#MeToo is silently changing the way women think
When Susan Fowler called out inappropriate behavior in the workplace, other businesses in the technology/start-up space began to speak up too. This movement quickly bled into other verticals such as the restaurant and movie industry. Interesting to point out that some industries have yet to have a shake-down, aka people to be held accountable for sexual harassment.
I have been talking to women of all ages including women in the Corporate world and they are starting to think differently. Most of the younger women are righteous, as they should be, and will not accept any form of harassment and are comfortable speaking out.
Women who are a bit deeper into their careers look at the landscape and are not sure that they want to participate in it. They are looking to play the game differently. They want their jobs to fit with the lifestyle they want to live. When law firms believe that throwing an event where they teach their female peers to play golf so that they conduct business the way men do, women are saying enough is enough. They want to practice law but not in environments where their male counterparts (and older females sometimes) just don’t get it. These old-school environments appear to be tone deaf to the wave of change. Women are asking themselves “why can’t we do deals when we are shopping for shoes, at an exercise class or on a hike?”
Years ago I spoke at an event filled with a room of female Corporate lawyers and bankers, they were frustrated by the cultures that they were working in. I asked them why they didn’t leave those workplaces and start their own? Change rarely happens inside.
Will there be a wave of boutique firms in the Corporate world run by women? Will women start leaving Corporate jobs to do or start something else where they can be in a culture that is more appealing to them?
It is time to change all Corporate cultures to be more in line with how people want to live? Women are done with cultures that don’t make them retain their sense of self. They are watching the #MeToo movement and although they might not be shouting from the rooftops they are thinking about different journeys in their careers.