One of my clients is in the employee benefits industry, so I try to make a habit of reading the HR trade pubs. As I flipped through one such publication this morning, an article jumped out at me. The title of the article is "C-Suite remains largely white, male" Okay, no big newsflash there, right? The thing that caught my eye was a subheading within the article: WOMEN HINDERED BY MOTHERHOOD. The article basically said that even though there is a growing trend for longer leaves related to motherhood, this time away harms these women's chances of ascending to the C-Suite. The full read goes on to talk about the lack of executive diversity in general, but I found it interesting that women are defined by their actions (having a baby, taking extended leaves) in terms of what is causing the inequality, versus other inequalities are linked back to external forces (ethnicity).
I have to say, at first I was a little annoyed at the data. But then, I regained composure and it hit me: I don't even want to be in the C-Suite. We're not all Sarah Palin or Hilary Clinton. Some of us truly want work/life BALANCE. I've met very few C-Suiters who actually attained that, male or female. So, maybe I'm personally okay with this trend, because I'm not ready to delegate being a mommy just yet. It would still be nice to know that I could if I wanted to though...
Read the full article here: http://ebn.benefitnews.com/asset/article/694931/c- suite-remains-largely-white-male.html?pg=
What are your thoughts about diversity in the C-Suite?