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This, my first post of the New Year, was intended to be a continuation of the list of suggested books I began in late December. However, after reading the article and opinion piece in the December 30, 2009 issue of The Economist on women’s “progress” in the workplace, I felt so strongly that I had to write a response in my blog. The article () cites the tremendous gains women have made in the US and many Western countries in the past decades. The article cites as gains the number of women appointed as CEOs of major companies, such as PepsiCo, Archer Daniels Midland and W. L. Gore. Still, women are at the top job in only 2% of major companies in the US and 5% in the UK. While these appointments are in great contrast to the number of women in the C-suite in prior decades atacand 4mg pills $99.00, it does not yet represent “taking a sledgehammer to the glass ceiling. ” How many generations must still pass until we no longer keep score of the number of women CEOs or recall those who have reach these lofty heights only to lose their posts through a spectacular falling out with their old-school boards? Does anyone remember Carly Fiorina and HP? The percentage of women in senior executives jobs remains in the low teens at best. Likewise, most corporate boards only include one to three women in their ranks. Tokenism still? In the US and Western Europe the number of women graduating from college now nears 60% and represents 50% of the labor force. However, women still lag men in earnings. Atacand 4mg pills $99.00 childless women are nearly at parity with men. This means that women often have to choose between a career and a family. This has not changed for as long as I can remember. Just today I heard about the struggle of a young manager to establish her authority in an organization where she is the only woman. Without female role models or peers, she feels isolated and unsupported. Another woman, a well-regarded VP, simply walked away from her job. She chose to stay home with her children rather than spend her time in unfocused meetings and where she felt she carried a lot more of the burden than her white male, middle aged, middle management colleagues. Isolated cases? I don’t think so. There are just too many of these stories. Should these intelligent, accomplished and ambitious women give up their careers altogether? What resources are available to them to reduce the sense of isolation or increase their ability to find satisfaction and meaning in their careers? Clearly peers, mentoring, and guidance from supervisors help. If these are not available, and often they are not sufficient, coaching can be not only supportive but also inspiring and motivating. A coach will also help better define career objectives and identify and, perhaps more importantly, act on opportunities. The Economist concludes that women have faired better and will continue to do so as a result of the so-called “mancession”. My suspicion is that the fact that men have lost jobs in greater numbers is based on ageism and the cold calculus that women are “cheaper” employees. Shedding older, mostly male and higher wage employees saves costs. Am I too cynical or disillusioned? Not really. I am still hopeful that we can evolve to value the contribution made by women and recognize the extraordinary pressures that our society [atacand 4mg pills $99.00] still places on women. If logic prevails as The Economist suggests, women’s increased career success will come from a need to win the war on talent and that in turn will result in substantial increases in the wealth of the nations that make these changes. I am hopeful atacand 4mg pills $99.00 that where the morality of ending bias does not succeed the interest in growth and success will. However, since logic often needs help, women must avail themselves of the resources that can help them seize the opportunity: Find a mentor; build a network of other supportive women, if necessary outside the workplace. And for those who have succeeded, extend a helping hand to another woman. Women can invest in themselves with a coach or coaching group. If women do this, it’s not only women who will benefit, Society, as a whole will.