‘This is a Woman’s World’
As International Women’s Day 2017 came and went, we are left reflecting on another years’ worth of dates marked in history.
Madonna’s speech on the day of The Women’s March in January, Meryl Streep‘s bold and ambitious speech at the Golden Globes and the release of the film ‘Hidden Figures’ in cinemas in the UK in February – to name a few. These examples show women at their finest, standing up for what they believe in, proving the World wrong and making a stand, something which in the 1800’s wouldn’t have even been possible, let alone be on our minds.
The age of Female Entrepreneurs’, influential female figures in business and female bosses is upon us, with more women than ever taking on senior roles that would, in the past, have been deemed ‘a man’s job’. If you login to LinkedIn and search for ‘Professional Women’ there is a whole group dedicated to strong, powerful, influential women in business, sharing many inspiring and motivational posts to read that will make you proud to be a woman. The most recent one I have read titled ‘The Confidence Factor for Women: What is holding women back?’ tells of the fight for equal opportunities for women and how it is more frequently cropping up in discussion in the media, schools, conventions and elsewhere.
According to the post, the factors holding women back are:
- Self-bias: The belief that you are not qualified enough to even try.
- Lack of mentorship and professional advocacy that works. We consistently discuss the importance of gaining access to professional mentors, but there is also a fear of seeking mentorship outside of one’s comfort zone.
- A seat at the table: Due to the lack of women on corporate boards and in the c-suite, the seat at the table narrative can be perceived as a myth. The vacancies are often filled within the alignment and association of the other senior incumbents — men. The writer, Carol Sankar advises senior level women to start seeking advisory and board member roles through ExecRanks.
- Fear of asking: Women simply do not know what to ask for, who to ask and when to ask. Instead, women leaders compromise due to self bias and the fear of rejection.
- Competing instead of collaborating: Simply, creating professional adversaries and competing in the marketplace.
- Loneliness: You cannot achieve great success alone, it is a team effort. Women who work together will win together. There is a high level of mistrust, which is not highlighted during the marches and esteemed movement, of gender bias between women. The mistrust in business and the workplace is often a factor that affects the value of professional relationships and advocacy.
An all female business, Royall’s Team are made up of 4 businesswomen dynamically ‘changing the game’ in the way that the Events & Communications sector do recruitment. With typical high-street ‘CV search and send’ agencies being their opponents Royall are exceeding expectations by pushing the recruitment boundaries in a new and refreshing way. They work with over 60% of the Top 20 Agencies in the UK, and are the up-and-coming recruitment partner of choice for their Clients. With over 50’s years’ of combined experience in recruitment, marketing and business development, it’s no wonder the Royall women are feeling empowered!
They draw inspiration from influential women throughout history such as Sarah Blakely – Founder of Spanx:
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure you do things differently from everyone else”.
Rita Roddick – Founder of The Body Shop:
“If you think you’re too small to make an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito”
and Arianna Huffington – Founder of The Huffington Post:
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success”.
So Happy (belated) International Women’s Day!
Watch this space. Big things are happening at Royall, and this is just the beginning…