In recent decades, women have made some great advances in education and in the workplace, but we still lag behind men when it comes to compensation, promotion, and executive-level management. This remains true, even though the nation's top colleges are graduating more women than men.
Bernice Lavin, a mother of three and high-powered executive of a multi-million dollar corporation in the early '70s, is one of the women CNNMoney described in its article "The Most Powerful Women in Business—Then and Now." Lavin claimed that although the women in her sales force did a better job than the men, they were unwilling to take on responsibility and were fearful of making mistakes.
Lavin's point is basically the same as Sheryl Sandbergs', the current COO of Facebook, when she urges women "not to quit too early due to a vexing variety of personal choices" and exhorts them not to "leave before they leave."
. . . except that Lavin was speaking back in 1973. Has so little changed?
What's holding women back?
Looking at the prospects of working women, two high-powered executives, 40 years apart, concluded that the thing that might be holding women back is women. What if they're right? What if women are not being "held back," but rather women are choosing not to move forward?
Well, frankly, that's okay. If I see a woman making a mature and purposeful choice to "lean back" from work in order to prioritize other things, I celebrate her and praise God that she has the opportunity to make that choice.