The term glass ceiling comes up a great number of times when you they to research businesswomen and it stands for an unofficially acknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession. For breaking these barriers confidence is instrumental if you are looking to achieve any success in the business world as a woman. You deserve nothing else then being judged on your values and ideas.
For females who have interests and aspirations in areas that are traditionally male, families’ confidence in them can be very helpful. A father figure can be a decisive factor in helping break the bias that if you’re an assertive female you’re somehow too aggressive. It is often the role of the father to encourage his daughter’s interest in cars and science which ultimately leads to having a woman being equally comfortable with men and women and excel in working with both. Girls raised by successful women may be especially lucky since they experience growing up with women who are in charge and later on aspire to become successful themselves. A good example can be found in Susan P. McGalla, the founder of P3 Executive Consulting, LLC an American businesswoman and an executive consultant from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her expertise in branding, marketing, talent management, operational efficiencies and more are the reasons why she is sought after by her clients. She states that growing up with brothers and a football coach father had huge impact on her upbringing and her journey on becoming who she is as a businesswoman today. She was not given any slack for being a female in her home so she did not expect any in her later career. She learned to work hard and present her ideas with confidence regardless of the audience. Her point is not to carry a chip on your shoulder on what you should or shouldn’t be entitled to as a woman or what prejudices exist.
Things you can do
Keep in mind that you are a person, not a man or a woman. Playing on the woman card may bring you one step in front but it will certainly bring you two steps back later. A woman in Saudi Arabia turned to Instagram to bypass men and cultural obstacles. If she had chosen the traditional route to opening her accessories business in her country, she would have been obliged to enlist a male sponsor to represent her before government agencies and sign official documents on her behalf. Instead, she sells her watches, jewelry, wallets and other accessories on Instagram where she can avoid the gender restrictions women in her country face. This way she is empowered with her own income and does not rely on her family or anyone else. So, if you cannot break the barriers there usually is a way around them.