I’m just gonna come out and say it…
Businesswomen are fierce AF.
In my healthcare experience, there is so much more equality than in the business world. Most of my managers, and regional managers, and even above in the companies I have worked for have been women. I work with women who are nurses, doctors, administrators, and the list goes on and on.
So it happened that I was ACUTELY aware of the lack of women at the Berkshire-Hathaway conferences. I do believe that this is representative of the fact that finance and investing are predominately male-dominated fields. (I do not have a statistic for this, so I admit I could be wrong.)
Here’s the thing about business women. They are strong, independent thinkers, and they command attention… and they do all this while standing in 3-4 inch stiletto heels. By the time I post this, I imagine my feet will still be sore from wearing a 1-inch grandma cushioned wedge all weekend.
What I really liked about the business women is that they really seemed to look out for each other. No matter what event I was at, some woman approached me to find out what I did. They were kind when they found out that I’m successful in my own right, but not in this field. Likewise, the men were more likely to walk away mid-description when they realized that I would not be a particularly useful connection. The women I observed sought out other women and went out of their way to introduce them to leaders in the field of both genders.
More than once, I heard “Us women stick together.”
It made me proud to be a woman.
Though my tendency is to be insecure, I also reminded myself that within my own field I’m actually particularly successful. I have a doctorate, specialty certifications, and was managing a department before 30 years old. I have lead departments from ruin to profit, and I have developed programming in many areas. Not to mention, I have helped a countless number of people either heal or get the appropriate help that they need to heal.
So, even though I’m not a bad-ass businesswoman. I’m pretty damn amazing myself.
So here’s to all the women out there crushing it!