“Back in the sixties the barrier was that women were simply not allowed to rise in the ranks and it was a seriously rare exception when one did,” she says. “Then there was this acknowledgement that women were really needed to fill gaps in all levels of a company and so the barrier became a corporate problem. The next barrier, which is where we’re stuck—and have been for the past thirty years—is the accepted idea that women really value their home lives more than their corporate lives. That they care more about work-life balance than their careers.” To prove this notion wrong, she says, women often feel compelled to demonstrate their commitment to the extreme, by following every piece of advancement advice that comes their way.
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