From The Cubicle To The Boardroom - Ensuring Better Representation For Women

By Not So Typical Editor
From The Cubicle To The Boardroom - Ensuring Better Representation For Women

Women constitute almost half of the world’s population. Reports also show that every year there has been a significant increase in the number of women joining workplaces. Yes, it's true. Slowly and steadily women are breaking the age-old stereotype of being confined within the four walls of a room. They’re getting out there and being the breadwinners of their families. 

That said, being a woman in a boardroom that’s dominated by men is easier said than done. It is not easy to stand your ground, as there are many issues that women face at the workplace. So while today women are progressing and talking about body inclusivity, feminism, breaking gender roles, lashing down slurs and a lot more, but there is still a long way to go!

Acknowledging the problem

Acknowledging the problem

One has to acknowledge the issue that when there are four men present in a meeting room with one woman, things can get a little intimidating for her if she wants to voice her opinion. 

That is just one part of the problem though. The other part comes up when we as a society fail to acknowledge this issue. The day we start doing so, there will be fewer problems for women at the workplace and we will be heading in the right direction. 

Speaking of which, a great way to start is to be an ally to them and try to understand the issues from the perspective of a woman. 

With that being said, let us understand the key issues women face at the workplace and what we can do as an ally to them.

A widening pay gap

A widening pay gap

Research shows that women are paid 21% less as compared to men. They put in the same amount of work and still get paid less. It’s about time that these policies were changed, and there’s also the need for people at senior positions to understand that this is well and truly unfair. 

Massive underrepresentation

Massive underrepresentation

C-suite roles and managerial positions at most companies are dominated by men. Studies show that this underrepresentation gets worse in senior management positions, as only 22% of C-suite executives are women. 

Compared to 62% of men in managerial positions, only 38% women are promoted to managerial positions. There also exists a long-standing pattern of inequality at workplaces today. Which means that there is a need for people right at the very top to understand these issues and help at an internal level from the ground up and help get them resolved.

A recent LinkedIn post saw a woman share her experience at the workplace. In it she mentioned that she was the only woman in her team, and once in a meeting her boss ignored her comments and suggestions and praised something similar when it came from a man. Now we do not intend to generalise, and of course, not all company cultures are built this way, but a vast majority of women do face these issues. 

We collectively need to realise that it gets really difficult for women to work in an environment like that, let alone thrive, grow, and be their ‘not so typical’ best.

Period leaves

Period leaves

Although we see a lot of organisations and workplaces normalising this as of today, there is a general lack of information around period leaves or there are preconceived taboos that still exist in 2022. 

Now the first step towards debunking these myths and taboos is to have awareness drives that explain why some women may require a leave at that time of the month. Moreover, others need to understand that period leaves are simply not an “excuse” for women to take leaves; but is the need of the hour as they are most likely going through immense discomfort.

In conclusion

 Equal opportunities

All things said and done, we talk about creating equal opportunities but why does it stop when it comes to women? 

At Not So Pink, we wish to ask the same question to society! Which is why we picked the name “Not So Pink” for our brand. Because over the years, women have had a stereotypical association with this colour and even their personality is often described as "girlish", "soft", "overly emotional", and "lacking real ambition". 

So in our bid to encourage and motivate more and more women to go out there into the corporate world and achieve their dreams, we craft comfortable, chic, and body inclusive formal wear for women

We also believe that women don’t need to be a particular size or have a certain body type to look presentable at the workplace. Which is why we’re a body inclusive office wear brand and offer our range of apparel in all sizes. Because impressive yet comfortable formal wear lets them speak their mind and be the most bold and confident version of themselves! 
 

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