Decades after the first women took seats on corporate boards and began occupying corner offices, they remain under-represented in senior-most executive jobs and in boardrooms. The growth of women in senior management roles has stalled so much that female CEOs make headlines when they’re promoted.
Watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx talk: “We should all be feminists”, made me ask questions every person should ask at least one point in time. It sparked a thought trail about why the “Missing Middle” is not filled and still has a big gap. Whilst it is true, compared to past times the overall number of women in the workforce continues to grow, statistics still show that men are two to three times more likely to be in senior management positions than women. It is mind boggling to think that despite there being slightly more women than men in the world, positions of power and prestige continue to be dominated by men.
“the higher you go the fewer women there are”
Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Nobel Laurent Prize winner, once said: “the higher you go the fewer women there are”. Things should not be harder and different for women. As Chimamanda states, in past times we lived in a world in which physical strength was the most important attribute for survival. Things are very different now. Today we live in a different world, a world that has evolved. Intelligence, creativity and innovation are cardinal attributes for success and people with such qualities should be the ones leading us, regardless of whether they are male or female.
The missing middle
#Repost @abardrick ・・・ #challengesworldwide #missingmiddle #kitwe @ics_uk @challengesworldwide …. supporting CMI in their campaign to ‘fill the missing middle’ – in the UK men outnumber women in management roles 2:1; 73% of women form junior roles – but go missing at middle management levels – down to 43%
Despite such disproportionate representations and setbacks highlighted earlier by several measures, women are succeeding in business. As the human race, we have the ability to make and remake ourselves, constructing a plan for a better world. The intention behind the International Women’s Day (IWD) “Missing Middle” campaign from the Chartered Management Institute is to throw light on the shortage of women in management positions and actively set about addressing that imbalance. Modern women are becoming aware that career success is not about adjusting to the male-dominated status quo. It’s about changing that status quo by embracing what makes our diverse perspectives unique and overcoming
Leaping the missing middle
“the empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description”
It is vital to note, fear is consistently one of the biggest challenges women face in the workplace. These fears, whether about being taken seriously, being inadequate or balancing work and family, often lead to a lack of confidence. However, having confidence and embracing being a woman, rather than apologising for being a woman is what will help women rise to the next level and climb the corporate ladder. After all, “the empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description” Steve Maraboli.
Written by Team Kitwe in response to the Chartered Management Institutes “Missing Middle” campaign for IWD 2017.