Break Out of the Girls’ Club
by Whitney Johnson
“There’s a woman you have to meet,” a male CEO said to me during a recent meeting.
“She sounds terrific,” I responded. “I love meeting interesting people. Any men you’d like me to meet?”
“Aren’t you married?”
“Sure am,” I said. “Happily.”
We both chuckled.
I then clarified, “In my experience, men have more power than women.”
He agreed. “It’s not a level playing field.”
“Ergo, if a man with 500 people in his network, likely skewing male, only connects me with women he knows, then my power, or ability to get things done, is diminished,” I explained.
As blogger Harris O’Malley writes in his online piece “Nerds and Male Privilege,” “The reason why male privilege is so insidious is because ...