John Greathouse, partner at Rincon Venture Partners, struck a nerve with women several weeks ago by stating “women in today’s tech world should create an online presence that obscures their gender.” There are 5 things women should never hide at work…
Greathouse went on to tell the Wall Street Journal that women might progress in the male-dominated tech industry by using initials instead of full names. Removing photos from pitch documents and social media were more of his “clever” ideas.
Essentially, he was giving a recipe for women to be ashamed of their gender and to believe they are the problem. Women bring a set of differences to the workplace which is part of our strength.
Studies show that companies with good gender diversity have robust sales and a stronger bottom line. Here are 5 things women should never hide at work:
Know what you want from your career and don’t be afraid to ask for it. Women who are too reserved about what they want, generally don’t see results. Ambition is not a dirty word!
Crying at work is a weakness, so they say. When I worked in corporate America, I was petrified of this. Particularly, because I was in a leadership role with mostly men.
However, if you can show your emotions, while respecting those around you, it shows you care about what’s happening. It can also open the door to a productive discussion about silent issues.
Our Own Efforts
Oftentimes, we brush off our success as just being lucky. Truth is, we work hard and bounce back. If we hide behind the “just being lucky” excuse, other women won’t be able to follow in our footsteps towards their own success.
Life Beyond Work
Sometimes, you have to leave work early for your child’s football game or to care for an elderly parent. Don’t feel as if you have to leave your personal life at the door. It makes us look inauthentic.
Greathouse’s suggestion of women only using their initials is not original. The U.K. government has a ‘name blind’ application policy – where candidates’ names are not shown on their resumes.
Celebrate diversity in business! A woman shouldn’t have to hide her gender to get a job. Your skills should speak for themselves, but if you can’t put your name to them – what’s the point?
There is no better time to be a woman in the workplace and no greater need for us to be there. We serve as a great asset to the tech world, financial industry and education.
These 5 things women should never hide at work are just a starting point. With women being the most educated group in the United States, we are more than capable of being successful in any workplace setting.
Now is the time to throw out the idea that you have to be someone you’re not and instead embrace the power that comes from being a woman.
What are your thoughts about Greathouse’s comments? Read his apology here.