SOLVE #LikeAGirl. EARN #LikeAMan.
By now the world is well aware of the wage and professional role disparities between genders. But instead of asking for equality, WomenFix is out to prove, and maybe even surpass, the estimated worth of women in business by highlighting how they solve problems.
Women currently earn 79 cents to every male dollar. And, in the US, women hold almost 52% of all professional-level jobs, yet they represent only 15% of executive officers, 8% of top earners, and 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs. What’s worse is that these numbers haven’t changed in years.
WomenFix is taking an alternative route to reach the equality finish line: helping the world learn how women identify and solve problems.
CONNECTING FEMALE PROBLEM SOLVING — TO LEADERSHIP — TO EQUAL PAY
Problem solving from identification to solution is all about making decisions, and decision making is often found in higher paying positions and in leadership roles. Various research has been popping up about the financial competitive advantage that comes from organizations having more females in decision making roles.
The research and advisory organization, Catalyst, reports that Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women board directors attained significantly higher financial performance, on average, than those with the lowest representation of women board directors.
Likewise, research presented in the book The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future leaves little room to debate the value of feminine traits. John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio surveyed 64,000 people around the world and found that “traditionally feminine leadership and values are now more popular than the macho paradigm of the past.” They also found that “countries that think in a more feminine way have a higher per capital GDP and higher reported quality of life.”
WomenFix seeks to uncover ‘how’ women problem solve so that women (and men) can learn how to make decisions using feminine traits. Or, dare we say by using Women’s Intuition of Things (WIoT). Therefore, the stories and research that will come from WomenFix entries may act as a catalyst to speed the time it takes to get more women (and men) in decision making roles or leadership positions which usually means earning higher wages.
If this happens, WomenFix wonders if the world will need to build new types of education, careers and roles, and monetary values for female problem solving techniques.
What do you think? Or, have you found research that explains how a woman solves problems? We’d love to hear about your research!
Lindsey Frick, WomenFix
@BigIdeaEngineer & WOMENFIX
Originally published at www.womenfix.com.