On Monday, the state of Iowa agreed to pay Wright, a working mother $180,000 who was fired after her supervisor expressed skepticism that working mothers can handle high-pressure jobs. I was mystified after scanning through the first paragraph but became sick to my stomach when I found out that the supervisor was a woman herself. Here I was cursing under my breadth and ready to curse the daylight out of chauvinistic men. Obviously this case was based on a misconception that women with kids cannot possibly be productive and coming from a supervisor who is divorced with no kids, there is such an ounce of jealousy and stupidity.
Could it be that we are roadblocks to their own success? Could it be that we are so insecure in our own jobs that we quickly look for ways to eliminate a promising female? Just recently Kate Hopkins, a 36 year old former Apprentice contestant realized that her email had been hacked into by a female counterpart whom she was brought in to help. The bizzare thing was that they were working together, not against each other or in different departments. All she wanted to do was read her emails and say words ahead of her in meetings and look good. That, my dear is the Queen Bee in action. The Queen Bee is basically a woman who has stepped on toes to achieve success in a male dominated environment, she will do thesame even when it comes to her sisters and at any cost.
There are lots of cases like this where women are treated unfairly not by men but by their own sisters. Where is all the talk about breaking the glass ceiling together, and lending a rope down to help another sister out? I guess its a man eats dog game now, and since most of us have had to work our way up the ladder, seeing somebody else come in working just as had begins to bother us. We aren’t about to give up now, are we? We start seeing each other as a threat. Meanwhile, according to the American Management Association, 95 per cent of women say they have felt undermined at some point in their career by other women. It’s so funny how women bosses are the ones who are not willing to grant flex time or extend maternity leave. They feel that they shouldn’t be playing favoritism, which it isn’t since working part-time has actually shown to be more effective and productive.
Bottom line, be careful of women in your workplace. Make friends, but look behind your shoulder and if you perceive any unusual behavior or activity, then gather facts and notify management. The good thing about Wright in the Iowa case is that the sued the state but was already employed by the state in another office/location. She wasn’t scared to take her matter to the public, and matter-of-fact, she was fighting not only for herself but for the future of women across the world and generations unborn.