteer. De krant plaatst vervolgens tientallen cookies die informatie, zoals welke artikelen ik lees, doorsluist naar externe advertentiebedrijven, waaronder die van Google en Facebook. Na eerdere kritiek hebben jullie nu een cookieverklaring, onderaan verstopt, met een link waar een betalende abonnee de digitale versie van de papieren krant kan lezen, zonder dat tracking cookies worden geplaatst. Zelfs de abonnee die deze optie vindt, moet dus nog steeds naar de website voor het laatste nieuws, en heeft daar geen optie de tracking cookies uit te zetten. Het is in strijd met de wet, maar ik vind het vooral Volkskrant onwaardig. Wél kritisch schrijven over Cambridge Analytica en Facebook, maar ondertussen zelf alle informatie van bezoekers van jullie site klakkeloos doorgeven.’

Lokke Moerel over de cookiemuur van de Volkskrant, ín de Volkskrant.

De rest van het artikel is ook zeer de moeite waar om te volgen. In het kader van sterke vrouwen, hier is er weer één.

Door |2020-02-03T13:15:46+02:003 februari 2020|flow, vrouw|0 Reacties

Never-ending doubt (34)

I’ve been following Sean Tucker on youtube for a while now. He is a photographer and takes a different approach to his channel. He focuses more on the why of photography, not the how. I love his philosphical approach to photography, and the images he produces.

Yesterday, I watched a video in which he features Fiona Lark, a photographer who takes self-portraits, mainly in the Lake District (UK). I hadn’t heard of her before, but I instantly fell in love with her work. Her images have a very poetic feel to them.

I’m struck by her confessions of her self-doubt, and the cycle she goes through. It is something I recognize whole heartedly, but to hear someone, who so obviously is creating something so wonderful, can still suffer from this phenomenon of never-ending doubt is almost like a punch in the stomache: no matter how good you are, you will always doubt yourself. That hurts.

After watching Lark’s work I want to move to a landscape that is visually more exciting than the featureless ‘polders’ I live next to. But then again, I would probably would never get up at five in the morning to take pictures, not matter where I’d live.

Sadly, Lark’s main channel for sharing is Instagram. Therefore I’m only able to see a few of het pictures, before I’m prompted to sign up and unable to view the rest of her work. She does sell some of her work on Etsy, though. Very tempting!

Door |2020-02-03T15:27:38+02:003 februari 2020|366, flow, vrouw|1 Reactie

De podcast is online!

Eindelijk, eindelijk. De podcast is te beluisteren. Ik wist niet dat het zoveel (uitzoek)werk was om een podcast te lanceren. Althans, als je het perfectionistisch aanloopt zoals ik. Er moest natuurlijk wel een ‘brand’ omheen gebouwd, dus de naam verzinnen, een nieuwe website het internet op krijgen, een illustratie zoeken en geschikt maken voor de cover. Het koste ook best wel veel tijd om te beslissen welke podcasthoster mijn klandizie ging verdienen (het is toch weer een paar honderd euro per jaar voor iets waarvan ik nog niet weet wat het gaat opleveren). En dan moest ik ook nog alles netjes publiceren, zodat de juiste RSS-feed door Apple, de belangrijkste podcastdatabase in de wereld, geverifieerd kon worden.

Maar nu is ‘ie er hoor. Te downloaden in je favoriete podcast app (zoek op ‘ervaring geen bezwaar’) of te beluisteren in spotify. Of simpelweg door nu op play te klikken hieronder (downloaden kan ook).

Door |2020-01-14T15:44:45+02:0014 januari 2020|flow, vrouw|0 Reacties
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