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Whether or not you agree that Hillary Clinton is the best, most qualified candidate in today’s presidential race (we can save that for another post), you cannot deny the fact that this week, Hillary made history as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party.
As a woman who works in a female-dominated industry and company, I admit that I don’t often experience the gender bias that some of my friends, family members and peers encounter. I feel empowered to be a leader, take risks and speak my mind. Nevertheless, I am well aware that gender bias in the workplace exists.
According to McKinsey & Company’s 2015 Women in the Workplace study
, women face greater barriers to advancement and a steeper path to senior leadership. In fact, women are underrepresented at every level in the corporate pipeline, and the disparity increases as levels advance. What’s more, while in the past, the argument has been made that women leave organizations at higher rates than men due to family commitments, that doesn’t hold true today. On average, women leave organizations at the same or lower rates than men, and women in leadership roles are more likely to stay with their companies than their male counterparts.
So, what does this have to do with Hillary? Everything.
This week, we are one step closer to closing the gender equality gap. We are one step closer to telling our daughters that they can be anything they want to be, and actually meaning it. And after 240 years, we are one step closer to electing a woman to one of the most powerful job positions in the world.
This presidential race has been anything but perfect, but this week, I hope that we can unite and see Hillary’s victory as a step in the right direction for women in America. And yes, #ImWithHer