The Great Debate UK
-Carol Hall is a partner and new Head of Walkers’ Investment Funds Group in Hong Kong where she specializes in hedge funds and private equity funds and advises on general corporate matters. The opinions expressed are her own.The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–-
Seeing women succeed in management positions is uplifting and empowering. But I think it is fair to say that the challenges women face in the workplace depend very much on the profession. There are certainly some professions that view women and men as equals at all levels, but some professions present more of an obstacle to women. As a general rule, women are still underrepresented in the senior management level of most professions, particularly related to finance.
In my view, one of the biggest challenges that women still face in the workplace, regardless of their industry, is themselves. We think we have to be the Superwoman – the high-flyer at work, the super Mom, the darling daughter, all things to all people. We try to participate in the classroom. We bake the cookies for bake sales. We help out at scout meetings. In short, we try to do everything. It’s likely we’ve all been guilty of trying to do everything at one time or another.
An important key to our success is to realise it is not possible to do everything and do it well. We need to plan, prioritise and set realistic expectations as to what we can do. We also need to realise that as more women succeed and gain prominence in business, there will be more pressure on women to do it all.