All through this article I was fist-pumping with enthusiasm. Yes! Great! This is so universally applicable and I want to print this out and post it on my office wall to serve as an excellent reminder as I move into leadership positions! You had to drop the menstruation comment, though. (sigh)
The idea that a common and unalterable biological function makes one half of the human population a professional liability (and one on par with illness or a family member dying!) is a dangerous misconception. This has translated into wage gaps and many male-dominated career paths. It’s not the only driver of these things, of course, but it is a symptom of a larger problem- mainly the idea that women are less professionally capable than men, and that it is INNATE and IMMUTABLE. Ouch. Bad stuff.
Maybe you disagree with my interpretation of those few little words, but I hope it spurs a bit of introspection. It’s amazing how a lot of this stuff is subconscious assumption that we never question until it’s thrust under our nose.
Thanks for the awesome article!