Sunday 27 May 2018

Oh Amy, please don't belittle yourself

Women constantly disparage themselves at work, even when they are an Emmy award-winner, writes Sophie Donaldson

If Amy Schumer doesn’t believe in herself, what hope is there for the rest of us?
If Amy Schumer doesn’t believe in herself, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Sophie Donaldson

Sophie Donaldson

When Sheryl Sandberg, author and CEO of Facebook, published her manifesto Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead in 2013 she couldn't have anticipated how the world would change for women in the next few years.

If #MeToo is our feminist battle cry, consider Lean In a murmuring of discontent. It tapped into the well of doubt that resides within most women, then equipped them with the self-belief and drive necessary to succeed in a male-dominated world. A few short years later, women are demanding change in the workplace - equal pay, equal opportunities and transparency from their employees. It is impossible to glean how much influence Lean In has had on this generation of working women, but it must be counted as one of the ripples that culminated in this wave of change.

Sandberg was criticised by some for what was considered a narrow world-view of working women, who were mostly wealthy and white, which seems sort of bizarre given that Richard Branson has doled out career advice in a library of books. No one seems to mind that the author lives on his own private island.

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