People don’t believe that there are obstacles for women, because you don’t see them until you try and access top level positions. Women no longer have the challenges they have had in the past – but women need to try harder and work harder for top positions. Managers may protect women by not giving them challenging assignments, to protect them from the work. This is not helping women. I also see 20-something women opting out because they one day want to have a family. These women are getting elite educations and are not leaning in during the most flexible part of their lives.
I was born in Croatia in a society with very pronounced gender roles. I asked too many questions for a girl. That was not gender-appropriate behaviour. When I moved to Canada as a teenager, I found that gender norms were still present in Canada. If you don’t have the support you need, you can buy into gender-appropriate behaviour. You can hold a role that is thought to be "not appropriate" for a woman.
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