Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Monday, 17 November 2014

In the news - Executive Women, Finding (and Owning) Their Voice

Assertiveness - the ability to make your needs and wishes heard amongst the clatter of other people's - is essential in competitive environments, but often viewed as 'aggressive' or 'inappropriate' in women (see also this story for more). Four executives reflect on how they developed this skill to find and assert their voices in the hyper-competitive world of business, rising to positions of great power and authority. 

What does it mean for women to have a “voice” in meetings? How can they navigate perceptions around assertiveness, particularly when they are often judged more harshly than men? And is much of the conversation around women and leadership really just about power?

These are just a few of the themes that arose during interviews with four executives about the challenges they have faced at work over the years and the advice they would give to other women about surviving and thriving in the workplace.

Read more here.

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