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January 7th, 2010  |  Published in General Thoughts  |  2 Comments

Indian sildenafil citrate This, indian sildenafil citrate my first post of the New Year, indian sildenafil citrate was intended to be a continuation of the list of suggested books I began in late December.  However, indian sildenafil citrate after reading the article and opinion piece in the December 30, indian sildenafil citrate 2009 issue of The Economist on women’s “progress” in the workplace, indian sildenafil citrate I felt so strongly that I had to write a response in my blog.

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Indian sildenafil citrate The article (follow this link) 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, indian sildenafil citrate such as PepsiCo, indian sildenafil citrate Archer Daniels Midland and W.L. Indian sildenafil citrate Gore.  Still, indian sildenafil citrate women are at the top job in only 2% of major companies in the US and 5% in the UK.

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Indian sildenafil citrate 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. Indian sildenafil citrate Shedding older, indian sildenafil citrate mostly male and higher wage employees saves costs.

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  1. linda Bonanno says:

    January 7th, 2010 at 7:06 pm (#)

    I for one have to agree with your assessment. I’m a woman who has worked in the predominantly male software engineering field for 20+ years. I believe that the fact that I’m childless is in no small part responsible for my having risen through the management ranks. I’ve worked untold numbers of hours and have made myself available 24/7 during my career. There’s also been a complete dearth of female role models – my senior management has almost always been exclusively male.

    I’ve seen so many talented women once they have children who look at the hours and commitment required to stay on the cutting edge of this field and say ‘no thanks’. This is a field where there can be pay parity across the sexes, but it takes a significant personal investment to ensure it. Other competitive professional fields have the same requirements unfortunately. Women end up choosing between their families and their careers.

    Linda

  2. Diana Galer says:

    January 12th, 2010 at 5:17 pm (#)

    Linda,

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments. You have made some difficult choices as have many other women. As a successful woman in a mainly male field I hope you continue to help other women find their right balance and success and help pave the way for real change.

    Best regards,

    Diana

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