Be­ing a ca­reer woman is hardwork

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

Iwas lucky – I knew that I wanted to be a jour­nal­ist from the mo­ment I could talk. “Why?” was my first word, my mother in­sists, and by the age of 23 was work­ing shifts on na­tional news­pa­pers in London. From there it was a short hop to mag­a­zines, where I climbed to the top. And once I got there, I dis­cov­ered it was a long, hard slog just to stand still. It’s im­pos­si­bly tough for women to break through the glass ceil­ing – we have to work much harder and earn less than our male coun­ter­parts (in Eng­land, my home coun­try, women earn 19.1 per cent less*).

It is even harder to get ahead if you’re from Gen Y, the ‘geek’ gen­er­a­tion, who know how to write code, but can’t hold eye con­tact, let alone a con­ver­sa­tion. But guess what? It’s we work­ing women who are to blame, ap­par­ently, as we didn’t have time to teach our chil­dren how to use a knife and fork and talk at the din­ner ta­ble be­cause we were too busy climb­ing the cor­po­rate lad­der. Turn to page 38 to see why this gen­er­a­tion needs help in learn­ing of­fice eti­quette.

Then head to page 30 for the lat­est on a res­ig­na­tion trend. It seems women ev­ery­where are dis­sat­is­fied with their ca­reers and are look­ing for a fresh start.

We all need to help each other as fe­male bosses are still a rare phe­nom­e­non – nine out of 10 board mem­bers are men in Euro­pean blue-chip com­pa­nies, and only three per cent of those firms put women in the top job**. Which begs the ques­tion asked on page 26 – will there ever be a woman in the num­ber one spot in theWhite House? En­joy the is­sue!

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