⚠️DON'T LIKE THE PICTURE, READ THE COMMENT (and then you can like it...😌)
I could just have said "Lean In by @sherylsandberg
is an amazing book ! Read it." but its deserves way more than this, especially according to the current events. It's not a recent book release so some (many?) of you might have read it already, but I am hoping this post might urge the others, women and men, active worker or not, feminism sensitized or not, to do so.
I thought I was already pretty aware and sensitised about the genders equality matter but reading this book made me realise how our own perception and behaviour, as women, is impacted by the cultural environment we evolve in, and how we play ourselves a bigger role than I thought to reach a better gender equality.
One of the most obvious and strong example I keep in mind is : men just need to match with 60% of a job description to apply to it, while women need a 100% match to do so. REALLY ? What does keep us - women - from stepping up there ?
This book taught me as well to be aware of the general (cultural) perception of women at work and on daily basis from men AND women perspectives. For example, still according to scientific studies : a man standing up is seeing as a courageous and strong person defending its convictions with ambition whereas a woman speaking up is often perceived as an emotionally disturbed, aggressive and out of control person. Also, women are promoted according to their accomplishments whereas men are more likely to be promoted on their potential.
But yep, it's statistically proved and what is tough about it is that it's not rational or factual : it's our own appreciation and it's really hard to prove these discriminations with a pragmatic justification. Without turning it into paranoia, it personally helped me understand incomprehensible and unfair situations I had to face and which I couldn't find rational explanations for.
One other strong understanding I remember from this book is an undeniable gender physiological difference : women have to carry their childs and afterwards, breastfeed them while men don't have to. This physiological inequality won't be rebalanced between genders [...]