I have a rant. Read the following in as feisty tone as possible.
I am getting sick of women complaining about there not being enough women in "Career X." Lately, the career X of choice is politics. Take for example the all-women panel on the Michael Coren show the other day. The Liberal representative, Carolyn Bennett, went off on a tangent about how there needs to be 30-35% women in any given industry in order to make an impact on the culture, in order to change it from a competitive culture to a collaborative one... as though women are less competitive and more collaborative than men.
Before I say anything about that little bit of stupidity, let me tell you a bit about me. I'm an under-30 stay-at-home mom with a MSc in Computer Science. Computers, for those of you who live with their heads in the sand, is an overwhelmingly male dominated field. Do you know how many Canadian born white girls (or even just Canadian born girls) there were doing their Masters in Computer Science at the University I attended?
I'll give you a hint: there was me.
The remaining handful were Chinese. The rest were men of varying backgrounds.
I also have the distinction of enduring the longest defense on record. But that's really another story. Had I not got married when I did, I probably would have gone on to do a PhD. (There was just something about calling myself Dr. Ruth...) and you can bet I would have been only one of an even smaller number of women.
So, with that said, let me say something else.
I pretty much CATEGORICALLY DENY the so-called existence of a man's world. You wanna make it with the men? Then do your work and smile as often as possible. Batting your eyelashes works too. Stop waiting for a hand out or for someone to come to you and invite you to join their career path. It's not going to happen. Ever.
As for women being "less competitive" and "more collaborative," what can I say? I've only ever had one decent female boss. The other one sucked. She lied and backstabbed like there was no tomorrow. In general, I have found women holding "superior" positions to be obnoxious, rude and trying too hard to show they're "tough." Women are definitely not more collaborative, and if they are, I have yet to meet one. Also note that I grew up in a family of six kids and there was only one boy.
That's right. Five girls in one house.
And let me tell you, there were plenty of fist fights, arguments and competitions to go around.
As far as this idea of there being a lack of women in politics goes, it's irrelevant. I'd rather have a competent man represent me than an idiot woman any day. If my representative happens to be a competent woman, great. But really, what if they were all like Belinda Stronach?
There are so many things that make an individual suited to a particular field. Gender may or may not be one of them, depending on your point of view. To make gender your only focus shows that you are more than a little myopic in your outlook on life. You should get out more.
And maybe drop that out-moded way of thinking and enter the 21st century.
There is no patriarchy gals.