Women Fighting For Recognition
Women Fighting for Recognition
While it is true that many women managers are fighting a daily battle for recognition and equality of opportunity at work, it is also clear that others are increasingly able to grow and develop. Progress is being made as attitudes, together with company structures, change in women's favour. We have, at least, moved away from the situation which existed up until the late 1960s and early 1970s when guides for graduates clearly indicated which companies did not employ females. Men are becoming more family conscious. Women have mentioned the increasing number of male bosses who, with families of their own, are more sympathetic to their female colleagues' attempts to achieve a tenable-balance between work, home and leisure. I hope this website gives heart and shows what is possible. Perhaps for those who are unable to change the status quo of where they work now, merely knowing that more enlightened people and organizations do exist will be encouragement enough for those who are unhappy with their current situation to look for jobs elsewhere. This, and the need to re-educate and re-train men, is now seen as urgent if equality of opportunities is to become a reality.
As the attitudes of society and employers towards child - care provision and parenting also develop and improve, more choices will be open to employees to begin to achieve the desired balance of home, leisure and work that is one of the major causes of stress among women today. Susan Hay, a leading provider of workplace nurseries, has seen many changes over the past ten years and suggests that women have become more successful at making their Jobs work for them. 'I suppose the fact is that people who are in work do work very hard. They have become more valuable and companies want to keep them. You get the feeling that there is not nearly as much deadwood as there was, so the people who are in work are in a strong position to make sense of their working lives and provided they can demonstrate that the employer is gaining rather than losing from an arrangement, they do at least receive a warm hearing. The fads are that women are becoming more tenacious and there is a change in approach by HR people. I think these two trends have come together quite well.'
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